President Obama, the man of change, believes that the very notion of second chances to be a deep American value.
Following his December conversation with Jeffery Lurie, (owner of the Philadelphia Eagles), Obama is still receiving responses from Pit Bull enthusiasts about his thoughts on a second chance for Michael Vick. The President has been the target of animal welfare blogs, Eagles fans gone rogue, and has been the intended recipient of over two hundred copies of Jim Gorant’s book, The Lost Dogs. The book is a detailed story about the lives and road to rehabilitation and compassion for twenty-two of Michael Vick’s former Pit Bulls.
The White House does not encourage gifts and will not confirm or deny how many of the books sent have actually been received by the President.
Another President is also catching flack for his support of Micheal Vick potentially owning a dog in the near future as part of what Vick calls his “rehabilitation process”. Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the United States believes that Vick is not ready for a dog yet, however, says “I have been around him a lot, and feel confident that he would do a good job as a pet owner.”
In response to President Obama and HSUS President Pacelle’s support of Vick getting a second chance, bloggers are brewing and sharing their distaste for the public statements. Leslie Smith, Blogger for Dog Time says:
“My first reaction was frustration. Michael Vick’s “rehabilitation process”? Why in the world should we spend one dime or one minute helping Vick win back a privilege he so willfully squandered? Allrehabilitation efforts should go towards healing the dogs he torturedand maimed; no part of this is about nursing Vick back to health. And by the way, what dog deserves to be Vick’s guinea pig in his struggle to learn basic decency?”
President Obama has been known to encourage employers to consider convicted criminals as a measure to help break the cycle of getting back on the street, involved in illegal activities, and getting sent back to prison. As Columnist Tommy Christopher put it:
“Obama’s support for redemptive hiring is a matter of record. If there’s a valid criticism to be made, it’s that he may have failed to note that Vick’s experience is far from typical.”
Pit Bull enthusiasts anxiously await response from President Obama as to his thoughts on Vick after reading one of the two hundred copies of The Lost Dogs sent to him. Whether the President will waver in his notion of second chances, based on Vick’s circumstance, remains unknown.
For more information about what happened to the rescued Vick dogs, click here.
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