Telling are the actions we take. Mr. Obama has fulfilled his promise to his daughters and given them a dog, but not a mutt like him. Given the opportunity, Mr. Obama displayed his true character, an elitist and a hypocrite. He "wanted" to rescue a dog from a shelter but alas, he didn't. He had good intentions but intentions won't cut it for Scruffie. Scruffie's days are numbered and there is no hope left. Soon, Scruffie will be euthanized, a euphemism for an ever long sleep.
How hard would it have been to have kept that promise, to fulfill the noble ideal of helping a downtrodden canine? Not hard, but harder than the minuscule sacrifice required. Obama, the embodiment of symbolism, sent a strong signal with his choice. Mr. Obama's symbolic failure unmasks the veil of shared sacrifice. He preaches shared sacrifice, but neglects to tell us to whom we are sacrificing. God does not give himself sacraments and he doesn't get a mutt.