As you might have heard, Sunny — one of the Obama’s two Portuguese water dogs — bit a friend of Malia’s on the face while the friend was at the White House on a recent visit. According to TMZ, the young woman required stitches to close the wound and it might leave a scar:
While the First Family prepares to leave, First Dog, Sonny, attacked a White House guest! pic.twitter.com/Kfzv6d6dlU
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 13, 2017
Anyway, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest dodged when asked about the incident and instead claimed that the two dogs were “good ambassadors” and “represented themselves and our country quite well”:
On Sunny Obama biting a friend of Malia, @PressSec says First Dogs "have represented themselves and our country quite well" over the years.
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) January 13, 2017
.@PressSec says he has no more info on if First Dog bit a WH guest. "Both Bo and Sunny have been genuine ambassadors to the American people"
— Madeline Conway (@MadelineRConway) January 13, 2017
But rather than call Earnest out on his spin, the White House Press Corps reportedly laughed at it. From The Hill:
White House press secretary Josh Earnest refused to confirm the report, but said with a grin that “Bo and Sunny have been genuine ambassadors to the American people.”
The comment elicited laughter from the reporters assembled inside the James A. Brady Press Briefing Room.
“They’ve represented themselves and their country quite well,” a smiling Earnest added.
What’s wrong with them? A girl gets attacked by a pet at the White House and they laugh about it?
Thankfully Earnest’s nonsense is almost at an end:
— Josh Earnest (@PressSec) January 13, 2017
Editor’s note: Ack! The dog’s name is “Sunny,” not “Sonny” and we’ve corrected the error.