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A Presidential Directive: Scoop the Poop!

Even presidents roll up their sleeves when it comes to taking care of dog business. President Obama told elementary school students in Arlington, Va., last...

Maria Goodavage  |  Dec 20th 2010


Even presidents roll up their sleeves when it comes to taking care of dog business.

President Obama told elementary school students in Arlington, Va., last week: “A lot of times I walk Bo at night, and that’s fun. Sometimes I run around with Bo, although … sometimes I have to scoop up his poop.”

If scooping the poop is good enough for the president, it’s good enough for everyone. He told the students:

“I don’t want to just leave it in the lawn. So if you guys have a dog, you got to walk your dog, too and clean up after him a little bit.”

I’d love to see bumper stickers reading, “You got to walk your dog too, and clean up after him a little bit.” — Barack Obama.

Don’t give a doo doo what a Democrat has to say on the subject? Then read what former president George W. Bush wrote about his dog Barney at the end of his memoir, Decision Points.

“There I was, the former president of the United States, with a plastic bag on my hand, picking up that which I had been dodging for the past eight years,” Bush wrote.

Violent or bizarre reactions to unscooped poop are always great fodder for the Dog Blog. But with Obama and Bush serving as examples of super scoopers, we may have fewer messy stories to report in the future. (We can dream, can’t we?)

(Thanks to my old reporting colleague, David Jackson, of USA Today, for the scoop on this presidential phenomenon.)