“During the 2008 campaign, we promised our daughters that after the election we would have a puppy,” she recalls. “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.”

“Bo has been a constant comforting presence in our lives for more than a decade,” she explained, noting, “He was there when the girls came home from school and greeted them with a joker. He was there as Barack and I took a break, strolling into one of our offices as if he owned the house, a ball clamped in his teeth, and he was there when we flew Air Force One, tens of thousands to the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn flocked, and when the Pope came to visit. And when our lives slowed down, he was there too – helping us get the girls into college and getting used to life as empty nests. “

The author of Becoming talked about how the coronavirus pandemic allowed everyone to spend even more time with their furry family member.

“Last year when everyone was home during the pandemic, no one was happier than Bo. All of his people were under one roof again – just like the day we got him,” she said. “I’ll always be grateful that Bo and the girls ended up spending so much time together.”