Obama Announces Bo Has Passed Away

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Allyson Hernandez

Everyone knows who Bo is. He wasn’t just Barack Obama’s dog, he was one of the many lucky dogs that got to live in the White House. He was known as a loyal and loving dog who was friendly to everyone. Bo was loved by many and was famous for his appearances in Obama’s campaign commercials. He was there for all of it, from flying with Air Force One to meeting the Pope. He has now sadly passed away at the age of 12 due to cancer. Barack and Michelle took it to Instagram to let all his fans out there know he has moved on. Both Obama’s wrote the most wonderful messages including a slide of photos of beautiful Bo. Bo will be missed by everyone and never forgotten. Farwell Bo Obama.

Barack  wrote:

“Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion. 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 every day in between. 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. He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly.”

Michelle wrote:

This afternoon was a difficult one for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend—our dog, Bo—after a battle with cancer. On the campaign trail in 2008, we promised our daughters that we would get a puppy after the election. At the time, Bo was supposed to be a companion for the girls. We had no idea how much he would mean to all of us. For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, comforting presence in our lives. He was there when the girls came home from school, greeting them with a wag. He was there when Barack and I needed a break, sauntering into one of our offices like he owned the place, a ball clamped firmly in his teeth. He was there when we flew on Air Force One, when tens of thousands flocked to the South Lawn for the Easter Egg Roll, and when the Pope came to visit. And when our lives slowed down, he was there, too—helping us see the girls off to college and adjust to life as empty nesters. This past year, with everyone back home during the pandemic, no one was happier than Bo. All his people were under one roof again—just like the day we got him. I will always be grateful that Bo and the girls got to spend so much time together at the end. As a family, we 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. We also know we weren’t the only ones who cared for Bo, and are grateful for all the love you showed him over the years. Please hug the furry members of your family a little closer tonight—and give them a belly rub from us.

Bo and Sunny Obama
Bo waiting to board Air Force One
Bo with Sasha and Malia
Bo in the Oval Office