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By Abdon M. Pallasch
Sun-Times Political Reporter

In his first news conference since becoming president-elect, Barack Obama encouraged the Bush administration to act quickly on incentives to help the auto industry switch over to making more fuel-efficient cars; promised to pass a stimulus package as his first act as president if the congress does not pass it before then; pledged to extend unemployment benefits; and to try to find a puppy his daughter Malia, 10, will not be allergic to.

Obama, flanked by his economic advisors and new chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, spoke at The Chicago Hilton and Towers, where delegates stayed during the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention while a riot happened outside. There were no riots here as Obama gave his election-night victory speech a few blocks away on Grant Park.

Obama singled out Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet and asked why she had her arm in a sling. She said she fractured her shoulder running to hear his election-night speech.

"I think that was the only major incident during the entire Grant Park celebration," Obama deadpanned.

Sweet asked what former presidents Obama had spoken to and about his progress on buying his daughters a puppy.

"I've spoken to all of them," he said, after a pause adding, "...that are living. I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any seances."

He said he recognized the steep challenge of finding a hypo-allergenic dog in a shelter.

On a serious note, he emphasized that he recognized the obstacles to getting the economy back on track, but said he planned several short-term actions to help in that regard.

He called the American auto builders "the backbone of the American manufacturing industry" and said "I would like to see the amdinistration do everything it can to accelerate the retoooling" of that industry to make more fuel-efficent cars. Obama said his team would be researching whether additional legislation was necessary. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm stood behind him and he acknowledged her input on the issue.

Does Obama really think he can have an impact in the economy in the first 100 days?

"I'm confident a new president can have an enormous imapact -- that's why I ran for president," Obama said -- sounding almost annoyed by the question. "I want to see a stimulus package sooner rather than later. If it does not get done in the lame-duck session, it will be the first thing I get done in my administration.

Obama seemed very at ease during his 19-minute news conference and question-and-answer session. He seemed genuinely surprised and humbled when the press stood up upon his entrance.

"Thanks guys -- Thank you," he said.

Obama said the choice of his replacement in the U.S. Senate was entirely up to Gov. Blagojevich and he said he imagined the governor would probably use the same criteria he or voters would: someone who is "capable, passionate about helping working families in Illinois meet their dreams."

No one got the chance to ask Obama about his new chief of staff Rahm Emanuel but Obama plugged Emanuel and his vice-presidential choice Joe Biden as examples of what he said would be the good appointments to government posts he would be annuncing in days to come.

23 Comments

I have allergies to dogs and cats, so does my daughter. After talking with various doctors and vets, the only answer to this problem is SCHNAUZER, SCHNAUZER, SCHNAUZER, mini. They don't shed and leave hair all over. Since I have SHADOW for 5 years now, I have NEVER had a bad reaction nor has my daughter who lives in NY and I in GA. PLEASE for your daughters sake get a MINI SCHNAUZER, MINI SCHNAUZER.
Thanks,
RON REESE
1340 N Brandy Shoals SE
Conyers, GA 30013
678-413-1400

Please consider a greyhound (or two) for the family. Greyhounds are hypoallergenic, very clean, sweet tempered and easily adjust to the routines of the people they live with. You will be getting a beautiful dog as well as saving the animal's life. Dog racing is responsible for many, many greyhound deaths every year. There are Greyhound Rescue groups everywhere racing is nearby and they would be thrilled to help and advise you. If a Greyhound was a cabinet member, it would be Secretary of State. Check into them; they are wonderful pets and you would save a life.

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU, Presiden-elect BARACK OBAMA, MICHELLE Malia and Sasha...FROM A FAMILY OF MUTTS IN TUCSON, ARIZONA! We are fortunate to have a GOLDEN RETREIVER. She is the LOVE of our household but she sheds, so we recommend you consider a GOLDENDOODLE as they are a cross between a golden and a poodle. I don't think they shed and they may well be hypoallergenic along with being absolutely loving, intelligent, loyal, playful, affectionate, friendly and more!

Dear President-Elect Obama: We are filled with uncontainable JOY at your election not just for us but for everyone across the country and the world. We felt so discouraged that we had begun to research emigration to other countries....now we can hope again and do our part in rebuilding the country we Love.

GODSPEED and BEST WISHES to you and your family!


Veronica & Lawrence & April Grijalva-Palmisano & Molly Brown
I am a professional social worker (MSW, The U of Michigan '95, Oprah Winfrey sponsored, CIVITAS scholar) and my husband was a biomedical technician. We both loved our work but I fell ill first then he did nearly two years later and we are presently disabled. Our fifteen year old has no health insurance because our disability income of $43-44,000.00 disqualifies us yet we can not afford to purchase insurance for her. Please look at situations like ours. Thank you.

I would like to suggest an Airedale Terrier for the Obamas. Our Tinkerbell ia hypo-allergetic, and she is a loving, devoted, sensitive family pet.

I would like to suggest an Airedale Terrier. Our Tinkerbell is hypo-allergetic. She is a devoted, loving, and sensitive family pet. We love her, and he loves us.
The Cohens
Newburgh, New York

I thought his comments about Nancy Reagan and his dog discussion were very inappropriate and unpresidential-like. It seemed more like a Saturday Night Live skit.

how about a 'kerry blue terrier'!!
"Single-coated, short hair, sheds less"
= Hypoallergenic dog breeds are breeds that, for various reasons, might produce fewer reactions in people who suffer from allergies.

No question the Obama's should Pal Around with Terriers. Go Westies!

Dear Mr. President-elect:

Please get a couple of Dachshunds for Malia and Sasha. I have one and let me tell you... Dachshunds are supremely confident, funny, smart and are go-getters. Definitely hypo-allergenic.

Congratulations to you and to Sen. Biden and we wish you both Godspeed.

-sai nellore

I certainly have my preference for hounds and short haired grey hound relatives are easy on allergies.

To me, I hope he chooses a rescue dog no matter the breed.

There are Grey-hound, Whippet (medium sized relative) Italian Greyhound (smaller still) rescue operations and I am sure rescue groups for many others. It would be a fitting symbol of America to have one of these needy dogs rise to the white house.

Congratulation! President Elect Obama. Many times over.

I am a single parent in Houston, Texas, with two degrees, but because of a disability, I am unemployed since December, 2007.

I understand the seriousness of health issues when selecting a pet for a child with allergies. My daughter suffered as well, so we chose the SHIH-TZU breed several years ago. Our choice proved to be a beautiful one.

This breed is small, cute, loyal and has also been great with the elderly and with my niece and nephews, (all allergy sufferers and under the age of ten).

I would definitely recommend this beautiful breed, as I have had the pleasure of breeding them. They are sturdy enough for children as well as intelligent enough to represent the first family.

Keep in mind, you will love their big beautiful eyes. Once Rachel and my mother saw her new puppy, I could not separate them and there were no allergy symptoms.

They do require lots of love and attention though, which I am certain would not be a problem with the girls and their grandmother along with all the love stemming from the rest of the family.

Good luck in your choice.

Rg Roberson
P.O. Box 300104
Houston, Texas 77230
1 832 882-6694

Congratulation! President Elect Obama. Many times over.

I am a single parent in Houston, Texas, with two degrees, but because of a disability, I am unemployed since December, 2007.

I understand the seriousness of health issues when selecting a pet for a child with allergies. My daughter suffered as well, so we chose the SHIH-TZU breed several years ago. Our choice proved to be a beautiful one.

This breed is small, cute, loyal and has also been great with the elderly and with my niece and nephews, (all allergy sufferers and under the age of ten).

I would definitely recommend this beautiful breed, as I have had the pleasure of breeding them. They are sturdy enough for children as well as intelligent enough to represent the first family.

Keep in mind, you will love their big beautiful eyes. Once Rachel and my mother saw her new puppy, I could not separate them and there were no allergy symptoms.

They do require lots of love and attention though, which I am certain would not be a problem with the girls and their grandmother along with all the love stemming from the rest of the family.

Good luck in your choice.

Rg Roberson,

P.O. Box 300104
Houston, Texas 77230
1 832 882-6694

CONGRATULATIONS from OHIO
One of my daughters suffers from allergies, but loves animals. She took over the training of our dog through puppy classes, 4-H, and obedience classes - with no allergic reactions. The Portuguese Water Dog - considered a rare breed in the early 1980's, has hair instead of fur, and considered "hypo-allergenic”. Our Molly dog is smart, spirited, obedient, and very sociable. However, you are not likely to find a 'rescue' PWD, due to the care taken by the breeders to bring the dogs back as a healthy breed.


The girls should look into a Standard Poodle. Poodles, Standard and Miniature excellent with kids, bonds to whole family, excellent watchdog, highly trainable and sheds very little hair.

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A MARRIED MAN WHO ISN'T TO BIG FOR HIS MARRIAGE!
OUR NEW PRESIDENT-ELECT WHO WILL ALWAYS GO TO
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HE CAMPAIGNED ON THIS AND HE WILL DELIVER, HE
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AND MIND!
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HIM GET THE JOB DONE!

If your daughter suffers from allergies the perfect
pet is a MINIATURE SCHNAUZER. We have a three year old he is WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL with children so
very loving and loyal. Has NEVER biten anyone I just cannot say enought. I will NEVER be without
a SCHNAUZER the rest of my life. This dog has given
our family SOOOOOO much joy. Please consider this breed. You could find a rescue schnauzer. Also, this breed is SUPER INTELLIGENT !!!!!

Being that Obama is a Democrat, perhaps a yellow dog would work out best.

funny how i can post here and it never shows up! Must be the typewriter tat i be using! As for as the dog...we all know it's gonna be a Chinese Crested.

A great dog that is quite good for people with allergies is the American Eskimo Dog. My fiancé has allergies and asthma (allergic to cats, dust, mould, etc.) and our dog doesn't bother him. They do shed but their coats have been known to produce very little dander which is what most people are allergic to. They are affectionate, loving dogs that like to be treated as members of the family and are quite smart. They are protective and loyal. Beautfiul dogs. Despite having long white coats they don't get that dirty and smell less because their coats repel dirt. They are easy to train and are intelligent.

Not all long hair dogs are bad for people with allergies. Plus, they will have lots of cleaning staff I am sure to get rid of the dog hair, and they could easily hire a groomer to keep the dog's coat clean and to remove all the loose hairs.

I hear, the best loyal and friendly dog are the puertorrican terriers, and they really needs a good home, just give one of those the opportunity to become part of your family.

I have allergies to dogs also. I have 2 American Hairless Rat Terriers. They are wonderful, but need to live indoors and need clothes occasionally. They are very sweet and loving.

I have second generation Yorkie Poo Puppies that are hypo allergetic . My Male CKC and Female CKC registered Yorkie Poos had a litter of four September 18, 2008. I have two puppies at this time, 1 male and 1 female I have lovelingly nicknamed Rocky and Bubbles, their siblings Cheyenne and Ranger found a home this past week. Both Little Fur Babies have been hand raised and are very loving and intelligent and pre registered CKC. I would be more than Honored for the Family of the President that I voted and prayed for his winning to become the owner of one of my cherished puppies. Both are tan and black and look like little Teddy Bears. CONGRATULATIONS: PRESIDENT ELECT BARACK OBAMA,at age 64 I finally found a canidate for President that I feel is going to do GOOD for this Country and stood out in the rain for nearly three hours to vote for my very first time for you. Sincerely Karen

I strongly suggest that the Obama family get a soft coated wheaten terrier! They are a medium sized dog, non-shedding, non-allergenic, great with children, love to make friends with everyone. I own a 4 yr. old CKC female wheaten and I love this breed! But like any breed, choose a good AKC/CKC breeder!

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