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Obama Adviser Axelrod Compares Miss Calif. USA Prejean to a Dog

By Dan Weil   |   Monday, 18 May 2009 10:38 AM

David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Obama, added to the criticisms of Miss California USA Carrie Prejean during the weekend. But instead of merely giving her grief for opposing same-sex marriage, he basically called her a dog.

In a largely humorous interview on National Public Radio’s “Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!” show, Axelrod was asked how involved he was in the Obama family’s selection of its dog, Bo.

He quipped that he “only got called in for the final three,” The New York Times reports.

But while Axelrod got serious for a moment, telling listeners he didn’t take part in the dog decision, show host Peter Sagal asked for information about the other two contestants.

“One was Miss California,” Axelrod cracked, as the audience laughed.

Last week, liberal pundits had gone after Prejean to the point that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin felt compelled to step up in her defense.

"The liberal onslaught of malicious attacks against Carrie Prejean for expressing her opinion is despicable," Palin said Wednesday.

"What I find so remarkable is that these politically-motivated attacks fail to show that what Carrie and I believe is also what President Obama and Secretary Clinton believe: that marriage is between a man and a woman," Palin says.

Obama has said that, although he supports gay rights, as a Christian he is opposed to same-sex marriage. Clinton has expressed opposition to gay marriage, but support for same-sex civil unions.

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