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Conan the Very Good Dog
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Who’s a good dog? Who’s a good dog? Who’s a very good dog!? Meet Conan, The Very Good Dog.

The White House staff did an excellent job of scheduling the two big White House visits this week.* Today was the courageous canine’s day. Conan smiled a lot and enjoyed an ear scratch by Vice President Pence. He was on his very best behavior, exercising his military discipline in not even nipping at the press corps or chasing Deep State swamp creatures though the White House.

Secretary Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Milley, should be proud of this U.S. military working dog’s poise in front of the public, and ashamed that they have not enforced the same level of loyalty, honor, and a-political selfless service on military officers and civilians in the Swamp.** Notice from the transcript that the special operators who went in to take down al-Baghdadi were also at the White House, in the Oval Office, meeting the President. So far, none of the rats in the White House have leaked any illegally taken photo or video, perhaps because that would be taken seriously by the very leaders who have done nothing more than tut-tut about leaks of POTUS conversations with foreign leaders.

Here are brief excerpts from Conan the Very Good Dog’s White House visit:

Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence Recognizing Special Operations Military Working Dog from 1st SFOD-D

November 25, 2019

[…]

[President Trump:] They were going to put a muzzle on the dog and I thought that was a good idea, but then it gets even more violent, John. So I had a choice. But, no, the dog is incredible. Actually incredible. We spent some good time with it. And so brilliant, so smart — the way it was with the Special Forces people that it worked with. And for obvious reasons, they can’t be out in front of the media.

But they did a fantastic job. Conan did a fantastic job. And we’re very honored to have Conan here and to have given Conan a certificate and an award that we’re going to put up in the White House.

Mike, would you have something to say?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: It’s great to be here, Mr. President. I know you just finished a meeting with some of the very same Special Forces who completed the successful raid that took down the leader of ISIS.

But I recall, Mr. President, when you made the decision, right up there in White House.

THE PRESIDENT: Yep.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: The day before the raid, you had talked about measures that were available to protect our soldiers. And it had been described to us, about the fact that they had dogs that could go in, in the event that al-Baghdadi had on him an explosive vest — that you put the premium on the safety of our Special Forces.

And this dog was there; suffered some injury. We were able to complete the raid without any American casualty. And so I think having the Special Forces here today, who obviously can’t come out in the public, but also having this extraordinary dog here today is all a reflection of our armed forces and the great job that they do.

But Conan is really a hero. It’s really a — it’s a real joy to be able to help welcome him here to the White House with you.

[…]

[THE PRESIDENT]

So I want to thank you all. Thank you very much. And this is a great honor to have Conan here. A great honor to have the Special Forces here. They’re in the Oval Office.

Q Do you want to adopt the dog, Mr. President?

Q Is Conan retiring?

THE PRESIDENT: I love this dog. No, Conan is not retiring yet. Conan is primetime, age-wise. Primetime. I asked that question.

They go for about six years — like an athlete. Six years. They start — they like to get them at one and a half or two years old, and they’ll go for about six years from that time.

[…]

Q Melania, do you want to adopt the dog for Barron?

THE FIRST LADY: No. (Laughter.)

END

There is absolutely no truth to the scurrilous rumor that Conan, The Very Good Dog, was seen entering the Willard Hotel on Monday evening, after visiting the White House and not biting any of the White House press corps or Deep State operatives. This #FakeNews will be utterly disproven by the appearance of Bread and Butter at the White House this Tuesday, with not a feather out of place.


* Not that the Bulgarian Prime Minister is chopped liver, indeed, he seems a very solid fellow. His visit, as scheduled, reaffirmed the old movie actors’ adage about never working with children or animals (as they will always upstage you). Check the official transcript of his arrival:

Remarks by President Trump at the Arrival of Prime Minister Borissov of the Republic of Bulgaria

November 25, 2019

Rose Garden
2:27 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Treat him well please. Treat him well.

How did you like Conan? Pretty good, right?

Q Yeah.

THE PRESIDENT: Don’t get in a fight with Conan. I found that out — you don’t have a chance with Conan, right? Who would think that? Not even a chance. No. Incredible.

Q Mr. President, do you intend to come to Bulgaria?

THE PRESIDENT: It could happen. Are you from Bulgaria?

Q Yeah.

THE PRESIDENT: Could happen.

Q When?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, so far, I haven’t been invited, but I think I would be. He’s a great gentleman. He’s a —

Q You recently signed Poland into the Visa Waiver Program. Do you plan to invite Bulgaria also into the —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think they’re going to ask for that. And the relationship is such that could happen. But I’m going to see you inside. Okay?

END 2:28 P.M. EST

** Although Secretary of Defense Esper has collected the first swamp creature’s scalp, firing the U.S. Navy’s senior civilian after pointedly reminding everyone in the military that “good order and discipline” most certainly includes obeying the Commander in Chief and not seeking to undermine his policies. SecDef Esper fired Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer for defying the Commander in Chief‘s express wishes (which are by definition orders and were indisputably lawful).

Swampy Spencer, and apparently the general officer over the SEAL teams, took personal offense and tried to hide, like Courtney Massengale, behind the facade of acceptable terms and military values in his resignation letter that Reuters reports were leaked to them. Hence the Secretary of Defense first publicly warning everyone that “good order and discipline” starts with obeying, not defying or casting aspersions upon, the Commander in Chief.

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There are 23 comments.

  1. PHCheese Member

    Contrast that him with my pup Jack. He ate two TV remotes, my Kindle in the last couple of weeks. Today he chewed through his retractable leach and I destroyed it trying to fix it. Jack is in the dog house.

    • #1
    • November 25, 2019, at 5:17 PM PST
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  2. EODmom Coolidge

    Our grandson goes with his dad to the shop every once in awhile and there are 2 things he wants to see: the robots his dad works with and the working dogs that are on the team. They always seem to have smiles on their faces when they see a 6 year old red headed boy ready to play. They are indeed magnificent animals. Golly they work hard. I’m so grateful for the work they do. 

    • #2
    • November 25, 2019, at 5:27 PM PST
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  3. OmegaPaladin Moderator

    The only orders you can refuse to follow are expressly illegal orders, like throw the Navy JAG prosecutors of Gallagher into jail without trial, or punch Adam Schiff in the face. Those are satisfying, but not legal.

    • #3
    • November 25, 2019, at 11:16 PM PST
    • 7 likes
  4. Kozak Member

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    Contrast that him with my pup Jack. He ate two TV remotes, my Kindle in the last couple of weeks. Today he chewed through his retractable leach and I destroyed it trying to fix it. Jack is in the dog house.

    My GSD kept eating the TV remote too. So I decided to fix that. Put a jalapeño pepper in the battery compartment and put that “sour apple” stuff on the outside to deter Fritzi.

    Next morning I woke up to a destroyed remote and canine diarrhea all over the living room.

    Well played.

    • #4
    • November 26, 2019, at 5:27 AM PST
    • 5 likes
  5. Kozak Member

    Clifford A. Brown: Swampy Spencer, and apparently the general officer over the SEAL teams, took personal offense and tried to hide, l

    I’d love to see those general officers called to Trumps office for “Gentlemen, I accept your retirement effective immediately”.

    • #5
    • November 26, 2019, at 5:30 AM PST
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  6. Columbo Member

    Richard Spencer is one of a myriad of rebellious weasels embedded in our federal government as a sleeper cell seeking to inflict harm upon the duly elected President, and the country. If they had any integrity at all, they would either not accept the nomination or resign with a public statement about their policy differences with their President. Instead they lurk and undermine and seek to inflict harm on the President through subversion. This is traitorous and cowardly, not the chest-thumping portrayal that these bureaucrats project in Congressional hearings as a self-defined ‘honorable’ (sic) objector whilst seeking the approval of their democrat slave masters and of the sycophantic media. 

    Mr. President, find loyal advisers to help weed out and replace these malcontents seeking to usurp the will of the people. Whoever is behind the recommendations of people like Spencer are also a cancer which must be removed.

    Good riddance Dick.

    • #6
    • November 26, 2019, at 5:51 AM PST
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  7. Boss Mongo Member

    There are no words for the regard in which I hold military working dogs, particularly SOF dogs. It sounds like hyperbole, but they are truly brothers in arms. Not dogs. I tried to give them a head chuck here.

    Clifford A. Brown: Notice from the transcript that the special operators who went in to take down al-Baghdadi were also at the White House, in the Oval Office, meeting the President. So far, none of the rats in the White House have leaked any illegally taken photo or video, perhaps because that would be taken seriously by the very leaders who have done nothing more than tut-tut about leaks of POTUS conversations with foreign leaders.

    Yes, and the operators may well take umbrage at being outed. They may will see their names and or faces being published as a direct threat to themselves (not too big a deal, in their world. What’s the term of art? Oh, yes…Bring It) and their families (a really, really big deal. Requires retribution). Might be outside the Swamp-thing, Anti-Trump looking-for-a-chance-to-leak personnel’s frame of reference. Hopefully there were people there switched on enough to communicate “that would be a really, really bad idea.”

    • #7
    • November 26, 2019, at 7:46 AM PST
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  8. Full Size Tabby Member

    Clifford A. Brown: [President Trump:] They were going to put a muzzle on the dog and I thought that was a good idea, but then it gets even more violent, John. So I had a choice. But, no, the dog is incredible. Actually incredible. We spent some good time with it. And so brilliant, so smart — the way it was with the Special Forces people that it worked with. And for obvious reasons, they can’t be out in front of the media.

    I’m baffled why anyone would consider putting a muzzle on a trained military dog.

    I assume military dogs have brains and training similar to police dogs (I don’t think I have met a military dog, but I have met a number of police dogs). One thing police dogs clearly know is when to attack and when not to attack. It amazes me how quickly upon command a police dog goes from docile “come pet me” mode to attack mode. But until the dog’s handler issues that command, the dog remains in docile mode, posing no threat to anyone. 

    I’m glad no one insulted Conan by subjecting him to the indignity of a muzzle. 

    • #8
    • November 26, 2019, at 7:46 AM PST
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  9. Western Chauvinist Member

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    Contrast that him with my pup Jack. He ate two TV remotes, my Kindle in the last couple of weeks. Today he chewed through his retractable leach and I destroyed it trying to fix it. Jack is in the dog house.

    Sounds like Jack needs boot camp!

    • #9
    • November 26, 2019, at 9:01 AM PST
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  10. PHCheese Member

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    Contrast that him with my pup Jack. He ate two TV remotes, my Kindle in the last couple of weeks. Today he chewed through his retractable leach and I destroyed it trying to fix it. Jack is in the dog house.

    Sounds like Jack needs boot camp!

    Are you saying he should wear Jack boots?

    • #10
    • November 26, 2019, at 10:59 AM PST
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  11. PHCheese Member

    Kozak (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    Contrast that him with my pup Jack. He ate two TV remotes, my Kindle in the last couple of weeks. Today he chewed through his retractable leach and I destroyed it trying to fix it. Jack is in the dog house.

    My GSD kept eating the TV remote too. So I decided to fix that. Put a jalapeño pepper in the battery compartment and put that “sour apple” stuff on the outside to deter Fritzi.

    Next morning I woke up to a destroyed remote and canine diarrhea all over the living room.

    Well played.

    I didn’t mention the hole he dug in the bedroom carpet. He is also a thief. If something is missing we first check behind the sofa and it’s usually there.

    • #11
    • November 26, 2019, at 11:03 AM PST
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  12. Vance Richards Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):
    There are no words for the regard in which I hold military working dogs, particularly SOF dogs. It sounds like hyperbole, but they are truly brothers in arms. Not dogs

    Growing up I had a dog that got kicked out of obedience school. So, I really appreciate seeing dogs that are that well trained. Being able to attack on command and then be that calm and friendly among others is amazing (even people have trouble turning it on and off like that). I can see why they are so valued in the field.

    • #12
    • November 26, 2019, at 12:35 PM PST
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  13. Vance Richards Member

    But did the President need to top the day off with an Animal Cruelty bill? That really shouldn’t be a federal issue.

    • #13
    • November 26, 2019, at 12:37 PM PST
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  14. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown Post author

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    But did the President need to top the day off with an Animal Cruelty bill? That really shouldn’t be a federal issue.

    Agreed, except in as much as real interstate commerce is involved. I’m thinking dog fighting rings with money and dogs moved across state lines, similar to issues with bank robbers and kidnappers.

    In this case it is the creation and distribution of videos of animal torture, a term that needs to be tightly limited lest the extremists use it against hunters.

    • #14
    • November 26, 2019, at 12:49 PM PST
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  15. Kozak Member

    PHCheese (View Comment):
    I didn’t mention the hole he dug in the bedroom carpet. He is also a thief. If something is missing we first check behind the sofa and it’s usually there.

    But damn do I miss that dog. She was my shadow for a decade.

    Thats her gnawing on a Bill Clinton chew toy. Good. Dog.

    • #15
    • November 26, 2019, at 1:09 PM PST
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  16. wilber forge Member

    Truly an amazing breed of dog. Have seen training videos and these critters and they will climb trees and get over 8 ft. walls if they want to. would never want ot be on the Wrong End of one these criitters.. Never met one, but I think obtainin permission first would be wise.

     

    • #16
    • November 26, 2019, at 1:29 PM PST
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  17. namlliT noD Member

    And POTUS signs law to prevent cruelty to animals:

    From r/The_Donald.

    • #17
    • November 26, 2019, at 6:45 PM PST
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  18. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown Post author

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    And POTUS signs law to prevent cruelty to animals:

    From r/The_Donald.

    Well played.

    • #18
    • November 26, 2019, at 6:50 PM PST
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  19. Percival Thatcher

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    And POTUS signs law to prevent cruelty to animals:

    From r/The_Donald.

    Well played.

    Be sure that someone informs the Wapo fact-checkers that this is a photoshop. Wouldn’t want to overtax the poor things.

    • #19
    • November 26, 2019, at 6:59 PM PST
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  20. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown Post author

    Percival (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    And POTUS signs law to prevent cruelty to animals:

    From r/The_Donald.

    Well played.

    Be sure that someone informs the Wapo fact-checkers that this is a photoshop. Wouldn’t want to overtax the poor things.

    Oh no, I want them to climb over a fence and start shouting questions in Conan The Very Good Dog’s face. I really, really want that.

    • #20
    • November 26, 2019, at 7:06 PM PST
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  21. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown Post author

    I also liked the First Lady’s Calvin Coolidge like reply. Her answer was the short version of what every mother in America would say. 

    • #21
    • November 26, 2019, at 7:10 PM PST
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  22. Boss Mongo Member

    I think Conan has a man– dog-crush on VP Pence.

    Did I ever mention how much I love sharp nosed, pointy eared dogs?

    • #22
    • November 27, 2019, at 4:59 PM PST
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  23. Postmodern Hoplite Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    I think Conan has a man– dog-crush on VP Pence.

    Did I ever mention how much I love sharp nosed, pointy eared dogs?

    Three dogfaces – my brothers!

    • #23
    • November 28, 2019, at 1:16 PM PST
    • 3 likes