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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 think there are a lot more problems in this world than what kind of mutt the Obamas have.

2027 days ago

shawn olsen    

Scarlet, you people need to get a grip, the captain has been gotten and three pirates were killed. The president can do more than one thing at a time, can't you? You haters have got to stop with the putting down of the president every stupid chance you get. Face it he got voted in by a majority of the people and you haters are in the minority now. He will be a fantastic president whether you haters believe it or not. Give it a rest already.

2027 days ago


LOVE THE BRAIDS IN MALIA'S HAIR!!___ What do you A-Holes have to say about Obama now that the captain has been rescued from the pirates, can the family enjoy their dog now? I'm sure you'll find something else to b*itch about. Obama has been a GREAT job as president so far and he keeps proving all of you negative racist A-holes wrong! bwaaahaaaa

2027 days ago

Disco Duck    

Yeah right. Someone purchased that dog for big bucks and just gave it back to the breeder right in time for the lyin Kennedys to get involved.

People are so gullible

2027 days ago


What hypocrites!! One day people are dishing Oprah; the next, people should follow her leave. For tax payers who feel the president needs to adhere to their every wish, you .20 cents goes in the pot w/ everyone else tax. Also, the children's grandmother pays taxes, too. Therefore, using your argument, as a taxpayer she can choose a breeder for the girls.

2027 days ago


The Apologist-In-Chief didn't do anything but tell the Navy they could take whatever steps needed but at least he gave them his blessing. If it weren't for the bravery of the Capt. jumping overboard (even while bound) the Navy and/or Seals wouldn't have had such a clear shot. Kudos to all involved, yes, even the President. This isn't really time for partisan politics when you have American hostages anywhere. As usual our country leads and shows the world in how to take care of its own. Proud to be an American every day of the week and twice on Sunday!!

2027 days ago


ahh thats a wonderful dog. Obama and his family deserves this dog.
BTW great job on pirate situation, you handled it perfectly tried to get international help, then negotiate, and when all else failed you made the call for the Seals to kick their teeth in. This is way better than the Bush-I'm a Cowboy lets shoot first ask question later handling and much better than his your with us or your our enemy BS.

2027 days ago


Go to the breed web site...look at the care for the dog and where they ask if this breed is right for you. I don't think it ia a great breed for people who have never had a dog..... Just Dead (I mean Ted) Kennedy wanting to leave a presidential legacy...

2027 days ago


It was an easy bet that Obama wouldn't get a shelter dog. He said he would for political appeasement and to look good, then he waited a period of time to make it look like the search was exhaustive, then they used a specious excuse of a little girl's allergy to justify why THIS was the only workable dog - a bred dog from a Kennedy. It's all embarrassing and disgusting, and most people are stupid enough to swallow it. Meanwhile, Ellen sheds crocodile tears on her show about rescue dogs, and PETA is busy freaking out that Angelina Jolie wore a faux chinchilla costume in her latest film. What a bunch of phonies, they stay mum on the President. He can get whatever dog he wants, but he was the one that made a big show of getting a rescue dog. This is his pattern - sets himself up as doing something lofty, then does what he wants and glosses over it with smooth language and a smile. Yuck.

#8 is right:

8. 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??

2027 days ago


The rest of us think you are stupid...Geez. Too much over a dog.

2027 days ago


#95 - It's all embarrassing and disgusting, and most people are stupid enough to swallow it.
Let's see. So you feel you are the exception to the rule; that is, you are able to see the conspiracy or whatever. Perhaps the majority or as you say "most people" are not loosing sleep over two little girls getting their choice of pet. When "most" of the people is thinking opposite of you, you may be the problem.

2027 days ago


Prayers and thank you to the Captain and his family. You all can go on about the cute puppy now.

2027 days ago


Thanks to Obama's strong leadership Capt. Phillip's family is having a wonderful Easter.
I think it must also be mentioned that thanks to Obama the captured pirate's family can rest assure that their child/husband/son/brother will be treated humanely while in US custody and they don't have to worry about him being tortured.

2027 days ago


I think the whole Obama thing has gotten way out of hand. From ordering Ms.Obama's thongs with the White House Icon on them which I find to be a major smack in the face let alone with a Slogan on em saying we're gonna rock this house on the front and your votes counted on the back... On easter sunday we see them going to church I am surprised they didn't mention whether or not it was a muslim church beings that's his religious backing, and then to ofset the hijacking with a picture of a dog named bo didley sums this president up. He doesn't know Bo Didley sqat on how to run a country nor on how to run a defence to protect our citzens on about he had to give the go a head order two times.. What's up with that? Was the first order done in Islamic and the second english. it's time for this circus family and events to get out and stay out, and let a true man run this country. Did you read that his wife had asked to be put on the white house PAYROLL? Check that out..... She was ordered by Barac to just leave that alone and never to bring it up again. She compaired herself to the queen of england... That's a joke... Queen of the Hood Rats maybe.

2027 days ago


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

Posted at 10:45AM on Apr 12th 2009 by Josh"

Wanta rethink your comment, Josh. 3 of the 4 are now dead; the 4th is in custody.

2027 days ago
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