Obama finds a friend in Washington

April 14, 2009


Forget the economic crisis, the North Korean nuclear stand-off and Somali pirates.
The hottest news at the White House Tuesday was the long-awaited arrival of Bo, the First Family’s new dog.
Bo, a 6-month-old black and white Portuguese Water Dog, has excited a media frenzy in the United States, with television networks, newspapers and websites closely tracking the Obamas search for a pet.
President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle had promised to get their daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, a dog after the Nov. 4 presidential election.
At press opportunities with Obama, reporters have frequently mixed serious questions on his plans for rescuing the economy with attempts to get him to divulge one of the most closely kept secrets in Washington — when would the family’s new dog make its appearance? 
Bo, a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy, appeared to take his new-found celebrity in his stride as the Obamas and their daughters took turns walking him on a leash on the south lawn of the White House in front of the White House press corps.
“I finally got a friend. It took some time,” Obama joked, referring to former President Harry S. Truman’s famous line. “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”
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Photo credits: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama and family walk their new dog Bo)


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Just wondering about your rules and guildelines on your healthcare contest. The dog looks beautiful.

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Ummmm! Yo! What is the deal with advertising a story from 5 months ago in late October???

The little doggie is so cute. He must not have taken the H1N1 vaccine. No mercury makes doggie a happy camper.

Kind of looks like Mike Wallaces dog, from 60 minutes, you know, the one in the Swine Flu Epidemic story done in 1976. The one where the US GOVERNMENT was SUED for harming the population with Swine Flu vaccine. SEE IT? Its on Youtube: Swine Flu 1976 60 Minutes.

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