April 12th, 2009
08:50 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama daughters to get Portuguese water dog named 'Bo'

The president is finally fulfilling an important campaign promise -- to get his daughters a new puppy now that his campaign is over.
The president is finally fulfilling an important campaign promise - to get his daughters a new puppy now that his campaign is over.

WASHINGTON (CNN)– The frenzy over the First Dog is finally over. The Obamas are welcoming a Portuguese water dog to the White House that Sasha and Malia have named "Bo," according to two Democratic sources familiar with the secretive process.

The sources confirmed an account in Sunday's Washington Post that Sen. Edward Kennedy, who has three Portuguese water dogs, played a critical role in lining up the pup.

The puppy is set to be officially unveiled to the world on Tuesday after the Obamas host their first White House Easter egg roll on Monday.


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  1. Joyce

    Half the posters are saying "who cares". Well, why did they read the story in the first place????
    It shows how stupid these people are. These people read everything there is out there about the Obamas and then complain that the stories should'nt be written. .If you're not interested, then don't read the stories!!! But don't complain after you yourself have read it.
    I'm sure the Republicans hate all the positive coverage of the Obamas, it's going to be a long 8 years for them.

    April 12, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Chipster

    deeb, PWDs are considered to be hypoallergnic, but no dog (or any pet) can be guaranteed due to the wide variety of allergies. Hopefully, Malia was given an opportunity to spend some time with the puppy to determine if she could tolerate this breed. I would expect her pediatrician would have advised the family.

    Thank you for raising this issue and warning others who are allergic to avoid pets until they are sure they won't have a bad reaction.

    April 12, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. PVC

    The only news story here is that they did not get a rescue dog, which they kept saying they would. I understand the allergy isuue, but anyone that has been to a shelter, or a resuce group knows you can find just about any breed given some time. The worst part is that a comment was made since they did not get a resuce/shelter dog they would make a donation to a local shelter. Please, funds are imporant but more is the fact that one of these precious pups has a loving home, not to live out ehir life in a kennel, or worse be euthaized. Now it is time to move on from this and concentrate on real news.

    April 12, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. wasabe kid

    JR wrote: "How disappointing. There are hundred of thousands of shelter dogs that the Obamas could have adopted, sending a strong message to the American public. But instead, they chose to foster pure-breed-fever. This is akin to President Obama's fiscal policy — save Wall street while the clock ticks on shelter-bound homeowners."

    joe biden senior wrote: "Great news story….wonder if joey will have to clean up after the dog does his business…just like somenone will have to clean up after Obama's mess…"

    And many others wrote similar things. To those individuals, I have several comments:

    1. How often a month does your flinty little heart beat? Two? Three?

    2. This dog was not a shelter dog, apparently. I like shelter dogs myself. However, Ted Kennedy – who is dying – recommended this dog. Maybe that had something to do with it. Also, maybe the two girls fell in love with this particular puppy.

    3. If Obama walked across the Potomac River, all of you would be saying, "See! Obama can't swim!"

    April 12, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. sr

    glad to see that cnn is on top of the real news

    April 12, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Santa Maria

    Thank goodness...hopefully this puppy doesn't cost us a trillion dollars, like the last pet that Obama adopted. Will we be allowed to see the puppy's credentials, or will it be hidden like Obama's supposed credentials?

    April 12, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Alfred E. Neumann

    Well, not nearly as nice and lovable a dog as an Airedale Terrier mix.

    Too bad they had to settle for second best.

    April 12, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Moody

    He said he would adopt from a shelter if he could. But obviously he couldn't find an allergy friendly dog at a shelter. Give him a break folks.

    Its about time these girls got their puppy. Much love & happiness to our new President and his wonderful family :)

    April 12, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Fernando

    BO – I love that name – how cool :)

    I love our president and I'm proud of him and his family – What a change from that crap we had for 8 yrs!

    April 12, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Scott AZ

    Who cares? Economy is in the toilet, pirates are making a fool out of the Navy and Obama and this is what the nation is worried about, some mutt?

    April 12, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Sam Rose

    I am happy for the girls–

    but it is too bad the dog was not adopted from a shelter-had it been adopted in that manner–this would of set a fabulous example for the world about the importance of adopting from shelters and more than likely increased adoption rates at shelters thus saving the lives of countless-thousands of animals that are put down each year–

    April 12, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Curtis

    If memory serves me correctly Barbie McCain went out adopted a child AND THEN told Grandpa McCain after the deal was done. I did not hear you haters complain then, and that was the life of a human being, this is a family pet from a breeder not a shelter. But its good to see you hold the Obamas to a higher standard than the McCains

    April 12, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Jim Hall

    We like the name Bo and the dog will have a very loving home. May our creator or what ever put us here bless the Obama family and Bo Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    April 12, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. sprkl12000

    Santa Maria...your statement is pretty dumb...

    Mitooscents...obviously they could not find a hypoallergenic dog at a shelter that the girls liked...get over it...

    April 12, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Mike, FL

    What’s wrong with getting your kids a puppy? I got one few months back for my kids. No wonder why the Republican Party is becoming a regional and mediocre party. All of you who are posting nasty message because they got a poppy are sad and low life losers.

    April 12, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. ashley

    Scott Az..what do you want the world and Obama do?? give them a break and get over it...economy will get better with time and you know for sure there no miracle on that one...and the Pirates are been taken care of...what do you Obamas to do now?? to go to the Pirates?? why don't you go??

    April 12, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. El2000

    I think we should give the family a break about the shelter promise because of the allergy thing; also, as someone who's adopted all my pets from rescue organizations, I can attest that because of the sad situations these animals often come from, they can have "issues," and this is the White House we're talking about; the last thing President Obama needs, with all the vitriolic NeoCons trying to bring him down, a flailing economy and a potentially nuclear Iran, is a problem with their dog (not that dogs from breeders can't have them).

    The more important question for animal lovers is whether we have a president who cares about the environment, about wildlife, about animals as well as people. I know we do.

    April 12, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. Bo is a rescue dog ..sort of

    "Bo" formally Charlie was adopted out to a family and they realized they did not have the time to raise him. So, he was returned to the kennel , the kennel Ted Kennedy has adopted from.
    "Bo:" was a little too old for most buyers, most people want a younger pet. So..the Obama's gave him a second chance.
    Give the Obama's a break! The gilrs fell in love and probably knew this dog was the right dog for them!! That is how we got our dog. Malia is really allergic to most dogs and this was the families choice, a good one at that! Geeze.. shelter dogs are great , however, all the haters would still be beaking off that it wasn't the right shelter!!
    There is NO way to determine whether a pooch is a cross breed or not.. at a shelter. For Malia's health they were extra careful..loving parents and a great role model of how families should choose a dog.
    The name is cute , I was hoping for "Potus"

    Joe Biden's son is Beau.. kind of funny :)

    April 12, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Texas Liberal

    I'm all for shelter dogs (I adopted two pets from shelters), but if my kids had severe allergies, I'd put their needs first, like any sensible parent would.

    April 12, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Diane

    The reason the shelters are full, is the same reason as kids today are out of control...it doesn't take BRAINS to BREED!!! And after reading some of these posts, just because you can...let's hope you don't!!!

    April 12, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Audrey

    Some of you, if it wasn't for posting a negative comment, you wouldn't have anything to post. So do the rest of us a favor and keep your negative comments to yourselves.
    Face it, Mr. Barack Obama, Jr., is the President of the United States of America. You might as well sit back and shut up! We endured hearing about the Bush family and any other family that has occupied the White House.

    April 12, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Pat

    To all you people screaming: how many dogs did YOU adopt????

    April 12, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Ann C.

    Good for the Obamas! They are providing a loving home to a puppy who was not doing well with his previous family. Bo has since received the training he needs, and the Obamas are committed to meeting their responsibilities to him. Many animals who are not working out well in their current situations are at risk of ending up in shelters. Often the problem is lack of training or the wrong environment, and the same animal can thrive with the right training and a new home. I also applaud the Obamas for supporting the D.C. Humane Society with a donation in honor of Bo.

    April 12, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. rxrep

    I still think they should have got a wheaten territer instead they are better! But thank god this madness can come to and end...there are more pressing issues LIKE THE ECONOMY! AND JOBS!

    April 12, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. akilah

    This is the dumbest argument I have EVER heard. I don't know who just said that the president was sending a "strong message to the American public" by not buying a shelter dog. Um, WHO CARES? I'm sure the majority of Americans don't care either way. And yeah, I have allergies, and pound puppies are mangy. I don't blame him. Sorry pound puppies, regular Americans who aren't the president should maybe adopt you?

    April 12, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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