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Obama on First Pup Preference: "Mutts Like Me."

President-elect Barack Obama today made his first public comments since the election regarding the hotly debated issue of what dog to bring to the White House.

The Obamas promised daughters Malia and Sasha a dog if elected; the question remains of which breed, as a reporter asked in today's televised press conference. Obama's response:

With respect to the dog, this is a major issue. I think it's generated more interest on our Web site than just about anything.

We have -- we have two criteria that have to be reconciled. One is that Malia is allergic, so it has to be hypoallergenic. There are a number of breeds that are hypoallergenic.

On the other hand, our preference would be to get a shelter dog, but, obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me. So -- so whether we're going to be able to balance those two things I think is a pressing issue on the Obama household.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 7, 2008; 4:08 PM ET
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