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Breaking News! Obama Kids Finally Get a Puppy!

First Puppy "Bo"

It’s a Portugese Water Dog, a present from Senator Ted Kennedy, according to the Washington Post.

The identity of the first puppy — the one that the Washington press corps has been yelping about for months, the one President Obama has seemed to delight in dropping hints about — leaked out yesterday. This despite White House efforts to delay the news until the big debut planned for Tuesday afternoon.

The little guy is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog given to the Obama girls as a gift by that Portuguese water dog-lovin’ senator himself, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. The girls named it Bo — and let it be noted that you learned that here first. Malia and Sasha chose the name, because their cousins have a cat named Bo and because first lady Michelle Obama’s father was nicknamed Diddley, a source said. (Get it? Bo . . . Diddley?)

Bo’s a handsome little guy. Well suited for formal occasions at the White House, he’s got tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee.

It’s all just too cute for words. Please… shoot me now.

I just hope the girls will be happy with him, and that I don’t ever have to hear about the “first puppy” again.

OK, I admit it. The dog is really cute.

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