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Barack Obama talks dogs (and what they leave behind)

December 16, 2008 | 11:17 am

Barack Obama After Barack Obama's news conference today announcing his choice of Arne Duncan as Education secretary, the president-elect took time out to meet with first- through fourth-grade students at Dodge Renaissance Academy (the Chicago school where the news conference took place).

A pool journalist traveling with Obama reported that when a student asked, "In 2009 are you going to the White House?" Obama affirmed and added that he'd also be getting a new dog for his daughters Malia and Sasha. But the president-elect went one step further and said:

"I want to make sure my daughters take care of this dog, and if they do their business, and you've got some poop, you don't just leave it there."

Wise words from a man who, by all accounts, will be busy with a lot of cleanup of his own when he takes office.   

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo credit: Steve Pope / EPA

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