Former President Barack Obama’s family dog, Bo, who spent two terms in the Obama White House, has died of cancer, Barack and Michelle Obama announced Saturday.
Obama submitted a series of photos ofon social media Saturday and paid tribute to the role the dog had in their family. On Instagram, former First Lady Michelle Obama said they had to say goodbye to their “best friend” after his battle with cancer.
She said Bo, who was gifted to the Obamas in 2009 from the late senator, were originally adopted as a companion for their daughters. Obama̵
“On the campaign track in 2008, we promised our daughters that we would get a puppy after the election,” the former first lady wrote. “At the time, Bo was supposed to be a companion for the girls. We had no idea how much he would mean to all of us.”
She described Bo’s presence in their lives and noted that he greeted their daughters with a sling as they came home from school.
“He was there when Barack and I needed a break while we were sitting in one of our offices, as if he owned the place, a bullet stuck in our teeth,” she wrote. “He was there when we flew on Air Force One, when tens of thousands flocked to the southern lawn for the Easter egg roll, and when the pope came to visit. And when our lives were slowed down, he was there too – helped us see the girls in college and adapt say life as an empty nest. “
And when the pandemic hit and forced everyone at home, Mrs. Obama said, “no one was happier than Bo.”
“All his people were under one roof again – just like the day we got him. I will always be grateful that Bo and the girls got to spend so much time together in the end.”
Mr. Obama posted a similar tribute on his social media accounts, saying that Bo “for more than a decade was a constant, gentle presence in our lives – happy to see us on our good days, our bad days and everyday in between.”
“He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved jumping in the pool in the summer, was unsteady with kids, lived for scrap around the dinner table and had good hair,” Wrote Mr. Obama. “He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him very much. ”
Dagen Boat the South Lawn of the White House said Mr. Obama that Bo had “star quality.”
“Do you know what they say about if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog?” Mr. Obama joked. “Well, I’m finally getting a friend.”