Posted: 11:8a.m. IST, June 15, 2012
Washington, June 15 (ANI): Obama family's pet dog, Bo, is a political liability for President Barack Obama, according to a new study.
In times of war or scandal, dogs are welcome public companions, but not so in periods of economic hardship, the Politico quoted the finding of a George Washington University study of political pets.
Using systematic analysis of voting behaviour and a voluminous library of compelling insider accounts, the study concludes that president pets are an important political force.
We surmise that diversionary pets are a political liability when their frolicking on the White House lawn in hard times might cue the public that not everyone in the country is suffering equally and that being president is not a full-time job, the study concluded.
Presidents have long used pets as political props.
Franklin Roosevelt accused Republicans of ruining the good name of his dog Fala, while Richard Nixon (not yet president) used his dog Checkers to humanize him in the midst of a scandal.
It's also not clear that Bo is dragging down Obama, as he's been a popular addition to the White House. (ANI)