The Easter Puppy brought a gift for Sasha and Malia Obama this weekend: their eagerly anticipated dog. Who says the administration doesn’t follow through on campaign promises?
There has been media confusion due to nomenclature mix-ups and the quaint custom of “news embargoes” among dead-tree reporters (the dog’s debut is slated for Tuesday). Worse, all adult news editors are on vacation this week, and the smarter interns (who now research and write all U.S. news) are on Spring Break.
The facts so far:
Name: Bo, supplied by the Obama girls. The 6-month-old male pooch was formerly called “Charlie,” and his AKC registered name is Amigo’s New Hope, but the dog won’t be confused. At this point the pup probably just answers to the electric can opener and the rattling of the doorknob and food bowl, anyway.
Breed: Portuguese Water Dog is the official AKC term. This type of dog is also called Cão de Água Português (in Portuguese, natch), Portuguese Fishing Dog, Portuguese Water Spaniel, and “Portie.”
Color: Black with a white ruff, perfect for DC’s many formal occasions (white dinner jackets are now optional in summer).
Scoop: Not the pooper-scoop, but the first to get the story — weblog FirstDogCharlie.com (though the Washington Post claimed otherwise). Associated Press knew about Bo earlier but respected their source’s wishes and embargoed the story.
Affiliation: Democrat; a gift to Sasha and Malia from Portie-owning Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D) of Massachusetts, a state with a large Luso-American (Portuguese-American) population, notably along the South Coast (New Bedford, Fall River).
We are seeking venture capitalists to underwrite our new line of “Bo Bones,” linguiça-flavored dog treats. Maybe the Prez would want to invest, since linguiça is so popular in his home state of Hawaii that McDonald’s features this Portuguese-style sausage for breakfast.
“Linguiça” is too long for a dog name, and “Sausage” is only for dachsunds, but if the Pup-Formerly-Known-As-Charlie doesn’t like “Bo,” how about “Link?” The girls would still have to keep him out of the Lincoln Bedroom, though.
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