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. Gurgyl

    Why didn't you reveal these facts when Bush, Reagan were presidents–venom????

    March 16, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    This teahage will be out with the rest of the gop teabags after the mid terms in 2014!!!!

    March 16, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Canuck

    The President's dog minder?? Really?? No word about the pointless wars that her party likes to start on a whim that cost billions a month????

    March 16, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. dave

    Someone who enjoys Congressional perks complaining about Presidential perks. Fascinating.

    March 16, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Thomas

    George W. Bush Requests More Taxpayer Dollars Than Any Other Former President
    George W. Bush is slated to receive $1.3 million in taxpayer dollars for fiscal year 2013, including $85,000 in phone costs and $26,000 in printing costs, according to a budget proposal compiled by the General Services Administration.

    Michele Bachmann and Paul Ryan are the same person.

    March 16, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The teahage bachmanns just proves how stupid and brain dead the idiot gop voters of Minn really are . Backmann is a national disgrace !!!

    March 16, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Drone strikes on the teahage and Cpac anyone ????? Backmann is a national disgrace and just shows the party of stupid came from Minn and that they have the most brain dead gop voters !!!!

    March 16, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    The GOP is in an uproar because White House tours have been suspended – but they have no qualms shutting down the whole government.

    GOP = Ship o' Fools

    March 16, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. JP

    It would be nice if Bachmann, Rush, Shawn, Ann C. Cantor, Grahm, Ryan and others would just go far away.

    March 16, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. M-W-T

    Can anyone name ONE THING that any of these IDIOTS,( bachmann, west, palin, romney, you know who I'm talking about) has done for AMERICA????
    In this economy, not one republican, is helping us. Why won't they work with this POTUS, is it because his black? If it is.......you must feel pretty good about yourselfs.......THE POTUS is at least trying......Republicans are doing just the opposite......They are making it harder on all AMERICANS, just because you don't like the color of a mans skin......You should be real proud of yourselfs.......your kids must really look down at you......How stupid can you be?????

    March 16, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The teahage bachmann and the gop, the garbage of America along with CNN.

    March 16, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    From former White House chef, Roland Mesnier:

    Barbara Bush was a shouter who insisted on serving dry, overcooked fish.

    On Nancy Reagan: "It was Nancy’s way or the highway." For one September dinner in the Rose Garden, Nancy directed the staff to wire hundreds of fresh roses onto the bare bushes.

    March 16, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Pander Bear

    Why do you even interview this moron? She'll never be elected to any office outside of her nutjob district in MN.

    March 16, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The dog and teahage bachmann shod how stupid gop voters in Minn are!!!!

    March 16, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. batsheet crazy

    When President Bush traveled to England in the fall of 2003 for a state visit, the Guardian reported that "Mr. Bush, his wife, Laura, and a 700-strong entourage worthy of a travelling medieval monarch, flew into Heathrow airport." And the Telegraph broke it down further, reporting that "Mr. Bush will be accompanied by a retinue consisting of 250 members of the Secret Service, 150 advisers from the National Security Department, 200 representatives of other government departments and 50 political aides." Also traveling with the president were "his personal chef, personal assistants, four cooks, medics and the presidential 15-strong sniffer dog team,"

    where was the outrage then Michelle?

    March 16, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. lensmith

    The woman is a wacko from the beginning and has no understanding of what a President does.

    March 16, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Yanni

    coming from the gop/tea party/conservative this is a legitimate concern. Because every other source of criticism and concerns have been exhausted including that the president is actually Kenyan.

    March 16, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. really

    This is the same brain surgeon that was claiming Obama's trip to India cost $200 million per day.

    Go eat a sausage Michelle, at least then you aren't spewing lies.

    March 16, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Cindy Jordan

    Will somebody tell this fool that bo is not the first dog to live in White House. I get these people that come up with this
    type of rhetoric.They should just come out and say what they mean. Michelle Bachmann is one weird person.

    March 16, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Mack

    Bachmann doesn't mean to be petty, but she just can help herself.

    March 16, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Nathaniel

    It was reported by the news media, that Bo, the President's dog, was given to him by Vice President, Biden.

    March 16, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. labman57

    Curious that these bombastic, bellicose right wing blowhards had no problem with the cost of the Executive Branch when Reagan, GHW Bush, or GW Bush occupied the White House.

    Perhaps their faux outrage and selective indignation is a matter of some complexion.

    March 16, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Tom

    Funny how these issues only come up when there is a Democrat in office. I don't recall Bachmann complaining about the expense of walking the Bush dogs. And, let's face it, if Obama went out every morning and walked Bo, the Republicans would be outraged - "OMG, he's supposed to be running the country and he's wasting time walking his dog! Obama should be impeached!"

    March 16, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. plain&simple

    How about you talk about what you can do to earn your own salary Michelle? How about working more than five or six days a month? Saving America from theddeficit begins with you.

    March 16, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Martha in CF

    Oh please-not anything from this loser, wackjob!!!!!!! She could walk her own dog. The pope pays for his own hotel bill!!!!

    March 16, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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