WASHINGTON--The Obama girls long awaited puppy is Bo, a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog.
The White House will make the official announcement later--the news leaked out first on a little known web site, with the Washington Post given the details.
From the Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia: 'The identity of the first puppy . leaked out yesterday . despite White House efforts to delay the news until the big debut planned for Tuesday afternoon. The little guy is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog given to the Obama girls as a gift by that Portuguese water dog-lovin' senator himself, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. The girls named it Bo . Malia and Sasha chose the name, because their cousins have a cat named Bo and because first lady Michelle Obama's father was nicknamed Diddley, a source said. Bo's a handsome little guy. Well suited for formal occasions at the White House, he's got tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee. . A mysterious Web site called http://firstdogcharlie.com/ published a picture of a Portie yesterday morning, complete with a Q and A with the dog, which it said was originally named Charlie."