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.