First Dog Gets a First Name: Bo

Bo Obama to be newest White House resident
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 12, 2009 8:05 AM CDT
Barack Obama holds his daughter Sasha as he pets the family's new dog, Bo, a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog.   (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)
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(Newser) – The newest Obama will be named Bo, the Washington Post reports in the latest in a series of leaks about the Portuguese water dog the first family plans to introduce to an entranced nation Tuesday. The White House tried to keep a lid on puppy information, but a blog released a picture and interview (yes, an interview) with a dog that looks just like one pictured elsewhere with the family.

Officials called the picture, in which the purported first puppy is wearing a lei, “bogus.” Bo is named after a cat belonging to Malia and Sasha’s cousins, as well as Michelle’s father, whose nickname was “Diddley.” He appears to be a black dog with a white chest, a look perfect for formal White House occasions, the Post says.