It's a dog's life at the White House
First dog Bo is ready for his close up with the White House press corps as he returns from his walk.
May 16th, 2012
04:34 PM ET
Picture of the week: a man and his dog
Official White House Photo by
January 6th, 2012
04:09 PM ET

Picture of the week: a man and his dog

This picture, taken by White House photographer Pete Souza back on December 21, 2010, was released this week. It shows the President and Bo, the Obama family dog, during a ride in the presidential motorcade en route to PetSmart in Alexandria, Va. The President bought Bo some Christmas gifts at the pet store then walked nearby to Best Buy to purchase gifts for his daughters.

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.

Topics: Bo • Michelle Obama
December 27th, 2010
07:08 PM ET

President Obama supportive of second chance for Michael Vick

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) – President Obama believes in second chances. The president recently called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie and during the conversation the two discussed Michael Vick and the fresh start the quarterback has received while at the team, according to the White House.

“He of course condemns the crimes that Michael Vick was convicted of but,” says White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, “as he's said previously, he does think that individuals who have paid for their crimes should have an opportunity to contribute to society again.”

According to a report from, the president spoke passionately to the Eagles’ Lurie about giving prisoners a “fair second chance” once released.

Michael Vick spent 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to running a dog fighting ring in 2007. After a suspension by the NFL, Vick was reinstated to the league, and picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Asked if President Obama would welcome Michael Vick around the first family’s dog, Bo, the White House has not yet responded. According to the terms of Vick’s release, he is not allowed to own a dog until 2012, when his supervised release ends and has expressed his desire to own one.

Topics: Bo • President Obama • White House
Hawaii vacation to feature ENTIRE first family
December 20th, 2010
03:52 PM ET

Hawaii vacation to feature ENTIRE first family

HONOLULU (CNN) - Finally, the entire first family will make it to Hawaii for the holidays. Bo, the first family's portugese water dog, has made his debut on the island after complying with the state's stringent animal quarantine rules.

FDOTUS – the First Dog of the United States - arrived on Saturday with First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, according to Janelle Saneishi of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

Bo had to go through a rigorous quarantine program in order to meet the state's strict rabies requirements. Hawaii claims to be the only state completely rabies free.

Saneisi says the process for adult dogs takes at least four months prior to their arrival on the island. Puppies take nine months to prepare to meet the requirements. The prerequisites are fairly extensive and include a microchip implant along with the standard series of shots.

Topics: Bo • Hawaii • The Buzz
Obama to get new hot tub for Christmas?
December 13th, 2010
05:37 PM ET

Obama to get new hot tub for Christmas?

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new hot tub was one of the many gift suggestions given to first lady Michelle Obama today after she read to young patients at Children’s National Medical Center.

Mrs. Obama read “The Night Before Christmas” to the group and then took questions from the audience, including what she would be giving the president for Christmas.  The first lady jokingly replied that she couldn't tell because it would no longer be a secret and she still had to figure out which list President Obama is on.

"I’m not going to tell you because it’s going to be in the paper tomorrow, and then he’s going to read it, and then it won’t be a surprise," she said.  "But first I have to see whether he’s been naughty or nice.  I’ve been trying to figure that out."

At one point she asked the kids for Christmas gift ideas for the president.  Their responses: candy, a watch, a new suit, and a new hot tub.

Topics: Bo • Michelle Obama • The Family
Bo takes a stroll
November 30th, 2010
10:50 AM ET

Bo takes a stroll

The first pooch takes a stroll in the morning rain as lawmakers descend on the White House to talk bipartisanship.

Topics: Bo • Slurpee Summit • The Family • The Visuals
Portuguese Influence on Obama Family
November 20th, 2010
05:12 PM ET

Portuguese Influence on Obama Family

LISBON, Portugal (CNN) - While in Lisbon for the NATO and EU Summits, Obama took time to mention to the Portuguese Prime Minister what an influence Portugal has been on the Obama family. 

"I understand that there’s been a fair amount of interest here about how my family has been enriched by Portugal as well, specifically Bo, our dog.  He is the most popular member of the White House. "


Topics: Bo • President Obama • The Family