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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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181.

fresestofthefresh    

One term prez...Book it!

2017 days ago
182.

FOR REAL    

ITS REALLY SOMETHING PEOPLE WANT TO KILL MICHEAL VICK OVER DOG FIGHTING AND PEOPLE WANT TO HANG BARRACK FOR LOVING A DOG COULD IT BE BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SAME COLOR PEOPLE.UMMMMMMMM

2017 days ago
183.

bloodsrule8888    

good looking dog. I love it

2017 days ago
184.

Not a liberal sissy    

How about, gee I don't know ... maybe an AMERICAN Bulldog or something? Oh wait ... he's not proud to be American, I forgot.

Economy, border issues, pirates, starving children in 3rd world countries, not to mention our own ... not important. Obama's brother being accused of sexual assault on a 13 year old girl in Brittain, but saying he didn't do anything because he was in a drunken bar fight that he couldn't remember the cause of ... not important. THIS is important!! The Obama's DOG!!

2017 days ago
185.

fgs    

UHM, he didn't get it from a shelter because Mahalia is allergic to most dogs, and the dog they got is VERY hypoallergenic. Keep up with the facts before starting to accuse, you're not going to find that dog in any shelter and it was one of the only ones they could own.

2017 days ago
186.

whocares    

I FEEL SORRY FOR ALL THE NEGATIVE PEOPLE WHO HIDE ON COMPUTERS AND SPEW THIER HATE ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA.
HE HAS DONE MORE IN LESS THAN 4 MONTHS THAN BUSH DID IN 8 YEARS AND I DO NOT HATE BUSH HE WAS JUST NOT MEANT TO BE A PRESIDENT.
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S TRIP TO EUROPE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS TO GAIN OUT ALLIES BACK FOR WHAT PRESIDENT BUSH DESTROYED. WE NOW HAVE A SMART INTELLIGENT PRESIDENT AND IT SEEMS SOME PEOPLE PREFER A UNINTELLIGENT DUMB PRESIDENT WHO CANNOT SPEAK WHO IS SHAMEFUL TO THE US.
IF HE HAD NOT GAVE THE NAVY THE GO AHEAD TO FREE THIS CAPTAIN FROM THE PIRATES YOU NEGATIVE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THAT TOO, SO IT DOES'T MATTER EITHER WAY. IF HE FARTS WRONG YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY. YOU WOULD RATHER HAVE SOMEONE RUINING OUR COUNTRY RATHER SOMEONE WHO IS TRYING TO BRING IT AND US BACK TOGETHER. WE SEEM TO BE A COUNTRY OF HATE. SADLY OTHER COUNTRIES SEE THIS, ALL THIS STUPID BICKERING. ACTNG LIKE A BUNCH OF 6 YEAR OLDS.

2016 days ago
187.

whocares    

BY THE WAY IF HE WANTED TO GET A PURE BRED 2ND HAND DOG THAT IS THE PRESIDENTS BUSINESS. HE SAID A LONG TIME AGO HIS DAUGHTER IS ALERGIC.
I MYSELF PREFER PUREBRED GERMAN SHEPHERDS AND ALWAYS WILL I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE ELSE THINKS. I DO NOT BUY FROM BACKYARD BREEDERS I BUY FROM PROFESSIONAL BREEDERS THAT ARE SHOW LINE SHEPHERDS.
IF YOU DO NOT KEEP THE BREEDING PRPCESS GOING HOW WOULD YOU HAVE THE DOG BREEDS? I ALSO DONATE THE SPCA AND THE HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY AS I GET OLDER I WILL ADOPT GERMAN SHEPHERDS WHO NEED HOMES AS PRESIDENT OBAMA DID WITH HIS OLDER PUPPY.

YOUR STUPID COMMENTS ABOUT SOMEONE TOOK THE DOG AND SENT IT BACK JUST SO THE PRESIDENT COULD SAY HE REHOMED THE DOG IS JUST THAT STUPID! YOU AN SEE THE DOG IS AN OLDER PUPPY. SOME OF YOU PEOPLE WILL COME UP WITH ANYTHING. GET A LIFE AND MAYBE A DOG 2ND THOUGHT PLEASE DON'T SOME OF YOU ARE TOO FULL OF HATE, THAT'S TOO SCARY OF A THOUGHT.

2016 days ago
188.

Mariah    

Wow, JustMe:

For not hating President Bush you sure are blaming him for everything in sight. Obama didn't go head to head with Osama bin Laden, for crying out loud, he told the Navy to do whatever it took to take out 4 120 pound toothless pirates. As if they needed his say-so anyway. He didn't do anything any other President including Carter wouldn't have done. I am impressed he actually gave the go ahead quite frankly so I DO say kudos to him but it wasn't rocket science. SPEAKING of rockets, how about his reaction to North Korea firing missiles and Iran nearing completion of their nuclear capacity? Great foreign policy while he was over in Europe kissing everyone's asses and apologizing for America left and right: he said we should stand down on nuclear weapons and the US should start first. Music to Ahmadinejead and Kim Jung-Il's (I can't spell their names right) ears, I am sure.

2016 days ago
189.

BUTTADALLASBREED    

I STILL CANT BELIEVE BUYING A DOG IS SUCH BIG NEWS PERIOD..A DOG IS A DOG HOW MUCH TIME DO PEOPLE REALLY THINK HE GOING TO REALLY SPEND WITH THAT DOG THE WAY OUR ECONOMY LOOKING RIGHT NOW..THAT REALLY WAS A WASTE OF SOME MONEY ON THA COOL WE SUPPOSE TO BE SAVING !!

2015 days ago
190.

Ang    

This is the president who asked Iowa farmers about the prices of arugula....as if most common Americans eat it or even know what it is. Obama has been about high end things since his campaign. What made you think he would rescue a common mutt? A common mutt is not good enough for his family; more importantly, it doesn't carry any symbolic connections to the Kennedys or the Lincolns. He is certainly image-conscious, trying always to appear like either of these families. He, as a President, is already shaping up to be a wannabe. It's nice to admire great presidents, it's quite another to try to be EXACTLY LIKE THEM to the point that you have no defining individuality. His wife being constantly compared to Jackie O....his buying a dog that came from the same lineage and breed as the Kennedy's dogs....he's trying to reconstruct Camelot. Now his administration is worried about far-right-wing threats to his life! I dunno but if I were Obama, I'd start being more myself and less like a dynasty of politicians who always had tragedy on their side.

The dog is cute, though.

2011 days ago
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