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Obama’s Dogged Decision: No Playmate for Bo

Wednesday, 07 Nov 2012 10:16 AM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Sorry Malia and Sasha, another wagging tail at the White House just isn’t in the cards for now.

That’s the word President Barack Obama delivered to his daughters in Chicago on Wednesday as he claimed victory over Mitt Romney.

"I am so proud of you guys,’’ the president told his beaming kids, ages 14 and 11.

"But I will say that for now, one dog’s probably enough."

In his victory speech four years ago, Obama promised to get his girls a dog and then made good by presenting them with an adorable black-and-white Portuguese water dog the family named Bo.

It’s not known whether the girls had been pressuring their dad for a companion for Bo during the most recent campaign, but the president’s quip seems to indicate they’d like one.

And while there will be no second pooch for now, Obama did say "probably," meaning there may be room for negotiation somewhere down the line.

Bo, referred to as "the First Dog," has gotten plenty of press on his own over the years, even making an appearance in the comic book "Lockjaw and the Avengers."

Last August, Obama made a Bo-related gaffe during a campaign speech when he said the pooch had more charisma than his mother-in-law.

"Let me say something about my wife," Obama told a crowd in Davenport, Iowa. "I don't usually like to follow her speaking. Because let's face it, on the charisma rankings in my household, you've got her, the girls, Bo and then my mother-in-law and then me."

But he quickly made peace, adding, "Actually, my mother-in-law is before Bo, obviously. I love my mother-in-law, too — that’s where Michelle got her looks from."


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