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Tag: barack obama

Bo Obama’s value placed at $1,600

You can’t put a pricetag on the family dog, but in the case of Bo Obama it’s $1,600.

The value of Bo — a gift to the president from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy — was listed on annual financial disclosure forms the White House released Monday, according to the Associated Press.

Dollar-wise, the Portuguese water dog, was a mere drip compared to the president’s other income, including royalties from his books, “Dreams From My Father” and “Audacity of Hope,” which brought in between $1 million and $5 million each.

In addition to his $400,000 annual salary, Obama  listed a number investments which, including those held jointly with his wife, were worth between $2.2 million and $7.5 million in 2009. His Nobel Peace Prize carried a $1.4 million award, but the president donated that to charity.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

See Bo in the snow, go Bo go

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The White House released an official photo of  Bo playing in the record snow that pounded the Mid-Atlantic states. On Tuesday, when this photo was taken, it came up to the chest of the First Family’s Portuguese water dog. After Wednesday, it must be at least up to his neck. We’d show you where Bo peed, but that would be yellow journalism.

Bo and Michelle surprise White House visitors

In honor of the one year anniversary of President Obama’s inauguration, Michelle Obama signaled their commitment to creating a more accessible White House by surprising visitors attending public tours.

That included access to Bo, as well — though he’s barely visible in this clip. We’ll just have to assume that he does indeed have a tongue.

PETA pulls ad campaign with Michelle Obama

peta-obamaPETA is pulling a fur-free ad campaign that used the likeness of first lady Michelle Obama without her permission.

PETA said it used photos of Michelle Obama in an anti-fur campaign because the first lady does not wear fur. But they never received authorization to use her image.

Michael McGraw, a PETA spokesman, told the Associated Press they pulled the ad, which also featured Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Underwood and Tyra Banks,  “to show good faith.”

At the same time, PETA is urging the White House to take a stand against another unauthorized use of the First Family’s name — the debut last week of the Ringling Bros. circus’ newest performing elephant, “Baby Barack.”  In a letter Tuesday to the president, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk urged the White House to demand a name change for Baby Barack.

Baby Barack made his debut last week in Tampa.

The White House has said it does not condone the use of the first family’s name or images for commercial purposes. Last week, the Weatherproof outerwear company agreed to pull an ad campaign built around a photo of Obama at the Great Wall of China in which he appeared to be wearing a jacket made by the company.

(Photo: PETA)

Bo Ho Ho: First dog barks at Santa

First Lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo, made an appearance at the Children’s National Medical Center Tuesday. Mrs. Obama, once Bo made sure Santa kept his distance, read “The Night Before Christmas” to the children.

A day in the life of Bo

bo3Bo Obama has chewed up the First Family’s stray socks, torn up a magazine (we’re guessing National Review), and gnawed on the president’s gym shoes.

In other words, he’s a normal dog.

Except for the fact that he lives in the White House — and that accounts for this lengthy but not especially revealing Associated Press article on life with Bo.

The article says most of Bo’s days begin with early morning walks on the grounds with Michelle Obama, and end with a nighttime trek with the president.

“I’m the guy with the night shift,” President Obama told one television interviewer. “We go out and we’re walking and I’m picking up poop and in the background is the beautifully lit White House. It’s quite a moment.”

Bo came to the family by way of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., owned three of the breed.

Cape Cod dogs prepare to welcome Bo Obama

The dogs of Martha’s Vineyard are readying to welcome Bo Obama. The First Pup will be honored Sunday evening by dozens of canines and their families at the inaugural Martha’s Vineyard Dog Parade — whether he’s there or not.

People are invited to bring their dogs to walk in the parade, according to organizer Kerry Scott, owner of Good Dog Goods and a selectwoman in Oak Bluffs.

The idea for a dog parade was first hatched a few months ago by resident Calvin Paris as a way to celebrate the island’s dog-friendliness, the Cape Cod Times reports.

The tie-in with Bo came after it was announced that President Obama and his family are expected to arrive Sunday for a week-long island vacation with their Portuguese water dog.

Scott didn’t know whether the Obama family will attend the dog parade.

“If Bo wants to come out and play, he’s more than welcome,” Scott said.