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. chelle

    Nice choice....beautiful good natured dogs....

    February 25, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Harry Wang

    Sissyboy: Think of those items as support structures that need repair to prop up America so the overall health of the nation can be improved. I think politicians had been too narrowly focused in the past. He has a daunting task but hopefully he can get some cohesion going...

    February 25, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Dem in FL

    Of course, he chooses the dog the Kennedys have. LOL What a joke. Can you say "wannabe". He wants to be like the Kennedys, he wants to be like Lincoln. For God's sake, be your own man. Ugh. PUKE!

    February 25, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. SWell

    Portugese water dogs will be the new craze now.............unfortunately a lot people are not equipped or prepared for the demands and committment of a dog.

    February 25, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Kim

    This kind of story reinforces our president as a genuine family oriented man. Kind of like ordinary folks. A pleasant change from the stories of doom & gloom.

    February 25, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Kitchen Police

    Sissyboy, how does the economy recover if we don't invest in health-care, infrastructure, and education?

    February 25, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Ruth

    I think President Obama is doing a great job so far. I think his family is beautiful, and I have all the confidence in the world in him. I do wish the Press would leave him alone and give him a chance to do his job. I am tired of their analyzing his every move. Thank you!

    February 25, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Shirley in California

    Beautiful picture. Beautiful family. Enough said.

    February 25, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. still hoping

    There's as much meat in this article as in his speech last night.
    Actually, what I read of his speech since I was enjoying myself watching Family Guy which has more truth in it.

    February 25, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. BobbyB

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. VJM

    To Sissyboy: Because he knows the lazy fools he's working with and if it doesn't get address now, it never will.

    February 25, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Wask

    Wow. Who cares?

    "I'm afraid he's going to try to do everything, and then nothing will get done."

    Yeah, it's looking that way.

    February 25, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Sandy in Washington

    To Sissyboy in CA: Hopefully this will help answer your question.
    The reason President Obama addresses "...education, infrastructure, healthcare ..." in his speeches about the economy is because all of these things are part of what makes our economy strong – or weak. Job opportunites are expanded when the various factions of our economy are properly funded. The old fashioned economic law of supply and demand determines how well – or if – those factions receive the funding they need. The funding is usually a mix of private and public sector dollars. Jobs, in turn, create consumer spending, which, in turn, fuels suppy and demand. Macro economists look at the unemployment rate in this country, in addition to its gross domestic production, or GDP (once again, the bottom line is jobs), to determine how strong or weak the U.S. economy is at any given point in time.

    February 25, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Jeff, Oregon State University

    You're right, he is doing a lot at once. But if he were just to focus on the economy (something that will take years to fully recover from), we're going to make the nation sink even worse. And... those addition features of legislation are part of the economy. Healthcare, education and infrastructure directly relate to the status of the economy. If you let those systems fail as they have the past 10-15 years, then where we are right now was inevitable.

    February 25, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. pat Field

    I SINCERELY HOPE THAT THEY ADOPT THEIR NEW DOG

    FROM A RESCUE ORGANIZATION..

    February 25, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. jenoa

    Stupid "sissyboy in CA" – education is of the utmost importance, because you should be tired of all these dumb "A" people running the country and further more having an education keeps you in the game.

    Apparently, you are not educated enough, because if you were, then you would know if you have an education and its hard to get a job, then imagine without one what's going to happen.

    Education is the key; if one is unable to read, write, do simple math, then how would he/she be able to complete a job application for one of those so called infrastructure; health care jobs.

    Use your head.

    February 25, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. danno

    Nice choice – they're nice dogs...
    But what has that to do with the economy sissyboy?
    C'mon you didn't vote for President Obama, DID YOU.
    Republican phony!

    February 25, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Christine Heinen

    You obviously do not understand that any organization, such as the United States, must always invest in the future. Short-term strategies to pump up the bottom line temporarily, is what got us into this pickle in the first place. Finally we have a leader with a long-term vision to create real and lasting stability. If you are worried about what can be accomplished in 4 years then please vote for him again next term!

    February 25, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Carol Heinick

    Love it! "Joe the Dog"......

    February 25, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Because without education, infrastructure and healthcare there is no economy.

    February 25, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. vinnie

    10 billion in pork 5% of the package ya got to be kidding me ..whats next a new fleet of personal helicoptors ?

    February 25, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Improved education, infrastructure, and improved healthcare is what benefits an economy. Teachers keep their jobs and new ones grow, building creates jobs, and being proactive and keeping people healthy is cheaper than letting them get sick and having exorbitant expenses. He's done more in his first month in office than anyone I can remember. Also, he is the one offering solutions. The republicans just keep giving the same suggestions that they have been relying upon for at least the past 8 years. Look where that got us.

    February 25, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. todd

    Sissyboy, I think you are responding to the wrong article!

    February 25, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  24. No Vaseline

    Who cares?

    February 25, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. H - NY

    The economy is comprised of something greater than just the DOW. Get some know-how before you make silly posts like that.

    February 25, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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