June 11, 2021

‘Rest in peace Bo’ trends after news of former presidential dog’s death breaks

Even in the highly contentious, deeply divided world of politics, there are certain profound moments in life to which Americans of all stripes can relate, with the death of a beloved pet certainly sitting atop the list.

As such, the country was saddened to learn the news this weekend of the passing of the cherished, longtime canine companion of former President Barack Obama and his family, with “Rest in Peace Bo” ultimately trending on Twitter as a result of the empathetic outpouring, according to Mediaite.

Bo reportedly died following a battle with cancer, and the former president paid tribute on Twitter to the “true friend and loyal companion” who was for the entire Obama family “a constant gentle presence…happy to see us on our good days, our bad days, and everyday in between,” as USA Today noted.

Barack Obama offered fond reminiscences of Bo’s time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, saying, “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.”

Former first lady Michelle Obama shared her own sadness over the loss of Bo on Instagram, confirming that her family had indeed “said goodbye to [their] best friend,” while also expressing gratitude for the circumstances in which was able to spend his final year.

“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 [first daughters Sasha and Malia] got to spend so much time together at the end.” Mrs. Obama explained.

“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 wage. 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,” she explained, according to NPR, in terms familiar to all who have enjoyed such a bond with a devoted, four-legged friend.

Bo, a Portuguese water dog gifted to the Obama daughters in 2009 by late Sen. Ted Kennedy and his wife, became a fixture of the family’s tenure at the White House, with the former president declaring over the weekend that “he was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected.”

Rest in peace, Bo.

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    1. PITY is was ONLY “BO”…….I was hoping for DEMENTIA JO TO LAY IN THE CAPITOL ROTUNDS !!!

    1. When I read the headline, I said, “Please don’t tell me again that the dog died.” I was hoping for someone else!

    1. What a nasty person you are. You would be better off not making any comments about anything. If you have pets, I pity them Bo loved his family and they loved him.

    1. As my mother used to say, “if you can’t say anything good about an person/ incident, then don;’t make any comment at all.

  2. Who cares. There are more important dogs out there dying like K9’s in both the military and police forces you never here about.

  3. Our family knows what its like to lose a special animal in our life’s. Koda, a Karelian Bear Dog, was very special to us and we miss him everyday. When I walk past his box of ashes, I make sure I pet the box where he is now resting. Crying is part of the healing process and we have cried so much and still do after six months.

  4. I just wanted to laugh. With everything going on in this country. If only that dog could’ve talked bet he could’ve told some stories.

  5. It does break your heart when you lose a pet. I had 3 Manx cats, the mother and her 2 son’s, they didn’t have a tail, they came from the isle of Mann, the mother was black with a few peanut butter brown spots and a brown nose. The 2 son’s I named ( this and that ). They are both very smart, this would go with me out to the mail box, that would go almost all the way too. They were almost 3 years old. I had to bury this the other day, I think that a coyote killed him. It hurts. I miss him, that stays pretty close.

    1. I know how sad it is to lose a pet. My kitty died two years ago, and I still miss him. He died in my arms. I don’t believe I will ever forget how sad that moment was for me.

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  7. Run across the rainbow bridge bo , have fun . Too bad where the tree swinging , degenerate Hussain and his he-she are going , they won’t see him again !!!!!

  8. I love animals, it is horrible to lose one as we have had many, dogs. Good old BO is now with all the dogs that are in dog heaven.

  9. Hell, there’s nothing going on in this country right now! Why don’t we talk about Obama’s dead dog?
    My brother’s son died from COVID-19 at the age of 48 and he didn’t even get his name in the paper, he did get
    it on his headstone.
    I’ll bet you Bo will have a bigger headstone.

    I love animals more than most and my heart goes out to all the animals that died in the past.

    We should be talking about the future of this country and how we’re going to fix it.

  10. Sofa-King what. Who cares about Obama’s dog. Too bad the article wasn’t about Obama himself

  11. I am a pet lover and Bo is just another dog that died. The owner must have bonded with the dog, as all owners of dogs do. No need to downgrade the loss of a beloved pet. So I say RIP Bo.

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