Congresswoman’s dog named Fauci hilariously interrupts live TV interview

Since the pandemic forced the majority of us to vacate offices, working from home has had the unforeseen side effect of some very fun interviews.

Yes, ‘BBC Dad’ was just a sign of a reality that was to come, as more and more interviews have been hilariously derailed by interruptions from children and pets.

Back in July, Dr Clare Wenham was forced to deal with her daughter during a BBC News interview. Even Jimmy Fallon fell victim to meddling kids, as his daughter interrupted his talk show to announce that she had lost a tooth.

This time, it was Florida Representative Donna Shalala’s turn, as she addressed the difficulties congress is having with passing a stimulus bill during a live interview with CNN on Saturday, only to be interrupted by her barking dog.

What makes the whole incident even better is that her dog is named Fauci, after the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Like his namesake, he’s clearly prepared for the cameras.

As Shalala attempts to share her frustrations over the lack of another stimulus bill, her pet continually barks offscreen.

When it appears that Fauci (the dog) won’t stop barking, Shalala stops the interview for a moment, and resumes a few seconds later with her dog sitting on her lap.

“Hey, this happens, and other things have happened just like this in these days of the pandemic when television and live cameras have been brought to home,” CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield says, as Shalala moves out of frame. “They have really made for some colourful and interesting television moments.”

As the interview continues with Fauci in tow, Shalala speaks on the stimulus package being stalled by congress.

“There’s no reason why we can’t get this done now,” she says. “And my dog feels the same way.”

Yesterday, congressional leaders finally came to an agreement on a $900 billion Covid relief package. Unlike the last round of stimulus checks, Americans will only receive $600, as opposed to the $1,200 they received earlier this year.

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