Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New First Puppy Makes Quite a Splash at White House

Bo, the Portuguese water dog, has officially become the first puppy of the Obama White House.

We must confess that we are a tad disappointed the Obamas didn't choose a miniature schnauzer, as we strongly urged in a post a few weeks back. (And here we thought we had some pull at the White House.)

But doggone it, Bo is so darned cute that you can't help but say he was an excellent choice. Here is CNN's report about Bo's arrival:

Bo inspired a classic diary at Daily Kos: "Obama Puppy Nominee Faces Uphill Battle in Senate."

The diarist reports that several Republicans are set to block Bo's confirmation:

"The administration acknowledges that this is a Portuguese Water Dog," said Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). "The American people have a right to know whether American water dogs were passed over in the administration's rush to install their chosen candidate. And was the dog born here, or in Portugal? I, for one, would like to see a birth certificate."

One Republican said Bo must confront one of the most contentious issues of our age:

"We just don't know enough about Bo," agreed Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ). "A water dog needs to have a clear idea about how its master should cross shallow bodies of water. But we have no indication of where Bo stands on the question of row versus wade."

Naturally, there was concern that Bo was a gift from that famed liberal, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA):

"This dog was a gift from Ted Kennedy," said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), referring to the notably liberal senior senator from Massachusetts. "You have to wonder whether he shares Kennedy's soft-on-squirrels philosophy." A spokesman for Kennedy admitted that the senator rarely chases squirrels.

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