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Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Politics | 3 comments

Poke A Hole In A Meme: Presidential Dog Walker

If you’re on Facebook, you might see this photo being shared by conservatives:

dog walker meme

This meme needs rebutting.

What it doesn’t tell you is this. There is no dedicated “dog walker.”

Dale Haney, formerly the White House horticulturist and now the Grounds Superintendent, has tended to every presidential dog since King Timahoe, Richard M. Nixon’s Irish setter. That’s right, he’s worked at the WH since 1972.

In his role, he manages a staff of about 20 National Park Service employees, including electricians, gardeners and repairmen.

Yes, the President lives in a National Park.