President Barack Obama and family added one additional member to the family last month, a Portuguese water dog named Bo. I am a bit annoyed at this turn of events. Here’s a long explanation:
I have been an Obama-follower for several years now. I first heard of Barack Obama when I was sitting on the barstool at Wrigleyville’s Full Shilling while drinking a Budweiser, eating a dollar burger smothered with blue cheese, and reading the 2004 election-year political candidate platforms in an independent newspaper. (Yes, I used to eat burgers, drink Bud, and even drink booze while reading…I still do read independent newspapers.) On that foggy, winter afternoon, I was taken by Barack’s candidacy platform. And I was excited when he won the Democratic primary. Months later he became a national figure when he appeared in front of the national television audience at the Democratic Convention. That speech he gave in late-July, 2004 only endeared him to me more. So, I took up the ballot in November and helped vote him to the Senate as a representative of Illinois.
So now you ask, why am I annoyed that Obama has a dog? Well, it’s not that he has a dog; it’s that he’s named the dog Bo. My childhood hero was Bo Jackson–the dual-sport, superstar, professional athlete. And though Bo’s real name is Vincent, when I was 8 years old I had planned to use his nickname for a future son of mine. I quickly learned that the odds were low that I’d find a woman that would let me do such a thing. Eventually I decided that Bo would make a great name for a dog. Now, my wife and I are toying around with the idea of getting our own family dog. But with the President’s move, I just can’t name a dog of mine Bo. I’d never be able to explain the name to anyone. They wouldn’t believe me. I’d be accused, once again, of being nothing less than a blind follower of Barack Obama. Some people would probably even judge me. Hmm…maybe I should just be honest with myself. Darling, can we name the dog Barack?
“Obama Family” image taken from: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20272595,00.html.
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