November 05, 2008

about that puppy

Well, it seems that Schnaufblog is not the only blog that is charmed with the idea of a puppy for the new First Family.

What kind of dog? Purebred or mutt? From a shelter or breeder? Puppy or adult? Get it now, or after the family settles in at the White House? Who will take care of it?... The world, as evidenced by chatter and pictures flying around on the Internet today, has become captivated by the idea of a new First Puppy.

And Reuters reports:

Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, is also getting in on the act. He told reporters traveling with him earlier that his wife had promised him a “big dog” if he got elected. Jill Biden had taped pictures of different dogs on the back of the seat in front of him on his campaign plane to inspire the candidate as he criss-crossed the country in the final sprint to election day.

Update on Nov. 6: Here's Maureen Dowd, post-election, on bringing on "the puppy and the rookie".

Update on Nov. 7: President-elect Obama addresses the issue in his first post-election press conference and refers to himself as a "mutt" (what's up with that?):

It must be the first time in recorded history that the leader of the Free World has proudly described himself as a “mutt”. At his first press conference as President-elect, Barack Obama sought to project the gravitas that his post requires.

Making his first market-sensitive comments on the economy, the soaring orator read carefully from notes — even keeping his place with his finger like a child. But his amiable good humour eventually won out when a local Chicago reporter asked about his plans for a White House puppy for his daughters, Sasha and Malia.

“This is a major issue,” he said. “It has generated more interest on our website than just about anything. We have two criteria that have to be reconciled. One is that Malia is allergic, so it has to be hypoallergenic. There are a number of breeds that are hypoallergenic. On the other hand, our preference would be to get a shelter dog. But obviously a lot of shelter dogs are mutts — like me.”

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