Sunny, the New Obama Puppy

A 14-month old Portuguese water dog became the latest four-legged friend to walk the White House halls. See Bo, Barney, and other pets that have found a home in the Oval Office.

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Bo is no longer the only First Pup of the United States. Sunny, a 14-month-old Portuguese water dog, became the newest member of the Obama family on Monday, and the internet erupted in cuteness. The President had said in his 2012 victory speech that “for now one dog’s probably enough.” He has changed his mind.

Sunny has a lot to look forward to as the White House’s newest celebrity. Bo, now almost 5, has enjoyed a full life starring on the White House Instagram feed and hanging out in the Oval Office. Bo also got to join the Obamas in Martha’s Vineyard last week for the First Family’s vacation. He visits soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and patients at the Children’s National Medical Center.

Bo joined the family in 2009 to fulfill a promise Obama had made to Sasha and Malia in the 2008 campaign. He was a gift from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and family, and the Obamas disclosed his worth to be $1600 in their 2009 financial disclosure form.

The Obamas are making a donation in honor of Sunny to the Washington Humane Society.

 

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26 comments
ClaudiaMarbury
ClaudiaMarbury

Why is this dog being allowed into the Medical Center to visit patients?  I don't think he is a CERTIFIED THERAPY dog is he???  Way to skirt the rules!!!

Sean_C2
Sean_C2

@ClaudiaMarbury They're not typically allowed to register in the army, either, but Fala did (as this article notes).  It's called public relations.  Every president does it.

john_rambo
john_rambo

The country's economy is in shambles thanks to this Communist twit and we have to read about his new pet.

bnbyoung16
bnbyoung16

Typical politician - put money in the hands of people causing the problem (in this instance the pet overpopulation problem) and then throw some money at the people fighting a losing battle trying to clean up the mess (Humane Society) just to look good.  GROSS

KenDreger
KenDreger

O Crap, does this mean that the $100,000.00 per year doggie care taker will now mean we need 2 of them? Nice pup, but should of been a real rescue dog..........

DeanSmith1
DeanSmith1

I would love to see a president that gets a rescue dog and for that matter a pit bull rather than these multi thousand dollar poof balls.

richard.draucker
richard.draucker like.author.displayName 1 Like

I'm not at all surprised that a white hating racist like Obama will only buy dogs that are black or black on top of white .


pffls09
pffls09 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@richard.draucker 

Oh, please.  I didn't vote for Mr. Obama; but it's ridiculous to bring prejudice into the color of the dog he chooses!  He picked the breed because the late Ted Kennedy had Portuguese Water Dogs (who do not shed as much as many other breeds, which is appropriate since one of the Obama daughters is allergic) and Obama liked them.  Kennedy arranged the placement of Bo with the Obamas with the breeder, who I believe was also the breeder of Kennedy's dogs.  Nothing wrong with that!  Also, Portuguese dogs are not white.  They're black, black and white, or brown or brown and white.  

DonWecua
DonWecua

@richard.draucker 

More silliness. When you say dumb things like this, do you really believe them, Richard?

richard.draucker
richard.draucker

@DonWecua @richard.draucker 

In a nationwide news conference, Mr. Obama claimed that he believes I only lock my car doors when a stranger approaches if that stranger is black.  He also claimed that when my wife is alone in an elevator and a man enters, she only clutches her purse if the man is black.  

Yes, I believe anyone who with such a deep and abiding distrust of white people, such a racist hatred of white people, would choose dogs based on color. 

 

richard.draucker
richard.draucker

@ClaudiaMarbury @richard.draucker @DonWecua @EddieFrancis 

I pay huge sums of money to people who get a million dollar pension after a mere 20 years of employment so I don't need to subject myself to the risks taken by George Zimmerman.  I expect them to do their job.

Their ongoing failure or choice to avoid performing that job was on my list of greivances that led me to take matters in my own hands. 

I now live happily, and quite safely, in Asia.

richard.draucker
richard.draucker

@DonWecua @richard.draucker @EddieFrancis 

Timothy McVeigh's attack was not racially motivated, it's irrelevant.  

The Obama and Holder attack on George Zimmerman was clearly motivated by race, and later Obama made a speech just to clarify that it was about race, about making sure that white people attacked by black gang bangers think twice before defending themselves.  

If a white president took the actions and make the statements we've seen and heard from Obama, he would have been marched out of office and never heard from again.  

I have no doubt Mr. Obama's choice of black dogs is a statement, and that his recent choice of a dog with white under black is a statement.


DonWecua
DonWecua like.author.displayName 1 Like

@richard.draucker @DonWecua @EddieFrancis 

Gosh, Richard, I'm a white person, but I don't think like that.

You've been victimised a lot, and by black people. I sincerely feel for you.

I also feel for the 168 people in Oklahoma City who were blown up by Timothy McVeigh. But I didn't learn anything about white people from that event.

richard.draucker
richard.draucker

@DonWecua @richard.draucker @EddieFrancis  

I've been robbed 13 times over the course of my life.  I've been robbed at gun point, knife point, and mugged on the street.  In every case the perpetrator was a black male.  In only one case was that black male caught, and that was when he was overpowered by someone else he tried to rob.  He was a black PA State Trooper robbing convenience stores to fund his cocaine habit.  He was sentence to a year of community service giving speeches at schools about the evils of drugs.  Clearly the police have no interest in protecting the people, which means the people must protect themselves.  However, as we've seen in the case of George Zimmerman, should I choose that option, I must fear the federal government will launch a race based prosecution against me, spend millions of dollars organizing a smear campaign, and ultimate create a special panel for the sole purpose of finding some way to convict me of a thinking like a white person. 


MitchTurner
MitchTurner like.author.displayName 1 Like

Does each dog get its own plane?

LarryYoung
LarryYoung like.author.displayName 1 Like

But when they travel, the dogs will fly in a separate plane, because Muslims don't allow animals to travel with them. Oh, and the taxpayers pay for that too.....