Bo, the Obama’s’ Dog, has Died Aged 12 | 22 Words

The Obama's family dog, Bo, has died aged twelve after a battle with cancer...

The Obamas have become one of the most famous families in the world.

With Michelle still one of the foremost political and social commentators to this day...

Obama became the president of the people in 2008.

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And gained a strong and loyal fan base as a result of his progressive views on social issues such as same-sex marriage and gun control.

He successfully served 2 terms as president...

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And, in his 8 years in the White House, Obama cut taxes for working families, small businesses, and first-time homebuyers, as well as sticking to his promise of tackling financial reform, alternative energy, reinventing education, and health care.

But Barack wasn't alone in his presidential journey.

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Continuously supporting him was his wife, Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama quickly became just as famous as her husband...

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And she made the most idyllic first lady.

The Obamas have a lengthy love story.

The couple first met when a then twenty-five-year-old Michelle Robinson was assigned as a mentor for a twenty-eight-year-old Barack Obama at their law firm.

Though Michelle admits that, initially, she wasn't too keen on the idea of dating Barack...

"Barack, about a month in, asked me out, and I thought 'No way. This is completely tacky,'" she told ABC News, when discussing how the pair had met.

But it was clearly meant to be.

Barack's proposed date was clearly a hit, as the pair were quick to become a couple, and later tied the knot in 1992. Michelle noted that her husband's vows were a glimpse at what was to come. “Barack didn’t pledge riches, only a life that would be interesting. On that promise he delivered," she later recalled.

Michelle supported her husband as he navigated his way through politics...

And, along with their 2 young daughters, was suddenly catapulted into the spotlight when he ran for president.

It didn't take the world long to fall completely in love with Michelle.

People simply loved the first lady.

And, even after Barack's presidency came to an end...

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Michelle has remained very much in the hearts of our nation and is still regularly seen out and about at public events.

Her post-White House career is flourishing.

Her memoir, Becoming, which was published in November 2019, has become one of the most successful books of the decade, and she regularly attends public engagements and does work for a variety of charities.

But this week, Michelle had some very sad news to announce...

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Their family dog, Bo, has died of cancer aged twelve.

Since announcing the news, sympathy messages have flooded the internet.

Among those sending their condolences was Jill Biden, as she tweeted:

"My heart is with you @MichelleObama, @BarackObama, Sasha, Malia, and Sunny. Bo brought smiles to us all."

Announcing the news on Saturday, Michelle wrote a tribute to Bo.

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"This afternoon was a difficult one for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend—our dog, Bo—after a battle with cancer," she wrote.

"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."

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"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."

"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.

"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."

Barack also shared a tribute to Bo.

In a thread on Twitter, the former president described losing "a true friend and loyal companion."

Rest in peace, Bo.

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