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Presidential Dog Eats Broadcaster's Coat

The Giants didn't get to meet any members of the first family during their White House tour yesterday, but they did get to meet Bo, which was clearly the highlight for several players. Dave Flemming, the Giants' broadcaster who grew up in Alexandria, had been to the White House many times, but this was his first one-on-one time with a presidential pet.

He saw Bo the Portuguese water dog in an entryway on the way to the Oval Office, where the dog apparently goes to cool off. Flemming has a whippet, and he loves dogs, so he figured he might as well introduce himself.

"So I said hi to Bo, he licked me and all that," Flemming recalled today. "We went into the Oval Office, checked it out, and then came back. We were just gonna mill around the Rose Garden for a little bit, and there was Bo again. So it was just me; there's the dog, and the dog's handler was there. And so I just squatted down next to him.

"And he's real playful and friendly, he laid down, he wanted me to scratch his belly, so I petted him for a few minutes. But he's a puppy, so then he wanted to nip at my hands, playing around. So he's nipping around and whatnot, he's got those sharp little puppy teeth, and he nipped my sportscoat, right at the cuff. And he just grabbed onto it and he wouldn't let go; it was like his chewtoy.

"So I'm kind of pulling at it, I'm like, 'Uhhh,' looking around. Am I allowed to yell at the president's dog? I don't know. I didn't exactly know what the protocol was here. Can I say bad dog, no?

"I was just kind of letting him do it for a minute. Then I started to hear a couple of the threads start to pull, [so] I looked down. I mean, it's not like he ruined the thing, but he pulled the first seam off the cuff of the jacket. And at that point I said, C'mon Bo!"

The handler intervened, and Flemming's jacket was mostly spared, which didn't stop him from bragging about his ripped cuff once they left the Rose Garden. He still wore it to the park last night. And he had been planning on replacing the blazer anyhow, so no need to shed any tears for the torn fabric.

"I probably would have given it away," he said. "Now I'll save it."

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 4, 2009; 3:58 PM ET
Categories:  MLB , Media , Nats  
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