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. Leigh

    I vote for the Portuguese Water Dog! No way a Labradoodle or any other kind of doodle.

    January 11, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. cathy smithson

    Note to Mr. President: Those are not Medium Sized dogs!

    January 11, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Puff

    Now I know for sure he is an idiot!!

    January 11, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Joe Green

    Retired Racing Greyhound.

    Why pay money for a dog when the tracks throw away beautiful dogs every day, already trained and housebroken.

    And they are the sweetest dogs in the world, if a bit emotional.

    January 11, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. MrManhattan

    This is what I don't understand about this Purebred/Pound Puppy argument. In today's economy, there are probably plenty of purebreds being abandoned by their owners.


    The Obama kids get their purebred,

    One less dog is in a shelter, and

    Obama has solved at least one problem caused by the Bush Administration.

    January 11, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. cj

    News Worthy? This is the most amazing infatuation that I have ever seen, the media with the Obama's. This should be in Dog Fancy not on CNN, maybe MSNBC but not CNN.

    January 11, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. WIlly Brown

    How about Snoop Dog?

    January 11, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Joe

    As millions of American people are struggling to pay their foods and bills in this financial and economic difficulties, all our President-Elect and his family and liberal media care are to spend all man powers and resources to find the first "DOG" for the incoming family. Is the first dog so important? There are hundreds of thousands of strayed dogs around the country, just pick any of them for OB.

    January 11, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Tom Loxas

    How great that our new pres wants to adopt from a shelter. This should spark some adoptions!

    January 11, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Gene

    I'm surprised the search for a dog is taking so long. With thousands being killed everyday, I would have thought that the Chicago city pound would have immediately sent Obama a list of a couple hundred compatible dogs, with photos.

    January 11, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Katie Warshauer

    I would like to correct Mr. Obama. There is a Portuguese dog breed, but it is the Portuguese Water DOG. They are not hounds. However, I think that a PWD would fit in great with his family. I have two, and I am VERY happy!

    January 11, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Both those breeds need lots of room to run and time to run.

    Not very cuddly house dogs, but whatever. They will find that out.

    January 11, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Sarah White

    Please, please, please really look into giving a rescue dog a "forever home"! Or if a laberdoddle is what you want see about their rescue organizations, all breeds have one.

    With so many family pets being turned into shelters because of the economy the pain of having to lose your pet in the first place (and can you imagine the pet, having a warm cozy bed, and a loving family one day and the next day find yourself in a noisy, overcrowded shelter? I find it so sad, It must be unbearable for both owner aqnd their pet. Think about it.......it breaks my heart. I have an 11 year old Boston Terrier & think of how terrified he would be.....I can't even think about it.,

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Sarah White

    PS I appreciate your consideration,

    One of your biggest fans ( just ask anyone who knows me:)

    January 11, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. melissa

    There is no way they are going to find a water dog or a labradoodle at the pound! Please! Those are very expensive specialty pets. They either have to get the pure breed they want, or get a shelter mutt. . . so typical to try to have it both ways!

    January 11, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Mr Prez - you have found your dog already

    Why look for a barking dog now, you have your Mother-In-Law moving in -

    January 11, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Sarah White

    One more thing, the world loves you and your family........think of the message you would send if you and your family adopted a shelter or rescue dog..............Good luck with whatever you choose, I know you all ( especially the girls) will totally spoil him or her!

    January 11, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Annie

    Labradoodle!! We have one...not hard being smarter than a Rep....but could be smarter than Obama, which is saying a lot

    May be hard finding one at a shelter....but there are some cuties at chicago labradoodles. Marley Boy is a dog to to die for....would love one of his!

    January 11, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Use the dog to find Obama's illegal immigrant aunt...

    Where is she? Who's hiding her illegally?

    She was deported by a judge 4 years ago but continued to live in Public Housing at taxpayer expense.

    Now she's disappeared somewhere in th US. CNN–find the criminals that are hding her and get her on the next boat back to Kenya where she belongs. Stop suppressing this story.

    January 11, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Hope

    Very interesting, I have to start learning about Dogs to catch up with all this fiasco.

    January 11, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. R. Triano

    A border collie or Australian shepherd are wonderful dogs.

    January 11, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Matt

    When I heard him reference the dog in his acceptance speech, I had no idea it'd become news later...

    ...Prolly should keep score as to how many Muslim, Socialist, etc. comments I see... got nothing better to do...

    January 11, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Home of the Free

    Take your time Mr. President and make sure it's the right fit.

    January 11, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Karen - Missouri

    Why not adopt a greyhound? They fit the criteria.

    January 11, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. liz

    I know it's kind of silly, but this is the best thing about the transition. Better then the economy and cuter then all get out. If only everything was this way.

    January 11, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. No Hillary = No Obama

    That's because Obama is an elist. A true animal lover doesn't need the pick of the litter.

    January 11, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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