Obama's girls named their puppy,' Bo' in 2009

Vice President Joe Biden has a new GSD puppy... no name yet.. congrats... (Sept. 2009)

 AP – In this undated photo released by the White House, the Obama family's new dog, Bo, a 6-month-old Portuguese …
WASHINGTON – Bo? No jest.  The first family has settled on a first pet — a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog that the Obama girls are naming Bo. The selection was one of the White House's most tightly kept secrets. President Barack Obama's daughters, 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha, picked a black and white pup, a White House official speaking on the condition of anonymity told The Associated Press Saturday night. The dog is a gift from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who owns several Portuguese water dogs himself. "We couldn't be happier to see the joy that Bo is bringing to Malia and Sasha," Kennedy said in a statement. "We love our Portuguese water dogs and know that the girls — and their parents — will love theirs, too."  The Washington Post reported in its online editions Saturday night that Obama's daughters chose the name Bo for the pup because first lady Michelle Obama's father was nicknamed Diddley. The name for the dog was an apparent reference to the singer "Bo" Diddley. White House aides told the AP that the office of the first lady arranged an exclusive deal on the dog story with the Post. The officials, who demanded anonymity because of the deal with the Post on exclusive details, said the dog was not in the White House as of Saturday evening.  Throughout the day Saturday, celebrity Web sites and bloggers were abuzz with rumors of the first family's selection of a Portuguese water dog; one site even claimed it had pictures of the future first pet. The president had embraced the frenzy: "Oh, man, now, that's top secret," Obama joked Friday to reporters. Obama promised his daughters a puppy during the campaign. "This is Washington. That was a campaign promise," Obama said when he appeared on Jay Leno's talk show last month, as the audience roared with laughter. "No, I'm teasing. The dog will be there shortly." The president and first lady had said their choice was down to either a Portuguese water dog or a Labradoodle because they were considered good pets for children who have allergies, as Malia does.

President Bush's dog........
A Dog in the Hand is Worth Bush in the White House

The White House has housed more pets than people over the years.  Here's a look at the nation's pet loving Presidents
and the nation's  First Pets, from George Washington to George W. Bush's
Scottish Terrier,
 "Barney" & Springer Spaniel, "Spot."

U.S. President George W. Bush greets a Black Lab searcher dog after visiting the site of the World Trade Center
 attack in New York City.
(Photo: Sep 14, 2001, Reuters / Win McNamee)

The new White House puppy, Miss Beazley, ran around with Barney on the South Lawn of the White House
Jan. 6, 2005. (AFP Photo
) <>President Bush gave the dog to his wife for her 58th birthday in November, but the
10-week-old puppy had to wait to move into the White House. Although Scottish terriers are often aggressive
with other dogs,  there appeared to be no animosity between Miss Beazley and the older first dog, Barney,
as the Bushes showed the  puppy off to TV cameras on the South Lawn. 
The 2 dogs are related, Barney's half brother is Ms. Beazley's father.

Presidential  Pets

1789 George Washington

9 horses, 5 French Hounds, 10 Hounds Mopsey, Taster, Chloe, Tipler, Forester, Captain, Lady Rover, Vulcan, Sweetlips,Searcher)
1801 Thomas Jefferson mockingbird
1809 James Madison  green parrot
1817 James Monroe Spaniel dog (no name)
1825 John Quincy Adams alligator, silkworms
1829 Andrew Jackson 5 horses
1837 Martin Van Buren 2 tiger cubs
1841 William H. Harrison goat, cow
1841 John Tyler horse
1849 Zachary Taylor horse
1861 Abraham Lincoln  pig, rabbit, 3 goats, turkey, horses, cats, 
2 dogs (Jip, Fido)
1865 Andrew Johnson  mice
1869 Ulysses S. Grant  10 horses, gamecocks, parrot, at least 1 dog (Faithful), a Newfoundland)
1877 Rutherford Hayes  cows, horses, goats and dogs (no names)
1881 James Garfield  horse (no name)
1885 Grover Cleveland  canaries, mockingbirds, Japanese Poodle (no name)
1889 Benjamin Harrison goat, dogs (no names)
1897 William McKinley parrot (no name)
1901 Theodore Roosevelt 13 horses, 5 Guinea pigs, snakes, 2 cats, 2 parrots, 5 bears, Pit-bull Terrier (Pete), Chesapeake retriever (Sailor Boy), Terrier (Jack), Mutt (Skip), Spaniel (Manchu), lion, hyena, wildcat, coyote, zebra, barn owl, lizards, rats, roosters, raccoon, horned toad-(Bill
1909 William Taft cow
1913 Woodrow Wilson  ram, sheep   
"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience." - Woodrow Wilson 
1921 Warren Harding horse, Airedale (Old Boy), canaries
1923 Calvin Coolidge Terrier (Peter Pan), Airedale (Lady Buck/Paul Pry),
2 White Collies (Oshkosh/Rob Roy and Prudence Primm), Shetland Sheepdog (Calamity Jane), 2 Chows (Tiny Tim and Blackberry), Brown Collie (Ruby Rough), Yellow Collie (Bessie), Bulldog (Boston Beans), Police Dog (King Kole), Bird Dog (Palo Alto), goose, thrush, 3 canaries, mockingbird, cat, bobcat, alley cat, 2 raccoons, donkey, lion cubs, wallaby, pygmy hippo, bear
1929 Herbert Hoover  2 Police Dogs (King Tut and Pat), 2 Fox Terriers (Big Ben and Sonnie), Scotch Collie (Glen),  Eskimo Dog (Yukon), Wolfhound (Patrick), Setter (Eaglehurst Gillette), Elkhound (Weejie)
1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt German Shepherd (Major), 2 Scotch Terriers (Meggie & Fala),  Llewellyn Setter (Winks), English Sheep- dog (Tiny), Great Dane (President), Mastiff (Blaze)
1945 Harry S. Truman
Mutt (Feller), Irish Setter (Mike) "Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as Wall Street and
the railroads." - Harry S. Truman 
1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower Weimaraner (Heidi)
1961 John F. Kennedy canary, 2 parakeets, 4 horses, 2 hamsters, rabbit, cat, Welsh Terrier (Charlie), 8 dogs (Pushinka, Shannon, 
Wolf, Clipper, Butterfly, White Tips, Blackie & Streaker)
1963 Lyndon B. Johnson hamsters, lovebirds, Mutt (Yuki), 4 Beagles (Beagle, Little Beagle, Him and Her), White Collie (Blanco)
1969 Richard Nixon Spaniel (Checkers), Irish Setter (King Timahoe),
Terrier (Pasha), Poodle (Vicky)
1974 Gerald Ford Siamese cat, Golden Retriever (Liberty)
1977 Jimmy Carter Siamese cat,(Grits)the dog
1981 Ronald Reagan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Rex), Bouvier des Flandres (Lucky), more dogs and horses
1989 George Bush Springer Spaniel (Millie) and her puppy (Ranger) & cat "
1992 Bill Clinton  (Socks) the cat, (Buddy) the dog
2000 George W. Bush Scottish Terrier (Barney), Springer Spaniel (Spot), 2 cats
(Spot died 2004) Miss Beasley arrived 2005.
2008 Barack Obama Portuguese Water Dog (BO)
*George Washington (1789-97)
*John Adams (1797-1801)
*Thomas Jefferson (1801-09)
*James Madison (1809-17)
*James Monroe (1817-25)
*John Quincy Adams (1825-29)
*Andrew Jackson (1829-37)
*Martin Van Buren (1837-41)
*William Henry Harrison (1841)
*John Tyler (1841-45)
 James Polk (1845-49) no pets
*Zachary Taylor (1849-50)

6 Presidents did not have any pets.

 Millard Fillmore (1850-53) no pets
 Franklin Pierce (1853-57) no pets
 James Buchanan (1857-61) no pets
*Abraham Lincoln (1861-65) 
 Andrew Johnson (1865-69) no pets
*Ulysses S. Grant (1869-77)
*Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-81)
*James A. Garfield (1881)
Chester A. Arthur (1881-85) no pets
*Grover Cleveland (1885-89)
*Benjamin Harrison (1889-93)
*Grover Cleveland (1893-97)
*William McKinley (1897-1901)

* pets

*Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09)
*William H. Taft (1909-13)
*Woodrow Wilson (1913-21)
*Warren Harding (1921-23)
*Calvin Coolidge (1923-29)
*Herbert Hoover (1929-33)
*Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-45)
*Harry S Truman (1945-53)
*Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-61)
*John F. Kennedy (1961-63)
*Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-69)
*Richard M. Nixon (1969-74)
*Gerald R. Ford (1974-77)
*Jimmy Carter (1977-81)
*Ronald W. Reagan (1981-89)
*George Bush (1989-93)
*William J. Clinton (1993-2001)
*George W. Bush (2001-2008 )
*Barack Obama (2008-  

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