As reported on June 18,2009 on foxnews- AP
WASHINGTON — The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the flyswatter in chief to try taking a more humane attitude the next time he's bedeviled by a fly in the White House.
PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.
"We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals," PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said Wednesday. "We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals."
"Get out of here," the president told the pesky insect. When it didn't, he waited for the fly to settle, put his hand up and then smacked it dead.
"Now, where were we?" Obama asked Harwood. Then he added: "That was pretty impressive, wasn't it? I got the sucker."
Friedrich said that PETA was pleased with Obama's voting record in the Senate on behalf of animal rights and noted that he has been outspoken against animal abuses.
Still, "swatting a fly on TV indicates he's not perfect," Friedrich said, "and we're happy to say that we wish he hadn't."
Editor Rozek’s Notes: The other day a friend of mine said “Kassandra, You have too much time on your hands.” He said that because I am publishing 2 books, maintain 3 blogs, teach fulltime, sing on the weekends, go to the gym everyday and to church on sundays. Um…I actually think that the time that I do have is filled quite nicely. Too much time on my hands would be caring whether or not the President killed a fly on national TV. “[It] indicates he’s not perfect?” Isn’t that the first productive thing he’s done since he took office? How about the $12 a week stimulus package? That was definitely perfect! McDonalds happy meals for everyone! …Come on people! I could see if a small puppy landed on his hand and he smacked it dead. Of course if that happened while I was trying to speak on national TV, the puppy would’ve had it comin’. These poor PETA people likely just lost all of their funding and lowered their cause to below the UWBWS (Under water basket weaving society). Good! We’ll use the money for health care for everyone! (wink wink) Now I actually have less time on my hands because I had to read this article! That’s how they getcha!