The one thing you have to say about PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is that they are consistent no matter what.
The situation this past week that proved that statement again was this: President Obama is sitting for an interview with CNBC's John Harwood. During the interview, a fly sneaks into the scene and begins to bother the president. At this point, the entire country can relate to the new president. Then, with the precision of secret service sonar, the President takes one swipe and down goes the fly. The staff, filming crew, Harwood and the president enjoyed a good laugh as the camera focused in on the fly lying motionless on the White House carpet.
The president has been compared to the characters in the Karate Kid movie played by Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. You may recall in that scene, Morita's character Mr. Miyagi, uses the line, "man who catch fly with chopstick, accomplish anything". His young student proceeded to do just that; catch a fly with the chopsticks. The scene finishes with Mr. Miyagi leaving the room in disgust.
Personally I was reminded on the 2008 movie Get Smart when CONTROL Agent 23, played by Dwayne Johnson (the Rock) takes out the latest multimillion dollar crime fighting weapon, disguised as a fly, much to the dismay of its CONTROL creators.
Either way, the president took down the fly and the scene was going to hit the late night shows and the comedy circuit immediately. That is until PETA comes on the scene.
Now I must say that I don't have a lot of empathy for PETA. I don't support their causes. I enjoy a good steak every once in a while. I do think that they go overboard in many of their causes. But they are consistent.
After seeing the film of the flyswatter in chief, PETA sent the White House a "Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher". The catcher is a device that will allow the user to catch a house fly and release it outside. PETA spokesperson Bruce Friedrich said "We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest, and least sympathetic animals. We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals."
Personally, I think one of the classic fly swatters that look like a gun would be better yet. But that might serve to remind people of the Candidate Obama flub when last March when he mentioned a group of gun-toting, religious, bitter people in the Midwest.
Now for some Republicans, I'm sure the fly swatting was the best part of the interview. Or at least it was the one part of the interview that they agreed with. Even Pat Buchanan was seen joking about the incident this past week on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".
Maybe there is a lesson to be learned there. Have the White House contact the creators of the fly from "Get Smart" and have an entire box shipped to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. When things get a little too hot for Obama, staffers could turn a fly loose. It may not solve any issues but it could keep the country smiling during these tough times.