Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Kennedy to make a "Splash" with kids book.

Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, an author of a children’s book?

Apparently so, according to a Reuters story released yesterday.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sen. Ted Kennedy is writing a children's book that will explain the workings of government from the point of view of his dog Splash.

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa! SPLASH???!!! Kennedy named his dog SPLASH???!!! Doesn’t anybody see the irony here?

Isn’t that like O.J. Simpson naming his pet “Glove”?

Or Bill Clinton naming his pooch…uh…well, we won’t go there.

Publisher Scholastic said "My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C." was a 56-page picture book about a day in the life of a senator and his dog, explaining how laws are made. It will be published in May.

"Kids love animal stories and they will be captivated by the tale of Senator Kennedy's extraordinary Portuguese water dog, and his adventures in Congress," said Lisa Holton, President Children's Books and Book Fairs, Scholastic.

Like the time Splash soiled the floor of the Senate chamber? As a kid that would certainly grab my attention!

Scholastic said in a statement Kennedy was inspired to write the book after working with a children's reading program in Washington for the past five years.

"Reading is a lifelong adventure and I hope that this book will spark an interest in young people to learn more about their government and to explore the joy of books," Kennedy said in the statement.

Learn more about the government from your perspective, Senator? Does the book give detailed explanations on how one slanders the name of a Supreme Court nominee?

Scholastic said the book would offer a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a U.S. senator from the perspective of his canine companion, who was given the formal name Champion Amigo's Seventh Wave and nickname Splash by his original owner.

"Splash is always at Senator Kennedy's side -- in his office, at press conferences, in meetings at the Capitol and even right outside the Senate chamber," the statement said.

I just hope Splash is never in an automobile with Senator Kennedy.

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