Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Promise Kept: A puppy for Sasha and Malia

Bo, the White House dog, accompanied the Obamas on vacation -- but not on his own jet
Bo, the White House dog, accompanied the Obamas on vacation -- but not on his own jet

It may not be as momentous as his promises to   end the Iraq war   or   cut taxes for 95 percent of American families   , but President Barack Obama's pledge to buy his daughters a puppy has spawned intrigue (the dog's identity was disclosed by   a mysterious Web site   ), lobbying (a Washington Labradoodle owner launched   "Labradoodles for Obama"   ) and controversy (a PolitiFact reader wrote us recently to consider this a broken promise because, two months into his presidency, Obama still hadn't delivered the dog).

But Obama has fulfilled the promise. The White House announced Sunday that the Obamas are adopting Bo, a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog.

The dog is a gift from Sen. Ted Kennedy, a Portie owner, which means that Bo comes, in the words of Howard Dean, from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party. According to exhaustive reporting by the Washington Post , we also know   details of the dog's conception , such as the fact that the kennel owner sipped a Budweiser while Bo's parents mated. 

Read the rest of our story here .