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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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106.

What?    

Bush could save his own country men. Let's not forget how he handled Katrina. Regarding the war, look how many American soliders have died due to Bush lying to the country about weapons of mass destruction. Anyone feeling safe behind Bush's mess must have a false sense of security.

1989 days ago
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Mariah    

It was a standing order from Obama all along to do whatever necessary if the Captains life became in "imminent danger". People are acting like Obama was on the phone with the Seals yelling, "Fire!" or something. I am just glad Obama gave the order at all. Not in his M.O. ordinarily, though, in a situation like this with the pirate world and the rest of the world watching, it's not like there was any other recourse. With the lifeboat floating closer to Somalia, we never would have found the Capt had they made it to land. This will make Obama look good politically, though. Feather in his cap thanks to the American military and the courage of one sea captain and his crew.

1989 days ago
108.

Mariah    

I can't stand Obama, but jeez his girls are sure cute. I hope they enjoy their new pet, bought, adopted or whatever. People have to do what is best for their family. Perhaps they thought this was the only option for theirs. My parents always get their dogs through purebred breeders (my dad is a hunter and wants purebred hunting shorthairs--I know people will blanche at the hunting part, sorry). I, on the other hand, go to the pound. I also have 3 cats directly from the streets. People have their reasons and to each his/her own.

1989 days ago
109.

melman    

any dog it a great dog. Talked to the owner of a porteguese water dog the other day while walking my pooch...great breed

1989 days ago
110.

lfr    

This is not a rescue dog! The Kennedys should have stayed out of it!

1989 days ago
111.

Mariah    

FOX has not been spinning things negatively. I just watched the whole press conference where they had one reporter each from NBC, ABC, NPR, FOX, CNN, some Scottish guy from I don't know what publication, and a couple others. They all had the opportunity to ask the Admiral questions and the ONLY negative thing, if you want to call clarifying the news, negative, was they clarified that Obama had said all along to take them out if necessary. They just simply said he wasn't literally on the phone with them giving the order at the time the resolution happened.

So don't worry, this clarification actually makes Obama look better in that he called for killing the pirates from Day 1. Sheesh.

1989 days ago
112.

whocares    

#25-26...RIGHT BACK AT YOU....

1989 days ago
113.

Hyde30    

I thought they were going to adopt from a SHELTER???

1989 days ago
114.

hmmm..    

HOW LAME AND IRRESPONSIBLE TO GET A DOG FROM A BREEDER! I am disappointed.

1989 days ago
115.

dee    

That poor dog is only 6 months old and he is having his life turned upside down once again. It's just so very cruel to rename him also! The Obamas obviously no nothing about animals. I'm willing to bet that this poor animal will be "rehomed" again soon if he soils the White House rugs.

1989 days ago
116.

frankiestage    

"122. Hey moron, it took Ubama 5 days to change his mind in the Navy asking to take them out on day one....Yes we know your on food stamps so you paid nothing but us hard working people cannot afford feeding his punk kids and we hear the dog can only eat steak.

Posted at 6:26PM on Apr 12th 2009 by MadeinUSA"

Food stamps? Got my first job at 14 flipping burgers, idiot, and currently earn my living as a chemical engineer. Wouldn't know what a food stamp looked like if it hit me in the face.

1989 days ago
117.

Terri    

There was just a FOX NEWS ALERT....Octomom is adopting her five Portugese Water Dogs from Charlie tomorrow...

1989 days ago
118.

Michelle    

1. Who cares? 2. They can't even buy their own dog? 3 Why promise a dog if a family member has allergies? 4. Idiotic name.

I am so sick and tired of hearing about this dog, although I give a thumbs up for TMZ for breaking this story first.

1989 days ago
119.

Terri    

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THE PUTRID GARBAGE ON THIS SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!go TMZ

1989 days ago
120.

Respect 4 - 1 Self!    

A non-poundy puppy....please this loser was to busy ordering pizza and petting a dog to order anything done for a real American Hero so he waited a day to give a order. How would any of you feel if you had been sitting in a life boat with gun's pointed at you and the CIC waited another day to give any orders to help you????? And let's not forget he was to busy on the phone ordering pizza and a pup to give the family a call and offer words of support in thier time of need....he only called after the fact......he is such a loser!!!!!

1989 days ago
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