Former President Obama on Saturday announced that his family’s first White House dog, Bo, has died.

“Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion. For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives—happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and everyday in between,” Obama tweeted.


Bo, a Portuguese water dog, was born in 2008 and lived for 12 years. 

The Obamas were gifted Bo at the beginning of Obama’s presidency in 2008.

He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinner table, and had great hair,” Obama tweeted.

“He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly,” Obama added.


The Obamas have another dog named Sunny, whom they adopted in 2013 after Obama was reelected.

Whether they’re cuddling up with me on the couch or rolling around in the backyard, I love these two balls of fur. Happy #NationalDogDay to Bo and Sunny!” former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama praises BLM, says she fears for daughters Michelle Obama spotted dining out in DC Obama goes on TikTok to urge young people to get vaccinated MORE tweeted in 2019.

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