(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.
Can this family be any more superficial or picture-ready?
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.
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.
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.
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!
When will we hear the speach on this?
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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.
Couldn't they have picked an American Dog?
Maybe we need a dog czar.
Name him or her.. republican
.. most dogs learn the word NO.. lol..
Fantastic. Those girls deserve a dog! Sasha and Malia. Congrats, your dad kept his promise.
'Ashanti" is Swahili for "Thank you."
Over a month to decide on a job. Sounds like chief executive qualifications to me.
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.
I am sorry about daughter's allergy; otherwise, they could save a dog's life at a shelter.
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.
And the Bots say Kennedy isn't pulling Obama's strings...
I love kids!
That's an expensive breed! Good luck finding one in a shelter.
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.
As usual Michelle has to control everything. Right down to the dogs name.
Let's start naming the dog:
Amabakcarab Barack Obama spelled backwards
Letters in Barack Obama
aaaaa (5 A's in Obama's name)
And this is news why?????? Oh I'm sorry, after all he IS the second coming.
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.