Sad Passing of the Obama Family Dog, Bo

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10th May 2021 - 2 min read

The Obamas welcomed Bo, Portuguese water dog, into their family in 2009 shortly after Barack Obama’s first presidential inauguration. On the campaign trail in 2008, Michelle and Barack promised their daughters a puppy after the election. At the time, Bo was supposed to be a companion for the girls, but they had no idea how much he would mean to all of them.

In his memoir “A Promised Land,” Obama recalled how “of all the pleasures that first year in the White House would deliver, none quite compared to the mid-April arrival of Bo, a huggable, four-legged black bundle of fur, with a snowy-white chest and front paws.”

barack obama and dog Bo
(Souce: Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Sadly, On Saturday, the former first lady shared the heartbreaking news that Bo had died at 12 years old.

Michelle Obama tweeted “This afternoon was a difficult one for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend—Bo—after a battle with cancer. We are grateful for the love you showed him over the years. Please hug the furry members of your family a little closer tonight—and give them a belly rub from us.”

Barack also paid tribute to Bo on social media: “Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion. For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives—happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and everyday in between.”

Obama went on to say “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.”

“He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly.”