April 23rd, 2010
05:33 AM ET
4 years ago

A different kind of White House Q and A

Washington (CNN) – Bo, the Obama family dog, managed to live up to his reputation as a bit of a rabble rouser Thursday – playfully biting a child and barking during an official White House event before being exiled from the room by the first lady.

The unscripted moment occurred in the East Room as Michelle Obama hosted a group of schoolchildren visiting the executive mansion as part of "Take Your Child to Work Day."

Assembled for the chat, the children lobbed question after question at the first lady for the better part of an hour, as she shared the spotlight with Bo, who arguably turned out to be the star of the show.

Trouble struck when the dog took some liberties while exploring the rows of seated children during one of his three petting sessions.

Shortly after one of these incursions, a questioner asked the first lady if Bo was prone to biting, and before Obama could answer, another child spoke up and said, "Yes, he just bit me."

"Oh did he bite you?" Obama replied. "Well what he does, Bo is not biting, like I'm going to bite you, but he's playful. Does anybody have a baby brother, someone who is teething…well that is the kind of playing he does."

The first dog was eventually escorted out of the room by a member of the first lady's staff and forced to wait until the end of the event to make another appearance.

With Bo banished, the first lady resumed answering a wide variety of questions from the school age children, mostly relating to life at the White House and her work fighting childhood obesity.

One youngster used sleight of hand to put the assembled members of the press to shame, telling Obama she had two questions – and then slipping in a third.

"I don't want anyone in the press to get any ideas on this," Obama said after the final answer.


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