Just looking at the Obamas' new puppy "makes you want to break out in baby talk," said Jimmy Orr in The Christian Science Monitor. The president's daughters, Sasha and Malia, must be thrilled with little Bo—a Portuguese water dog given to them by Sen. Ted Kennedy. Not everybody's happy, though—critics are upset because Obama promised to adopt a dog, and Kennedy is a Washington institution, but he's no animal shelter.
"We knew it wouldn't take long for the haters to come out," said Lisa Gutierrez in the Kansas City Star. But, technically, you could argue that 6-month-old Bo is a rescue, since Kennedy picked up the dog because his original owners couldn't keep him. But what really matters is that, rescue or not, Bo is going to have a good home, and he's "going to make two little girls very, very happy."
And Bo is hypoallergenic, so he meets another of the Obamas' requirements, said Lynn Sweet in the Chicago Sun-Times. Like everything in Washington, the pup has detractors—he's not a shelter dog—and supporters—he is "repurposed." But, like it or not, Bo is First Pup—his "appointment does not need Senate confirmation."
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