August 4, 2009

'First Dogs' Gone, But Not for Long

President Obama with Bo at the  White House. (Pete Souza/The White House)
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President Obama with Bo at the White House. (Pete Souza/The White House)

President Johnson with Him and Her. (Charles P. Gorry/Courtesy The AP)
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President Johnson with Him and Her. (Charles P. Gorry/Courtesy The AP)

Vice president Nixon holds Checkers. (Courtesy The AP)
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Vice president Nixon holds Checkers. (Courtesy The AP)

President Ford with Liberty. (David Hume Kennerly/ Gerald R. Ford Library)
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President Ford with Liberty. (David Hume Kennerly/ Gerald R. Ford Library)

President Bush and Barney. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Courtesy The AP)
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President Bush and Barney. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Courtesy The AP)

The Newseum’s popular exhibit, "First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets," has temporarily closed to make way for the new exhibit, "Woodstock at 40: The Rise of Music Journalism." The photographs of nearly two dozen U.S. presidents and their furry friends — including current first dog, Bo Obama — will return to the Newseum on Nov. 1, 2009.

President Barack Obama’s Portuguese water dog was a media sensation even before he moved into the White House this past spring. In the museum’s special "First Dogs" popularity poll, Bo earned 32 percent of the 26,830 votes cast, making him America’s "Top First Dog" among Newseum visitors.

With 8,582 votes, Bo bested Bill Clinton’s Labrador retriever, Buddy; George H.W. Bush’s English Springer spaniel, Millie; Richard Nixon’s cocker spaniel, Checkers; Lyndon B. Johnson’s beagles, Him and Her; and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier, Fala.

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