Barack Obama announced very sad news Saturday. Bo, the former first dog, and first good boy has died. He was 12.
Barack Obama wrote: “Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion. For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives—happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and everyday in between.
“He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinner table, and had great hair.
“He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly.”
Barack Obama promised his two young daughters that if he won the presidency in 2008, they could get a dog. So once Obama beat Sen. John McCain in November 2008, the main question was what kind of dog would Sasha and Malia want at the White House? Malia, the oldest of the Obama daughters, was allergic to dog hair, so that narrowed the family’s choice in canines.
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Bo Obama was a Portuguese Water Dog, a very hypo-allergenic breed. The Obama girls named him Bo, but not why you think. It was a coincidence that B.O. was Barack Obama’s initials. Sasha and Malia named their new dog Bo because their cousins had a cat named Bo. And that Bo was named for Bo Diddley and as a nod to Michelle Obama’s father.
Bo Obama was born in Texas. One of his brothers was named Cappy and went on to join the family of Sen. Ted Kennedy. Bo Obama, initially, went to live with another family. But the family returned him to the breeder in Texas. Bo went through dog school in early January 2009, so that he could have the right manners to live in the White House.
Bo’s official gotcha day was April 14, 2009.
Michelle Obama posted about Bo on her Instagram account. She asked that all dog lovers hug their pets today just a little tighter.
Mrs. Obama went on to reflect on how she “will always be grateful” that her daughters were able to spend “so much time together” with Bo before his death.
She wrote: “This past year, with everyone back home during the pandemic, no one was happier than Bo. All his people were under one roof again—just like the day we got him. I will always be grateful that Bo and the girls got to spend so much time together at the end.”
Outsider is sending thoughts to the former First Family. Bo also had a sister named Sunny, another Portuguese Water Dog who joined the family in 2013.