White House is no dog's life, Bachmann says
A dog peeking out of Bachmann's campaign bus in December 2011.
March 16th, 2013
12:19 PM ET
9 years ago

White House is no dog's life, Bachmann says

(CNN) - If Rep. Michele Bachmann had been elected president, would she have walked Boomer?

The former 2012 presidential candidate and Minnesota Republican said Saturday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference just outside Washington that the White House is overly lavish, citing several examples including the minder of the presidential pooch.

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“We are also the ones who are paying for someone to walk the president’s dog - paying for someone to walk the president’s dog,” she said.

Both she and President Barack Obama are dog owners. Hers is a beagle named Boomer and his is a Portuguese water dog named Bo. Obama bought the dog as a gift for his daughters after winning the White House in 2008.

Bachmann blasted what she called “a lifestyle that is one of excess” with several other claims.

“Now we find out that there are five chefs on Air Force One. There are two projectionists who operate the White House movie theatre,” she said.

She further claimed: “They regularly sleep at the White House in order to be regularly available in case the first family wants a really, really late show. And I don’t mean to be petty here but can’t they just push the play button?”

She invoked the recent White House decision to suspend public tours because of recent forced budget cuts. Republicans have charged that the Obama administration has its priorities backward, but administration officials have said the tour cancelation is an alternative to cutting Secret Service paychecks through furloughs.

“Now why are we doing that when we can’t even get a disabled veteran into the White House for a White House tour,” Bachmann asked.

But, she allowed, the leader of the free world should have a certain level of amenity.

"We all believe that the president and the first family, with all seriousness, do deserve the best security and the very best protection that we can get them,” she said. “They deserve to live in the White House. They deserve to fly on a private plane.”

But perhaps, she said, with fewer chefs.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Canuck

    "And the hate fest continues..."

    I don't know, I thought a lot of the posts were really funny!!

    March 16, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Abbott

    Even the dog's trying to get a breath of fresh air.

    March 16, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. Heavyhitter

    The amazing thing is that the people of Minnesota put this idiot back in Congress. That says wonders about them. Don't they have a person with brains and one who can speak with logic and truth. I would consider it a real embarrassment to have her as my representative.

    March 16, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Please do NOT discourage Bachmann from speaking her mind out loud to the public. She and Palin are good for thousands of additional votes for Democrats following some of their ridiculous and mindless speeches.

    March 16, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Really? So no president should have a pet? What about the pets that George W. Bush had while in the White House? Why is there so much angst and need to deal with the problem now? Why wasn't this worked on during the George W. Bush administration? During the first 6 years, he had almost complete control of the legislative and executive branches.

    March 16, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. wozr

    I thought that since Ms. Bachmann had narrowly won her last election, that she learned her lesson to stay focused on being a proper Representative instead of being an idiotic mouth piece. I guess her love of the limelight was too much to resist. Many of us in Minnesota are not proud she hails from this Blue State.

    March 17, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  7. rock woman

    Oh, yeh. Obama is the only president to ever have a dog in the White House. Check on that, would ya, Michelle?

    March 17, 2013 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  8. Marie MD

    Hey pot the kettle is telling you to shut up.
    You have not done a darn thing since being elected to an office you don't deserve.
    I wonder who walked the dogs for the shrubs (bgoth #41 and #43) when they were in the White House.
    You want to talk excess? How your boy regan during what started US on a downturn? He also had dogs and his lavish Hollywood laden parties were past extravagant and more frequent.
    CNN, you forgot to mention she is still talking Benghazi because these repugs have nothing new to bring to the table. Those rising stars will fade just like their party.

    March 17, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  9. Grahame Rhodes

    God Bless Michelle Bachmann.
    Because of her and idiots like her the Republicans will never get back into power, at least in this generation

    March 17, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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