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Monday, January 19, 2009

Oenophile-in-Chief and the First Dog

As tomorrow’s presidential inauguration approaches, interest in the Obamas’ personal lives has intensified. Michelle’s fashion sense has been commented upon, and the choice of the girls’s school duly noted.

The current issue of The Wine Enthusiast reveals that the incoming president and his wife have a 1,000-bottle wine cellar in their Hyde Park, Chicago home, and that they recently attended a wine-pairing dinner at one of their favorite restaurants, Topolobampo . After having had a teetotaling recovering alcoholic in the Oval Office for the past eight years, an oenophile president will be quite a switch. No doubt we can all look forward to reports of what wines were served at state dinners, and sales of those wines will surge.

Similarly, much speculation has been focused on the upcoming appointment of a hypoallergenic First Dog. The Seattle P-I has narrowed the race to two contenders: A Labradoodle (no surprise there) or a Portugese Water Dog. One thing is certain: Whatever breed is selected will see a spike in popularity, and rescue organization workers of every other breed will breathe a collective sigh of relief.

(Not to take anything away from Mr. Obama, but speaking as a Weimaraner, I Like Ike!)

Heidi and Ike
President Dwight Eisenhower is greeted by his dog, Heidi, in 1954. (White House photo.)
J. Silverheels Gray, 9:25 AM


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