A dog named Bo
The Web site says, "It is far easier to train them now rather than try to cure behavior problems later on."
Washington Post, The First Puppy Makes a Big Splash , April 12, 2009
Washington Post, A Shaggy-Dog Story: How Bo Wound Up With the Obamas , April 13, 2009
First Dog Charlie.com, The Real Obama Dog , accessed April 13, 2009
White House Blog, Meet Bo, the First Dog , accessed April 13, 2009
Obama pet, likely a Portuguese Water Dog, coming in April
We know a lot of PolitiFact readers are counting on us for the latest in the Obama dog search, and we think we have what qualifies as breaking news.
The dog is coming in April.
Under the breathless online headline "Michelle Obama: White House Dog Coming Soon!" People magazine broke this news in an exclusive interview with Michelle Obama, who "leaned in and confided" the scoop that the family pet would arrive after her daughters' return from a family spring break trip.
More news: Michelle Obama told People the family is looking to rescue a Portuguese Water Dog. That's not good news for those who were backing a Labradoodle, the other breed on the Obamas' short list.
And even more news: Two potential names being kicked around by the Obama family — Frank and Moose — have been nixed. "I'm like, no, come on, let's work with the names a little bit," Michelle Obama said. The full interview will hit the newsstands in People' s Feb. 27 editions.
Lastly, we can't help but note a little irony from our last update on this promise, when we cited a Jan. 10, 2009, interview in which then President-elect Barack Obama told George Stephanopoulos that narrowing down the breed of their new dog "has been tougher than finding a commerce secretary." That was a joke about his first pick for commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who withdrew due to a grand jury investigation into allegations of improper awarding of contracts. More trouble followed in February when Obama tapped Republican Sen. Judd Gregg, who stepped down after citing "irresolvable conflicts" with the Obama agenda. Obama announced his third stab on Feb. 25: former Washington Gov. Gary Locke.
No word on whether the dog vetting process will include a review of tax returns.
People , "Michelle Obama: White House Dog Coming Soon!" by Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, Feb. 25, 2009
A presidential decision: Labradoodle or Portuguese water hound?
Barack Obama said he's been surprised at the huge amount of interest in what kind of dog the family will get. Obama told his daughters that if he ran for president, they would get a dog, and now he has found himself overwhelmed with advice.
"We're getting more advice about this than my economic policy," he told Barbara Walters on Nov. 25, 2008. "No doubt about it."
He said he hoped the family would get a rescue dog, but that it would have to be a hypoallergenic breed, because his older daughter Malia is allergic. He also said they would not get the dog until they were settled into the White House, probably in early spring.
But we do know they have narrowed down their choices on breed. It's going to be either a labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound, Obama said on Jan. 10, 2009.
"We're closing in on it," Obama told George Stephanopoulos. "This has been tougher than finding a Commerce secretary."
Narrowing the choice to two breeds seems like progress to us, doggone it. We're moving this item to In the Works.