June 12, 2021

Obama Dog, Once a White House Celebrity, Dies of Cancer

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Ex-President Barack Obama’s dog Bo died Saturday after a battle with cancer, the Obamas said on social media. ⁠

⁠News of Bo’s passing was shared by Obama and former first lady Michelle on Instagram, where both expressed sorrow at the passing of a dog the former president described as a “true friend and loyal companion.” ⁠

“He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinner table, and had great hair,” Barack Obama wrote. ⁠

Bo, a Portuguese water dog, was a gift to the Obamas from the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, a key supporter of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign who became close to the family. Bo helped Obama keep a promise to daughters Malia and Sasha that they could get a dog after the election. ⁠

A companion dog, Sunny, joined the family in August 2013. ⁠

Both were constant presences around the White House and popular among visitors there, often joining the Obamas for public events. The dogs entertained crowds at the annual Easter Egg Roll, and Bo occasionally joined Michelle Obama to welcome tourists. The dogs also cheered wounded service members, as well as hospitalized children the first lady would visit each year just before Christmas. (AP)

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