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. 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!!!!!

  2. 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.

  3. griff

    That’s right Mr. President, kill all the humans you want, just leave the damned flies alone!

    Maybe we need to start an organization like PETOP – People for the Ethical Treatment of Other People.

  4. bryan mcclellan

    Lets all knit sweaters for the poor cockroaches that can’t find a home.
    These people took far too much LDS in the sixties, eh Spock?

  5. douin

    This is carrying ‘Politically correctness’ too far. I, for one, applaud our President’s ability to not only swat flies, but to kill them dead, just before lift-off. Now, if only he would not mistake human beings for flies.

  6. gazelle1929

    PETA has one redeeming social value: to reassure us that fruit cakes are always in season.

  7. Siannan

    Does anyone actually listen to these yahoos? And when did a fly become an animal? Did I miss a day in biology when insects were reclassified or something?

    My head hurts. Who has the vicodin?

  8. adamrussell

    Not that I support peta, but yea a fly is an animal. Its not plant, mineral, germ or fungus.

  9. Carl Nemo

    The average housefly has one million bacteria resident on its body, so folks that like swatting them with their hands end up losing in the event they should catch some nasty disease as a function of Mr. Fly’s squashed demise.

    Hopefully the President or his aides carry a handy bottle of Purell or some other sanitizer for such down home potentially dangerous activity… /:|

    Carl Nemo **==