America mourned the passing former first dog Bo Obama on Saturday.
"This afternoon was a difficult one for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend—our dog, Bo—after a battle with cancer," Michelle Obama posted. "On the campaign trail in 2008, we promised our daughters that we would get a puppy after the election. At the time, Bo was supposed to be a companion for the girls. We had no idea how much he would mean to all of us."
"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 wag. 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. He was there when we flew on Air Force One, when tens of thousands flocked to the South Lawn for the Easter Egg Roll, and when the Pope came to visit. And when our lives slowed down, he was there, too—helping us see the girls off to college and adjust to life as empty nesters," she wrote. "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 the girls got to spend so much time together at the end."
"As a family, we will miss Bo dearly. But we are thankful that he lived such a joyful life full of snuggles, games of fetch, and evenings spent lying on the couch," she explained. "We also know we weren't the only ones who cared for Bo, and are grateful for all the love you showed him over the years. Please hug the furry members of your family a little closer tonight—and give them a belly rub from us."
Here's some of what people were saying:
Ugh, this is heartbreaking. Even from afar you could tell that Bo was a very good boy. He didn't just bring joy to… https://t.co/Z2D50NPZLQ— Eric Geller (@Eric Geller)1620501117.0
I always wondered: Did Bo think he was serving under President Michelle Obama? https://t.co/G7AYYBt5Hv— Eric Kleefeld (@Eric Kleefeld)1620503146.0
This makes me so sad. Losing a pet is so hard. Bo was a good boy ❤️ https://t.co/HLdGL8opNa— Emily C. Singer (@Emily C. Singer)1620502501.0
Bo was a gift from Ted and Vicki Kennedy https://t.co/bS4G2tnuWB— Kevin Liptak (@Kevin Liptak)1620501404.0
Beautiful tribute to Bo 💙😢💙 Love & compassion flow strong through the Obama family. RIP #BoObama… https://t.co/qaM7ASJmvB— Jᴀɴᴇᴛ Rᴇsɪsᴛs ~#BʟᴀᴄᴋLɪᴠᴇsMᴀᴛᴛᴇʀ #EɴᴅTʜᴇFɪʟɪʙᴜsᴛᴇʀ (@Jᴀɴᴇᴛ Rᴇsɪsᴛs ~#BʟᴀᴄᴋLɪᴠᴇsMᴀᴛᴛᴇʀ #EɴᴅTʜᴇFɪʟɪʙᴜsᴛᴇʀ)1620504100.0
As a dog lover to my core I know how heartbreaking Bo's loss is to the Obamas. I am so terribly sorry.😥💔 https://t.co/O1xpgE8rRF— Wendy Darling MM OG🧚🌊 (@Wendy Darling MM OG🧚🌊)1620503716.0
I can't with this. Ugh, so sorry. https://t.co/pbl4NMV89L— Shawn McDonald (@Shawn McDonald)1620502901.0
RIP Bo. We were more starstruck meeting you than pretty much any human. #WhatAGoodBoy https://t.co/rOo4qSdu1E https://t.co/oLhRUeKDID— Liz Vassey (@Liz Vassey)1620501136.0
😭 So sorry to the Obamas. Nothing hurts like losing a family pet. https://t.co/CSMqPvtYfa— Chris D. Jackson (@Chris D. Jackson)1620501776.0
Oh wow, I can't believe Bo passed! 12 years went by fast. I hope he's greeted with the best of belly rubs & treats… https://t.co/iPnt9r3UMT— Janelle Belgrave L.Ac (@Janelle Belgrave L.Ac)1620504014.0
Who'd have thought THIS would be the thing that sent me into tears today? Sigh. https://t.co/Jli5x87WN2— Genie Gratto (@Genie Gratto)1620503509.0