Obama cites Bo the dog in salute to US-Portuguese connections


Associated Press

Posted on November 19, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 19 at 2:36 PM

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — In Portugal for the NATO summit, President Barack Obama is celebrating the ties with the host country through Portuguese-American communities across the U.S.

At a news conference with Prime Minister Jose Socrates, he also noted a Portuguese connection at the White House: the family's dog Bo. The furry, black pet is a Portuguese water dog, a breed that originated in an area of southern Portugal known for its beaches and resorts.

Obama called Bo "the most popular member of the White House."

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: FILE - In this April 14, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama is almost jerked off his feet as he shows off their new dog Bo, a Portuguese water dog, with his daughters Malia, left, and Sasha Obama, right, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.