[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/25/art.peoplemag.obamas.jpg caption="One of the most intense guessing games of President Obama’s new administration is finally over: the choice of first dog."](CNN) – One of the most intense guessing games of President Obama’s new administration is finally over: the choice of first dog.
First Lady Michelle Obama told People magazine that her family has decided to adopt a Portuguese water dog, pointing to the breed’s medium-sized and good-natured reputation. The breed is also hypoallergenic — a must, given daughter Malia’s allergy to dogs.
The first lady said her daughters will have to wait until the end of April to get the dog, since her family is planning on going away for Spring Break.
The only thing left to pick is the name, and Mrs. Obama said she is not a fan of her daughters’ choices.
“There are names floating around and they're bad," Mrs. Obama said in the interview. "You listen and you go – like, I think, Frank was one of them. Frank! Moose was another one of them. Moose. I said, well, what if the dog isn't a moose? Moose. I'm like, no, come on, let's work with the names a little bit."
Since Obama announced on Election Night that his daughters had “earned” a dog, there has been a lot of speculation and input from dog-lovers around the country. The president has said for months that he was looking for a shelter dog that was hypoallergenic.
Mrs. Obama said she took some advice from Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who owns two Portuguese water dogs and had lobbied the first family to choose the breed. But overall, she said found the level of excitement about the family’s dog “surprising.”
"It's all great and gracious attention,” Mrs. Obama said, in the edition of people that hits newsstands Friday. “People are just being as helpful as you can imagine. So I know that we will find the perfect breed. And we'll find people who are caring folks who will help us find the dog of our dreams.
name it robocop
With all the crud going on, and everything seemingly going to hell (which is whats being reported). CNN decides to turn their attention to what dog the President's family chose.
Maybe there just isnt all the doom and gloom in the world, if this takes time, attention and money to print.
Nice family, all what we need in America!
uh oh another Obama heartwarming story. Get ready for a right wing hate attack in 3-2-1...........
MR. PRESIDENT AND FAMILY:
WE HAVE A PWD. OUR DAUGHTER RAISES THEM. THAY ARE GREAT PETS. CLIFF
Let's worry about fixing the economy instead of picking some silly animal...
I absolutely LOVE that photo! The Obamas look absolutely adorable as a family, and I'm happy that the girls will finally be obtaining a new pooch shortly.
Good call on the choice of dog, Madam First Lady!
I love dogs, but It's JUST A DOG!
nothing happening in the world today?
must be pretty slow these days huh?
As in "Yellow Dog Democrat" He will soon be one.
I hope Sasha and Malia enjoy their new pet.
And this is news? I guess the first family is our newest celebrities
Why is this news, who cares?
A picture worth a thousand words!
You've got to be kidding? Who cares about a stupid dog!! Our country is drowning right now and you're reporting on a dog?
I love this family.......God Bless you Obama's
CNN Headline March 2009
Portuguese Water Dog Puppy Mills Springing Up Across U.S.
The most important decision of his presidency.
I still think they should name it Maverick.
Name it 'George' and kick it every night.
Obama's new dog should be a CAT!
What a nice family picture of the Obama's. It is so refreshing to see some diversity in the White House.
How about the name "Recovery" or "Freedom" as both apply to our first family!!!
JAZZ WOULD BE A GOOD NAME. COULD STAND FOR JASMINE IF PUPPY IS FEMALE OR JUST JAZZ IF NOT. LIKE ALL THAT "JAZZ" HAVING A NEW PUPPY IS LIKE HAVING A NEW BABY. I LOVE THINKING OF THE OBAMA FAMILY ENJOYING THEIR PET.