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Prez Barack Obama -- That Damn TMZ!

4/12/2009 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Obama's dogApparently President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle were trying to keep the whole Presidential dog thing under wraps -- and then we came along...

The White House had offered The Washington Post a "puppy exclusive" when the time came, according to The Washington Post! But last Friday, we got all the details.

-- the pup was coming from a Texas kennel
-- the kennel had sold Senator Ted Kennedy 3 Portuguese Water Dogs in the past, all from the same lineage
-- the dog the Obama's were getting is also from the same lineage as the Kennedy dogs
-- the Obama dog was originally sold to a private owner, who returned it
-- the dog was named Charlie, but the Obamas planned to rename it
-- the dog was going to be "re-homed" to the Obamas from the kennel, and presented to the Obamas by the Kennedy family
-- the reason it's important that the dog was "re-homed" is because the Obamas could not accept the dog as a gift, and re-homing averts the problem.
-- the dog will be officially presented to the Obamas by the Kennedys on Tuesday

So that's what we said Friday. And sure enough, The Post is now saying the dog was renamed Bo, after Bo Diddley.

We got a pic of a pooch that appears to be Bo. Today, The Post ran a pic of the doggie with the Prez, Michelle, Sasha and Malia.

BTW, there are reports that Ted Kennedy gave the puppy to the First Family as a gift -- untrue. It was re-homed by the kennel and the Kennedy family only facilitated the transfer.

So, we didn't break Watergate, but Puppygate -- we're all over it!

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I knew Obama would get a GIRLY dog...he can't can't even stand down 4 somolians in a rowboat.

2017 days ago


Am so glad to know the Somali pirate/terrorist situation with American captain held hostage has not detracted Obama from the important things such as new family pet.

2017 days ago


Get over yourself Harvey. It wasn't that great.

2017 days ago


Cute photo!

2017 days ago


Rehomed? Right!

2017 days ago


It is pathetic! Sick of hearing about them.

2017 days ago


Puppy politics SUCK! I voted for and respect President Obama but the red tape crap is the terrible story line here.

2017 days ago

Off The Rack    

This dog wasnt REHOMED. They let someone take it home and return it just so they could SAY it's being rehomed. Do they think we are stupid??

2017 days ago

I said it    

I think you guys need a real president. Seriously, get rid of him.

2017 days ago


Scarlet, why don't you offer to exchange yourself for that Captain?

2017 days ago


Although I think the Obamas are wonderful people, I'm very disappointed that they went for a purebred dog from a breeder rather than adopting a homeless dog from a shelter. There are plenty of purebreed rescue groups out there and I'm sure the Obamas could have set an example rescuing a suitably hypoallergenic dog. Sad and a missed opportunity for Obama to spotlight the enormous problem of homeless animals in this country which are many times the product of purebred breeding, just like the Obamas' new dog.

2017 days ago


The CLUE answer: Scarlett did it with her Republican votes and ex Pres Bush's Anti-anybody/country out of ignorance attitude. ONLY IN AMERICA SCARLETT!

2017 days ago


Who cares about Obama and his stupid looking dog, wife and kids.....

2017 days ago


Come on peeps! THIS IS A NO WIN SITUATION. Lets hope they hang a big ass MISSION ACCOMPLISHED sign across the White House.

2017 days ago


The first family is shopping for a dog while an american is being held by pirates and fearing for his life. I can remember the democrates getting upset with Bush every time he was caught doing anything remotely away from his reponsibilities like playing golf or being in Crawford. But dog shopping is apparently ok with them.

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