Bo Obama’s dog death occurred at the age of 12 on May 8, 2021, and the Former President confirmed the news on Saturday as the former First Family of the United States is mourning the passing.
Barak Obama released a statement on Twitter about their dog, Bo, writing, “Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion.” He sadly added, “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.”
Throughout Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, he reportedly promised his daughters the family would get a dog after the election. The Obama Foundation announced that during his Grant Park victory speech he told his daughters, “I love you both more than you can imagine. You have earned the puppy that is coming with us!”
Bo, a male Portuguese Water Dog that was presented to Barack and his family as a gift after months of speculation about the breed and identity of their future pet; actually he was added to Obama’s family while they were living in the House in April of 2009.
Bo was sometimes called “First Dog,” RIP.
How Bo Obama’s Dog Died?
First of all, on Saturday, 57-year-old Michelle Obama shared the heartbreaking news of Bo Obama’s dog death:
“This afternoon was a difficult one for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend—our dog, Bo—after a battle with cancer,” Mrs. Obama, 57, wrote on Instagram. “On the campaign trail in 2008, we promised our daughters that we would get a puppy after the election. At the time, Bo was supposed to be a companion for the girls. We had no idea how much he would mean to all of us.”
“For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, comforting presence in our lives. He was there when the girls came home from school, greeting them with a wag. He was there when Barack and I needed a break, sauntering into one of our offices like he owned the place, a ball clamped firmly in his teeth,” she added. “He was there when we flew on Air Force One, when tens of thousands flocked to the South Lawn for the Easter Egg Roll, and when the Pope came to visit. And when our lives slowed down, he was there, too—helping us see the girls off to college and adjust to life as empty nesters.”
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