“These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons. No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala.
Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks, and my family don’t resent attacks, but Fala does resent them.
You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I’d left him behind on an Aleutian island and had sent a destroyer back to find him—at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or twenty million dollars—his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since.
I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself … But I think I have a right to resent, to object, to libelous statements about my dog.”
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt, US President
Background: During the 1944 presidential campaign, Republicans alleged that Mr Roosevelt had left his Scottie dog, Fala, behind in the Aleutian Islands and sent a U.S. destroyer to collect him (at taxpayers’ cost). President Roosevelt chose to respond during a speech to the International Teamsters Union.