PETA is at it again. President Barack Obama had an interview on CNBC at the White House on Tuesday. A fly was buzzing around the president, he swatted the pesky fly and killed it. Well PETA was a little upset over the president’s fly killing skills.
BY Michael Saul
DAILY NEWS POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
President Obama’s impressive fly-swatting prowess has left the nation’s insect-loving militants both bugged and buzzing.
“Swatting a fly on TV indicates that he’s not perfect,” Bruce Friedrich, vice president for policy at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), told the Daily News Thursday.
Swatting a fly means the fly better get lost or the fly will get killed. I own a flyswatter and I will use it 😉
“President Obama is not the Buddha. He is human like the rest of us,” Friedrich said. “But human beings often don’t think before we act, and, so people swat flies and far worse.”
We don’t think before we act? For a damn fly? Like I said, I own a flyswatter and I will use it.
During an interview with CNBC at the White House on Tuesday, a fly buzzed around the nation’s commander in chief.
“Hey, get out of here,” the president playfully ordered the insect. When the fly didn’t buzz off, Obama exhibited a talent not previously seen by the American public.` He patiently waited for the fly to settle.
He slowly raised his hand. His eyes cast downward, carefully tracking the fly’s movement. The look on his face suggested serious, deep concentration. And, then, he smacked the fly dead in a single try.
“Nice!” CNBC’s John Harwood exclaimed. “Now, where were we?” Obama asked Harwood.
When he realized onlookers were slightly awed by the quick kill, Obama said,
“That was pretty impressive, wasn’t it? I got the sucker.”
PETA praised the president and First Lady Michelle Obama for their record on animals, such as opposing factory farming and the Canadian seal hunt while in the Senate.
But the fly swatting was a definite mistake, albeit a small one, Friedrich argued.
PETA is sending Obama a bug catching device, which allows people to capture insects and set them free.
“It’s not a huge deal. One might even call it a non-story. But if the media wants to talk about fly-swatting, we’ll talk about compassion, even for flies.”
The White House is declining to comment.
No word yet on funeral arrangements.
Check out President Obama’s fly killing skills here at the New York Daily News.
If I see a fly buzzing around me, I will kill it. And I dare PETA to do something about it.