'we will miss you' the obamas say goodbye to their dog 'bo' after he succumbs to cancer

The Obamas [photo courtesy]>

The Obamas [photo courtesy]

by Beatrice Ambasa May 10, 2021

The Obamas announced Saturday that their beloved family dog Bo has died.

The Obama family got Bo shortly after they moved into the White House, fulfilling Barack Obama's campaign promise to get his daughters, Sasha and Malia, a dog in return for their time spent on the campaign trail.

"This afternoon was a difficult one for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend —our dog, Bo — after a battle with cancer," former first lady Michelle Obama said in a statement posted to Instagram Saturday.

"Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion," the former President posted on Twitter Saturday, adding that Bo "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."

Michelle Obama also wrote that Bo was there for the former first couple as their lives "slowed down" and helped them "see the girls off to college and adjust to life as empty nesters."

"For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives—happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and everyday in between," the former President wrote.

The Obamas said that they will miss Bo dearly, "but we are thankful that he lived such a joyful life full of snuggles, games of fetch, and evenings spent lying on the couch."

Bo, a Portuguese water dog, had come to the Obamas as a gift from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and his wife, Victoria.