PETA: Obama Swatting A Fly On TV Indicates He's Not Perfect

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the flyswatter in chief to try taking a more humane attitude the next time he's bedeviled by a fly in the White House.

PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.

"We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals," PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said Wednesday. "We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals."

During an interview for CNBC at the White House on Tuesday, a fly intruded on Obama's conversation with correspondent John Harwood.

"Get out of here," the president told the pesky insect. When it didn't, he waited for the fly to settle, put his hand up and then smacked it dead.

"Now, where were we?" Obama asked Harwood. Then he added: "That was pretty impressive, wasn't it? I got the sucker."

Friedrich said that PETA was pleased with Obama's voting record in the Senate on behalf of animal rights and noted that he has been outspoken against animal abuses.

Still, "swatting a fly on TV indicates he's not perfect," Friedrich said, "and we're happy to say that we wish he hadn't."

Deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said the White House has no comment on the matter.


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  • by carl Location: greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 05:01 AM
    this is one of the most stupid stories i have ever heard of. killing a fly, give me a break. i know i dont agree with obama about anything, but KILLING A FLY. GET REAL
  • by JB Location: Washington on Jul 2, 2009 at 08:58 AM
    I didn't need a dead fly to figure out he is not perfect. What kind of crap news is this? WITN you suck.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jul 1, 2009 at 04:52 AM
    Well, the chosen on is raising your taxes! Seems like all you bush bashers told us your opine on how Bush lied, well, Obama lied to you and is going to increase taxes on those making less than 250K. Yep, he did smokes, which effects more people under 250K and now seeking the tax on healthcare. He resended the Bush tax cut. Well, what do you think about your blatant liar now? Well, he is going after you, not the rich. Comrade Tad, you will be assimulated by Obama, resistance is futile!
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jun 29, 2009 at 03:23 PM
    If it takes a fly to show these flakes at PETA or the AP that obuma isn't perfect all of them have some real problems. Wait, these are the same supposedly heterosexual men who excitedly gushed about tingling down their thighs when their false messiah spoke. Never mind, they are true believers in the socialist dogma and could never see any significant fault in the phony messiah. Not even if he declared marshall law and sent all the Christians to re-education camps. Wait...dang, our kids are already in re-education camps, the public schools.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 25, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    OSOC - I suspect that our squabbles can be cutting it close to the teeth at times, but I still respect your opinion. Me being a rationalist I want to understand your approach. So far we've only agreed on one thing: Al Gore. But here's another surprise, I disagree with you on saving bugs. Don't forget all that protein in those insects, great source of food if you are stuck in a jam somewhere. I would take the indigenous approach over the western European approach in a heart beat. What's wrong with re-planting trees? It adds shade, new ecosystems, and can be reused later on. Makes sense to me. OSOC - I just blog against you, because you are so vociferous. Good day.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Jun 24, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    Obama Snake Oil Co.... My bad, thank you for reminding me. ...I wouldn't want to kill the tiny bugs on the cabbage, nor hurt a innocent cabbage that in no way has offended me. ...That would just be murdered of a cabbage and numerous mites. ..I'm sure to get the chair. ...Someone PLEASE tell me when the spaceship is landing and coming to get it's people, so I can have them ready in the middle of the cornfield! ...Reread some of the post... the word "baby" is mention... but a lot of the posters are trying to be cute by using the words "unborn child". Comparing an unborn "child" to Obama swatting a fly sound PETA like to me. ...Again, where are you pro-life, baby loving, welfare hating, I'm tired of taking care of your kids, my tax dollars, 700,000 kids that didn't get aborted, people now? ...How many have you pro-lifers adopted? ..None for me because I'm pro-abortion!!! And I'm a fly killer! ..Oh and for the record, I hate cabbage.
  • by Gigi on Jun 24, 2009 at 07:14 PM
    Re you fricking kidding me? PETA get's their knickers in a wad over a fly? They worry more about a fly then they do an unborn child being aborted. Go figure???
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Delusional Washington on Jun 24, 2009 at 04:28 PM
    Is this I know you are but what am I? You must be very young. Some day you will understand my posts grasshopper. Lavon, don't you understand this is our party affilitation? This is what we are after, this is change you can believe in? This is our Shadow Party training to believe flys have feelings too, they consent and can have homosexual marriage, free healthcare, save the trees, being green, using wind and solar for our cars, no drilling, high gas prices and taxes like you have never seen coming. This is our democrat, progressive liberal side. You cannot cook cabbage, there are small mites that will be killed and the energy needs to be taxed by the state for causing global warming, not to mention the gas you might have later, called methane. PETA is one of our party brothers trying to help us just like ACORN, NAACP and others. So, shame on you for that cabbage thing and killing mites. Don't violate the party lines again or Derek will blog against you.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 24, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    likewise OSOC, likewise..... just being honest.
  • by ANTI-PETA Location: gettin on the water catchin some fish on Jun 24, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    ALPHA female, where do you even see the word BABY at that you would shut down the site or the people? BTW Sam, I like that last sentence that is hilarious. Do you think ole fly came from ole garden that Michelle has dug?
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