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Not a fan of Santa: Bo Obama's barks upstage Michelle, Malia and Sasha at holiday event

December 23, 2009 |  1:38 pm

Stealing the spotlight from First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha is no easy prospect -- unless you're arguably the world's most beloved Portuguese water dog, Bo. During a recent visit by the first family (minus President Obama, who, we imagine, had other business at hand) to the Children's National Medical Center, Bo -- who recently took time out of his busy schedule to enjoy a romp in the snow -- managed to grab everyone's attention by barking at Santa Claus. 

If that doesn't get you on the naughty list, we can't imagine what would. But the ever-poised first lady took the incident in stride, our colleagues at the Top of the Ticket blog explain, telling the children present that the first dog "hasn't seen Santa before." (In Bo's defense, a first encounter with the Man in Red is enough to upset some humans, as well.)

Although Bo's barks were certainly memorable, we have to award adorable points (and who knows adorable better than Unleashed?) to 8-year-old Sasha. During a question-and-answer session at the event, when asked how the Obamas' Christmas will be different this year from previous years, Sasha responded with impeccable comic timing, "Well, it will be easier to get on the plane than last year." The audience, predictably, erupted in laughter.

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-- Lindsay Barnett

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