I thought when I first read this story that Associated Press and Yahoo News were getting into the spoof business until I read the story completely and see that it's for real, as ridiculous as it may sound. PETA is in a tizzy because Obama was "inhumane" to a FLYING MAGGOT. Unfreakinbelievable!
PETA WISHES OBAMA HADN'T SWATTED THAT FLY
What was he supposed to do with it, catch it in the bug catcher and hold negotiations with it?
Apparently, that is exactly what they think:
These PETA folks, do they bathe? If so, they are destroying living organisms that live on their skin and hair...gasp! When they sit on a chair they crush microscopic mites and other living creatures that are not visible to the naked eye. How inhumane of them! This is utterly absurd. Flies are pests that carry disease that can harm us. And how insane would people look to be running around after flies and mosquitoes with a bug vacuum. Just when I think I've heard it all, there's always more.
The group 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 sendinga 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 spokesmansaid 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.