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President's Dog, Bo, and Handler Flew Alone in a Separate Plane to Maine-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: This is a forwarded email that
says when President Obama flew to Maine with his family for their July
2010 vacation but there
was not enough room on the plane for the family dog, Bo. It alleges that a separate plane
had to be chartered for the First Pooch and his handler.
The Truth: The President's dog, Bo, and his handler did
travel to Maine on a second aircraft when the First Family travelled
there in July 2010 for their Summer vacation, but Bo and handler were not
alone. This eRumor surfaced a year later, in 2011, while the
President and his family vacationing in Martha's Vineyard, 367 miles
south of the airport where they landed a year earlier.
The Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton, Maine is a small
airport and can not accommodate large aircraft such as the Boeing 747
that the President uses for Air Force One. For this
reason two aircraft were needed for the entire entourage who accompanied
the First Family.
Local reporters from the Morning Sentinel of Central
Maine were on hand to cover the Obama's
arrival at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport but somehow not all the
facts made it in it's first edition of the local paper. The
original story reported that the first family arrived at the airport in
a plane shortly after Bo and his handler were seen exiting another
aircraft and left the impression that the dog and handler traveled alone
on their own plane.
after the story was released the newspaper added a clarification saying, "Today's
story about the arrival of the Obama's said the Obama's dog and one aide
arrived on a small jet before the First Family, but there were other
occupants on the plane, including several other staffers. The
presidential party took two small jets to the Hancock County-Bar Harbor
Airport in Trenton because the airport was too small to accommodate the
president's usual jet."
It appears Mr. Powers and Ms. Malkin posted the commentary prior to the
Sentinel clarification, which resulted in the massive flood of emails on the
Internet about the celebrity canine named Bo.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Can you believe this? He talks about saving money,
evidently everyone but him.
Bo the portugese water dog, vacation's in Maine !
(I guess since they had to use the Gulfstream there
just wasn't enough room for the dog and one other person, and they
couldn't leave the dog behind)
Did you know that President Barack Hussein Obama flew
Bo, their dog, in on a separate smaller jet to Maine for their vacation?
I wonder if that sets well with all the unemployed, hurting, U S
citizens who can't afford food, but pay for this. The above is true. I
Googled "Bo the dog flying to Maine " and got 76,700 references
verifying this. One of them follows:
Michelle Malkin: Just Plane Crazy: Obamas Dog Flies to
Vacation on Separate Jet. Doug Powers: The Obamas arrived at their
vacation spot in Maine, and the local paper, the Morning Sentinel,
described the scene:
The president was the first to walk onto the tarmac,
dressed casually in a pale blue Oxford shirt and khakis. A few minutes
first lady, dressed in black caprice, a tank-top and sandals, walked
onto the runway. Shortly afterward, Malia and Sasha joined their
Arriving in a small jet before the Obamas was the first dog, Bo, a
Portuguese water dog given as a present by the late U S Sen. Ted
Kennedy, D-Mass. and the presidents personal aide Reggie Love. The
president, who said the rest of us are going to have to sacrifice to get
out of these hard economic times, let his dog fly on his own plane? Not
enough room on Air Force One (a Gulfstream on this trip) for a
Portuguese water dog and Reggie Love?
Oh, by the way, Mr. Love, Bo's handler, is paid
$102,000 a year to take care of him. What side of the ballot will you
mark in November? This man is taking the nation for every cent he can
and then some.
CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?
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