Obamas Are 'Closing In' on First Puppy

It's a labradoodle or Portuguese water hound for Sasha, Malia
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2009 7:24 AM CST
President-elect Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama get daughters Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, ready for their first day of school in Washington, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Obama Transition Office, Callie Shell)
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(Newser) – As their father prepares to take office next week, future first daughters Malia and Sasha Obama have only one question: When do they get their puppy? The girls have narrowed the choices down to two, Obama tells George Stephanopoulos—a labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound. All that remains, the president-elect says, is to wait for the right dog to appear at a shelter.

“We’re closing in on it. This has been tougher than finding a commerce secretary,” Obama joked, adding that his daughters are thriving in Washington: “You know, folks think I’m cool; they are a lot cooler than I am. They just don’t seem to be intimidated.”