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Bo and Sunny (Dog)

Breed: Portuguese Water Dog | Adopted Apr 2009

Barack Obama has two Portuguese Water Dogs, a male named Bo and a female named Sunny. At Obama’s first press conference as president-elect he was asked about getting a dog and he said “…Malia is allergic, so it has to be hypoallergenic. There are a number of breeds that are hypoallergenic. On the other hand, our preference would be to get a shelter dog, but, obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.”

Being hypoallergenic, Portuguese water dogs were on his public short list with Senator Edward Kennedy gifting them Bo, who officially moved into the White House on April 14, 2009 (Born Oct. 9, 2008). He was joined by Sunny on August 19, 2013 (born June 11, 2012). Both famous figures themselves, they had official White House schedules, making many appearances at events and fundraisers. Their fame even led to a North Dakota man being arrested in January 2016 for plotting to kidnap the pair.

Bo passed away in 2021.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama Pets


January 17, 1964 (60)


Barack Obama

(1992 - )

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Michelle Obama was born January 17, 1964, in Chicago. She is best known for being married to former president Barack Obama, making her First Lady of the United States for his two terms in which she was an active campaigner for. She is also known as a lawyer, writer and for her work in education, the government and for non-profits. She still has a law license, but it has been voluntarily made inactive since 1993.

She has help positions in the Chicago city government, the University of Chicago and University of Chicago Hospitals. As First Lady, she worked on a number of causes, including fair pay, veterans, LGBT rights, health and obesity. She has often been listed with top publications as an inspirational figure and a style icon.