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Did Bo Return From Hawaii for Obama’s Photo Op?

Updated 1:43 pm ET

Bo Obama was supposed to be in Hawaii. Instead, he showed up at President Obama’s side Wednesday shopping for treats at PetSmart

According to Michelle Obama’s press office, the first dog was planning to go to Hawaii with the first lady and the Obama daughters. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that he in fact had gone there. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser quoted an eyewitness who said he had seen the Portuguese Water Dog having his walk.

So what is Bo doing back in Washington shopping at PetSmart?

Either these reports are mistaken, or Bo was told his vacation was over and that he had to return to the White House to keep a lonely president company – and participate in a silly photo op presenting Obama as an average guy who likes to head out to the PetSmart.

If Bo returned from Hawaii, who paid for his flight?

It’s possible he hitched a ride on a return flight of the Air Force plane that brought Michelle to Hawaii, which wouldn’t have really added much to Michelle’s more than $100,000 price tag for her solo trip.

Or maybe he commandeered his own Air Force jet.

962 Responses to Did Bo Return From Hawaii for Obama’s Photo Op?

  1. It would be no big deal to have to “alike” dogs. In fact, dogs like other dogs for company.
    If it’s true, tho, sure shows the show-biz smarminess of the Barry & Moo Show.

  2. Possible explanations:
    -Far too much water in Hawaii and furthermore, it was not Portuguese water. Having learned from MRO, he insisted he was going home when HE wanted to go home.
    -Bo unexepectedly got Rock Fever and was so dispondent he had to be taken home to DC, the urgency of which required that no expense be spared.
    -The dog seen at Pet Smart was a trained canine actor who performed a cameo with the presumption that the lame stream media would never report the seeming contradiction of eyewitness report of Bo’s presence in Hawaii and the simultaneous appearnce of a dog appearing to be Bo taking the President of the United States out to do a little late season Christmas shopping for himself.
    -One or the other of the dogs is a Secret Service body-double, the only body-double in fact maintained for the Obama family as he is the only one that almost everyone could be convinced to give a hoot about. Okay, maybe the daughters too.

    • Not for one single second do I think they (the Obama’s) wouldn’t fly Bo back to DC for a photo op. Hey, it isn’t THEIR money. And if indeed they did ship Bo back, they’ll have to send a second plane for Bo when Obozo goes to Hawaii and he is not allowed on Air Force 1.

      And Obama has the audacity to think we should be grateful he is “working so hard” to get us less than $20.00 a week through his payroll tax cut holiday.

      2012 cannot come soon enough to get rid of this moocher and his spendaholic wife.

  3. Bo is not the “First Dog”.
    Maybe? if the WH “press corps” did some REAL ‘reporting/research/journalism’ they would figure out that “Bo” is nothing but a PROP that the Obama “First Family” mentions or drags out when its helps Pres. Obama…

    • …the “Obama family” seems too stuck-up & spoiled to have a real ‘family dog’.
      Why didnt they have a dog/pet when the “Obama family” lived in Chicago?

      • My guess is that Barry et al were so beholden to Ted Kennedy that they nearly HAD to accept this dog, which was a gift from Teddy. Furthermore, they now have enough servants to care for Bo so that is really is no inconvenience. That said, I would love to see Barry out picking up dog crap from his yard. Then he an I would at lest have one thing in common.

    • Can one idiot (Boehner) make another idiot (Obama) look good? I don’t think so, they just both look like bigger idiots, and if you don’t see that practically all the politicians in Washington are corrupt and should be thrown out of office, you jst prove that you’ve drunk the kool-aid!

      • You’re on to something. If the superposition principle holds for the idiot field (idiot field is produced by idiots and has similar properties to that of an EM / gravity / etc fields) then we can combine the idiot field from Boehner with that from Obama to make a greater idiot field. It would make both appear like even greater idiots than they actually are (this all theoretical b/c the level of idiot approaches infinity w/ those two). If the two were to stand too closely along with Biden and a few other pols (take your pick, any will do), an idiot blackhole could form… sucking in and destroying the Earth! (man, that’s a nerdy pol joke)

    • Yet another intellectually dishonest ploy of Demoncrat Drones is to plead “moral equivalence”. Whenever one of their Dear Leaders does something stupid, unethical, illegal or immoral, the Drones immediatly start stroking the narrative that their guy may be bad but Republican X (fill in blank) is worse. Thus, mentally incompetent and criminally insane Demoncrat Drones erect a designer substitute for ethics and standards with their almost reflux-like appeals to Republican bashing in general and Bush bashing in particular every time Berry the O’s bad behavior becomes worthy of discussion.

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  4. You can tell Michele and the girls don’t like the poor thing they had to keep it
    cause Ted Kennedy gave it to them or BO would be gone. He’s a prop and we
    paid to have him flown back for a $41 picture guess he goes back in storage now. Cruelty to animals if you ask me!

    • I think Bo the dog will disappear from the family about the time that the Obamas disappear from the White House, just as Socks the cat got socked with homelessness when the Clintons packed their van and moved.

  5. Give me a break. Are you insinuating that Obama flew his dog from Hawaii to DC for a picture at taxpayer expense?

    You neocons have no shame!

    • I think the answer is pretty clear. No insinuation needed. Even a liberal could understand the following:
      1. Dog was seen in Hawaii with First Family.
      2. Later Dog is seen in DC with First Kenyan.
      3. Logic states Dog did not swim from Hawaii to CONUS in under two days.
      4. Ergo, dog was flown from Hawaii to residence of First Kenyan at taxpayer expense.

      • ablecynic…
        Thank you for for listing it step-by-step
        Logic + common sense = FACT

        Maybe the First Kenyan Worshippers (liberals) can comprehend it.
        ie: 1 + 1 = 2

        Obviously, it’s not the dog “owners?” paying for the expensive bs photo-op.
        It’s the taxpayers expense and there is the belief that there is an unlimited supply of taxpayer money forever.

        Invoice the First Family for their personal pet transportation cost.

    • So you Marxists can even lie to yourselves? I don’t think there is any question that he did this. After all, it’s not his money he’s spending….like all Marxists he has no problem spending other people’s cash.

    • Well, here are the possibilities:
      1) The witnesses who said they saw Bo in Hawaii just days ago were lying.

      2) The Obamas own two identical Portuguese Water Dogs -maybe you think they had the family dog cloned or something?

      3) They put the dog on a jet and flew him 4,770 miles from Hawaii to Washington, D.C.

      • Or 4) They quickly rounded up another PWD for the Photo-Op from the local rent-a-pooch center.

        Don’t worry about Zombie Apocolypse, Drone Apocolypse is upon us.

        • That’s already covered under possibility number 2. The trouble with that scenario is, unless the Kennedys did a doggy-two-fer, there are too many witnesses who know about the Obamas having two dogs; Bo and Bo’s double. If the dog at PetSmart had trouble answering to the name “Bo”, then that’s the doggy-double.

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    • A third intellectually dishonest ploy of Demoncrat Drones is to mount the high horse of superior scornfulness and commence to hurl insults. Fortunately they think the term “neocon” is some kind heavy weight insult rather than the limp aphorism that it truly is.

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    • HuffPo contributor – I noticed you disappeared after you attempted to discredit the story by implying evil intent by a large group of people. Since you contribute to HuffPo, you probably don’t know this, but real journalism will rebut with facts, not name calling.

      So, as someone else aksed earlier, given that the dog was seen in Hawaii, why is it now shopping with the President? What is your explanation?

      • I wonder if they’ll leave the gigantic wooden spoon and fork on the wall or remove the plastic from the furniture before they go..

        • Remember when they asked the Bush’s if they could “move in early?” That was the same time obama (lower case intentional) stood behind the sign that said “office of the president elect.” I knew right then we were in trouble. These people are simply tacky!

      • The White House, Air Force 1, Air Force 2, Marine 1 and everything will have to be “Deloused” when the Obama’s leave the White House and I hope and pray that will be in 2012!

  6. I didn’t vote for obama last time but this time I am gonna vote for him…. I think he is the best thing for America in recent history… WONDERFUL!!! 4 more years and this country will be purged of a corrupt congress and senate because the people are gonna purge every politician out by civil war…. There will be unrest like never seen in America. Because now Americans believe that good is bad and bad is good. Once this country goes even further to hell in a hand basket there will be a purging… When Americans can’t say “Merry Christmas” because good is bad and once they can’t store more than seven days worth of food because good is bad and once they can’t own a gun because good is bad….. There will be a purging of the bad by the good!!!!! So lets pull together and re-elect this person…. OBAMA2012!!!!! ;)

  7. Family pet? I think not. The dog is nothing more than one of Obummer’s countless political props. The dog would do a better job as the POTUS because he would do nothing, and then the free markets would have a chance.

  8. Nice try..but I would imagine that Bo was left behind due to to the INEPTNESS of our “president’s” staff…there is a 120 day quarantine period for dogs and cats coming into the Hawaii.

    Nice to see that at least one law on the books is applied to all people…errrr..dogs and cats equally.

  9. Sounds more like pre-planned campaign event, although I wouldn’t put it past the full time campaigner-in-chief to spend $100K to fly little Bo back for a photo-op.

    Hope you get to the bottom of this, Keith!

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  10. At least that dog is getting more for Christmas than my children are. Life is good if your the Obama dog. My wife just got laid off 2 weeks before Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone.

  11. Its just as likely this was a stand in. They borrowed it from some Obamabot and may give it back later. Or they got it at the animal shelter for the photo op and once it is no longer useful, it will be sent back.

  12. These people are out of touch with reality. Really…spending tens of thousands of tax payer dollars for a photo op with Barry….Really???

  13. Did anyone keep a running tab when ‘Dimebag’ Larua Bush make trips on her own? I don’t really remember constant links to stories on the Drudge Report during the Bush years highlighting the cost of her trips. It doesn’t really matter what the cost of the 1st Lady’s trips. They all travel without their husbands and it has a cost, SO WHAT.

    • It was done, but Algore’s Internet wasn’t as prevalent a news source as it is today. Nevermind that two wrongs don’t make a right. I understand that in your world of moral equivalence this makes it OK.

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    • So What?
      At a time when most american’s are having trouble coming up with $100 for Christmas….it spits in the eye of compassion to flaunt such flagrant disregard for our pain to be doing $100,000 geta ways…don’t you think?

    • Well, the fact that President Obama signed an executive order to reduce travel expenses should be enough to have every personal travel expenditure reported on and linked to by every news source. That and the fact that the Obama;s children were listed as “Senior Staff” on the Africa trip should tell you that they are pilfering the money reserves when they should be paying out of their own pocket for private trips that are not related to promoting the US and government agendas. When Congress is voting to be able to keep The government running because they do not have enough money to operate should be WHAT enough for your SO WHAT.

    • YES, people did keep track, and YES, it does matter.It illustrates a mindset that says those ‘in power’ have the right to squander the public funds in what ever way they choose. The nightmare economy we now have to deal with is a direct result of this mindset.

    • I never can comprehend how anyone with even a pea brain does not GET that millions of families are homeless, millions are jobless, millions more have gone through their life savings, investments and whatever they could pawn to SURVIVE under Obama.

      So as far as O and his side arm traveling and spending on vacations over and again.. trips to NY for Dinner on and one.. while so many have lost it all..

      So now dimwits, Still care to compare vacations?

    • I do remember Larua Bushes’ trip to Africa to check on how GWB’s Aids program was doing. They are credited with saving millions of African lives but the liberal progressives spit in there faces. lp’s are horrible, horrible people.

    • Thanks for the Drone-land perspective there smurfdog old chap. I don’t recall the Bushes retularly taking two sets of planes when they went on vacation. The reason this is being discussed is … drum roll please … because it is news and because it is so clearly over the top abusive. Do as we say, sais Barry and Moochelle but not as we do. The Democrat Party is not really the Democratic Party but rather the Demonic-Autocratic Drone Party.

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    • Interesting point…

      Only residents of Hawaii who pre qualify their pets are exempt from the 120 day quarantine, and even then…it is a ‘5 day or less’ rule.

      I’m pretty sure the Obamas legal residence is NOT Hawaii, Chicago or D.C., but not Hawaii.

  14. So what is new about all this. Is anybody with half brain not aware that Obama plays his dumbed down americans like s violin. Obama knows that he has the jounalist and media in his pocket. He doesn’t even care if this fact comes out. Michelle also doesn’t care that she spends tax payers money like an Arab king. If there wasn’t so many dumbed down Americans this would not be talking place right now. Put a fork un us, we’re done!

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  15. The sad thing is, if Bo really did go to Hawaii and back, someone within the White House should have stopped and thought about how it might look to the general public, especially since the first dog is racking up frequent flyer miles faster than most humans.

  16. From the “Star Advertiser” Dec. 18, 2011:
    “Michelle Obama and daughters on low-key Kailua getaway” …

    Scott Miscovich, who lives down the street from the now-famous five-bedroom rental home on Kailuana Place, said media and security presence in the area has so far been “very subtle.”

    “My wife saw Michelle and the kids passing by and we’ve seen Bo (the Obamas’ dog) walking,” Miscovich said. “There hasn’t been much going on so far. It’s been very low-key compared to when the president is here.”

    • A choirboy or a naif — BO and his handlers handle everything to their advantage. Have you seen the “Home for the Holidays” section on the barackobama.com site? It is talking points on how to turn the family reunion into your chance argue BO’s policies.

  17. Maybe he’s a rent-a-dog or the WH has a body-double for Bo. Either way, it costs a lot more than the measly $40 of our own money that our partying celebrity-in-chief wants to allow some of us to keep.

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