January 20th, 2011
12:18 PM ET

Surprise! It's FLOTUS and Bo in the Blue Room

Washington (CNN) - Visitors on one of the regularly scheduled tours of the White House got quite a surprise Wednesday morning when they were greeted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Bo, the Obama family dog.

Greeting folks from Iowa, Florida, Texas, California and other parts of the country, Mrs. Obama welcomed visitors to the Blue Room of the White House to mark the two year anniversary of her husband taking the oath of office. She shook hands and took pictures while Bo patiently watched the parade of somewhat startled and surprised guests go by. “You can pet him if you want, he’s just hanging out,” she said to one visitor looking at Bo.

As the line, that went on for more than an hour, filed through, Mrs. Obama fielded questions from how last evening’s state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao went to what it was like to live in the White House, Mrs. Obama encouraged a group of eighth graders visiting Washington for a class trip to “study hard,” and thanked another man in uniform for his service to the country. She also made a point to plug the benefits of eating vegetables to some of the younger guests she met. She thanked a group of teachers for their hard work as well.

Approximately 1.5 million visitors have visited the White House over the past two years – the largest attendance post 9/11 according to a written statement from the White House. The number represents tourists of the residence, guests at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Fall and Spring Garden Tours, and the White House Kitchen Garden school group tours.

President Obama will travel to the Kennedy Center this evening to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration.

Topics: Bo • Michelle Obama

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. JeriD

    What an amazing honor! You guys lucked out!!!

    January 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  2. annie s

    I love this First Family. What down to earth, wonderful people.

    January 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  3. D-Nice

    Mrs. Obama is a class act.

    January 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  4. XWngLady

    I Love BO!....Mrs. Obama, you're ok too..;-) ((Wink))....Just Kidding....You are a very classy and gracious First Lady!

    January 21, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  5. Jay in NC

    Class act, classy and gracious. Are we talking about the same person? The First Date is vindictive, divisive and aka "Marie Antoinette."

    The dog Bo is all for show. The family did not have a dog or any plans to purchase a dog. Then it took them the better part of a year to pick a thoroughbred. Not one from a local shelter but one flown at taxpayer expense all the way from TX. Then the dog spent almost a year being trained.

    The First Dates decision to go to Hawaii without the president forced her to take a separate plane, meaning two flights instead of one. The reason she gave, Bo. She wanted to take the dog to Hawaii! All at a cost of over $120,000+. Think about that when you pay your taxes this year. I fail to see anything classy.

    January 21, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • MarrioRobbi

      Jay, I really don't think you are as crazy as you sound, but just in case you are you are the right front person for the GOP fringe. Your opinion and vote means everything to the GOP, I just hope you don't have any health issues, and you're not counting on social security. It appears to me you believe every negative thing you read or are told reqarding the first lady. Why don't you write something positive about your true beliefs, or this country. Don't use this forum to show your true ignorance and total disrespect for the first lady.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:19 am |
  6. jsr

    I wonder which one pooped on the carpet.

    January 21, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, you're wrong about the cost of the MICHELLE/BO travel expenses to HAWAII, but if what you said is true, and if the OBAMAS hadn't paid for that trip, which I haven't seen any proof from you that they hadn't, it could be because she DOES have class! She is classy and gracious!

    January 22, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Try using Google sometimes. You can find news stories from the major publishers, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and yes FOX. Also 1000s of newspapers publish on the web.

      Here is part of one story from the Hawaiian Reporter. A local Hawaii newspaper.
      This year, the president’s wife and family flew ahead of the President on an Air Force C-40B Special Mission Aircraft, a 32 passenger plane, which according to a White House Dossier analysis, cost taxpayers an estimated $63,000 or $6,330 per hour. “By leaving early, she (Michelle Obama) forced a large logistical support – including a retinue of Secret Service agents – to get itself up and running,” the Dossier reports.

      Liz, I have also found on ABC, CBS and NBC that the Air Force C-40B Special Mission Aircraft flew back with out passengers. The cost was still estimated at $63,000. Therefor The First Date decided to spend over $120,000 tax dollars just to go to Hawaii. The reason she gave, was for the dog Bo.

      I can find 100s of legitimation reports about her costing the tax payer money. However I can not find any report of her paying the money back. You are the person that said that she would pay the money. That she was rich and could afford the cost. Please show you proof that she paid her on way.

      This is why I call her The First Date. She does not act like a lady she acts like an expensive date.

      January 22, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, REALLY? Go ahead and try to 'GIN UP' an excuse as why you want to take the distinction of 'FIRST LADY' from Michelle Obama! I'm sure she doesn't mind YOU! Have you watched BRAVO lately? All of those 'WOMEN are 'LADIES', who are expensive 'WIVES'; 'HOUSEWIVES'! Even they're not tagged expensive 'DATES'! Stop lying, Jay! Everyone who's watched your ongoing, perpetual condescending and dismissive attitude towards the PRESIDENT and his WIFE, knows it's only your sarcastic way of showing them disrespect!

    January 27, 2011 at 11:05 am |