April 22nd, 2010
09:12 PM ET
12 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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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Perusing-through

    That's my dog 🙂 Go get'em, Bo!

    April 22, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. katy Heys

    Bo is too cute. He is also a great dog. I've had dogs all my life and only a few could be taken into a room with lots of strange children kids and be trusted to put up with manhandling.

    April 22, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. terry,va.

    She is almost as good as Obummie. A dog bite is not a dog bite. Heck before you know it the kid bit the dog.

    Here's another nugget for you Obummie worshipers to consider. According to the Obummie administration, General Motors paid back their TARP loan 5 years ahead of time with interest. What Obummie didn't tell you is take GM paid back the loan with other TARP money they were given. Wonder what kind of other smoke and mirrors, lies and deceptions Obummie has for Wall Street.

    April 22, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Larry

    I couldn't be prouder of our First Family.

    April 22, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. Donnatella

    Bo is the cutest dog, but if he is a biter they better keep him under control before they get a lawsuit.

    April 22, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. Shirley in California

    Great idea by our First Lady to take along Bo. He just wants some attention too.

    Great photo.

    April 22, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  7. give me a break

    Gosh, this reminds me of the favorable kind of coverage Laura Bush got when W was in the White House....

    Yeah, that was sarcastic.

    Does CNN report news any more?

    April 22, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  8. ib

    Boy; is this news I guess if you love King Obama it is.

    April 22, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |

    CNN has clearly gone to the dogs. Their "news" is worthy of lining the floor of dog crates.

    April 22, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Cindy

    This was so real and honest. Very refreshing.

    April 22, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. Carey Wallis

    Barking into his owner's face, ignoring her commands to stop, pawing at her, demanding attention, Bo is obviously in charge, like many Portuguese Water Dogs. Mrs. Obama has no idea how to correct his behavior, and he knows it.

    April 22, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  12. Fitz in Texas

    What a neat dog. I really like BO and I bet he could do a better job than his master Obama.

    April 22, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. Mark

    Put the dog in the Oval Office.. No doubt he could do a better job than his master.

    April 22, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. Moe, NY

    Too cute...love it!

    April 22, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. Joe

    If my child was bit by Obama's dog, I'll be so rich I'll build me a third floor on the White House, and I'll live there. Their dog suppose to be on a leach, if he was outside the House.

    April 22, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  16. bess

    Barney & Miss Beasley were cuter... and smaller.

    April 22, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  17. Our nation is divided and on the brink

    "oh did he bite you? he's not biting.....teething." Riiiiiight. Mind your manners; don't contradict the President's wife.

    April 22, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  18. Pkm

    I hope the childs parents are not from the gop partythey will make mrs obama will look bad she will take care of it at least mrs obama knows how to say see is sorry

    April 22, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  19. Tyler Spinner

    Our country is being ruined by the morons in Washington and this is what CNN thinks is important to report. No wonder more people watch the Cartoon Network than CNN.

    April 22, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. Lacross Carter

    For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country's First dog!

    April 23, 2010 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  21. Liberal and Proud

    1) Canine Bo is obviously a socialist. And he surely is a Marxist dog, nipping children and all. America is going to the dogs.

    2) Can Bo prove his citizenship? Where are his papers? What is his REAL pedigree?

    3) Where is his flag? Doesn't look, doesn't sound like a patriot...

    4) Why is he such a social activist? Answer: Because he is a socialist! See #1 above.

    NB. The questions which have been raised about Bo's master are far more absurd than the questions posed immediately above.

    April 23, 2010 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  22. Argos#1

    Today`s even is certain to give Conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers even greater ammunition-so to speak. In fact a movement has sprouted up that is highly suspicious of Bo`s lineage. This despite the appearance of a document authenticating iton the social networking site My Space. A well known moralist and broadcaster is suggesting the document may have been forged. Bo`s numbers as a reult have taken a hit giving rise to some suggesting the President change horses, so to speak. The White House switchboard logged numerous suggestions such as, a Golden Retriever, a standard Pit Bull, a Chow Chow, a Korgi, a Grey Hound, Race Horse, A gekko, Steer, Armadillo, Pack Mule, Bald Eagle, STANDARD grebe, Eliphant, Sea Tortise, GREY Whale, Sea Otter, Sea Urchin, Duck Billed Plattypus, a man from Kenosha, Ant Eater, Porcupine, Wooly Mamoth, Rhotadendrine, Honey Bee, Humming Bird, Fruit Bat, Hedge Hog, Mollusk, Bull Frog, standard possum, 3 Toed Sloth,

    April 23, 2010 06:54 am at 6:54 am |