October 17, 2021

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Poopgate: Responses Trending As Biden’s Dogs Adjust To The White House

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Most pet owners have to deal with unfortunate “accidents” involving their animals, and this is especially true when those animals move to a new home. In this case however, it isn’t just any house it is the White House and the animals in question are Champ and Major – one of which left more than his mark in a hallway.

The Associated Press was among the media outlets that rushed to share the story on Twitter. @AP reported, “Ruh roh! Biden pooch drops doggie doo in White House hallway.”

The news was retweeted nearly 500 times and had more than 2,600 likes just hours later.

While we can only hope that the leader of the free world didn’t have to clean up the mess personally, social media has allowed the story to take on a life of its own. By Wednesday afternoon there was a lot of humor to be found in the situation – with many of Biden’s supporters suggesting the previous resident (who didn’t have a dog) did far worse, while others suggested it was a statement of what we can expect to come out of the White House over the next four years.

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Author Grant Stern (@grantstern) also suggested, “How long until Fox News calls for a Special Prosecutor to look into Champ and Major Biden?”

Even before the latest “incident,” humor site The Onion (@TheOnion) mocked the fact that the Biden dogs were getting as much press as they were, “Secret Service Worry Major Biden’s Behavior Influenced By Time Spent On Far-Right Dog Forums.”

A few users didn’t see any humor in the story, and instead questioned the fact that this is even being reported as widely as it is. Singer and songwriter Ricky Davila (@The RickyDavila) noted, “Everyone watch out, some in the media have a new scandal on their hands, Champ and Major Biden are both dogs just being dogs.”

“Anyone focusing their attention on Champ and Major instead of improving roads, bridges, water, and broadband should be embarrassed. #InfrastructureWeek #Biden,” wrote @amyschwert.

@angie_keathly was even more direct, writing, “It’s sad when Joe Biden’s dogs make the news for having an accident on the floor while we have a monumental trial underway. Oh and a Congressman accused of sex trafficking a minor.”

“It is an indictment of the media that I know anything about Biden’s dogs,” added @Aspiringshill.

Dogs Will Be Dogs

There is no denying that the Biden dogs have had a rough start. Major, a three-year-old German shepherd the Bidens adopted in 2018, had been involved in a second biting incident on Monday. That incident came just days after the Biden dogs had returned to the White House following a prior incident.

The “return” of the dogs also made the rounds on social media, when Reuters’ White House Correspondent Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) posted last week, “Dog sighting (looks like Champ) on the Truman balcony ahead of @POTUS return to the White House.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed to reporters that Champ and Major joined the first family at Camp David in Maryland over the prior weekend and returned to the White House. Major is actually the first dog to go from a shelter to the White House – and it is unclear if he’ll end up back in the White House.

The “accident” in the hallway is also just the latest in a series of incidents involving Major. Last fall, then President-Elect Biden injured his foot while playing with the German shepherd.

However, it is clear that people on social media will continue to show their support for the Biden’s hounds. In fact, The Oval Pawffice (@TheOvalPawffice), a fan page for Champ and Major as well as Winston (the “First Cat”) suggested, “Oh my paw! Someone’s out to destroy our repawtation! First snitching about the nippings, now the doo doo pawccident. At least we’re in good company: “President Barack Obama’s dog Sunny liked to sneak off and poop in the mansion.’ Awooof!”

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