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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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Obama & his crowd all need to be "rehomed"!

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1966 days ago

FiFi LaRue    

I guess keeping a promise to your children ranks pretty low here considering all the absurd posts on written. Regardless of if this dog came from a shelter or breeding kennel, it was a promise he made to his daughters. And for the poster who made the comment on the other report regarding the Kennedys never owning a shelter dog....John Kennedy Jr had a lovely dog he adopted from a shelter, so have other members of this your homework before you embarass yourself. At the end of the day...the dog has a new home...and the girls finally have the dog they have wanted for so long. Don't blame this family for the overcrowding at animal shelters..blame your neighbour down the road for not spaying or neutering their dogs or cats...blame the Amish who are the biggest puppy mill owners in this country...send 20 bucks a month to your local shelter for help in spaying/neutering programs.Get off your blog high horses and write to Congress/ Senate regarding animal cruelty such as dog fighting...baiting...puppy mills etc. Did you really expect that if the President had gotten a "shelter" dog that it would end the animal cruelty in this country? It takes MORE than that family getting a shelter dog to change law in this country.
Regarding the Capt. of the American ship being held hostage.....this Capt and the Corp. he works for KNEW without a doubt what that area of shipping was, a pirates corridor. Why didn't the company set guards or escort ships with this ship? Because it would reflect on their bottom line of profit. Don't blame the President for something he has no control over...blame the company that KNEW where they were sending this ship and crew without protection.
Personally I don't think keeping a simple promise to your children whilst the weight of the world is on your shoulders a bad thing.

1966 days ago

good grief    

Hey Obummer, what about them there American hostages being held by Somalian pirates? Apparently, a dog's more important to him.....

1966 days ago


One of these posts asked "do they think we are stupid"?
I will take this question out it's original context about re-homing and pose an answer that would sum up the American psyche in general.
Yes, they KNOW we are stupid, that is why TMZ exists, and FOX and MSNBC and Joel Osteen (religion in general) et al.
“No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”
Henry Louis Mencken

1966 days ago


Caled a hero by his coworkers, Captain Richard Phillips is his name.

1966 days ago

sparkys nemesis    

I know someone who has that breed. A bit wild. And males? Always hornier and more rambunctious -- no matter what the species.

1966 days ago

Madeline Maturo    

I think it is wrong to get a puppy from a kennel or a breeder. There are so many pure breeds going down every day at shelters. I rescue more pure breed than mutts. If the breeder can not sell it he kills it or throws it into a high kill shelter. Buying from a breeder only incourges them to continue to breed and abuse dogs.

1966 days ago

Old School    

All the people on this site who LOVE to trash Obama I only have one thing to say...YOU LOST SO GET OVER IT!

1966 days ago

Old School    

I hope that this scooping the story from the Washington Post is going to make some power people in Washington irate and kick tmz out of town once and for all.

1966 days ago


Its just a DOG people. I can't stand the Obama Administration either but getting a dog for his little girls is no reason to be hateful. Dads do it for their kids all the time.

1966 days ago


I agree with Barbara. I admire the Obamas. And I am very disappointed that they didn't get a dog from a shelter or rescue organization.

1966 days ago


THANK YOU #26. i am so sick of them trying to find any little thing that they let mr. boosh get away with for 8 years. they are so mad that this man and his closests confidents and advisors might be brewing something and keep them out of the loop. there are still people out there that will NEVER accept obama as the leader of the free world...sad suckers they make me sick. i'm just glad there are only a "handful" of idoits still in existence and that the other ones are accepting a new administration with ease....

1966 days ago


The "ego" of Prez Barry never ceases to amaze me. He now names the "kids" dog his "INITIALS" (BO). Don't beleive the crap about Bo Diddley, it is just this meglomanic getting his name, face, on everything. I bet you he even renamed the White House toilet paper from Charmans, to pass the "Obamas" please

1966 days ago


WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ROCK DOGGIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE DOG IS SOOOOO LUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1966 days ago
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