The Obamas announced on social media Saturday that former President Barack Obama's dog Bo had died after a battle with cancer. "This afternoon was a difficult one for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend - our dog, Bo — after a battle with cancer, wrote Mrs. Obama.
Obama and his wife Michelle posted the news of Bo's death on Instagram, expressing their sadness over the loss of a dog the former president characterized as a "true friend and faithful companion."
Barack Obama wrote, “He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinner table, and had great hair.”
The late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, had gifted the Obamas Bo, a Portuguese water dog, as a present. Kennedy was a key supporter of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and became close to the family. Bo aided Obama in keeping a promise he made to his daughters Malia and Sasha about getting a dog after the election.
Mrs. Obama reflected on Bo's years of bringing levity to the White House in a post that included a slideshow of pictures of him, including one of him seated behind the president's Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.
Sunny, the Obamas' pet dog, joined the family in August 2013. Both were regular visitors to the White House and often joined the Obamas for public events. The dogs delighted crowds at the annual Easter Egg Roll, and Bo joined Mrs. Obama to greet visitors on occasion.
Mrs. Obama wrote that she was thankful for the time the family had with him due to the pandemic, and that “no one was happier than Bo” over the past year. “All his people were under one roof again,” she wrote.