Obama Bo’s dog, once a White House celebrity, dies of cancer – fr

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Obama Bo’s dog, once a White House celebrity, dies of cancer – fr


WASHINGTON – Former US President Barack Obama’s dog Bo died after a battle with cancer on Saturday, the Obamas said on social media.

News of Bo’s passing was shared by Obama and his wife Michelle on Instagram, where both expressed their sadness over the passing of a dog the former president described as a “true friend and faithful companion.”

“He tolerated all the commotion that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved jumping in the pool in the summer, was unfazed with the kids, lived for scraps around the dinner table and had beautiful hair. », Barack Obama wrote.

Bo, a Portuguese water dog, was a gift to Obamas from the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., A key supporter of the 2008 Obama presidential campaign who has come close to the family. Bo helped Obama keep the promise to his daughters Malia and Sasha that he could have a dog after the election.

A companion dog, Sunny, joined the family in August 2013.

Both were constant presences around the White House and popular with visitors, often joining the Obamas for public events. Dogs entertained the crowds at the annual Easter Egg Roll, and Bo sometimes joined Ms. Obama to greet tourists. The dogs also cheered on injured service members, as well as hospitalized children the first lady visited each year just before Christmas.

In an article featuring a slideshow of images of Bo – one of whom sat behind the President’s Resolute desk in the oval office – Ms. Obama recounted her years of bringing some lightness to the White House.

“He was there when Barack and I needed a break, wandering around one of our offices like he owned the place, a bullet clenched firmly in his teeth.” He was there when we flew on Air Force One, when tens of thousands of South Lawn for the Easter Egg Roll, and when the Pope came to visit, ”she wrote.

Ms Obama wrote that she was grateful for the time the family was able to spend with him due to the pandemic, and said that over the past year “no one was happier than Bo.”

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

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Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this report.

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