|Official White House Portrait of Bo|
|Bo's arrival at the White House|
Biden also has a hypoallergenic dog, a Labradoodle named Brother!
Something that I found particularly interesting when reading Bo's story, (albeit the Wikepedia version) was that he was bred by a Stern family (my husband's last name!) and that he was originally purchased, and soon after returned, by a different family. Well, Bo sure lucked out, he got to go from a family who didn't have the commitment to take care of a puppy to going to the White House, where I am sure he is very spoiled. (However, he has been trained by the dog trainer to the Kennedy family.)
Although a dog might seem relatively unimportant in the context of Presidential elections, there have been times where they have been used to garner support for or even smear a candidate. In 1952, Nixon gave a very famous speech known as the "Checkers Speech" where he addressed accusations of accepting illegal gifts, one of which was a black and white Cocker Spaniel named Checkers. Today, I think more people remember that Nixon talked about his dog rather than illegal gifts.
In this most recent election, dogs were also seen as important. Mitt Romney was slammed for traveling on long road trips with his Irish Setter, Seamus, riding in a crate strapped to the roof of the car. An online store, Dogs Against Romney, was formed in response to this story. Bo, on the other hand, was used to garner support for Obama, by depicting him as an animal lover. However, Obama had his own dog related scandal after he mentioned eating dog meat in Dreams From My Father, resulting in a "War on Dogs" joke about the two candidates.
Whatever your political persuasion, the main point of this post is that Bo is CUTE! I might be a little biased though....
|That's Apple on the left, and Bo on the right (should Bo be on the left?)|
|He is a TY Big Beanie and came with the name "Bo"|