And on your Daily Howler: Confidence in the federal government has been on a bit of downturn.
Here’s how bad it seems to be getting:
This morning, for the second day in a row, we opened a major newspaper to glamour shots of Hurricane and Jordan, the highly competent Secret Service K-9 unit attack dogs.
Yesterday morning, their head shots peeped out at us from inside the Washington Post. Today, Jordan’s glossy appears in the Times, next to a glowing news report by a grateful Michael Schmidt, who speaks for a grateful nation.
Here’s the way he started out, hard-copy headline included:
SCHMIDT (10/24/14): K-9 ‘Agents’ Lift Spirits of the Secret Service With Heroics at the White HouseCareful, Schmidt! If you build them up too much, they may decide to make their move to the private sector!
Jordan took a kick to his snout. Hurricane was slammed to the ground and repeatedly punched. Both were rushed to a veterinarian for treatment.
But by stopping a fence jumper from getting into the White House on Wednesday night, the two members of the Secret Service’s K-9 unit accomplished something that humans in the agency have been hard-pressed to do recently: They performed their duties flawlessly and, at least for a day, lifted the morale of a Secret Service that had been rocked by a series of embarrassing incidents.
What the dogs, both Belgian Malinois, did was stop a man who had managed to get over the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. The dogs, which can run 25 miles per hour and have a bite that applies hundreds of pounds of pressure per square inch, knocked the man to the ground, and bit him. As the man tried to fend the dogs off, officers moved in and arrested him.
(Warning! This Sunday, Maureen Dowd will almost surely lament the fact that the president doesn’t apply that many pounds of pressure!)
You can count on Hurricane and Jordan—and on your Daily Howler. We pursue the press corps like fleet Malinois every day of the week.
Next week, we’ll start to hound you again about the merits of our work. For today, let’s tip our caps to these federal employees, while jauntily saying this:
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