First Dog

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Is Bo Obama a Pricey Jetsetter?

Nope. Bo didn't go to Hawaii with Michelle...

(Newser) - Oh-oh. The star of the Obamas' holiday card is in trouble again. After the first family got a shellacking from Sarah Palin for featuring their dog, Bo, alone, on their White House greetings, they're now under fire for transporting the dog all the way back from Hawaii just to... More »

Michelle: I Sneak Out Unrecognized 'Frequently'

People don't notice her because they're not expecting her, she tells 'Today'

(Newser) - Apparently that Michelle Obama Target trip was not an isolated occurrence: The first lady often goes out unnoticed, she revealed this morning on Today . “It’s amazing how people don’t recognize you,” Obama said. “They don’t expect to see me at Starbucks or at Chipotle.... More »

Obama: I'm 'Surprised and Deeply Humbled' by Nobel

President will accept the honor as a 'call to action'

(Newser) - A beaming President Obama says he's honored to win the Nobel Peace Prize but isn't sure he's done enough to earn it. Appearing in the Rose Garden today, Obama acknowledged he was "both surprised and deeply humbled" to win the award. He said he does not "view it... More »

Doting Obamas 'Demote' Pooch Wrangler

(Newser) - Dale Haney has been wrangling White House animals since 1976, but these days his responsibilities are much diminished, insiders tell US News & World Report. “He doesn’t see Bo as much because the girls and Mrs. Obama, the whole family, is taking care of Bo, so Dale has... More »

Want a Dog Like Bo? Here's Your 11-Page Application

Potential buyers face tough application process

(Newser) - Since Bo Obama became first pup, everyone seems to want a Portuguese water dog, the Wall Street Journal reports. Good luck with that. Though requests are soaring, the nation's approximately 200 breeders are a pretty picky bunch. About 1,400 puppies are born each year, and only 1 in 10... More »

Collect Him! Trade Him! Bo Stars on Baseball Card

(Newser) - Do you—or does someone you love—have Bo fever? Are you one of the apparently considerable number of people who have bombarded the White House with requests for info about him? Michelle Obama's press staff has heard your call. Send a request (and preferably an SASE), and your new... More »

Dollmaker Turns From First Daughters to Dog

(Newser) - Toymaker Ty couldn't resist another attempt to capitalize on Obamania, this time with Bo—the Portuguese Water Dog doll being billed as "inspired by the First Family's new puppy. It's spurring unprecedented demand, retailers tell the Chicago Tribune. But the dolls are unlikely to garner anywhere near the... More »

Early-Morning Dog Walks Fall to ... Michelle

It's a good thing the first lady likes Bo

(Newser) - Turns out the first daughters are a lot like kids everywhere, People reports. “Even though the kids are supposed to do a lot of the work, I’m still up at 5:15am taking my dog out,” Michelle Obama told a group of congressional spouses yesterday. “So... More »

First Dog Stars in First Book

Bo featured in children's book out next week

(Newser) - Bo Obama just became the nation’s first dog, but he already has his own book, USA Today reports. Bo, America’s Commander in Leash, will hit stores next week. The story features the pup stealing President Obama’s letter opener, serving burgers to Vice President Biden, even sticking his... More »

Bo Debuts With 'Star Quality'

(Newser) - The newest Obama made his public debut today. "He's got star quality," said President Obama as the first family showed off their new dog to the press corps. Bo, a Portuguese water dog, got a much publicized walk on the South Lawn, USA Today reports. "I love... More »

Presidential Pup Arrives Tues.

(Newser) - After months of anticipation, the moment the nation has been waiting for is at hand: America's First Dog will arrive Tuesday, says TMZ. The presidential pooch, a Portuguese Water Dog acquired with the help of Ted Kennedy’s family, is a 6-month-old puppy for whom the White House will be... More »

First Dog Prepares for Big Move: Reports

Obama's have already met their new pup, some say

(Newser) - The Obamas have picked a dog, and he'll be joining them in the White House soon, WBBM 780 in Chicago reports. Michelle Obama's office helped establish a timeline—"definitely not this week"—but a source tells the radio station the male Portuguese water dog has already visited the... More »

Labradoodle Fans, Relax: Obamas Still Undecided

First Lady's dog vote just one of four: rep

(Newser) - It seems Michelle Obama was using the media to influence household politics when she announced her dog choice, the Los Angeles Times reports. “They have not selected a breed,” her press secretary insists. “Mrs. Obama likes the Portuguese water dog, but she is only one of four... More »

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