January 11th, 2009
11:04 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama: Dog search harder than finding a Cabinet member

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Picking the first dog is harder than it seems - but it the race could be narrowing down.

President-elect Barack Obama said in an interview Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that choosing the right dog is harder than selecting a Cabinet member.

"We're closing in on it. This has been tougher than finding a commerce secretary," Obama told George Stephanopoulos.

The hotly debated dog question, Stephanopoulos admitted, was submitted by the future first daughters - Sasha and Malia - before the show, which is broadcast from the Newseum.

"I heard they were taken straight to the first dog exhibit and while you were getting made up, they went into the control room and played director and producer," Stephanopoulos said. "And they actually gave me a question they want me to ask you. You know exactly what it's going to be."

Obama's response: "Uh oh."

"They seem to have narrowed it down to a Labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound," he said. "Medium sized dog, and so, we're now going to start looking at shelters to see when one of those dogs might come up."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Mohamed


    January 11, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Mohamed


    January 11, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Charlie in Maine

    Of course because you must take your dog to a an animal doctor to be checked out . It called, wait for it: The vetting process.

    Sorry I couldn't resist. Besides all of my great puns on the Larry Flint Bail-out were inappropriate.

    January 11, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Geoff Pado

    He's doing it wrong - if you're going for a shelter dog anyway, why are you narrowing down a breed first? Go to the shelter and find a dog that clicks with your family, breed nonwithstanding. By choosing by breed and not by impressions, they're setting themselves up for issues if the dog they want ends up not liking kids, etc.

    January 11, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. ml - California

    CNN Political Ticker – you have nothing better to report than Obama's selection of a dog? Who cares? We care about the Economy, we care about jobs back in America, we care about Housing under control, we care about Immigration getting under control, which includes penalizing Employers who continue to hire Illegals! We care about those who have lost their retirement and investments into their 401K. GET REAL!!!!

    January 11, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. RealityKing

    None want to replace Buddy in Obama's resurrected Clintonian administration. Obviously dogs are smarter than humans when it comes to the political and social aspects of society.

    January 11, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Jore

    i watched the interview. It's ridiculous that CNN thinks this is the most important thing obama talked about worthy of a ticker.

    No excuse for ABC either... hundreds of thousands of people submitted questions and this is what George asked? A question from his daughters?

    The media's free ride for Obama needs to be halted. Time to ask and report the tough Q and As!!!!!

    January 11, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Steven

    It was a joke Ed!

    January 11, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. SG

    While I'm not a big Obama supporter I understand his family's problem. My son has bad allergies also and we when through the same search for a dog. We looked into the Labradoddle but our son broke out when he played with the dog.

    I suggest an American Hairless Terrier for his daughter. Our AHT has been a great pet for our son. The only time my son has broken out is when the dog licked his face and he hasn't had any breathing problems.

    January 11, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Frankie

    That makes me feel good.... NOT. I hope he takes a little more care in choosing his Cabinet people than in finding a dog. Daggone.

    January 11, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. tom

    That's because it tough to find a better lapdog than the media.

    January 11, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Bill

    I bet the dog will be more comforting than the CS. Great interview

    January 11, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. So Proud

    I am so proud of them for trying to rescue a dog! I hope they are checking petfinders.org!

    January 11, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Janet

    The labradoodle is the coolest dog ever! looks like a bichon frise on steroids, great with kids, great personality. they can be anything from 25 to 65 pounds depending on what size poodle is the parent. they can be from wheat colored to chocolate.

    but one thing is certain- there wont be any at the shelter. they are highly desired and extremely expensive! but I sure hope they get one anyway!

    January 11, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Watermann

    Instead of looking forward to the new President, a lot of folks in the US still seem to be divided, hatred, ignorant, pessimistic and cynic. Didn`t you learn something in the past 8 years? Why don`t you just listen to some of the mayor speeches PE Obama gave after winning the democratic nomination. He has fixed the new cabinet much faster than every other President in history and he is not even sworn in. Everybody expects him to solve all the problems weeks before inauguration. This all makes me feel that you don`t deserve a man like this. Even the "half smoke story" is a cause for stupid posts. If you don`t like him, please send him to Germany.
    May God bless the United States of America and my home country Germany.

    January 11, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Joanna

    Call Cesar Milan to help find the best dog for the family!

    January 11, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Kim Roberson

    I have a Boxerdoodle, And I Highly recommend her mix breed to the Obama's. She is gentle and kind, They are perfect for one with alergies. Perfect for one who likes bigger type dogs, Perfect for the clean house factor, No shedding. Makes for a Great guard dog, Water dog, Smart, Will play dress up with the girls, very gentle.

    January 11, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Sue

    With all of the families being forced to give up their pets due to the current recession/ depression, he shouldn't have any trouble finding one of those breeds.

    January 11, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. DClaire

    Barack and Michelle are good and caring parents. Now once we have the dog than the name.....

    Has Joe Biden adopted his shelter dog yet?

    Bow WoW!

    January 11, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. Anonymous

    what does President-elect Barack Obama think about the rhodesian ridgeback dog ?

    January 11, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. j

    Why have a pet at all?

    January 11, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. this is what people care about most!


    CNN, you can try and hide behind obama dog rubbish,

    but the reality of injustice around the world perpetrated by your own kind will catch up with you SOONER than later.

    January 11, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Toby in Illinois

    Certainly, CNN thinks this is more important. If the dog squeezes through the White House fence, will it get the same coverage as the runaway bride?

    January 11, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Kim in Charleston

    Whaaa? The Bosten Terrier is the obvious choice! "The American Gentleman"!

    January 11, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. BluesBrother

    Barack, I have some 12 week old Belgian Malinois pups from good bloodlines, I'd let you have one at a real good price.

    January 11, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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