Sunny Obama May Be a Secret Republican

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Whether you believe the Obamas adopted their new dog, Sunny, purely for their love of Portugese Water Dogs, or think it was a cynical act of misdirection to get the White House press corps reporting about something benign, one thing is for certain: The seemingly innocent dog adoption is already leading to a hot new scandal. Sunny may be a Republican, according to New York Magazine.


When the first family adopted Bo in 2009, they were fully transparent about the dog's origins. He came from Amigo PWDs, a breeder in Boyd, Texas. He had been owned previously by an unnamed D.C. socialite who apparently no longer could care for him. All of this was made public knowledge.

Apparently, the Obama administration has, in the years since then, taken a dimmer view of transparency, because no such specifics were forthcoming this week with the announcement of Sunny's adoption. The White House revealed only that Sunny was from Michigan and was born in June 2012.


If that information was meant to be too vague to identify Sunny's origins, it failed. There aren't very many specialty breeds of Portugese Water Dogs in the country, and interested parties have been able to pinpoint Allegiance PWDs, a breeder in the town of Attica, Mich., as the likely source. The breeder's operator? Amy Durkin Lane, who is believed to be a Republican.

Certainly it is odd that Obama, a Democrat, would adopt a Republican dog. It's a even weirder that his administration would attempt to conceal it.

But what is most baffling is that Lane, when asked whether she is indeed Sunny's breeder, would neither confirm nor deny it, offering only a confounding "no comment."

It remains to be seen what, if anything, the Obama administration intends to conceal about Sunny's background and party affiliation, and why.

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Michele MacKay

I seriously hope this report was tongue in cheek, otherwise what is "weird" and "baffling" is that Paul Ciampanelli, its author, believes that dogs have political affiliations and are the subjects of political conspiracies. Even if Lane was Sunny's breeder, and even if Lane is a Republican, this does not make Sunny a "Republican dog." Sunny is a DOG and doesn't even understand the word "Republican." And to think there is some kind of political conspiracy behind not giving more details about Sunny's origins is complete paranoia. Sunny is a DOG. How much political conspiracy can there be behind a DOG? Was she programmed by the KGB? Does she have a listening device implanted in her fur? No matter who bred or owned a dog, they all deserve a good home. And Sunny got that. End of story.

August 28 2013 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scout638

How much do you think that the Obama\'s actually take care of the dogs.....except for photo ops?

August 26 2013 at 2:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marion Harris

I know he has eaten dog before, sooooooo my thoughts turned to the obvious.

August 25 2013 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
writebills

I can only say it is a good thing the folks who think it is a good idea to wear perfectly good Tea Bags as headgear and walk around with their teeth in their pockets, wheel-chairs, and a govt medicare card in the wallets/purses, make up a small portion of society. Although it is shameful to read some of these hateful comments regarding President Obama and his family, considering the source of the hatred, it is easy to overlook it.
Who would have thought that a President who inherited one of the worst economies in history while having our country knee-deep in two ongoing wars, yet possessing the ability to set the country on the right course, (alone, I might ad-due to the Clown party republicans continuous sabotage attempts to thwart his efforts), would be criticized for his many successes.
Wake up republican fans, or your party will continue to lose the "Big Tent Events". Yeah I know what you are going to say, re the country choosing reps in congress to rule but that is not the truth, (it only reads as such on fox fake news propaganda w' lyin Ryan, Hannity, O'reilly & company.). As an optimist, I am sincerely praying for the day when the party on the right can open their minds and hearts and realize, our half white/black, intelligent President was chosen (twice), as the best person for the job. May God continue to bless President Obama and our United States of America.
P.S. It is OK to vent, I just hope you try to show more of the side you claim to be a good "Christian". God Bless You.
I Love you just the same.

August 25 2013 at 10:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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leesibda

I second that!

August 26 2013 at 1:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amelia

Seems that Michelle will really like this dog since she is very dominant over Bo.

August 25 2013 at 9:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Lynda Birmantas Beam

she looks very sweet

August 25 2013 at 8:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Linda

I thought Ted Kennedy gave them Bo. These are the kinds of dogs that Ted had.

August 25 2013 at 6:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Blanche

Why does it matter WHERE this new dog came from? It seems like somebody spent a long time and too much money trying to track down the previous owner. It sounds like another "birther" scandal in the making. Dogs don't HAVE political preferences. Leave politics out.

August 25 2013 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Cindy

Why a story about a dog anyway? Is this the media's way deflecting attention from the problems the Commander in Idiot has gotten this country into?

August 25 2013 at 10:07 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
evasgran

It's a family dog for pity sakes. No need for the hateful remarks about Obama, Bush or anyone else for that matter. It is a story about a family getting a new dog.

August 25 2013 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
regnfox

First a 3 week vacation and now another expensive dog to travel and be taken care of by others. They just are trying to make themselves seem more human and family like as we poor folk only it does not work and backfires on them. I mean, they even have a dog walker. They just use these dogs for photo shots and press articles. These people make me so sick. Someone did do better at keeping a lid on their vacation this summer so as not to rub THEIR money in OUR faces.

August 25 2013 at 5:34 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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camilleza07

are you serious? or just seriously bitter, unhappy and pathetic? if you want to blither on about vacas look to your assumed boy g.w. bush, who vacayed more than any president in living memory. so they got a dog, so effing what? it's THEIR money, let them spend it as they wish. they ARE independently wealthy ya know, or is that more grist to add to your mill of misery?

August 25 2013 at 5:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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