Obama family dog knocks over young child, internet hilarity ensues

After a small accident with the Obama family dog at the White House, Internet users have a good chuckle at the dog's expense. Photo: First lady Michelle Obama reacts as Ashtyn Gardner, 2, from Mobile, Ala., loses her balance (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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.”

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Rahat Husain has been working as a columnist since 2013 when he joined the Communities. With an interest in America and Islam, Rahat is a prolific writer on contemporary and international issues.


In addition to writing for the Communities, Rahat Husain is an Attorney based in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. He is the Director of Legal and Policy Affairs at UMAA Advocacy. For the past six years, Mr. Husain has worked with Congressmen, Senators, federal agencies, think tanks, NGOs, policy institutes, and academic experts to advocate on behalf of Shia Muslim issues, both political and humanitarian. UMAA hosts one of the largest gatherings of Shia Ithna Asheri Muslims in North America at its annual convention.


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