‘He had a big bark but no bite’: Obama family mourns loss of pet dog Bo

Former US president Barack Obama and his family are mourning the loss of their dog Bo, who died after a battle with cancer.

Mr Obama, who served two terms as US president until 2016, posted the new on social media accompanied by photos of the dog.

Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion. For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives—happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and everyday in between. pic.twitter.com/qKMNojiu9V

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 8, 2021

He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinner table, and had great hair. pic.twitter.com/1x4VOMsLGR

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 8, 2021

He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly. pic.twitter.com/CHweCxwJ7a

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 8, 2021

The Portuguese water dog was a gift to the family from the late senator Edward M Kennedy, who was a key supporter of Mr Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

The president had promised his daughters Malia and Sasha that they could get a dog after the election.

A second dog, Sunny, joined the family in 2013.

Both were popular with visitors to the White House and they often attended public events, such as the annual Easter Egg Roll.

They also met wounded military personnel and children in hospital.

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U.S. President Barack Obama reacts to their dog Bo (bottom) as first lady Michelle Obama (R) reads a book titled "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" to children during the annual Easter Egg Roll, at the White House in Washington April 25, 2011
Image:Bo attended many official events with Barack and Michelle Obama

Mr Obama’s wife Michelle posted about Bo’s death on Instagram, saying: “He was there when Barack and I needed a break, sauntering into one of our offices like he owned the place, a ball clamped firmly in his teeth.

“He was there when we flew on Air Force One, when tens of thousands flocked to the South Lawn for the Easter Egg Roll, and when the Pope came to visit.”

Mrs Obama said she was grateful for the time the family spent with Bo due to the pandemic, and said that “no-one was happier than Bo” during that time.

“All his people were under one roof again,” she wrote.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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