Bo Obama, the Obama family's beloved Portuguese water dog passed away on May 8, 2021, after a battle with cancer.
Barack Obama posted a truly heartfelt thread about Bo and his time with the former President throughout his political career as an unstoppable, unending force of love that got Barack through some of his darkest days.
Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion. For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence… https://t.co/hJS8TzqBNW— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama) 1620500496.0
He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly. https://t.co/CHweCxwJ7a— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama) 1620500501.0
Condolences immediately poured in from all sides of the internet.
@BarackObama We are so sorry for your loss. Our fur babies give us unconditional love. Bo will be with my Noodles o… https://t.co/eJiCFmdqv1— Katie S. Phang (@Katie S. Phang) 1620500950.0
@BarackObama I’m so sorry for your loss. Dogs are one of God’s greatest gifts to us.— Jenna Ellis (@Jenna Ellis) 1620524792.0
And according to the former President, during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, even some people who Obama was very surprised to hear positive thoughts from sent them his way.
"I can't tell you how many people said, 'You know, I think you were the worst president ever but here's my dog and I really feel sorry for you because I know how close I was with my dog,'" he said.
@BarackObama @TitusNation I am so terribly sorry for your loss. No matter how small or hairy, they are indeed membe… https://t.co/7ac5ltRZJM— Sol (@Sol) 1620783023.0
@BarackObama My sincerest sympathy to all your family. I have lost dogs and know the hole it leaves in your heart… https://t.co/AOOQ7OX3U4— Norma (@Norma) 1620668807.0
@BarackObama Very sorry for your loss. We have a dog we love dearly so we know attched we become. I am sure you will miss him.— Janet Graham (@Janet Graham) 1621022310.0
@BarackObama I can see that Bo was a precious friend and a beloved member of your family. I am so sorry for your lo… https://t.co/TXKcGp5rDg— 🕊Hirondelle🕊 (@🕊Hirondelle🕊) 1620502963.0
"As I was reading these comments, it did make me sometimes think, 'Gosh, if we could be as kind and thoughtful toward each other as we are about our pets, we'd be doing a little bit better.'"
Obama also said Bo was the one "friend" he had in Washington who was nice to him, no matter what.
@BarackObama Sweet Bo. Dogs are so pure. My Bruce will keep him company at the rainbow bridge 🙏🏻 https://t.co/KUxF1zRxz5— jen holt (@jen holt) 1620517241.0
:( Bo will truly be missed. I’m no fan of Obama, but Bo was an absolutely charming member of their family. The vide… https://t.co/Uw1CSAvy3C— Rachel Stands with Yahweh’s Land 🇮🇱 (@Rachel Stands with Yahweh’s Land 🇮🇱) 1620601664.0
You will be missed by us all.