update 4:20 eastern
WASHINGTON–No lucky dog yet.
Just to clear the record–President Obama and First Lady Michelle have NOT YET picked a dog breed. After touching base Wednesday with Obama White House East Wing staff about a report in People Magazine that a puppy has been selected– the word is that the final pick is likely not to come until April.
“The Obamas have not yet selected a dog,” I was told. Back in January President Obama said the frontrunners were a labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound. The First Lady seemed partial to a Portuguese water hound in an interview in the new People Magazine out Friday, but one is not to read into that, I was told, a decision.
WASHINGTON–Hat tip to People Magazine’s Sandra Sobieraj Westfall for the scoop: First Lady Michelle Obama told her the long anticipated puppy pick will be a Portuguese water hound. The dog comes sometime in April.
More on the Obama First Dog, settling into Washington
By Lynn Sweet on January 12, 2009 11:27 AM | Permalink
BY LYNN SWEET Sun-Times Columnist
WASHINGTON–President-elect Barack Obama revealed Sunday he is closing in on selecting the first dog — either a labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound. Here for one week, Obama and his family explored some of the city over the weekend.
The long-promised dog is a gift for daughters Malia and Sasha. “This has been tougher than finding a commerce secretary,” Obama told George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s “This Week.”