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First dog Bo won't be left out this holiday season: He's got his own Christmas stocking

December 11, 2009 | 11:26 am


Bo, the White House dog, has his very own Christmas stocking.

First Lady Michelle Obama made the revelation in an interview with Oprah Winfrey for her "Christmas at the White House" special, scheduled to air Sunday night on ABC. Winfrey's company, Harpo Productions, released excerpts of the interview today.

Asked which members of the Obama family have a stocking, the first lady named President Obama, herself, daughters Malia and Sasha and said "of course" the family's Portuguese water dog has one too. This will be the first Christmas for the puppy, which the Obamas got in April.

She did not give any details about what might be going into Bo's stocking, but said Santa loves Bo.

Winfrey also asked the couple about their favorite childhood Christmas gifts.

Michelle Obama said her favorite was a metal dollhouse with plastic furniture that she wasn't sure what to do with.

"I really didn't know how to set up a house, so I had all the furniture lined up along the walls as opposed to nestled around the fireplace, but I loved that little dollhouse," she said.

"Well, now you get some practice here, goodness gracious," Winfrey said, speaking of the 132-room White House.

President Obama said he remembered getting his first "big-kid, 10-speed" bicycle because that's always a special moment in a boy's life.

A basketball fan and eager player of the game, Obama also mentioned getting a basketball from his father. Barack Obama Sr. left the family when his son was a toddler and returned to Africa, but gave him the ball during a later visit.

-- Associated Press

Photo: Bo relaxes on a carpet in the White House, sporting a leash that shows his political leanings.  Credit: Chuck Kennedy / Official White House photo via the White House's flickr stream

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