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Mon, Nov 10 | By Pet Pulse Staff Reports | 412

NEW YORK -- In his first press conference following the election, President-elect Barack Obama promised on Friday afternoon to confront more than the economy "head on." "With respect to the dog, this is a major issue," said, Obama, res… more ›

President-Elect Press Conference Turns to Puppy
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Kathy R.
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Kathy R.
5 years ago

Its funny what the press will ask the President about when ther are so many other pressing issues to report.

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Rockys1mommy
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Rockys1mommy
5 years ago

i agree

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Jenny P.
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Jenny P.
5 years ago

Let them get the dog when they are ready and find the one they want. I think there are far more important issues to deal with right now.

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Beccasooner
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Beccasooner
5 years ago

Yes, I think the publicity is important. Wonder when they will actually get a pet?

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

when's the promised dog coming?

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L.H.S.
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L.H.S.
5 years ago

Well he's president now. The decision should be coming soon!

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
5 years ago

Yawn!

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Blackie1
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Blackie1
5 years ago

Gee, and the story continues to this day

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Bobby D.
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Bobby D.
5 years ago

Will they get one?

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Jello1
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Jello1
5 years ago

Such a non-news item that has been covered beyond belief. Reporters must feel so silly getting this assignment.

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EddieWayne
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EddieWayne
6 years ago

My opinion is they should not get a dog if one of the girls is allergic. How many calls do shelters get from people that have adopted a dog or cat and want to return it because someone in their family is allergic?

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Elizabeth L.
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Elizabeth L.
6 years ago

I think it is great to be so interested in getting this puppy

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Angelique S.
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Angelique S.
6 years ago

Why not a cat or kitten?

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Norman C.
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Norman C.
6 years ago

Note to Prez: just get a puppy already!

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Pam J.
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Pam J.
6 years ago

Yorkie and chihuahua are also good non allergenic dogs that could be a good choice for the president elects new family member.

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Mark J.
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Mark J.
6 years ago

I can not believe how much publicity this has gotten.

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Cindi V.
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Cindi V.
6 years ago

I think the kids should have a puppy, in the white house or not

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Jenny H.
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Jenny H.
6 years ago

i completely agree...with the state our country is in, he should have more to worry about...and although i do agree that they should adopt a shelter dog, i don't think this should be making big news stories

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Michael
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Michael
6 years ago

who cares, really. If I want to get a new dog, it's not making the news.... Whatever you gotta do for a vote.

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Kevin F.
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Kevin F.
6 years ago

Right on Michael. This has gone on long enough.

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Michael
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Michael
6 years ago

thanks.

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Sydney B.
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Sydney B.
6 years ago

They should get a shelter dog!!! :)

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Joyce
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Joyce
6 years ago

a shelter dog is best.

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Filomena
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Filomena
6 years ago

There are so many shelters with so many non allegric dogs waiting to be adopted I hope and pray they adopt a dog from one of these shelters..

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Jackie L.
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Jackie L.
6 years ago

I just hope they get a shelter dog. There are probably many of them that would not affect Malia's allergies. I also wish they would adopt a cat from a shelter as there are far more of them than dogs that need homes. But perhaps Malia is allergic to cats too.

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Jason & Kandis D.
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Jason & Kandis D.
6 years ago

So in this situation Obama gets the oval office and the vice pres gets the pooper scooper. He needs to worry about the state of the nation and let his staff and family take care of the dog issues. Yes he hasn't offically been sworn in yet, but he is going to be the pres. There are bigger issues that he needs to get to. and as a 16 year Military man, I am wanting results. His campaign sounded great. I am for him. Just live up to what he promised.

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Jennifer H.
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Jennifer H.
6 years ago

There are plenty of hypoallergenic dogs in shelters - hope he gets a Bichon!!!

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Crystal  m.
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Crystal m.
6 years ago

i love obama !!!

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Joan R.
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Joan R.
6 years ago

I think it's great that our president-elect is going to adopt a dog from one of our shelters. What a great way of getting the message out that great dogs are waiting for homes in shelters all across the country.

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Gordon8
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Gordon8
6 years ago

Still no update ?

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D'Ambra T.
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D'Ambra T.
6 years ago

I think the careful descion makeing and choosing to save a dog from a shelter shows alot about his character. I hope that he leads our contry the same way

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Carol L.
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Carol L.
6 years ago

What ever dog he chooses to get will be one that is suitable for his daughters, this should be the number one consideration when getting a puppy. I am sure there are many people on his staff checking into shelter dogs and if they can find one that fits the requirements it will be chosen.

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Ruth W.
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Ruth W.
6 years ago

I think the best dog for Barack Obama to get is a Shih Tzu. They are relatively mellow, but when you want them to be playful they will come right to life and start being feisty. They are also Hypo-allergenic and shed like humans (a few hairs at a time). They are pretty easy to house train and can usually make it through the night without wetting themselves

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Jaime L.
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Jaime L.
6 years ago

Obama getting a dog for his daughter in no way speaks to me. This is not a political thing and gives him no "boost" in my eyes as a leader. I work at a shelter and I love to see shelter dogs get second chances however, his daughter has allergies. He will more than likely not end up with your classic shelter rescue and instead get an expensive purebreed.

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Klpowell2
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Klpowell2
6 years ago

Haha I think it is great they are getting a dog and I think it is great that they are really putting a lot of thought into the decesion so that they really can add the perfect member to their family:-)

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norap p.
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norap p.
6 years ago

These poor people will get negativity no matter what dog they choose. Everyone should back off and trust that they will get the proper advice and select a pet that will work well for their family. All that is important is that they choose well and take good care of their dog!

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Kelly S.
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Kelly S.
6 years ago

I think it would be too hard to get a shelter dog given his daughter's allergies.... a bichon would be great! hypo-allergenic... cute and small... just what the White House needs.

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Chelsea
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Chelsea
6 years ago

This is great. I love that Obama is spurring a national dialouge regarding shelter adoptions. His is such an adorable family, and I'll be happy to call him my president.

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Dstrykr
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Dstrykr
6 years ago

Have you looked at his position on later term abortion where they pull the baby apart in the mother's womb or stick a needle in the baby's head head and suck it's brains out. How about his bill allowing botched abortion babies to be left alone to die (for however long it takes). What dog he selects or where he gets it from or just how adorable his family is, doesn't make him a good man, let alone a good president.

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Chelsea
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Chelsea
6 years ago

See, I woould look into his stance on abortion, but I really just dont care about babies :/. And we'll see what a good President he makes, won't we? I think you're jumping the gun here, considering how he has absolutley no presidential power yet. And since when did presidents determine laws on abortion? It's determined by votes. Bush, as a "born again christain" legitamitly believes the world is going to end with a bunch of monsters and devils and jesus sitting on a throne. And that dinosouars were around a few thousand years ago. I'd take a baby killer over a science denyer anyday. But thats just me, and thats the beauty of voting.

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David M.
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David M.
6 years ago

I hope he really does get a shelter dog. THere are so many in need. That said... why is there so much fuss being made about what kind of dog they get? People need to get a life.

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Bud L.
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Bud L.
6 years ago

Hope they find a dog that they bond with. Great for a President to adopt a rescue dog.

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Susan
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Susan
6 years ago

While it may not be the most important campaign promise the president-elect made, at least he's keeping his word to his daughters. I'm glad that shelters are having the opportunity to tell the public that all types of dogs are at shelters, purebreds, mutts, designer dogs, etc., all of them suitable for someone, somewhere, all just waiting for the right person to come along.

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Brian K.
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Brian K.
6 years ago

Maybe it's just me, but the fact that this is news-worthy really speaks to the ignorance of the average American.

No one seems to care that Obama has already said he's not bringing getting out of Iraq, and in fact he wants to bring war to other countries in the Middle East. Or that he wants to introduce compulsory military service. Everyone is just all giddy that he's getting a puppy. I know this is a pet-oriented website, and that the media is hyping this for all it's worth, but come on people.

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Linda C.
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Linda C.
6 years ago

I realize this issue is less pressing than international politics, but I do think that the decision will have an impact on the general public and where they decide to look for their next pet. Shelters are not the only resource for helping a homeless dog. There are rescues for nearly every breed out there - many of them hypoallergenic, and they could certainly look there for their breed of choice. There are PLENTY of purebred dogs at shelters as well, as anyone who has spent any time in a shelter knows. I hope they make the right decision and give a homeless dog a forever home, as opposed to going through a breeder.

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Penny R.
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Penny R.
6 years ago

I'll say "Major issue"- promises were made!

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Misty09
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Misty09
6 years ago

As I said early about this issue. I will wait and see what he does. They could find the prefect dog in a shelter and not from a breeder. It's just my feeling.

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Meg S.
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Meg S.
6 years ago

I do not know how they would even have time to have a dog but I guess the secret service have to do something!

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Valerie121376
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Valerie121376
6 years ago

Hopefully he will rescue a pup/dog in need and not purchase a pure bred..... there are just so many shelter pups/dogs in need.....

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Vashti Z.
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Vashti Z.
6 years ago

im glad he's publicly discussing the puppy getting process and that he's maing it known he plans to adopt this should encourag alot of people to also adopt! I live with a Portugese Water Dog and she is gorgeous and friendly and super smart! GO PWD!

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Pinkswirl6186
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Pinkswirl6186
6 years ago

Get a dog AND a cat!

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Amanda P.
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Amanda P.
6 years ago

I think it is great that Presidential-Elect Obama has promised to get his daughters a dog to bring to the White House for them and even better that he wants to get it from a shelter. Also, those girls will have a completely different life when they move into the Big White House so a companion will be good for their transition.

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Zeek M.
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Zeek M.
6 years ago

I think that it is a good idea to have pets in the White house, because being the president is obliviously very stressful, and pets help people calm down. I think it would be a good thing for animal shelters everywhere if the Obamas were to adopt a shelter dog to bring awareness to how great rescued animals can be.

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susan t.
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susan t.
6 years ago

I think he should get both daughters a dog!

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JayneStorm
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JayneStorm
6 years ago

every good little girl needs a puppy

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