Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bo Attends A White House Holiday Reception

Bo has a busy holiday season...and did the First Dog eat a Bo Holiday Cookie?
First Dog Bo
is memorialized in sugar among this year's White House holiday cookies, he's an outsized feature in this year's White House Gingerbread House, and he's all over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in this year's Simple Gifts decorating theme (including as a holiday statue, made with 40,000 pipe cleaners). And now Bo has been called to serve his country with some furry social diplomacy: On Wednesday, he attended a holiday reception with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Official White House photographer Pete Souza snapped the photo, above, of Bo waiting patiently as President Obama made remarks to the huge crowd of guests gathered in the Grand Foyer for the evening's holiday reception.

Among the invitees were disability rights activists and community leaders, politicos, and members of the medical community. (Above: The reverse view of the Grand Foyer during the reception; the President and First Lady are in the center, under the red garland)

Of course it has to be asked: Did Bo eat a Bo Holiday Cookie at the reception? Or perhaps one of the special Bee Holiday Cookies that Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses created this year, in honor of the White House Bee Hive? (Above: This year's Bo Holiday Cookie come in two shapes; he's depicted both sitting and standing)

Bo's holiday social duties aren't limited to the White House. On Tuesday, the well-behaved First Dog accompanied Mrs. Obama to Washington, DC's Children's National Medical Center, where he cheered sick kids, and sat patiently as Mrs. Obama read the holiday classic 'Twas The Night Before Christmas.

Update, Dec. 17: This year, Bo will be accompanying the First Family to Hawaii for Christmas vacation, according to the East Wing. Mrs. Obama and the girls will be leaving before the President, who will remain in DC until Congress leaves. Bo did not join the First Family for last year's island idyll.

Above: Bo sits beside the pipe cleaner statue of himself....

*Top photo by Pete Souza/White House; cookie photo by Obama Foodorama; bottom photo by Samantha Appleton/White House.