by Craig Dimitri

President George W. Bush shrugged off his increasingly frequent appearances in Democratic campaign commercials, during a campaign appearance in Indiana, on Saturday, October 28.  According to the AP article: “I’m not resentful, nor am I resentful that a lot of Democrats are using my picture,” Bush said. “All I ask is that they pick out a good one. Make me look good, at least, on the picture.”

Claiming to not resent personal attacks, has a long history in American politics.  In the 1944 re-election campaign, on September 23, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt responded to GOP attacks on him:

“These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons. No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala. Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks, and my family doesn’t resent attacks, but Fala does resent them….You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie…his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since.”

President Bush was born almost two years after that speech was given, but the principle remains the same.  Ironically, both Presidents have owned Scotties while in the White House. 

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AP article, quoting President Bush’s request for flattering photographs of him to be used in Democratic attack ads:

Read (and listen!) to FDR’s famous “my little dog Fala” speech:



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