June 20, 2014 10:00 PM

Getting a dog to obey commands is pretty tricky – even for one of the most powerful men in the world.

Secretary of State John Kerry learned that the hard way this week when he brought his yellow Lab Ben on camera for an interview with Today’s Savannah Guthrie.

“Place,” Kerry says in the clip below, trying hard to get the pooch to sit (to no avail). “This is embarrassing. Come on, Benny. Down ”

Ben’s butt does eventually hit the ground, though when Guthrie asks Kerry if his dog is a stress reliever, he jokes back, “he’s a stress giver” (though a cute one!).

Watch Ben in the clip below, and follow him on Twitter at @DiploMutt for more paw-dorable pics and updates.

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