Two years ago, during the 2012 Presidential campaign, a regular reader sent me a request to comment on President Obama's revelation that he ate dog meat as a child in Indonesia. Here is a snippet from the article he sent me:
BuzzFeed, 20 Apr 2012, All About Indonesian Dog Meat
Conservatives this week finally found their response to liberals’ favorite Mitt Romney story, his tale of strapping the family dog Seamus to his roof. The answer came in a passage in Obama’s "Dreams of My Father" in which the President admits that, as a young boy in Indonesia, he once ate a dog for dinner."With Lolo [Obama's stepfather, Lolo Soetoro], I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy)," the president wrote. "Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share."
I published my light-hearted take on the matter here: Obama: Recipes From My Father - A Story of Canine Cuisine.
I should mention that I do not believe that what a person does as a child should not be held against him as an adult, especially if the act is non-consequential or trivial. I do however believe that children who pluck the wings off flies are inherently cruel.
But now it has come to my attention that Obama has never given up the old Indonesian delicacy:
So it could very well be true of the ancient animist belief that a man takes on the powers of whatever he ate: Oh, Obama, you really are a dirty little dog.