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Monday, 10 November 2008

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Is Barney the first to test the new President-Elect?

Washington, D.C. - Picking up where he left off last week, an embolden Barney (the Bushs' black Scottish terrier having freshly bitten a TV reporter) decided to test the new president-elect on his own. This time, however, Barney bit off more than he could chew, as secret service agents assigned to protect Barack Obama were the first to draw their guns when Barney lunged at their client.

Showing his teeth and growling when Obama entered the Oval Office in the West Wing of the White House, Bush attempted to control Barney, who he held in his arms but to no avail.

When Obama reached out to give the distempered terrier a pat, he worked free from Bush's hold and lunged through the air at Obama.

"Secret service agents are assigned to protect the president-elect from all threats," said Roger Hamilton, a security specialist consultant. "Obama's security detail was just carrying out their sworn duty. Although Barney is a small dog, he was a clear and present danger. Moreover, the secret service is trained to neutralize any danger instinctively."

Likewise, secret service agents sworn to protect President Bush had no choice but to draw their guns on Obama's secret service agents, if just as a precaution.

"It was a real Mexican stand off," said the First Lady. "The Oval Office filled with secret service agents all with their guns drawn. Obama's men aiming theirs at Barney, who was nipping at his heels, while all the others drew a beat on Obama's agents."

Reportedly, each group of men bearing small firearms, stood in some instances just a few inches away from each other, directly across from one another in a semi-circle. Some even face to face, ready to fire at a moments notice.

Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and Obama stepped in between the guns and begun consulting the men in a calm and soothing voice, reassuring them that everything would be alright. And that it was not only safe to put down their firearms, but that it was the right thing to do. Barney was still nipping and pulling at Obama's trousers.

"He is so impressive," said a secret service sniper that witnessed the entire incident through his riffle scope and monitored the crisis over his two-way radio from a rooftop across the street from the White House. "I have never seen or heard a better hostage negotiator defuse a potentially deadly situation so fast and effectively in my 20 year career. That man is one cool dude. He must have walked into the path of a dozen of so handguns sights, not counting the red laser sniper targeting dots that crisscrossed the room."

Slowly the secret service agents put down their firearms and joined Obama in a group hug.

"Later, Bush crawled out from underneath his desk unscathed except for a rug burn on his left knee (which he later ordered the Pentagon to award him a Purple Heart for)," said a spokesman for Obama. "Obama then reached out to Bush, inviting him over to join in the group hug, which he did."

"It was the most beautiful thing I have every seen, man," continued the secret service sniper as he whipped away tears. "I cried so much, I even fogged up my raffle scope. We all did."

Reportedly, Cheney watch the incident via closed circuit TV from the White House Situation Room, unimpressed with Obama.

Afterwards, Obama left Bush a book on dog obedience he had been reading in preparation for adopting a new puppy for his girls. Before leaving the White House, Obama even managed to potty train Barney.

"Damn he's good," reportedly said Bush, as he waved good-bye to Obama. "I sure feel safer knowing he's the President now, and not Cheney anymore."

As the Obama motorcade pulled out of the White House driveway, Barney followed closely behind waging his tail high up in the air and then howled all throughout the night at his new master's absence, eagerly awaiting his return.

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