Stop the presses! The President-elect is about to choose a pup.
Do I love dogs? Indeed, I do. Do I care which hound chews up the presidential slippers? Hardly.
Nor do I care what trendy outfit Mrs. Obama wears to the Inauguration, or what over-priced gown she chooses for the Mambo for Obama Inaugural Ball (catchy title, don't you think?). I don't care what school Sasha and Malia attend, or how big the Obama's limousine (described as a "tank") is. I don't care if the mother-in-law moves into the White House (wait…I think I do. In my opinion, she doesn't really belong there, but that's another column), or whether President Obama re-installs the solar panels in the White House. Anybody who doesn't recognize these "issues" as media hype and public relations spin should switch off Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood, and refocus.
But since the media construes the choice of presidential dog as "breaking news," let's consider this. The New York Times reports that the Obamas have narrowed the field of potential pets to two canine contenders: a labradoodle (an adorable cross between a labrador and a poodle), and a Portuguese water hound. There are those who posit that personality traits are revealed by an individual's choice of dog. Consequently, if President-elect Obama decides upon a labradoodle, he shows himself to be intelligent, graceful, adaptable, even tempered, a true classic. If the Portuguese water dog wins the "crown," our President reveals himself as an active, working man, loving, sweet, a guard dog who will defend his territory.
The White House could use a Portuguese water dog nowadays.
However, let's refrain from buying into the "Norman Rockwell" White House, and cease predicting the character of the Obama Presidency based upon the choice of White House pet. No smiling family portrait or canine romps upon the White House lawn will define Barack Obama's term in the Oval Office. The media should back off. Leave such frivolities to the entertainment networks, and HGTV. Allow President-elect Obama the time and space to put his own stamp upon the White House. We'll know what kind of dog he is soon enough.