Official Obama family portrait is in, Bo is not

October 23, 2009

The official portrait of the first family is in.


There’s Sasha, the youngest at 8 years old, casually draping her arm over the shoulder of the president of the United States.

Older sister Malia embraces her mom, first lady Michelle Obama, as they all sit for their first official first family portrait in the Green Room at the White House on Sept. 1.

It is the work of portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, known for some of the most famous celebrity photographs of our time — Demi Moore pregnant and nude on the cover of Vanity Fair, and a nude John Lennon curled around Yoko Ono for the cover of Rolling Stone taken on the day of Lennon’s death. OBAMA/

But back to the first family’s portrait. Hold on, isn’t someone missing? Where’s Bo, the first dog? Is he already in the dog house?

“Bo didn’t make the cut,” the first lady’s spokeswoman tells us with a laugh. “He was upstairs at home.”

Maybe he hasn’t learned to say cheese yet…

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Photo credit: White House photo of first family portrait, Reuters/Larry Downing photo of Bo


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Wish he wasn’t concentrating so much on having his picture taken, jetting around the globe, attending fundraisers, spending trillions on golf courses, skate parks and raises for corporate executives, etc., and deal on the issue of everyday Americans dying of swine flu because vaccine is not available for another month, Americans dying in Afghanistan while awaiting backup while he is “making a plan.”

Remember when Tommy Thompson came forward and lead the nation, finding vaccine for bird flu when needed? Where is the Obama administration? They’re engaging in adolescent feuds with media organizations.

We don’t need a “PR President” who only takes pictures of himself, appears on television and feeds us a load of garbage. We need a REAL LEADER.

Can’t someone just tie him to his chair, hide all the cameras, lock up Air Force One for a few weeks and make him do some actual work to protect the American people?

Posted by Linda | Report as abusive

I am amazed at Linda’s anti Obama remarks. I have been following the news and I am surprised that she thinks he does nothing. Maybe she needs to read the papers and listen to the news. She may then refrain from writing this kind of garbage. Please respect your president and acknowledge that he may not have gotten everything done as yet but remember that he has only been in office for nine months. If,at the end of four years he has not achieved much, then the american people can show their disapproval at the polls. The first family is a good example for family values. If you cannot say something good,do not say anything at all.

Posted by Maureen | Report as abusive

[...] for where Bo, the family dog, is, a White House spokeswoman laughed and told Reuters, “Bo didn’t make the cut. He was upstairs at [...]

How wonderful to see the first family preparing for their official portrait. I celebrate every day that President Obama is working on behalf of my family and community while held in the warm embrace of his own. Thank heaven we have such an intelligent, well-educated and mixed race leader to confront the major issues of our generation who also understands the precious joys and small but significant challenges our families and children encounter every day. As for Bo – I’m sure he would appreciate his own solo official portrait when he can be the focus of all the attention.

[...] for where Bo, the family dog, is, a White House spokeswoman laughed and told Reuters, “Bo didn’t make the cut. He was upstairs at [...]

[...] for where Bo, the first dog, is, the first lady’s spokeswoman laughed and told Reuters, “Bo didn’t make the cut. He was upstairs at [...]

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Nice family porttrait. Sorry that Bo didn’t make the cut, LOL!!

jamaicafest,Bo might have been taking the photos?and Maureen thanks for the call for respect for our president,you liberals are so good when it comes to respecting the president in office.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

I think you may be taking this picture a little too seriously. Especially since every president has taken/done all the things you’ve just mentioned.

If you want to learn about the things Obama has done, instead of spewing ignorantly, why don’t you keep track by going to PolitiFact? They have an entire page dedicated to tracking his campaign promises, and I’d say he’s doing quite well.

Posted by angela | Report as abusive

Linda, would u rather have a half past dead mccain as the leader? Geriatric president and his idiot vp, sarah palin? Good god. Don’t even want to imagine

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I am glad the president got himself a dog. Dogs add a lot of happiness to peoples lives and I have noticed in Brooklyn were I am from more and more people are getting dogs. I wonder if a dog would make a better symbol for America than the bald eagle. I don’t think I have ever seen a bald eagle in person and I know I have never seen one make my friends happy.