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The Romney campaign fought back against lingering criticism that the Romney family once strapped its dog to the roof of their car, by saddling Obama with his own pooch story: The president, as a young boy, ate dog meat.
Romney campaign manager Eric Fernstrohm last night called attention to a passage in President Obama's book "Dreams From My Father" in which he recalls eating some dog meat as a child in Indonesia.
What followed was pun heaven for cable news anchors, as well as a chance to discuss whether dogs were actually a campaign issue anyone should be discussing.
Mitt Romney raised eyebrows last night when he suggested President Obama should "get packing" and cable talking heads reacted today.
Tuesday also marked the end of the space shuttle program, as the shuttle Discovery made its way to Washington D.C., mounted atop a Boeing 747, destined for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Liberal Fox News commentator Bob Beckel slammed one of his fellow guests on Sean Hannity's show Monday night.
Apparently unaware that they had come back from a break, Beckel, who had been expressing his frustration at being the only voice on the network defending the president, was rebuffing a statement from Jennifer Stefano on the Head Start program.
"You don't know what the fuck you're talking about!" Beckel was heard yelling as the show came back from break.
Hannity apologized for the outburst, but Beckel refused to back down. He rebuffed Hannity's attempts to get him to apologize, but eventually concended -- though not without adding, "The intent about it is still there".
Now years removed from crying sexism over "lipstick on a pig," former politician and current political pundit Sarah Palin appeared on Sean Hannity's show Thursday night to weigh in on the latest twists in the "war on women" debacle.
Palin read texts and emails she had received from her sister and "apolitical girlfriends" in support of her cause.
"We don't look to the president to speak for us," Palin said, adding that she and her fellow "mama grizzlies" are turned off by the "divisiveness represented by Barack Obama and the people he surrounds himself with."
Palin also claimed, as Republicans had throughout the day, that Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen -- whose comments on Ann Romney were widely condemned -- is affiliated with the DNC, insisting she "has the ear of the president."
On Rosen's comments on Ann Romney, and the ensuing chaos regarding women who choose to raise families over having a career, Hannity joked, "I thought liberals were pro-choice."