- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 19, 2009

Oh, the dogma, the dogged determination, the doggerel of it all.

It is official. Bo Obama has now taken over the White House, walking in the monumental paw prints of all the other first dogs who came before him — Barney, Buddy, Millie, Grits, Fala.

It is the Dawn of the Bo Era. He is black and white and read all over. More than 5,000 news stories have proclaimed that this Portuguese water dog is the dog du jour.

Imagine life for Bo as reporters lope alongside him, hoping for a scoop of the journalistic kind:

“Sir, sir? Do you have a comment about life in the White House?”

Bo hesitates, head cocked with thoughtful assurance.

“Woof. Woof.”

An incredible sound bite. A dozen TV stand-ups that day recount the fact that, indeed, Bo Obama said “woof, woof” and declined comment on foreign policy. The kibble lobby could not be reached for reaction. News organizations eagerly speculate on his future.

Bo Obama has not declared his candidacy for 2012. Yet. He may consider an endorsement contract with Alpo, and possibly Wheaties. He is Bo’bama to insiders, Bobaba-yeah in a new rap song, and Baddabing-baddaBo in New Jersey.

He is plain “Oh, you bad dog” to Michelle Obama, and FIDOTUS to the White House press office — First Dog of the United States, with special “Fido” pun advisory included for journalists to discover and take credit for, now that they have exhausted every other dog-related double-entendre.

The Secret Service, no doubt, will code name Bo as WOOF1.

Yes, just imagine. Such stories are coming. The press is Bo-crazed.

But enough. Things could be worse. Let us examine the real FIDOTUS — our very own Bo, and what we know.

Bo is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog, a smart and agreeable breed known as a robust working dog with webbed toes who can swim all day and dive for fish. Bo’s real name is Amigo’s New Hope, according to Tom and Marilyn Stern, his Texas-based breeders.

His curly, waterproof coat will not provoke the allergies of adorable Obama daughter Malia; he could grow to weigh 60 pounds and stand 22 inches at the shoulder, according to breed standards. He will need grooming, and a poodle-esque clip in “retriever” or “lion” style.

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