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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


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.

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Instructions: 1. Clip along the dotted lines. 2. Fold in half. 3. Laminate. 4. Insert in wallet.

We’ve gone to great expense to allow you to have your own “Bo Obama” card — one that should fit handily in your wallet, where it will be readily available to show to friends, family, police officers, motel desk clerks (be sure and ask for the FoBo discount) and the guys who check id’s at bars.

We don’t how much clout one wields by being a card-carrying FoBo (Friend of Bo), and we expect you’ll see this photograph a couple of million other places, as it’s Bo’s ”official” White House photograph, but since the White House went to all the trouble of making a “Bo” card, we figured we could help with the distribution.

(Cautionary note: Though Bo’s favorite food is listed on the card as tomatoes, it’s not advisable to feed them dogs. That information was included as a joke, based on an earlier ad-libbed joke by Obama, the White House said.)

A White doghouse for the White House dog

All the talk about the yet to be selected, procured or named White House Dog has gotten me to thinking: Isn’t it time to start giving some consideration to the White Doghouse?

Turns out, Stephanie Rubin is way ahead of me. Rubin, a Los Angeles landscape designer, is owner of Sustainable Pet Design and inventor of the Greenrrroof Animal Home. And with a little help from her friends she’s already built and arranged delivery of “Summa Canum, The Obama Dog Home.”

Summa Canum (Latin for “Top Dog”) has been created “to provide an appropriately sustainable and stylish home for the new leader of the free canine world.”

At the same time, the project’s aimed at introducing eco-friendly practices and materials to the American people.

On the Sustainable Design website, Rubin says public interest in the Obama dog — not yet selected, though the First Family is reportedly leaning toward a Portugese water dog — inspired her to create a dog home as a gift for the Obama family.

“As we began construction on Summa Canum, one vendor after another expressed a desire to contribute. Summa Canum is now a gift from many. Materials donated include historic wood, greenroof plants, eco-friendly paint, bio-fuel, expert advice, as well as arrangement of transportation with a rock-n-roll legend.”

Summa Canum ins’t an exact replica of the White House. But it is modeled on Greek Revivial architecture that was popular during our nation’s early years.

It is made of wood from cedar trees that President Andrew Jackson planted along the driveway of his estate, The Hermitage. After a tornado felled these trees in 1998, EarthSource Forest Products reclaimed the wood for lumber and has donated the last of it to Summa Canum.

Like her other creations, Summa Canum will have a green roof, consisting of vegetation supplied by Emory Knoll Farms, a Maryland nursery. The dog home will arrive at The White House unplanted in order to provide the Obama kids with the opportunity to get their hands dirty in their own little garden.

Third Planet Energy has arranged for delivery of Summa Canum by Neil Young, a longtime champion of environmental causes, who will haul it with his biofuel-powered 1959 Lincoln. Amoeba Music provided financial support to offset the cost of the trip.

Obamas leaning toward water dog

The Obamas are leaning toward getting a Portugese water dog — but it looks like we’ll have to wait at least another month for it to happen.

Michelle Obama dropped the news during an interview with People Magazine.  She said the First Family hopes to find one that is “old enough” and get it through a shelter or rescue group.

“Temperamentally they’re supposed to be pretty good,” she said of the breed. “From the size perspective, they’re sort of middle of the road –- it’s not small, but it’s not a huge dog. And the folks that we know who own them have raved about them. So that’s where we’re leaning.”

Among those folks is  Sen. Edward Kennedy, who has two Portugese water dogs of his own.

Michelle Obama said the family has been discussing names for the new pooch — Frank and Moose have been proposed by the Obama’s daughters — but none has been agreed upon.