Mr. President, spare that fly

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the flyswatter in chief to try taking a more humane attitude the next time he’s bedeviled by a fly in the White House.

PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.

"We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals," PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said Wednesday. "We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals."

During an interview for CNBC at the White House on Tuesday, a fly intruded on Obama’s conversation with correspondent John Harwood.

"Get out of here," the president told the pesky insect. When it didn’t, he waited for the fly to settle, put his hand up and then smacked it dead.

"Now, where were we?" Obama asked Harwood. Then he added: "That was pretty impressive, wasn’t it? I got the sucker."

Friedrich said that PETA was pleased with Obama’s voting record in the Senate on behalf of animal rights and noted that he has been outspoken against animal abuses.

Still, "swatting a fly on TV indicates he’s not perfect," Friedrich said, "and we’re happy to say that we wish he hadn’t."

Deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said the White House has no comment on the matter.


  1. xear818

    Another attempt by mainstream media to loonify PETA. Did peta launch a protest campaign to protect flies? Or did MSMedia ask a fringe member of peta if they support obama’s fly killing spree? — hoping to create a loony headline, that is a headline to make peta appear to be fringe lunatics… and appease their advertisers.

    When you read these stories about crazies ask yourself the motive. Who stands to profit from such a viewpoint — the newspapers who are supported by leather furniture, apparel, and food advertisers or peta who any reasonable person would denigrate after reading such things.

  2. barak


    The retards in PETA who started this crap about a fly should be covered with feces and left in a room full of flies. Oh, and their mouths should be propped open and a few mosquitos with malaria should be tossed into the blend.

    OR, maybe their legs should be pulled off and they should be covered with maggots to cleanse the wounds. Of course, when maggots grow up, they become flies–don’t they?

    Save flies. That is about the most worthless, foolish, time wasting idea I have ever heard.

    Good grief. Rome is burning and PETA is fiddling with flies.

    SWAT EM, SEZ I!!!!!