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More light shed on Obama dog

President-elect Obama expressed a desire for “a big rambunctious dog,” as opposed to a “yappy,” lap-sitting, “girly dog” in an ABC News interview with Barbara Walters.

Here’s the exchange that took place between Barack and Michele Obama when Walters  suggested that the First Family get the breed of dog she has — a Havanese, which she referred to as a small, “non-allergenic” terrier.

Obama: “But it’s, like, a little yappy dog …”

Mrs. Obama: “Don’t criticize small dogs…”

Obama: “But it, like, sits in your lap and things.”

Mrs. Obama: “Yes, it’s a cute dog.”

Obama: “It sounds kind of like a girly dog … We’re going to have a big rambunctious dog of some sort.”

Walters had sent Michele Obama a picture of her Havanese, Cha Cha, short for Cha Cha Cha. Obama, in the interview, seemed against the idea of a small dog, but, as he also points out in the interview, Michele often gets the last word.

Obama told Walters that his promise of a dog for his daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, has produced an avalanche of advice and dog pictures. “We’re getting more advice about this than my economic policy,” he said with a laugh. “No doubt about it.” He also wanted to be certain that his daughters are going to be willing to “scoop the poop” on the White House lawn.

The interview airs at 10 p.m. tonight on “A Barbara Walters Special: Barack and Michele Obama.”


Comment from Mary Schmidt
Time November 26, 2008 at 11:20 pm

Note to our president-elect: Even a big dog can become a lap dog if a situation is scary enough for the dog! Might make the job as president just a little more bearable some days, having a big old lap dog, too.

Comment from melvinhatcher
Time November 27, 2008 at 7:17 pm

I saw the Barbra Walters 20/20 interview with Barack and Michelle. I did not get the idea or opinion that Barack really preferred a large rambunctious dog. My opinion, he was just teasing Barbra about her dog being a small, yappy, girly, lapdog I think he was just teasing in jest. I am sure his girls will get a puppy suited to them not their dad.