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The New First Dog is a Puppy Named Bo

He’s named Bo.

The identity of the first puppy — the one that the Washington press corps has been yelping about for months, the one President Obama has seemed to delight in dropping hints about — leaked out Saturday.

The little guy is a six-month-old Portuguese water dog given to the Obama girls as a gift by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. Malia and Sasha named it Bo.

Breaking news from The Washington Post.

Bo is six months old. His markings include a “white chest, white paws and a white goatee.” He met the First Family in a top-secret meeting at the White House a few weeks ago.

The only unfortunate part of the whole affair is the tendency of breed owners to call the dogs “Porties.” But ah, well.

Says The Post:

Malia and Sasha chose the name, because their cousins have a cat named Bo and because first lady Michelle Obama‘s father was nicknamed Diddley, a source said. (Get it? Bo … Diddley?)

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