'First Dogs' Gone, But Not for Long
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.