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Bo Obama's conquest of America continues: Bo toys now for sale at Clinton museum in Arkansas

Bo's fuzzy avatar, left, now on sale at the Clinton museum, of all places; and the real thing, right, in his official White House portrait. (Amy Argetsinger/The Washington Post; Chuck Kennedy/The White House). Also see: A gallery of Bo photos.

Bo Obama's steady march toward world domination continues. Guess where the first pup has shown up now? The Clinton Museum gift shop in Little Rock, Ark.

Our colleague Philip Rucker recently found him there -- or rather, a Ty plush stuffed Beanie rendition of the black-and-white Portuguese water dog, on sale for $10.99.

It's a situation Hillary Clinton could have scarcely imagined two years ago. However, assistant manager Lara Kahler tells us the store -- affiliated with the neighboring William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum, with proceeds supporting the ex-prez's global foundation -- takes a big-tent approach to presidential memorabilia, selling not just Obama knickknacks but a Ronald Reagan magnet, a Teddy Roosevelt bust and even some George W. Bush campaign buttons. ("I'm not sure where they came from, but they somehow ended up here.")

The Beanie Bo was first introduced a year ago -- just weeks after the real Bo hit the scene -- by Ty, the same manufacturer that was prompted to stop marketing "Marvelous Malia" and "Sweet Sasha" dolls after Michelle Obama objected to the use of her daughters' images. It's sold well since recently arriving at the Clinton gift shop, Kahler said -- though not nearly as well as the toy version of Socks, the Clintons' White House cat. The biggest sellers overall, she said: Their line of "I Miss Bill" products.

Want more Bo? A gallery of First Pet Bo Obama photos.

By The Reliable Source  |  May 10, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
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Why is this even news? It's a stuffed animal of a dog..........great story Post

Posted by: Jsuf | May 10, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

What a great gift for a small child.
I have a TY doll which looks like our Cocker Spaniel.
I wouldn't mind having a Bo doll and I know 2 or 3 little kids for which this one would make an excellent gift.
Thanks, R/S!

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | May 10, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about this dog? Why is this news? WP is really getting desperate.

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | May 10, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I want both the Bo toy and the Socks toy. Is that so wrong?

And why no Barney or Miss Beazley?

Posted by: dkp01 | May 10, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Just trying to lighten your Monday. Thanks for reading!

Posted by: The Reliable Source | May 10, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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