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. Marilyn

    This whole dog thing is stupid, just stupid.

    January 11, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. John G

    Quick! One of you Obamabots who believes this guy can do no wrong should go get a labradoodle or a Portuguese Water Hound and then give it up for adoption at a Washington Area shelter!

    What no takers?

    January 11, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. ashley

    Portuguese Water DOGS...not hounds. Not spaniels either. They are dIstant cousins of Poodles, and working dogs and family pets. If the Obamas choose a PWD, I trust they will be responsible and send a message that dog ownership is for people who want a member of the family, and who are ready to commit to exercising and spending time with their dogs. I would hate to see Portys become even more trendy than the new designer dogs...We've had Portys for 20 plus years, and they are the most wonderful dogs...couldn't imagine our family without them.

    January 11, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Gwen, CA


    January 11, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. ashley

    I truly hope they won't ever find a PWD at a shelter...

    January 11, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Get a Guard Dog!

    Get a German Shepherd so he can keep Pelosi and Reid at bay.

    January 11, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Ken in NC

    From the dollar to the dog, it is all on his plate and I think he is and hope he will continue to manage all of it well. I must say that at the age of 60, I cannot recall any PE having so much on his plate even before taking office and it amazes me to see so many being critical of him for not taking action on many of our problems. Do these people not know that he has no Presidential powers before 20 January and he can no longer speak or act as a Senator. We need to give him some time and Congress must work with him and stop this tug of war for power.

    I hope Congress will stay out of the selection process of the First Dog. I hope they realize this appointment is a Presidential Privilege.

    January 11, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Anne

    A labradoodle is a mutt a very expensive mutt called a designer dog by idiots who think they have a hypo allergenic dog and can BS the public. If Obama buys a purposely created mutt he will surely piss off not only the responsible pure bred dog breeders btu also the animal rights fruitcakes. And I guess this is one time I can see the AR idiots being PO'd for a reason.

    January 11, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Mark Atlanta

    After listening to Barack on ABC today, can we start the impeachment process Jan 21.... be afraid very afraid.

    To be balanced though I did like his kids choice for a dog. They must have gotten the brains in the family!!

    January 11, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. RS

    Is this news???Seriously???....Anyone with half a brain who watched the interview could tell that he was kidding!!!!!

    January 11, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Franky

    "A trillion here
    a trillion there
    and pretty soon
    you're spending like a Republican"

    Shhhhhh, that's our secret, O.K? LOL!! By the way, are you sure this is necessary??

    "Whose administration would you prefer to have overseeing the second half of the $700 billion bailout?"

    Come on guys, even I know the answer to this, LOL!!

    January 11, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Apples for sale

    The selection of this dog will have backyard breeders hurrying to make money from all the people that will want a copy of the White house dog and should be considered in making the selection.Do not get your dog from a backyard breeder!Many have false documents and are inbred.overbred and not cared for properly.

    January 11, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. jimbo

    Maybe the Obama's want to get moved into the White House prior to buying their puppy. Or maybe the media could drop the coverage of the Obama puppy and cover stuff like, news, maybe?

    January 11, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. HouseDiva

    I dont care much for dogs; i'm a cat person but, i know that his girls will be happy with whatever they choose.

    why dont they just get a hairless cat...go pharaoh-style

    January 11, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Jammen, st. Paul


    January 11, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. Martha G

    What happened to the three-legged dog? That was cute.

    January 11, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Ernie in LA

    This nonsense is a problem decison for Obama? God help us.

    January 11, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Michael LaPorta

    Understandable. After all any jerk-off political hack can fill a cabinet seat. Just look at the ones be called on by Obama. A dog requires at least some sensibility. Then again any dog is better than the incoming cabinet picks. Maybe our President-elect is not up to picking a cabinet or a dog. Thats what happens when all you have going is hope and change. Good Luck

    January 11, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Carol E

    Whatever kind of dog is chosen, I think its name should be "BOO" because "BOO" will elicite joy every time it is called or refered to. Imagine the joy and laughter anytime the girls talk about the antics that "BOO" did. And there will be many!!!

    January 11, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Simmy

    Pee Jay (PJ) would be nice name?

    January 11, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. SMR

    Good man,good heart,good family and will be one of our greatest Presidents in history.

    January 11, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Paola

    Yay! Adopting a dog from a shelter sends such an important message. Not only will he be saving a life, but he will be encouraging others to do the same. Unfortunately, Biden bought his dog from a kennel which turned out to be a puppy-mill operation. Purebred dogs are more likely to have health problems due to inbreeding.

    Don't breed or buy while shelter pets die.

    January 11, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. muffy

    What a neat Dad he is, I respect him in all ways but especially for the way he loves his family.

    January 11, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. francisco

    Comparing Hispanic Gv. Richardson to a dog? What a racist comment! Obama apologize to the Hispanic community or a boycott of the inauguration. Disgusting.

    January 11, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. Linda in MS

    Bless you, Mr. President!

    January 11, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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