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I Don’t Know Why He Swatted that Fly…

So, here we go again with another group making a mountain out of a mole hill with President Obama. Thus begins part three of my stop picking on the Obama’s series.

During an interview with CNBC, as many people know, Obama swatted and subsequently killed a fly that had been buzzing around him during an interview in the White House.  The President displayed lightning quick reflexes in his strike at the fly and was congratulated by those around him. He did something that most Americans would do and wasn’t concerned about it. Here is the interview:

Well, someone was bound to be upset by the behind the scenes footage posted on the CNBC web-site. When question about the incident,  as you might of guess the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were indeed dissapointed. They felt that Obama should have humanely trapped this fly and then released it somewhere. Here is the statement from their blog:

My favorite part of the response is when they refer to it as the “executive insect execution.” Far be it from me to say this, but that seems like a bit of an exaggeration. I think one commenter on The Star Telegram web-site stated the following:

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http://www.star-telegram.com/238/story/1440096.html

I have to agree. Groups like this need to pick their battles and not seem so over the top and dogmatic as to be out of touch with reality.

However, maybe they are not all to be blamed. According to ecorazzi, PETA later released a statement saying that they wouldn’t have brought up the issue is the press hadn’t asked. Which I guess makes sense. PETA can’t say, “Oh, it’s okay to kill a fly, but nothing else.”

http://www.ecorazzi.com/2009/06/18/update-peta-explains-criticism-over-obama-fly-swat/
So, maybe PETA isn’t really too blame. I do find it kind of amazing that this story is getting as much play as it is on the news with all that is happening in Iran with the Illinois budget not being resolved. Perhaps at some point people will care about the stories they should rather than the stories that are catchy.