First Dog Bo Missing From White House Photo

Photographer Annie Leibovitz says people are asking why Bo wasn't in the Obama family portrait.

Posted: October 28, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

The official first family portrait of the Obamas taken at the White House by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz was released last week. But where’s first dog Bo?

A lot of people have asked that question, Leibovitz told Katie Couric at Tuesday’s Women’s Conference in Long Beach, Calif. “I was critiqued,” Leibovitz laughed, noting that people have said, “Where’s Bo?” She added, “They’re taking another photograph that does have Bo in it.”

Couric suggested, “Maybe you could Photoshop Bo in?”

Uh, no, not so fast, Leibovitz responded. “You’re not allowed to do that with White House photos.”

The first family portrait was taken by Leibovitz at the White House on Sept. 1. The photograph shows a relaxed President Obama sitting happily with wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha in the Green Room of the White House.


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Audrey   McDonald, OH

11/10/2009 9:56:06 AM

I think that with all of the press following them getting Bo in the first place, and then the passing of Senator Kennedy (who was instrumental with them getting him), that Bo should have been included! He is, after all, a part of the First Family and does live in the White House as such!

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karen   little rock, AR

10/29/2009 2:51:02 PM

What the big deal?My dogs are not in all my pictures but i have ALOT of pictures of all of us too!

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Alexandra   Halifax, NS

10/29/2009 12:30:48 PM

Dogs ARE family too...

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

10/28/2009 10:38:59 PM

After all the fuss about getting a dog for the family it is surprising that he's not in the photo.

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