Bo-Gate: The Coverup Starts to Unravel

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I know that you’ve all been holding your breath over the unfolding scandal known as Bo-gate, so here’s the latest:

Scott Miscovich, who lives down the street from the Obama vacation rental home on Kailuana Place told the Star-Advertiser Sunday, “My wife saw Michelle and the kids passing by and we’ve seen Bo (the Obamas’ dog) walking.”

A White House spokesman told the Star-Advertiser that Bo did not travel to Hawaii with the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha.

This afternoon, Miscovich released the following statement: “It is now clear my wife saw another black dog walking our neighborhood. We would like to apologize to Bo and the Obama family for any inconvenience this may have caused them. We would also like to wish them a peaceful and Merry Christmas.”

So apparently the White House is doubling down on its coverup. They say Bo didn’t go to Hawaii. They say Bo didn’t fly back to Virginia the next day in order to stage a photo op with President Obama. They say Bo doesn’t have his own private 747 to ferry him around the country. And they obviously used their well-honed Chicago thug tactics to force Scott Miscovich to recant. It’s just like Darkness at Noon.

This is not over. Oh no. It’s not even close. Maybe the Obamas can get Scott Miscovich to back down, but they’ll never get to me. This blog will bring you the truth about Bo until their jackbooted thugs drag me away from my computer kicking and screa

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