WASHINGTON (AP) – Bo, former President Barack Obama’s dog, died Saturday after a battle with cancer, the Obamas said on social media.
The news of Bo’s passing was shared by Obama and his wife Michelle on Instagram, where both expressed grief at the death of a dog that the former president described as a ‘true friend and faithful companion’.
He tolerated all the hassle that came from being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unperturbed with kids, lived for leftovers around the dinner table and had great her., ”wrote Barack Obama.
Bo, a Portuguese water dog, was a gift to the Obamas from the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., A key supporter of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign who developed a close relationship with the family. Bo helped Obama keep a promise to daughters Malia and Sasha that they could get a dog after the election.
Bo chases Barack Obama as the then president runs a football down the South Lawn of the White House in May 2009.
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A companion dog, Sunny, joined the family in August 2013.
Both were a constant presence at the White House and popular with visitors there, who often joined the Obamas for public events. The dogs entertained crowds at the annual Easter Egg Roll, and Bo occasionally came to Michelle Obama to welcome tourists. The dogs also cheered on injured service workers, as well as included children the first lady would visit each year just before Christmas.
In a post that featured a slideshow of Bo – including one of him sitting behind the President’s Resolute Desk in the Oval Office – the former first lady said his years made the White House somewhat frivolous.
He was there when Barack and I needed a break, wandering into one of our offices as if he owned it, a ball clamped tightly between his teeth. He was there when we flew Air Force One, when tens of thousands flocked to the South Lawn for the Easter Egg Roll, and when the Pope came to visit, ”she wrote.
Barack and Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, walk outside the White House with Bo in 2009.
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Obama wrote that she was grateful for the time the family spent with him over the pandemic, saying that in the past year “no one has been happier than Bo.”
“All his people were under one roof again,” she wrote.