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July 17th, 2009
10:45 AM ET

Bo, President Obama’s Portuguese water dog, reflects on his White House tenure

Malia Obama practices walking Bo as her parents and sister, Sasha, wait their turn.

Malia Obama practices walking Bo as her parents and sister, Sasha, wait their turn.

Ben Greenman
For The New York Times

Before my arrival in the White House in April, I was not well known to the American people. Perhaps understandably, I was greeted with some suspicion. “Portuguese water dog” has a foreign sound to it.

My hair covers my eyes, which can create the impression that I am not trustworthy. From the first, I took it upon myself not only to illustrate my own belief in clear thinking and accountability, but to give the American people a sense of what their lives would be like during my time in the White House.

As I approach the milestone of my first 100 days in office, I want to reiterate some of my basic convictions.

Historically, my breed is used to herd fish in shallows or carry messages from ships to the nearby shore, and I have tried to show the American people that I will continue that tradition, both leading (the fish) and communicating (the messages).

I have succeeded more than I have failed, but there have been lapses. Remember when I bit that reporter’s microphone? I had a sudden urge to get that thing. I thought it was a fish. Even thinking about it now makes me jumpy. Another time the president almost tripped over my leash, and even though that wasn’t technically my fault, I take full responsibility.

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  1. Annie Kate

    It has been a good 100 days for you and you have comported yourself with great dignity and composure although the few lapses into playfulness that the press captured on film and showed us were quite enjoyable. Keep up on the good work and playfully knock a few pompous congressmen down in the White House for us....that would give a lot of us a good laugh.

    July 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  2. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    Your a very pretty dog and I'm sure your owners are thrilled to have you and I'm equally sure your never boring to have around. Go ahead, keep chaseing those microphones. Keep the press on thier toes!

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    July 17, 2009 at 10:56 am |