February 25th, 2009
05:39 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama family chooses dog

One of the most intense guessing games of President Obama’s new administration is finally over: the choice of first dog.
One of the most intense guessing games of President Obama’s new administration is finally over: the choice of first dog.

(CNN) – One of the most intense guessing games of President Obama’s new administration is finally over: the choice of first dog.

First Lady Michelle Obama told People magazine that her family has decided to adopt a Portuguese water dog, pointing to the breed’s medium-sized and good-natured reputation. The breed is also hypoallergenic — a must, given daughter Malia’s allergy to dogs.

The first lady said her daughters will have to wait until the end of April to get the dog, since her family is planning on going away for Spring Break.

The only thing left to pick is the name, and Mrs. Obama said she is not a fan of her daughters’ choices.

“There are names floating around and they're bad," Mrs. Obama said in the interview. "You listen and you go – like, I think, Frank was one of them. Frank! Moose was another one of them. Moose. I said, well, what if the dog isn't a moose? Moose. I'm like, no, come on, let's work with the names a little bit."

Since Obama announced on Election Night that his daughters had “earned” a dog, there has been a lot of speculation and input from dog-lovers around the country. The president has said for months that he was looking for a shelter dog that was hypoallergenic.

Mrs. Obama said she took some advice from Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who owns two Portuguese water dogs and had lobbied the first family to choose the breed. But overall, she said found the level of excitement about the family’s dog “surprising.”

"It's all great and gracious attention,” Mrs. Obama said, in the edition of people that hits newsstands Friday. “People are just being as helpful as you can imagine. So I know that we will find the perfect breed. And we'll find people who are caring folks who will help us find the dog of our dreams.


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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. No Hillary = No Obama

    Can this family be any more superficial or picture-ready?

    February 25, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. carlo

    I'm happy for the girls. I have a special affinity for long haired daschunds like mind, but they can be a little snappy with children.

    February 25, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. carlo

    I'm happy for the girls. I have a special affinity for long haired daschunds like mine, but they can be a little snappy with children.

    February 25, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Sissyboy in CA

    I voted for Obama and I am all for the guy but I don't understand why he has to throw education, infrastructure, healthcare, and the kitchen sink into his speeches. We need the economy to recover first and then we can address these issues as need be. I'm afraid he's going to try to do everything, and then nothing will get done.

    February 25, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Venia

    Beautiful Family! And thanks Obama for doing more for the actual people of this country in one month than gw bush and the rethuglicans did in 8 years!

    February 25, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Angus McDugan

    When will we hear the speach on this?

    February 25, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. BREAKING NEWS!!!!

    The obama's got...a...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZ

    February 25, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Veteran in Chattanooga

    I don't care about the Dog. I care about their happiness and life. May God continue to bless the president and his beautiful family.

    February 25, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. kurtmo5

    Couldn't they have picked an American Dog?

    Maybe we need a dog czar.

    February 25, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Frost/Tennessee

    Name him or her.. republican
    .. most dogs learn the word NO.. lol..

    February 25, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Karen- PROUD OF MY PRESIDENT

    Fantastic. Those girls deserve a dog! Sasha and Malia. Congrats, your dad kept his promise.

    February 25, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. John

    'Ashanti" is Swahili for "Thank you."

    February 25, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. pete

    Over a month to decide on a job. Sounds like chief executive qualifications to me.

    February 25, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Chasman

    I love this – the photo of how you envision family – happy, together and making me remember the pets we're had and yes, not particularily happy with the kids name choices.

    February 25, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. jane

    I am sorry about daughter's allergy; otherwise, they could save a dog's life at a shelter.

    February 25, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. cnnnewser

    I love this family!
    It's so nice hearing family news from the Obama White House – those children make my heart melt.
    I'm sick of the gloom and doom of the world and ready for some light hearted family news every once in awhile.

    February 25, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Typical White Person

    And the Bots say Kennedy isn't pulling Obama's strings...

    February 25, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. arithmetic is liberal

    Moose!

    I love kids!

    February 25, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. MMS

    That's an expensive breed! Good luck finding one in a shelter.

    February 25, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Typical White Person

    And the Bots say Kennedy isn't pulling Obama's strings...

    February 25, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Tannim

    There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog.

    And while the PWD may have a good reputation, Obama would have done much better both poltically and personally to adopt a pair of greyhounds that were recently made available for adoption from either the Massachusetts tracks or the Guam tracks that are closing.

    So much for sending a good message, I guess.

    Call it what it is: more superficial, depthlessness.

    February 25, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. fearful for my country

    As usual Michelle has to control everything. Right down to the dogs name.

    February 25, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. Name That Dog

    Let's start naming the dog:

    Obie1 Kanobi
    Oscar
    Moby

    Barack Obama

    Amabakcarab Barack Obama spelled backwards

    Letters in Barack Obama
    aaaaa (5 A's in Obama's name)
    o
    m
    bb
    k
    c
    r

    February 25, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Bruce

    And this is news why?????? Oh I'm sorry, after all he IS the second coming.

    February 25, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. ari from virginia

    That is wonderful..

    Have a wonderful time with the new dog when it shows up

    no other animal shows selflessness like a dog and that is one of the greatest character of all americans when everyone comes right down to what matters.

    This will be a great thing for the family and our country.

    :>)

    February 25, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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