WASHINGTON, December 5, 2013 — During a White House arts and crafts event held for children of military families, one of the Obama family dogs knocked over a young girl in a minor incident. The girl, Ashtyn Gardner, 2, from Mobile, Ala. was uninjured, and quickly got up to enjoy the rest of the evening.
While the story of a two year old child falling down is relatively benign, the internet is enjoying the brief respite from overly political stories about Obamacare, budget debates, international affairs, and the like with humorous and satirical “analysis” of the story.
On the popular website Reddit, the story served as great fodder for users. Many used political humor to comment on the situation.
“Impooch him!” demanded one user, referring to the dog, whom the Obama family has named “Sunny.”
“Is this that ‘Knockout Game’ I have been hearing about?” asked another user, referring to the recent controversial stories reported in local DC media.
Many commented on the wide variety of expressions in the picture of the event, noticing that while several staff members, and the First Lady, appeared to express concern and shock, others are seen to be smiling.
Still others, in keeping with the recent political tendency to insert “Obama” into a variety of catchphrases, have started referring to the pet as “Obamadog.”
After Ashtyn got up, she smiled and pet the dog, which Today.com refers to as a “notoriously playful Portuguese water dog”.
The event theme was announced on the First Lady’s Twitter account yesterday:
@FLOTUS: The First Lady announces this year’s official @WhiteHouse holiday theme: “Gather Around: Stories of the Season” #WHHoliday
The official webpage for the White House explained the theme: “It celebrates the stories and traditions that bring us together this special time of year. As members of one American family, we are united in a story built over the course of two centuries. The holidays serve as an opportunity to recall our Nation’s journey, reflect on our blessings, and to remember those who serve and sacrifice for our freedoms. It’s a season when each of us can do our part to care for one another.”