April 13th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Does press have better things to cover than Obamas' new dog?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It may just be the most closely followed campaign promise made by President Obama... we're talking about the puppy he promised his two young daughters. And the media are all worked into a frenzy now that the long-awaited news is officially out...

The Washington Post reported in a front page story yesterday that the Obama girls were getting a six-month-old Portuguese water dog - a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy. The Obama girls named it "Bo." The puppy is due to arrive at the White House tomorrow - although the First Family and "Bo" have already met.

The Post insisted it was supposed to have the exclusive on the story, but word leaked out ahead of time. Several web sites got fired up about the news - with one publishing a photo on Saturday of what it claimed was the new first puppy. The White House called that photo a fake.

We're talking about a puppy here. But it seems like the American people - and by extension the media - can't get enough of the Obamas, especially their personal lives. Where will the girls go to school? What designer is the first lady wearing? Has the president quit smoking?

Nonetheless - it's not like the media don't have enough to focus on... you know, the struggling economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Somali pirate hijacking and on and on.

Here's my question to you: Should the press have better things to do than cover the story of the Obamas' new dog?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Christine from Edmeston, New York writes:
The first family's dog stories are charming and sweet. What's the harm? It is positively refreshing to have occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue who truly captivate the American people in a good way. Let us enjoy it. None of these occasional diversions deprive any of us of the horrible affairs of the world. The press is hardly asleep at the wheel.

Chris from New York writes:
With all the gloom and doom we've been hearing for nearly a year over the economic crisis, we could use some light moments like the news on the Obamas’ family dog and the event that unfolded off the coast of Somalia yesterday. For all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Nora from Texas writes:
I am a great supporter of President Obama, have been for a long time. This particular story made me roll my eyes. We have so many other important things to be discussing in the media, this should not be one of them. It is a light-hearted story, I know that. But come on everybody, enough is enough.

Bertha writes:
Jack, There are two precious little girls in the White House now that are getting their first puppy. IT'S A HAPPY STORY. We need happy stories sometimes, especially now. Don't you think?

Jackson from Rome, Georgia writes:
Of course they do, but what are the American people going to tune into? A story about gloom and doom in the economy or a story about 2 little girls getting a new puppy? My money's on the puppy.

Stephen from Herndon, Virginia writes:
My dog relieved himself on the floor while I was at work. When should I expect the camera crew?

Sally writes:
You're one to talk! You're on the TV all the time – at least the dog isn't ugly!

Iris from Saugatuck, Michigan writes:
The insanity of prioritizing all this puppy press over legitimate news stories is enough to give one PAWS.

Filed under: President Barack Obama
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Stephen H Smith

    No. Network big names are already in Washington, cameras are set up on the White House lawn, crews are at the ready, satellite time is already rented, and, what the hell, it's a moneymaker. News is what the news media says it is. So if it looks like a dog, walks like a dog and barks like a dog, it must be a really big story.

    Fredericksburg, VA

    April 13, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  2. Tim - San Francisco

    From what church will they attend to what's Michelle planting in the vegetable garden to did the President bow too far at the waist when meeting the Saudi king, it seems like the media, albeit the entire world has become obsessed with the President and the First Family.
    I hate to make this comparison Jack, but there was another world leader back in the early 1930's whom everyone was obsessed with in much the same way. His name was Adolf Hitler. Now I'm not comparing Barack Obama to Hitler, but the world admiration and contempt felt for these two leaders during both of their early reigns as leaders of their time in history seems to have striking parallels. There were a lot of people and countries who loved Hitler during those early days and many more who hated and despised the German leader from the start. But it seemed in the beginning all were obsessed with the man and his life. As with President Obama... They both also wrote philosophical biographies which I find another fascinating parallel. What did the world learn from our past obsessions; that a charismatic leader can talk people into doing anything they want and that people all over the world will blindly follow, no matter whether that charisamtic leader wants them to perform acts of good or evil. Just remember Jack, the world is full of idiots and we can't let them bring us down by not thinking for ourselves.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  3. Lynn, Boise, ID

    It's refreshing to hear the press talk about the dog because it seems to be the only uplifting story in the news. With all of the horribly tragic news reporters cover day in and day out, a nice happy puppy story may just keep you, Wolf, and the entire CNN crew from losing all faith in humanity. So talk away, Jack. I'll listen.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  4. Michael

    Who the heck cares about the presidents new dog? I mean what next. They going to cover everytime his girls get a new dress. Time to cover some real news guys.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  5. Doug - Dallas, TX

    It's a piece of good news Jack, nothing wrong with that. To get the kind of coverage it's getting; ridiculous.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  6. Ann Marie from MA

    Yes, of course the press has better things to do than cover the story of the Obamas' dog. Unfortunately we as a nation are truly interested in what goes on in the lives of those of those in high places. That's the problem. The press not only are driven to focus on the more important aspects of the news, but also on what the American people as a whole are interested in knowing. Obviously, that is the kind of content that helps sell newspapers and motivates us to tune in each day to CNN and other news channels.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  7. Robin

    Come on...Things are tough enough all around. So just lighten up and let us all enjoy the First Family's new family member.

    Robin from

    April 13, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  8. Roy - Chicago IL

    Jack, I howled at your question and thought it kind of 'ruff'.....but you are not barking up the wrong tree. There are better things for the media to 'fetch' than treats about the Obama's new pooch.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  9. Sam

    Yes , i think this is insane that the news is covering a story about a dog. SURE its a mans bestfriend but really there are more important things going on in the world then Obama getting a dog !

    April 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  10. Tal

    Let's take a look at his other campaign promises:

    End the War in Iraq in 8 months? Well, now its 19, and we'll still have a troop level of 50,000 indefinitely. Also, we're increasing our commitment in Afghanistan, so we're not really ending the war, but trading it for another one. Promise BROKEN.

    New transparency in government, including a five day online public viewing of every bill before signing? This isn't even close to being done. Promise BROKEN.

    Ending the practice of using the state secrets clause to protect government officials from testifying in court? His DOJ just EXPANDED that practice by using the Patriot Act to say that the government can't be sued for anything done in the name of protecting us from terrorism, even if they KNOW its illegal. That's just plain tyranny. Promise BROKEN.

    I could go on, but I'll get to the point, and that is, the media has to focus on the one campaign promise that their darling has actually kept, no matter how inane it is. Hence, the focus on the stupid dog.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  11. Anne

    No. The press is doing just fine. We need some wholesome news in these days of sadness occuring in our world today. It is quite a refreshing change of momentum to read about such innocent and unconditionally loved pets. So go for it Press People! i would love to read more of BO in the coming days . . . Now, this is a bi partisan topic as Democrats, Republican and Independents etc (i am sure) have a pet animal that they just cater to.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  12. Michael, Liverpool, NY

    Absolutely! With all of the prejudism the general media displays by not presenting all of the facts about the Mentally Ill, they could at least, if they do not have enough to do with all of our other problems, research the facts and compare them to non mentally ill people so that people learn the complete truth for example what % of all mentally ill people commit violent crimes? how many people is that and how does that compare to the percentage of non mentally ill people both in #'s and %'s. Do the same with victimization rates and don;t forget to look even closer to discover of those who do commit violence why do they do that compared to others with the same diagnosis. They could even show success stories of people with all types of disabilities but i guess that is not as newsworthy.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  13. Lil from TN

    Jack, this is a human interest story and all dog lovers out there (myself included) are interested to have an update. I do think a lot of animal advocates have been unnecessarily hard on the Obamas for not getting a shelter dog . . . after all, with the girls' allergies, the pool of available dogs isn't as great, and it was very generous of Senator Kennedy to give them Bo.

    As far as whether or not this is newsworthy, many of the stories reported on the news seem to me to be a waste of time. The news media (notably NBC and Today) has time to focus on the Duggers and their 18 children - gee, what an accomplishment! Frankly, when you have 24 hours a day to fill, a lot of what we get is incessant coverage of a few top stories and plenty of inane garbage.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  14. Leslie R

    I suspect the press is as eager to hear some happy, human interest stories as the rest of us. Puppies and children are appealing, and when they come together in a story about our new president and his almost-too-good-to-be-true family, they're a potent mix.

    No, it isn't solving the world's problems or restoring our global economy, and it will probably have some repercussions down the line when other families acquire a new puppy, only to discover how energetic and rambunctious they can be. But for right now, it's a story about a father keeping a very public promise, a cute little moppet of hair and a couple of self-possessed little girls. I, for one, am happy to take a short break from reality and enjoy their pleasure!

    April 13, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  15. Marietta

    Yes!! like get the truth out and denounce republican lies twist and spin instead against Pres Obama !!!! the family dog is a personaly family matter and involves the promise given to the Pres children-But all over news because republcians will beat the drum on it with the dog–more republcian lies, twist and spin that Pres Obama is more worried about the dog then economy bull crap of repulbicans--

    April 13, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  16. Steve in Florida

    It's nice to have a story about an ankle-biter that doesn't have an (-R) after its name. Although, I'm sure that some of the GOP boys are appropriately and gravely concerned that our President is playing with puppies when he has an economy to fix. It's a known fact that many socialists have dogs. Has anybody actually read what's on his training papers?

    April 13, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  17. Tom S. in Omaha Neb.

    Yes.I am already sick of the story.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  18. Brian, Columbia, Md.

    With all of the focus the press has given in the past to such burning issues as stains on a blue dress, I'd don't mind hearing about some stains on the White House rug.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  19. star

    Obviously, but this is a convenient story to keep people occupied and not aware of more important things.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  20. Johnny

    Yeah.. who cares about the dog.. Unless the dog can attack pirates.. who cares..

    April 13, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  21. Roy

    To tell the truth I'd rather hear about the dog than hear about the Republicans and others who have nothing to contribute to our recovery except negative comments about anything and everything.

    Olympia, Wa

    April 13, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  22. Bruce

    They apparently don't.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  23. Sandra

    Jack, It's like asking if the media should not focus on Paris's new dog. Plus the dog is cute!

    April 13, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  24. Margaret Williams

    No! Things are tough enough in this world; we need a bit of fun, and Bo and B.O. and family provide it. What time can we see Bo on Tuesday?

    Cerritos CA

    April 13, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  25. Christian in Miami

    I personally think the press has much more things to cover than the President’s personal life. The dog is the latest in frivolous coverage that I’m sure the American pubilc doesn’t really care about. What the heck does the Obama’s new dog have to do with terrorism and the economy? Tell me something worth listening to, Portugese water dog, c’mon give me a break!

    April 13, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  26. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    Certainly, the press does have MANY more important stories to report on. However, we do need a break with a little lightheartedness in the media every now and then, as long as it's reported as being frivolous and not treated as an important story.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  27. Mac from Vacaville

    I think a lot of people have been saying, for a very long time, that you need to focus on real stories. But does the media listen? No. I guess Obama's dog is more important than anything else going on.

    April 13, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  28. Gigi in Alabama

    They may have better things to cover, but with all that's bad in this world, isn't nice to have a little fluff every now and then.
    During World War II the media covered Fala; during Viet Nam they covered Caroline's pony and Johnson's beagles. After that they covered Nixon's dog from Russia, the Clinton's cat Socks and finally the Bush's scotties. The Obama's dog, Bo, is just the same as all that has come before him.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  29. Chris from NY

    With all the gloom and doom we've been hearing for nearly a year over the economic cirsis, we could use some light moments like the news on the Obama's family dog and the event that unfolded in Somali yesterday.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  30. Ken in NC

    I think this dog is more interesting than Limbaugh, Steele, Palin, Sanford, Rove, Cheney, Michelle Bachman or any other people that want to see America fail.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  31. Ed'sKate

    Absolutely. Even though I love dogs, I think the First Family should have the right and privacy to choose a dog for their children without all the news medias in the world acting like it is a super-duper deal. Millions of families get a puppy for their children every day, so what's the big deal? I only wish they had called it "Boo". Calling it "BOO" I think would be hillarious especially if someone was calling the dog just as a republican was approaching. What a delightful reaction that would cause!!!!!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  32. Roland - St George, UT

    Who cares if they have other news? I would rather hear about the Obama's new dog, who is cute and innocent and heartwarming...than other banal things like Paris Hilton's latest fashion disaster or Lindsey Lohan's DUI du jour, or what reality TV show the Octomomster intends to drag her 14 babies onto so she can try and justify why she was right and we are all wrong, etc. Call me a dork, I really don't care. It won't be the first time and certainly not the last.

    Roland/St. George, UT

    April 13, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  33. Ricky from Roseville, Michigan

    In a country that's beginning to feel a little "depressed" (so to speak), it's about time that the press begin to focus on fun, exciting stories of American politics. While the Obama Dog story is not as important as what is going on Wall Street, it makes me feel happy that America is not all recessions and lost jobs. Sometimes a depression, economic or otherwise, can go away with a little smile.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  34. Chris from NY

    With all the gloom and doom we've been hearing for nearly a year over the economic cirsis, we could use some light moments like the news on the Obama's family dog and the event that unfolded in Somali yesterday. For all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  35. Julie in Lake Mary, FL

    Geez. A little heartwarming good news never hurt anyone. We're controversy, gloom and doom addicts. Let's all try to smile and maybe we'll have a group hug later.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  36. Ted, Toronto

    More than a best friend, a man's dog is also a very calming influence. Bring on the puppy peace Jack. If a new dog, milk bone and loving canine hug can make our new Prez more relaxed, then these turbulent times desrve a few White House carpet messes along the way!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  37. Michelle

    I am glad that Mr. Obama has kept his promise to his daughters. Yes there are far more things that the media can and should be concentrating on other than a puppy. What about the tent cities? Food banks that are more increasingly utilized? Health insurance? People stressing so much that they are lashing out and doing bodily harm to others. Come on, I am a dog lover (have two large dogs myself), but leave their private lives alone. I have been watching economic suffering from a two state advantage(MI and FL), and really getting tired of media not seeing the real stuff that should be getting talked about. Dogs are cute, but not a two to three day long story.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  38. Lynne

    It is a human interest story as someone said. But Jack the media should not overdo it. Like we don't need an update on the dog's status every day for two weeks !!!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  39. Joan, Colorado

    Obviously, the media report "news" that caters to the public's taste. After years of following Brittany Spaniel through every step and misstep of her life, al least the media are now showing some higher class by changing their obsession to the Obama girls' Portuguese Water Dog. So far, Bo appears to have a lot better breeding.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  40. john christopher - saskatchewan

    Unfortunately, the media is fixated on the soap opera human condition and is dedicated to doing an ingredients list of the latest grist for the mill. The oligarchies of private capital also own the mainstream media so a few trillionaires decide what is news and what is not. News media does not report on what is important to human progress. They merely feed us trivia, drivel and sensational tidbits of human disaster.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  41. Adrian from Toronto Canada

    This world could use a little levity so why not spend a little time with the dog..just don't go bow wow over it and turn it into a dog eared mess. There are lessons to be learned from care and nurturing of pets. I'm sure the President and his family will set a good example in this regard.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  42. Iris in Saugatuck, MI

    The insanity of prioritizing all this puppy press over legitimate news stories is enough to give one PAWS.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  43. B-Koi Vancouver Island, BC

    Well, they're covering the so called Polar Bear attack. I'd say the Presidents family dog is a nice little diversion from the lousy news we have been hearing lately! I like it , I know you do too Jack, you'r just a big softie !!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  44. raymond tweed

    hi jack
    The news of the white puppy was over the week end when most media was struggling for news for the monday cover. don't be surprised. by tomorrow, there will be another news – the white house cat.

    ontario, canada

    April 13, 2009 at 6:09 pm |

    C'mon!! this is a cute story!!! WE HAD ENOUGH BAD NEWS!! Plus, the dog is adopted, so what's the problem??

    April 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  46. Gimli

    Let's all pretend the world is as it once was.

    Yeah, that's going to work.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  47. Joe

    I think a dog is not very important to our nation.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  48. Sharon

    It is a news story meant for fun. It is nice every once in a while to hear about something family friendly and nice.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  49. Sarah Tahmourpour

    Dear Jack,
    I think that every man needs a best friend and I think it is very important for the world to be introduced to Obama's new best friend.

    -Sarah Tahmourpour
    Houston, Texas

    April 13, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  50. Jackie Donnelly

    After the market, bailouts, sellouts, prison, pirates...I could use a furry story about a puppy....It feels good! And a loving family with normal kids...now that is news!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  51. Shelle Michaels

    1 report - fine.... but I have listened to this now for the last 30 hours.


    April 13, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  52. Chris Callis

    What a great picture! Surrounded by all those females, President Obama finally has another guy in the family! A win-win for everyone! So what if this isn't 'news.' Sometimes we just want a feel good story that has nothing to do with the problems of the nation and world. This dog is is too cute!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  53. LKW

    Of course we should be interested, the White House is America's house. We want and need to know everything.

    LKW-Cleveland, Oh

    April 13, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  54. Jason, Koloa, HI

    It’s not that the story is getting covered that is the problem. It’s that a reporter from every news outlet feels the need to cover the story in their own special way. I only need to see the story one time from one source to gain the needed information about the dog. But, every channel on my cable box will have a story about the same thing with their unique point of view. Thanks media, you become less and less credible every day. Unless, it's the Mooooost unusual perspective, that's always the most interesting point of view.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  55. Robbi in Angleton TX

    Jack- Many of us are still in awe of the new president and his family. The media will talk about what it is that the people want to hear about.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  56. Carol from Fairfax, CA

    Hey, it's nice to have a little light heartedness amongst these somber depressing stories... A little R&R is good for all of us,

    April 13, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  57. Bob Houle

    Hi Jack,

    Yes they should, but they don't so they won't.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  58. Dave from Florida

    Jack, you've already told me more than I EVER wanted to know about a damn dog, I don't care who bites it!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  59. Michele, Sparks NV


    Of course there are real stories to cover, but we are a society consummed with fluff and lack of substance stories. The question is whether REPUTABLE news organizations should be wasting their time and ours, with this non-sense.

    I would prefer they take the lead and show what real reporting is, and what journalistic integrity looks like. A blurb on the dog is fine, a series of reports is tabloid junk.


    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  60. Val

    Yes. I'd elaborate, but I've got better things to do...

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  61. Christian

    i think we have long been in the age where the lines have been blurred between "news" and "entertainment. I think that part of the problems of late that have made media headlines have been in part due to the effort of achieving this "media spotlight."
    That being said, i dont disagree that it is nice to see some good news on television, but i think that it is blown out of proportion the ammount of coverage has been leveled at the president and his family.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  62. Bruce Garwood

    Covering the story of the dog is the only thing I can think of that the media is qualified to cover!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  63. Patrick, Austin, TX

    Obviously not Jack! Even you are talking about their new dog. The world is going to hell in a hand basket and this is the story you guys chose to cover. Great investigative reporting guys.

    Austin, TX

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  64. H Roby

    This puppy story is a nice light change from all the dismal news! There ARE happy things in the world and what is happier than a warm fuzzy puppy!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  65. Danny C.

    Cable stations like CNN are live for at least 15 hours a day. God forbid we talk about the presidents dog for a few minutes............

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  66. Virginia McCabe

    Dear Jack,

    Of course the media has better things to cover. But come on! A light moment in the news gives us all a little pick me up. I don't want to see non-stop 8-hour coverage of the dog. A few moments is just fine.
    Now about those pirates....do they have any dogs?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  67. Paul NY,NY

    Why would the media not focus on the first puppy? I think that it's a very interesting subject. We've all heard about the pirates, and the economy and Iraq have been old subjects.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  68. Karl from SF, CA

    We will never know what we missed because the press & media will be hounding that poor hound exclusively for the next month. But again, maybe by then the economy will be a lot better and we will be spared the minute by minute insanity of covering ever other blip in the DOW, the Republican’s continuing stupidity or whatever else happens. It could be a refreshing change for the better in news coverage overall. GO BEAU!!!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  69. Sheila

    THANK YOU. Media could be covering something important, like the ecomony. Don't you guys have anything else to do besides report on Pre. Obama's new dog? I mean, he's uber-cute, but come on. This has been all hype for atleast 3 weeks.

    On the flip side, it has been somewhat nice to see Pre. Obama's dogs.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  70. Stephen - Herndon, VA

    My dog relieved himself on the floor while I was at work. When should I expect the camera crew?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  71. Justin

    Little Rock, AR

    With all the not so positive news on a daily basis, it seems like a good thing that the press is covering something that should not turn into partisan politics. I guess unless the Republicans start putting out stories about Portuguese Water Dogs mauling Germans.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  72. Carol

    Hey Jack,

    We have been following the pirates, the recent deaths in Iraq, the economy and all the other disturbing stories of the last few days so to have a fun story about the Obama's new dog, Bo Diddley, is a welcome respite and something to smile about!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  73. Monique Brisker

    It seems as though the American citizens are the Beverly Hillbillies, and the media (government regulations) are the Mr. Drysdales (investment banker), and will give us a toaster (taxes) for our billions of dollars (stimulus bailout) that they have invested.
    Most dog lovers pay taxes, last I heard they have a voice too!
    Anything goes this is America!!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  74. JT

    No, "Bo" makes a great human interest story and good comic relief from the pirates, terrorists, and plane crashes.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  75. Doreen Augusta Maine

    Jack -

    It warms our hearts. With 24/7 news about try to find something to fill time - all of it unpleasant. We need the happiness of seeing a photo of President Obama running with Bo. I love this photo and the photo of the Easter Egg Hunt. So Cute!

    Sometimes I think this kind of news is more important than all the others combined.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  76. Del

    Mentioning the dog is fine. Dwelling upon it, much like this segment is doing, is too much Jack.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  77. Tamara

    Of course they do. Does that mean they should? No. Sometimes we need some lighthearted news. This dog is a breath of fresh air after extensive coverage of the Somali pirate fiasco.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  78. Anne Fitzgerald

    HELL NO!!! What better to tell us about but a fine family , their kids, and their pup. They're adorable and he's adorable..........they match.
    After a week of mass murders and children gone missing, I am glad to see two happy little ones in the white house. The youngest since the Kennedy Kids. I personally want more puppies and fewer murders. thanks.

    Lamoine, Maine

    April 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  79. Sue

    Of course the press has better things to report on Jack! And they do!
    But you have to admit that it's big news, and it's heartwarming news, when the 'President of the United States' and 'Puppy' are all in the same sentence!!

    News doesn't have to be doom and gloom to be important!!!

    Sue from California

    April 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  80. Dave Holland

    I watch CNN much of the day and more often than I like, I am moved to tears. For goodness sake, yes! Tell me about a loving dog being give to two beautiful girls. Now our president not only has a wonderful family, he has the only reliable friend you can have in that town (I have heard it said).

    April 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  81. Than Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

    Why do people always insist on all news being "bad new"? People always blame the media when bad things happen, maybe if more good stories were being covered there would be a lower preponderance of bad things? Let's try and see.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  82. Marie

    Welcome, Bo!

    It's great to hear a bit of light news every now and then. A second to smile is a well deserved respite from all the negativity lately. For those who want to hear more of the usual depressing news of the day, if you're really watching the news, you'd know that they are there 99% of the time already!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  83. josh


    First of all, the media covers much more trivial things than the white house dog. Second of all, in a country facing some relatively tough times, I think this story is EXACTLY what people want to hear! The cross section on the news right now is pretty grim. Let's have more puppies. Maybe throw in some babies and U2 fund raiser concerts.

    Boston ma

    April 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  84. Mike D in Bristol, CT


    But in a nation that wants to devoid itself of the real story, this sort of drivel doesn't surprise me one bit.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  85. Steve, Clifton,VA

    Typically better equates with "Good" and the news about the new dog for the Obama family is good news. It's a nice break from the day in day out and week in and week out reporting by the press of the global bad news we seem to be so obsessed with.

    Clifton, VA

    April 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  86. bebe

    You know, Jack, a little good news now and then is refreshing!
    And seeing people who actually look and act like HUMANS is a nice change from the last few years!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  87. Stacey Anaheim, CA

    I don't remember this much coverage on any other 'first pet'....sheesh!!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  88. Deborah in Blue Springs, MO

    If can be assumed that America's children are also feeling the effects of our weak economy and massive layoffs, I believe we should let those children have a happy and age-appropriate connection to the White House. How fun that this adorable dog is part of the First Family! I know the pictures made ME smile, right down to my inner child who, for a moment, felt innocent and young again.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  89. Tom The Ant

    Ok, you've gone and asked a question to the same people who feed into all the wacky press coverage....

    Why don't you go into the neighborhoods of people who are jobless and don't have food or money to support their starving children, ask them this same question; and see what they say!

    The press should be using the news to organize more people to work together to make productive changes and helping each other to make it through these times together!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  90. Zoran White

    Is there not a time and a place for everything? It seems logical to relate stories back to the public, and make less uneven the relationship between those in power and the general public. Addicted smokers would be interested to know what the status of their president's addiction, the world of fashion has become a world more at the forefront as of late, and the safety and education of the president's family is also an issue worth discussing.

    There doesn't need to be headlines or top stories on the history of the White House dog, but it could make page 30, or the last story of the night, no?

    A time and a place.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  91. Bob Glendale Az

    Jack,,,, If COURSE the press has other stories to cover besides the First Puppy. That's really the whole point of the thing... With mass murders, billiondollar Ponzis and failed banks dominating the news is their really anything wrong with a story about 2 little girls finally getting the pet their parents promised them months ago? Is there anything
    wrong with people being happy with the facts that there are children and a functioning 2 parent family in The White House? It's a nice story.
    Americans are nice people and that includes the First family.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  92. Dina

    It's not often we hear good news coming from the press, so please allow me; others to reflect on the news of the President and his family's new dog. Trust me it's a good look for the press!!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  93. Connie, West Hartford, CT

    ....do we need to know about the President's dog, well no, but with all the other news that can be depressing over time, a good news story can make us smile, and bring us back to those fond memories of our own first pets. I also think that America is feeling good about the President, so that happiness that a new puppy is bringing to the first-daughters, is contagious. And that is a good thing!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  94. Anne Kumlander

    Yes, the press does have better things to cover. But, there are so many serious and depressing news stories going on every day that I think that focusing on some light-hearted stories such as the Obama dog is a breath of fresh air for people and gives us a little something to smile about.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  95. Rick Shaw

    Jack, I know you read the news – but do you ever try watching it? I have no problem with light, fluffy story about the Obama's new puppy to give me a break from the rest of the doggie-doo going on in the world.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  96. Sue, Clear Lake, Indiana

    It's always a good thing when you can hear a bit of news that puts a smile on your face.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  97. Brian Delray Beach, FL

    It should be obvious to you Jack, the "Left Wing Liberal Media" has been waiting for a First Pet that would be guided by Democratic values unlike Bush's "Barney" who was ready to bite them. Probably on Cheney's instructions.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  98. Felicia - Meridian Idaho

    With all the depressing and negative subjects being discussed why not give us stories about the Obamas dog, or a cat being rescued in a tree, or a deer sleeping with a tiger. We have to have variety, just like everything else in our lives.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  99. Kathleen Moore

    Gee, Jack, it's obvious you got a kick out of it, and heaven knows we need to smile more during the news, too! I love the story, and yes, all news folks can, do, and will continue to reign dooms day stories onto our heads hourly. Give us an "ahhhh" moment now and then.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  100. Vincente

    Even here in Canada we do care about the Obama familly's dog, this is like looking at a good movie after a hard day. Despite the crisis and everything related, life should continue and this puppy remains us that we should keep smiling and move forward.

    Montreal ,Canada

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  101. Shalondra Prather

    I don't think theres anything wrong with the public wanting to know so much about the Obama family, and their new dog Bo. I think theyre just a beautifully interesting family...the first Black family in the White House, and the public is drawn to them. And I don't think that puts a shadow on more important things going on in our country, sometimes we CAN use a break form all the negativity on the news.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  102. Art Joyce

    This is no different than it has ever been Jack. We have always had humanizing, and personal stories about presidents. The press reported about Reagan and his horses, Clinton and his sax and moonpies, Bush 1 and how he hated broccoli. The only thing that is different now, is that anyone right of center is infuriated because for the first time in a long time, most people people seem to actually LIKE their president.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  103. Rene

    I think the media (and Americans) need to "get a life"!!
    I guess just like the increase in Americans going to the movies it's just another form of escaping the real issues that we desperately need to address.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  104. Laravia

    The media should be focusing more on the serious issues such as the economy, wars, pirates taking over U.S. vessels and other things affecting our country. Plus they should focus on things going on in the world. After all how can we call ourselves a superpower when we don't take into account other nations.

    With that said stories like the White House puppy are light-hearted and sweet, so they could be mixed in briefly to give things a nice balance of the tough issues and the non-so-serious ones.

    At the end it is news only when it is made to be a big deal.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  105. Brenda Stone

    Hi Jack,

    I like your show, but this time you're being too cynical. WE get plenty of serious news on CNN and not just adults watch the news. So it's nice to have some light hearted viewings for the young and the not so young! And who better to report on than the first family of the United States.
    Brenda Stone

    April 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  106. Ronald E. Ross

    Jack, I think we desperately need this story. My blood pressure drops 20 points every time I see that puppy (which CNN has probably shown 100 times today). Thanks for diverting our attention from the ugly stuff.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  107. K. Parks

    True,there are a lot more important things to cover, but nothing "better" to cover right now than the Obama's dog. You, the reporters, and we the readers and viewers are immersed in almost more than we can stand of the vital issues of the day. How wonderful when the Obama family can give us something pleasant to think about.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  108. Diane in Florida

    OH PLEASE!!!! Can't you see the value of something good and positive in the "NEWS" today. Let us all smile for a moment and share in someone else's happiness. Too much to ask for some? Guess so!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  109. Darnell Almanzar

    I think the dog has been over publicized by the media. However I do think it should have some coverage. It brings a lighter and more family-like atmosphere to the White House. At a time when there is so much negative news about the economy and war, America needs some news to ease some of the pains Americans are feeling.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  110. Gordon, Vancouver, B.C.

    Absolutely. Seems to me the media are taking the path of least resistance by avoiding political issues, and danger to reporters covering foreign wars. Directing a major amount of their resources covering this one family is extreme overkill

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  111. dennis garrison

    Jack, Jack, Jack,

    Nice doggy. Moving right along PLEASE!


    Sherman Oaks, Calif

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  112. Jane - WI

    It's time to get over having to hear every minute detail about our "celebrity in chief's" life. So what if they are getting a dog - other Presidents have had pets before, and they just weren't pets for photo ops as the Obama's are doing. Why no dog before coming to Washington? Perhaps because they now have someone else to clean up and train the dog - something they might have had to do for themselves before.
    Didn't Mr. Obama also say that any dog they got would have to be adopted from a pound and would have to be a "mutt"? My, oh, my, another of the many promises gone by the wayside.
    Get over this, media. Mr. Obama is not the first President to get a dog. It's no big deal.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  113. Gary McEwan

    Sure it's good for the Media to let the people know, but when the News Channels here in the UK start to report absolute nonsense, should we really be being our UK TV Licence at all which we have to pay here.

    Gary from Scotland, UK

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  114. Henk


    I don't have kids, but I have a two beagles. Does the press have better things to report on than the Obama's dog? Yes! But this week I read about Woddy Harrelson, Lindsay Lohan, Glen Beck's comedy tour, and so much other BS that I welcome the news about Bo.


    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  115. Cody

    Yes of course they do. This is just silly. These days people want to hear about the personal life of people with higher status. As a result they meidia covers it. becuase the meidia (even CNN) covers what people want to see. Maybe they'll even skip things people need to see.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  116. julie

    Anyone who says the Obama dog story is not cute and a nice departure from the norm of doom and gloom probably needs to relax, get a dog and stop watching tv

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  117. Veronica

    Aw c'mon, Jack! This country needs more stories like this that are fun to watch; and what's more fun to watch than two little girls and a new puppy?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  118. Wade Hampton

    I remember from jounralism school that human interest articles make a nice contrast to all the bad news out there. The depressing economy, worthless pirates getting what they deserve, escalating wars, and other despairing stories need some balance dog gone it!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  119. dom4real

    people like distractions. that is why movie ticket sales and sports tickets sales are way up during a time of 2 wars, serious economic downturn, and outrageous government spending. we would rather watch obama run with his dog than focus on reality.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  120. Ross

    The press should be covering relevant issues that have an impact on their viewers/readers, not entertainment gossip. Will anyone outside the First Family or the White House Staff be affected by this dog? No. The news media exists for news not gossip about dogs. That's what the tabloids are for.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  121. Ms. Stone

    No it's not the most newsworthy subject but every once in a while it's nice to hear about something good that happened in the world. I know the real news is more important (I read that too) but sometimes a "fluffy" story is needed. You have to agree that you'd rather hear about the new dog at the white house than about some pop star's weight one more time. I know I prefer the dog story!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  122. John in Forest, VA

    Jack, every time I see the White House Press Room I see a couple hundred reporters in there all trying to ask the same questions. I figure two or three of them can be spared for a few hours to cover the new White House dog.

    BTW, Bo does have eyes under all that hiar, doesn't he?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  123. joan jimenez

    oh yes! let us punctuate the miserable, unhappy news of the day with a delightful down-home story about normal life in America. And gee, it's a two-party dog...great!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  124. JoAnn C in San Diego CA

    Jack, I love dogs and this is a positive story for everyone to enjoy. As much as I like to watch you and Wolf the majority of your stories tend to fall in a negative category. That's what usually makes the news news right? So when a lovely story of a family getting their first dog and it happens to be in the White House it's historical and newsworthy. You're barking up the wrong tree Jack if you think there are more important things to report. Bo's the top dog and we all want to share in the joy!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  125. Jeanne

    We all need to hear about Bo. Bo is a cute little puppy and a happy thought , which brings welcome relief in this sea of misery we get pounded by every day. Let's have it for more Bo!


    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  126. Mary Chapman

    You guys still don't get it. In a time when all of the news is bad, there is something magical about the pagentry of this great country.

    Of course we want to see the dog, and don't cut it short for a developing story in the Middle East that will still be developing in thirty minutes!!!!!

    If there is not enough time on 24/7 news for the positive and heartwarming things in this country, what has news become?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  127. Terry

    Yes, of course the media should write about the first dog. We're so quagmired with upsetting news like Pirates, economy, mini wars that hearing about a puppy is joyous. We need joyous right now. We need to be sidetracked. We need to hear that there's some normalcy in the world...especially our "Firsts"!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  128. Tom in NJ

    YES! I am so tired of hearing about the "pop-news" like dogs, dresses, royal gifts and gaffes, octa-moms, etc., etc. I don't know if this is a sign of cost-cutting at the networks or just a sign of our collective focus as a society, but we need to get back to the basics of reporting - war, pirates, politics, etc., both domestic and international. And Jack, the best place to start is with CNN; this network that had a reputation for solid, objective, comprehensive reporting has become one of the worst at peddling the pop. "Physician, heal thy network".

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  129. Deborah Marvin

    jack, what's wrong with news that puts a smile on our faces? it's a nice distraction and it balances out the news. how much doom and gloom can we hear. who doesn't love a good dog story.
    debbie m, los angeles

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  130. ike

    what do you think jack? he is the first african american president. the media just wants to know what obama does differently from its predecessors.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  131. Stan

    I say yes, it is worth telling the American people about. News should not be depressing all the time.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  132. George Daugherty

    Lighten up Jack! With CNN and all the other cable news networks filling 27/7 new cycles, believe me there is no shortage of serious reporting on The Economy, The Recession, The War, The Bailouts, and all the rest of "The Reality" gripping the United States and The World. We all need a break, once in a while,so the occasional story about The First Daughter and their pup makes for a welcome but very short respite. And BTW, I was in Europe two weeks ago when The Obamas were there - and I have never been more proud as an American. So it's wonderful to find out more about our First Family as a "family." Everybody wanted"family values" - we got some great ones in The White House right now. George, San Francisco.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  133. ¤ѕнєιℓα gαℓℓу¤

    Thanks, Del. Show some pictures, and hopefully that'll be it. This is way too much.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  134. Ken

    Not all good news has to be about a military triumph. We have few enough of those. As we rail against our economy and our wars, let's try to remember that there is still life! Beside; even you aren't as grouchy when you talk about this one.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  135. Antonio

    Finally something good coming out of Texas. Hopes it makes better decisions than the last person who just left.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  136. Mike from Little Rock

    Who am I to tell the press what to cover. I remember the day, before cable, when network news gave us a days worth of news in a half hour. Now-a-days, we have cable networks that spend 24 hours giving us a half hour worth of news. It's not about news anymore, it's about entertainment. The Obama dog is entertainment.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  137. Marie Inserra

    Further to your inquiry regarding why we care about the dog, the dog is fun.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  138. Patty Cleveland

    It takes the voice away from real human interest stories of a lot of good people with real problem. I would like to think CNN doesn't stand for cute.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  139. Bertha

    Jack, there are two precious little girls in the White House now that are getting their first puppy. IT'S A HAPPY STORY. We need Happy stories sometime, especially now. Don't you think....?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  140. A Soldier

    I am currently involved in Operation Iragi Freedom and deployed to Iraq to support our brothers and sisters in arms. How sad and trivial the United States Press provides better coverage of a dog, than their own people. It is embarrassing to talk to a local national here and they say I hear your president has a new dog.....it's an embarrassment to the country, but then again, you are the press so that's probably par for you.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  141. Jeff from Florida Panhandle (CENTRAL TIME ZONE)

    I would rather hear facts about the "first dog" rather than the ranting and raving speculation and fortune telling the news media talking heads are currently engaged in. Tis sad what the news media now calls news.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  142. Kathy

    With all the negativity that surrounds us in the news with the financial sector,golden parachutes, unemployment, the automakers, foreclosures,terrorism, etc., it is like a breath of fresh air to see the media reporting something positive and uplifting for a change – and if the 1st dog is it – why not!

    Atlanta GA

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  143. Skylar

    This dog has fully and ridiculously captured the attention of the American media, but with so many issues at hand (the iraq war, the economy, the environment) the press should really be working on a higher level than it is. Leave the dog with kids news, and give us adults more substance, education, and a higher level of deliberation. Oh, and CNN, please stop re-airing the same programs over and over again. They're only good the first time. CNN=repetition.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  144. Eve

    Pirates, nuclear weapons, an imploding economy......Who cares?? THE OBAMAS got a NEW PUPPY!!!

    Excuse the sarcasm, but this story is like a fresh Spring breeze blowing through our jaded nation....

    Kind of reminds me of a favorite quote– "Take time to enjoy the little things in life, someday we will all look back and realize that THEY were the big things.......

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  145. Karen - Nashville TN

    I’m tired of war, devastating storms, pirates, diseases, and the Sarah Palin soap opera. Tell me more about the puppy!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  146. Peggy B

    I'd much rather here about the Obama dog than Lindsay Lohan or some other over covered celebrity. What's not to like about Bo? He's cute and isn't going to drink or take drugs, hooray give him airtime!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  147. Linda

    The press is sad, to think that the only thing America wants to hear about is the President's dog. In this economy, we'd like to hear about jobs, how the economy is improving, where the money is and how it's being spent. We'd like to hear about education and programs for our children. I personally would like to hear more about how the stimulus package will help those of us on the low low level of middle class and how the taxes will be changed so that those of us in the 25k to 55k income bracket aren't paying the highest rates. That's what I'd like to hear, not every move the First family makes, this is the most closely watched family in the world! Kinda scary how the press stalks them!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  148. Anna Lee

    Yes you should report on the dog!!! A) The public wants to know about the dog and B) It's a nice break from the depressing news stories CNN and other news stations cover. I am not a dog lover myself, but when the public loves someone, we want to know everything about them. Obama and Michelle are loved.

    Keep talking about these 'little' things and the public will keep watching!!

    Anna from Canada

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  149. Madelene Gill

    Oh my , let everyone get a grip. How refreshing, what is wrong with something in the news that is light and fun. I think a sweet little puppie for two little girls that happen to live in the white house is a wonderful change for all the drama in the world. I think all the good old boys should remember they were young at one time, at least they must have been. Good for the little girls, I hope their puppy brings them many many years of loyality and fun.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  150. Marlene

    No Jack,
    We need fun news to make us smile and off set the sad news which makes us frown.
    Marlene, MT

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  151. Sean in Ohio

    It is good to hear about something that warms the heart, and since the press is usually following bad news most of the time, it doesn't hurt to have a little bit of something that is good; although I would of gotten a Labrador.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  152. Donna Thurmond

    Do we really care about what dog the first family is getting? Probably not, but who doesn't love a puppy? Just wait until the video comes out! It will be all over YouTube. People are a lot like sheep. We'll follow the media wherever you go. How about a Puppy Cam?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  153. George Daugherty

    Lighten up Jack! With CNN and all the other cable news networks filling 27/7 new cycles, believe me there is no shortage of serious reporting on The Economy, The Recession, The War, The Bailouts, and all the rest of "The Reality" gripping the United States and The World. We all need a break, once in a while,so the occasional story about The First Daughter and their pup makes for a welcome but very short respite. And BTW, I was in Europe two weeks ago when The Obamas were there - and I have never been more proud as an American. So it's wonderful to find out more about our First Family as a "family." Everybody wanted"family values" - we've got some great ones in The White House right now. George, San Francisco.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  154. Neal Kohli

    Hey Jack, I think these stories are harmless. Of course the media has more pertinent stories to cover but they will do that too. In the meantime this a more lighthearted story, people coming home from their jobs might like.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  155. Kathy

    Dog??!! Who cares about Obama's dog or Bushes dogs. We need to get real. Way too many very important issues (do I need to enumerate them, again????) to be spending our time on.
    GET REAL...Dog...give me a break!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  156. Wim Prange, Nijmegen, NL

    Considering the Media didn't do such a terrific job the last 8 years when covering the run op to the War in Iraq or the Economy, maybe they will do a better job covering the First Puppy.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  157. Jonathan (Shelburne, VT)

    I'd rather hear about the President's dog than hear more about my lost job or more meaningless predictions about the economy. I really don't care to hear about piracy since the topic will fade from our thoughts in a few weeks. The most useful thing the media can do for me these days is to focus on the new President's dog as much as possible.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  158. Scott L

    Just when you thought the press had slipped to their lowest levels – they now stoop to covering the president's dog rather than unjust taxes, bailing out Big Business, or undermining our own laws by forcing us to bend to International laws within our own borders. This takes the cake!

    Maybe we should just replace Congress with the Press as they seem to be just about as effective and twice as misdirected. God save us all. (oops – should I be saying Allah now?)

    April 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  159. Scott McCullagh


    It is a sad day in America when two children can not get a new puppy without hearing from people that have partisan issues. It is a shame that something so nice can be turned so wrong.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  160. James

    Letting the citizens and the whole world know that the President is holding up his promise to his children is just one way to show that he sticks by his word, public or private. Yes some people may frown or cringe upon hearing about the first family adopting a dog but we have enough bad news that CNN and others insist on telling us daily so it's about time we heard something uplifting.

    Manhattan, MT

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  161. jane from kansas city

    Jack, I think there is ample time to cover the First Family along with all the other stories in the world today. I am constantly amazed by the repetition of stories on CNN hour after hour. I want to know more about what is happening in India, Pakistan Afghanistan and the middle east, Do you still have bureaus there? Jane

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  162. Jordan, Stone Mountain, GA

    I don't believe I'm hearing this, You're the same network that spent all day in suburban Atlanta covering a "story" about a woman who skipped out on her wedding. You're the network that take an ordinary local murder case and turn it national news because the woman is pretty and white.

    And now you're wondering if the media is obsessed over a dog. Of course you are but so what else is new? Why do you talking heads even bother to ask when you now you're not going to stop?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  163. K.Barbel Hyannis, MA

    With all the news about the dreaded economy, I'm glad our focus can be switched to a more calming tone

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  164. Dayton.Q

    Well Jack i wouldnt say the Obama's new dog is the most important thing in the world but either is the octo mom's new's coverage & personally i care more about a dog than a stupid mom that has more kid's that she knows what to do with. Thanks Jack

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  165. Aaron

    Simple answer Jack, ask the guy with no job, or the soldier in Iraq, or the scientist trying to solve the climate crisis, or the teacher who lost funding for books. I get the need for a fun story sometimes, but seriously the lazy reporters and talking heads fix on the fluff to avoid a complex story like funding entitlements or the complex fight happening right now over cap and trade. A few seconds on the dog is OK, but this is just filling time junk stuff.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  166. Bev Wire

    Of course there are more "important" things on which to report, but when I saw Bo's picture on-line this morning, I smiled. Smiling isn't what I usually do when I read or listen to the news lately. We have a great family in the White House, and with them comes a playset, a garden, and now a dog. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is more than an address, it's a home.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  167. Marilyn Till

    Sure they do, Jack – but lighten up!!

    We need some news that isn't tragic, or scary, or sad or worrisome once in a while!!

    Some of us like stories about children and animals!!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  168. David H.

    It's easy to for a family to grow, love, and welcome a dog into its household. However, things sort of come to light much more prevalently when the family happens to be the First Family. They have enough issues to deal with and succumb to as the First Family already. Enough! Most of us humans adore puppies and dogs, however it shouldn't be overtly displayed such that the entire world "is required to know" when the dog arrives, what kind, and how it is to be raised and cared for. Bottom line? They got a dog! Great! Let's move on to more important matters! Over time, we shall see what kind of dog it is anyway. Now give me the latest crime statistics!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  169. Susan Brucklacher

    Hi Jack,
    Good Book!! I think that the dog comming to the White House is an issue that many of us annimal lovers especially is a happy thing and people need happy right now. I have always watched the White House dogs and tend to watch news media that covers such thing. I see Newt Ginrich has an issue with the coverage of the dog and calls it "fairly stupid. Well Newt, I would much rather talk about Bo than about you. mI think especially now in our times we need something to smile and enjoy and Bo and the obama children will be that.

    Sioux Falls, S.D.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  170. Sandra G. Troy, MI

    In the midst of all the gloom and doom on the news these days it's nice to here about something thats not depressing.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  171. Mark in Illinois

    It's a dog!!! Can't we have a separate news station for fluff news and one where we can get real news?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  172. Gloria Bauer Ishida

    The press covers all kinds of news, most of his bad and or sad – riots, murders, piracy, crooked politicians, people losing jobs and homes, natural disasters on and on. Sometimes people need a diversion and have some light and heartwarming news.

    Gloria Bauer Ishida

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  173. Marie

    Seems that the only ones complaining about the feel good story of Bo are the repugs. These people cannot live with the fact that they lost the election. Get over it!!!
    We have had stories about presidential dogs, cats, ponies, rabbits and every other animal to ever grace the White House. Why not about Bo? He is the cutest little thing around DC right now.
    Some people need to chill and I won't say get a dog because I would be afraid of animal cruelty from some of the posts.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  174. Graeme

    Hello Jack,

    Yes, oh my god yes. The news media has forgotten the first half of that mantra "News is telling the people what they need to know". What I would like to know are the names of the people and companies that profited from the largest Mortgage Scam in human history. Oh, and when George W. Bush is being arraigned.


    I agree about the bear assault. The bears should press charges.


    April 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  175. Paul Maidan

    There is nothing better, Jack....everything else is horrible. The one good thing America has going for it right now is a cool, capable and likeable first family. Even a dog is a better addition to the whitehouse than the last administration. The Obamas have rekindled a spirit of hope and trust in the American people. A little light has to shine through the doom and gloom occasionally. Even if it is just a dog.

    Paul in Toronto

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  176. Ashley from Boston

    I'd take the story about the dog over any more coverage of the failed teenage love affair of Bristol Palin, or the "rescue" of a woman who jumped intoa polar bear enclosure, any day of the week...in other words, it isn't as if *everything* else covered by the news is more important! This doesn't take away from the gravity of the more pressing issues in the news, but I doubt that that any stories about major economic changes or military actions were dropped from this week's broadcasts in order to fit the dog story in.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  177. Carreen Bogden

    No matter who you are, what you do, whether you are married, single, widowed, have children, unemployed, whatever...everyone loves to hear about The Dog. The Story of Bo is an important one. I am sure the press loves covering this story than any other at the moment. Dogs Rule!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  178. Charles Prince

    Jack, I could care less, but a little good news does hurt anyone...right?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  179. Richard

    I don't think the other worthwhile stories are suffering because of the story about first pooch 'Bo', do you?
    At any rate, the criticism of press attention to the dog is just fuel to the Obama hysteria which falsely claims he's getting a free ride by the press. At any rate, we have followed many other WH dogs to no apparent ill effect, so why not continue?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  180. Rebecca

    Of course the media has more important stories to cover. However,among all the stress-inducing, buzz-killing news it's nice to focus on a heartwarming story and look at pictures of a cute puppy at the same time. Bo is not just the Obama's new best friend but the entire country's. So now everytime I get a headache trying to figure out the simulus I'm going to take a look at Bo to cheer me up.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  181. EJ from Canada

    The Obama dog story makes a fine little piece of 'escapism' from all the news about the economy, lost jobs, and world problems out there...as long as the media doesn't dwell on such an event for too long. Besides, a little 'feel good' story never hurt anyone.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  182. pj dougllas

    I am still waiting for a day in which there is news to hear that hasn't been repeated umpteen times throughout the day, days, week or month. Surely two or three times a day should be enough, but I guess nothing of significance is happening in the world. Or else, the cost to send reporters to share news of a new kind is prohibitive. I use my time to get the real news by news around the world by real reporters on the web, and bloggers. Much more in-depth and satisfying, like a real reporter should. Time better used, and real understanding of what is going on, unfiltered for me to choose to accept or not..

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  183. Melissa

    Although the historical significance of the first family is important, most of what is covered about them is not. The first lady's arms are great. It's fascinating to know the process of finding the best school for the kids. And, yes, it's difficult to hold back a smile when you see a cute puppy. Seriously? This is national news. I'm sure the barriers broken from Bob Woodward's and Carl Bernstein's investigation were not geared toward making this type of reporting more significant. Could we please get back to the news?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  184. Don Ballmann

    Jack, if I wanted to hear about the new 1st dog, I'd watch the animal planet channel. CNN should spend their reporting dollars on the problems we are facing every day. Thanks,

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  185. Mark

    Yes, the press has far more important issues to devote their careers to.
    But, the press covers only those issues their teeny tiny minds can relate to. Look at the pretty black doggy.

    Good grief.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  186. Hugh ~ Tracy, California

    Every American President who has had a dog gets this kind of media attention. Why does President Obama get critized for getting a dog from conservatives like Newt Gingrich? The grumblings of those like Gingrich demonstrates the GOP's "Grouchy Old Party" is incapable of even common courtesy, when they have to stoop so low to gripe about the new little dog in the White House! Newt may snicker with pleasure, but I'm not laughing.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  187. Jack L.

    The Obama dog is a good news story – and heaven knows good news stories are few and far between these days. We need more of them.
    In addition, the White House dog story humanizes the First Family as a unit that we can all empathize with and admire.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  188. Naima

    Clearly the press is running out of things to tell us...Give me a break am a canadian and down here you heardly hear about our prime minster, yet alone what dog he has...or what chruch he goes to...Ummmm!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  189. Gregory Young

    The media excitement over the prez's puppy show's how hard up they are for any kind of news about Obama. Hell I bet Fox news will have reporters out on the lawn tracking Bo's phooh. Then they will have the phooh examined to make sure there were no tax dollars spent on Bo's dog food. And if Bo gets flees MSNBC will report that the democrates are using Bo's flees as spies to influnce the republican to become human again. The man can't win no matter what he does.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  190. Tony from NH

    All this fervor over a new puppy? I'm talking about the comments I just read on your BLOG! I even saw Adolf Hitlers name in there somewhere! What the heck is going on in this world when we can't have a LITTLE LEVITY and make a couple of cute little youngsters have a moment in the sun with their new puppy?

    I have never been so disgusted reading this blog – nothing personal, Jack, not your fault that these people are just a step away from the polar bear enclosure...

    Tony in NH.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  191. Janet Fletcher

    Dear Jack,
    For once, you fail me. Just think of the many famlies in the world feel their dogs are definitely part of the family? Good grief! Let us have some fun and delightful good news about people that we very much care about. And, by the way, what a great photo of "Bo"! Looking forward to more news and phots of the girls and their dog. in the coming years.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  192. heath from ri

    The Obamas I believe the expression is shameless self-promoters ride the wave of 24/7 media information overload to gauge the public's sentiments. You guys over there made that possible and will undoubtedly continue to exploit any avenue to get people's attention, worthy or not.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  193. Vicki

    With all the chaos in the world it's a nice break to see the
    First family enjoying something as wonderful as adding
    a pet to their family. I for one enjoy a lighter moment thrown
    into the news atleast once a day, Have we forgotten how to
    be happy?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  194. Lou Mendes

    Jack, the answer to your question is of course NO, who really gives a crap if the Obama's got a dog and what kind of dog they got. I'm an Obama supporter but we have many other issues to deal with. Let me see if I can think of one or two, Iraq, Afganistan, Piracy, Economy, failing corporations.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  195. FogInMichigan

    Yesterday I would have said yes, too much time is spent on such relatively mundane events considering everything else that is going on. But this morning, a coworker got a call from her 8 yr old niece who wanted to know if she saw the Obama's new dog Bo on the news? My coworker would later say her niece was really happy something so nice was on the news instead of all the bad stuff she ends up seeing. So to this point I would say it is ok as long as the press and adoring public can keep in it perspective, like not question why the Obama's got a dog that has a foreign nationality in its breed name?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  196. Momoh Magona , Edmonton / Canada

    Hi jack,
    America in times like these needs news like this-Humor.
    Lets not forget that this was one of Obama's campaign promises.
    A dog in the white house also seems to be the American white house tradition. What more is that the first family children who will have a lot of fun with the white house poppy. So America- Share the fun

    April 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  197. Nikki Fox

    Had enough of the Obama's...YES! There is enough news worthy things going on in this country to report on...why can't we hear about it on CNN...I don't care about a dog in the White House...I don't care about other countries troubles...I'm want to know what's going on here in this country...tell me about what hard working Americans are doing to make things better in their community...give me some hope not hate for America...

    April 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  198. martha

    Yes, Jack, there are lots of more serious things for the press to cover. But are the serious things the only ones that are news worthy? I don't think so. I, for one, enjoy hearing about the Obamas and the "real" life they live....

    April 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  199. Steve Paul,scandinavia

    Portuguse water dog,otherwise known as PWD,they are always cute and envioronmentally friendly,non-allergic.if it wasnt good dog?I dont think the media would have interest,good for the Obamas.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  200. Micah

    Of course there are more important things to cover. Don't get me wrong, dogs are interesting and all, but this story shouldn't occupy the front page of the Washington Post! I would rather hear about Obama's policies and national events. All of this talk about the dog reminds me of an extended chat with grandma. We know about the dog. Move on.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  201. Sharon Knight

    I am thrilled that the news reported on and showed us pictures of Bo Obama. President Obama made a promise to his daughters during his acceptance speech and from then on it was news. Cute puppy and a gift from a friend. Good for them.

    I do not need the news people to tell be about the economy. Unless something changes it's not news and really depressing. The repeated depressing stories does little to help and (I believe) causes the citizens to become depressed and less likely to improve their own lives.

    So, that's my opinion, GO Bo!!!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  202. Puhleeze cover some NEWS...

    What's NOT news is Gingrich's reaction to this very soft story... yet some producer feels the need to play this out as what "the water cooler" is talking about today. The 24-hour cycle of Gingrich's mean-spirited and faux-media-ethics spinfest is up, y'all. Stop reporting tittle-tattle crap GOSSIP like this and the trailer-park catfight of the Palin clan.

    We"ve been watching all afternoon for any substantive coverage of the DETAILS surrounding travel to Cuba. For example: When? How much? Which airlines? Cuba's reaction? Visa costs? What?...

    How about a daily progress report on impeaching Bush or indicting Cheney? Anyone on the treason beat? Or does that fall outside of what "the people need to know?" THAT'S what "the public wants to know." Stop with the shallow coverage and fawning attention devoted to this sort of garbage.

    Oh, and about those j-school canards? Try "Follow the Money." There's no end of investigative reporting that needs doing. Why leave it all to MSNBC, the UK Guardian, and the BBC? No more self-congratulatory on-air pats on the head about "good job" until then.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  203. Christopher

    The news cannot always be about "doom and glood." I think the media focus on Obama's dog, while perhaps a bit overdone, is not in and of itself a bad thing. News coverage that continuously repeats depressing economic stories only depress people further and leads to a culture of pessimism. Stories about light-hearted issues (like Obama's dog) help people realize that even in hard times there are things to smile at.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  204. Marilyn - Tallahassee, FL

    Did the press have better things to cover when each yearly Christmas "Barney" video was released and played over and over? Did the press have better things to cover when Barbara Bush acted as a "ghost writer" for a children's book by Barney? Well, probably! But I'll bet old Nut Gingrich would have whined if it hadn't been played and covered to the hilt. He'd have alleged some discrimination against rethugnican canines. In the case of Beau, my only question is (and I really want to know): Are they naming the dog in honor of Joe Biden's son?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  205. Jane - WI

    If this is the kind of thing the public wants to focus on and hear about, it's no wonder we ended up with a narcissitic President with so little experience and a slew of questionable associations in his past. When the public is more worried about a dog then the real issues, we get the government we deserve.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  206. Ryan from Sacramento, CA

    The dog should stay in the public eye at least until Woody Harrelson has had a chance to look at it to make sure it isn't another zombie.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  207. Judie Williams

    Oh what the hell.........why not? With the economy, and this country going to the dogs Bo is a bright spot.

    Bo will have his 15" of fame and the press will move on down the road with their intense and overkill news coverage.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  208. Phil


    You should not be surprised since Pres. Obama is the media's darling. They have been swooning over him for the past 2 years. Since he is the ultimate representative of the leftist agenda, we will continue to hear everything about him no matter how minor. We will not hear much about how the fundamentals or the moral foundations of our country are being changed.

    Phil Ohio

    April 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  209. Irene - NJ

    Jack, there sure are LOTS of serious matters the media should and does cover. "BO" and his story is uplifting to hear.....at a time we NEED to hear something so ordinary and special as .......getting a new puppy!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  210. Slvrstrks

    Hasn't the news always reported on the first dog of every president? What's the big deal why shouldn't we hear about this present first dog? People please stop hating!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  211. Efrum from Birmingham

    Jack, why don't you give a dog a bone and leave this cute story alone?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  212. Kris

    Of course they should have better things to do, however, we all know that modern day journalist will "bail out " Bo every time he craps on the carpet.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  213. Mark

    Jack, I understand this Bo story is taking focus away from heavy duty US problems, but having a dog in the home has been proven to relax people. At times I think my brother loves his dog more than his wife. He never yells at or argues with Max! Obama's will need relaxation and are not steadily running away to a ranch to cut brush or pretend to be a farmer, or maybe joking about war while golfing, things the media used to focus on.
    (from Canada)

    April 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  214. Jimmy

    Hi Jack,

    I think this is the most heart warming piece of news we have had in a while so it is important. When all other other news is about doom and gloom its always nice to hear about the good things that are occuring and better yet when a promise is kept its that much more special.


    Vancouver, B.C. Canada

    April 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  215. Bruce Andrew Peters

    Regarding the media coverage of the Obama's dog, how about a long-overdue story about the millions of shelter dogs that await homes? And while we are on the subject of animals, how about the billions (with a B!) of factory farm animals that every year (in the US alone)endure a tortured, factory farm exisitence, only to be sent to slaughterhouses as their hellish reprieve. Oh, but wait....the media's sponsors include fast food giants and promoters of pork and beef – otherwise known as mutilated, dead animal parts. Better to leave that alone. Let's get back to that Obama puppy!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  216. Kevin in MA

    Obama kept a campaign promise. The press should get a full week outta this one.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  217. Marilyn Cook- Saint John NB Canada

    We pet lovers are excited to hear news of Bo. Good for CNN to keep us updated. It is a human touch and uplifting in these troubled times.
    Shame on Newt Gingrich for his negative comment.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  218. Cathy Washington state

    The reporting of fun light news with the serious things helps keeps
    us rational and sane in the midst of the horendous things that are happening in this day of the 24 hour news cycle...
    The Obama family is a fun and functional family and we can all learn
    a whole lot about how to function well...chew gum...and walk...at the same time as our president and his family are modeling

    April 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  219. Katherine Cassidy of Machias, Maine

    If pals provide Portuguese pup for Presidential playtime, so what if public's purview is piqued? Bo is beautiful.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm |

    Thought Shakespear said somthing about the world being a stage; hence In times of serious recession like we experience now, a little comic relief about the First Dog would be apt on the world's(U.S). stage. Life can't be anymore worse than it is now. Let's cut the press some slack, we all need it!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  221. Tim in Palm Beach

    I don't quite understand why people have to complain about what's on the news. And your point, sir, that we should focus on other things like the economy or the war is simply narrow minded. Why MUST we spend so much time on the same topics. Why must every second of the day be dedicated to the sake drab news. Pirates? Really? What about the problems HERE? How often does the media ignore real problems out of fear of ratings loss? I'm not Dow playing the severity of these problems, but why must the only original reporting be "specials" or "documentaries"? Why does EVERY media network report the same exact stories all of the time? Why not report on the puppy? You want me to watch? Report on more than the same "shock-value" crap and do some real reporting. Until then, you can't say much about people talking so much about a puppy, when you're all just puppies yourself.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  222. Oliver Tansi

    I have come to realise that Americans are noise makers. They make so much hype for stuffs citizens of other countries ordinarily wouldnt notice. If not, why should a private stuff as having a dog in somenoe's house (weather president or not) become a big story? And I blame the media for this, especially the CNN. The media in America make little things and stuffs ordinarily that ought to be ignored bcome a frontline news issue. It only happens in America that is, the United States of America.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  223. Marliss

    I certainly hope so!. The problem is, even the 'Press' needs some positive news once in awhile.

    What gets my 'goat', is the extreme casual use of our English language, ie; the use of 'tah' in place of 'to', by many of the Presidents.
    They are supposed to be educated people, but they become lazy in their speech.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  224. Brandon - Olympia, WA

    Of course they have better things to cover. And they do. But what's wrong with a cute, sideline story? After hearing about the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, the economy, AIG bonuses, pirates, drug cartels, and illegal immigrants, people want respite and a moment to smile. If that smile is at a story about the Obama's dog, so be it. News shouldn't always be serious and distressing.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  225. Kay Menzel

    Of course we don't NEED to know about "Bo" but we WANT to know.

    With all the bad news of the economy, foreclosures, and people losing their jobs and the continuation of war and violence around the world, I can hardly wait to see those delightful Obama girls playing with their adorable "Bo."

    Kay Menzel
    Tampa, FL

    April 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  226. Stephanie

    Thank you for asking the question. YES, the press is obsessed about the Obamas! There are too many heartaches, upset and other world problems to worry about besides what Michelle wears, the dog, what the President watches on TV, etc. STOP Please!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  227. Sara D.

    Well obvioulsy Americans love to hear ALL about Obama's life, what Michelle wears, what they eat and so on. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, It's no suprise that people are so excited about the new family addition but can we focus MORE attention on the pressing issues of this country? SERIOUSLY it's not funny that while people are losing their jobs sitting at home thinking of the next step THIS is what we're currently watching on T.V. Print it on a magazine or something...

    April 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  228. Marky Martinez

    Dear Jack,
    I think there is many other things that the Press can talk about other than Obamas' dog but come on its a cute little dog and its already heard that Obama promised to get his little girls' a puppy. So of course that is something that the nation wants to hear about. I really think I want to hear about it anyway because it is little news from the White House of a new puppy.

    -Marky Martinez

    April 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  229. Edelyne

    That dog should only be mentioned once or twice in the press. The Obama obsession has become more of a nuisance as of late. Although I love the family dearly, I could care less of what they wear and where they go. I'm much rather interested in how they are going to address the needs of the country.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  230. Jeanie Surges

    Tragic stories? Sad stories? Heart-gripping stories? World incidents? Bad weather? High gas prices? Low stock market? Maybe – but better stories? Probably not. We Americans love this family and their new puppy makes us happy!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  231. Marti

    I think having this story about the First Puppy is great. We need more than the depressing news to fill our days. A smile and tug at the heart is great for keeping us from being depressed. I'm so glad Obama can deal with more than just the bad stuff. Gingrich saying the coverage of the First Puppy is stupid shows me how black his heart really is.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  232. Mackendy

    It's call multi-tasking Jack, everyone doing it now days.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  233. Russ

    A blip every now and then about the first dog isn't so bad, at least its a break from the around the clock coverage of the pirates, it seems to me that the media is actually running out of stuff to talk about....so they just say the same thing over, and over, and over, and -well- over!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  234. Robin

    CNN and many other media do not important to a GENOCIDE that is actively going on in Sri Lanka like it gives the coverage to President Obama's Dog. Much more than Gaza, now at least an average 100 people are being killed by Sri lankan forces. In otherwords, Slaughering of Human Being is becoming less important in this commercially driven world than a new puppy dog. Where does our media bringing us? I am completely lost now.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  235. mms55

    yes they do but its nice to hear some light hearted news sometimes too.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  236. Caroline Knight

    Yes they do, but who doesn't love a cute puppy story, Has anyone realized that "Bo" is the initials of the president? A coincidence or not?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  237. missy

    Yes the press could report other news. But how refreshing to see that our great country can get excited over a dog. Better than Bloggo or octo mom. Love the name Bo my family had a beagle named Bo when I was a child. I can see the girls in the White House now, just like Christmas Eve! How exciting is that ? Love Bo and I love you Jack!!

    Missy -Cable Hollow Pa.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  238. Mark Fogal

    Actually Jack, I don't think this is media hype. This story relates to yet another broken campaign promise. I'm sure there are people interested in knowing about it.

    When the idea of the Obamas first came up, there was a huge outcry from the animal rescue community, resulting in a petition to the President to adopt a rescue animal instead. The Obamas reacted to that in an appropriate manner, but now things have changed.

    It's the same old thing – a politician is only as good as his word.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  239. Ruby Zimmerman

    With all the bad news we're surrounded with 24 hours a day, thank God we can still get excited about the "First Dog!" There will always be bad news to report. We need all the comfort we can get from the heart-warming stories of 2 charming little girls with their new dog.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  240. Sue

    Jack , I think it gives us a better understanding into the life of the First Family and it's nice to have a little lighter story reported. However, I do find the repetition of the story and others on Heidi, Kera, Rick, t he Situation Room, Roland, then on Anderson – it makes me want to switch to another station.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  241. Nadia .M

    Hello! I'm 15 and watch cnn all day with my mother. I just want to say that the press should talk about other problems and crisis in the world to cover than Obama's dog. There are porblems like poverty, the Iraq/Afganistan war and nuclear pulifirationa ; that should be discussed , solved and desplayed by the press.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  242. Julius Brown

    An economy in the tank, a rash of tragic multiple homicides throughout the nation, and now pirates, and not the ones from Pittsburgh...Let's face the news has gone to the "Dogs", Why not take a pleasant break
    and report on a real upbeat dog story.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  243. Lilli

    I think like our Presiedent Obama say's Jack you all should be able to walk and chew gum. Do more than one thing at once in other word's. I feel we need a balance, we need some light subject's with the heavy one's, we sure all know the heavy one's our weigh the light one's, pun intended. I love hearing about their new doggie and their garden ect.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  244. Clayton Merritt

    YES. The media should have better things to cover than presidential dog, but then again, like you and Wolf said earlier: Its not just what the people need to know, its what they want to know. If the presidential dog takes presence, in the American populous' mind, over topics such as a follow up on the Floods that were going on in North Dakota late last month or other stories such as Oregon's 30% Budget cut, then I feel ashamed to be a representative of what the American public wants to know about.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  245. Caroline Knight

    Yes, they do, but who doesn't love a cute puppy story, Has anyone realized that "Bo" is the initials of the president? A coincidence or just an accident?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  246. Bev Combs

    I am a retired high school, adult ed, and jr. college teacher and am very interested in the domestic and international scene. I am also very interested in and excited about seeing and following the stories on The Obama's new puppy, "Bo". My Partner and I are dog lovers and animal lovers in general. We have two wonderful cocker spaniels, "Ashley" & "Sasha" -who bring us love and great peace. They are very important in our lives. I believe that "Bo" will bring each of the Obamas what she and he needs from him, and that each will give "Bo" a lot of love.
    Bev Combs, Winston, GA. (45 miles west of Atlanta)

    April 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  247. Teresa L Adams

    The Obamas are facinating to us just as the Kennedys were. I remember my family had a Kennedy calendar. With the economy in the tank and with us all sitting at home watching CNN constantly what
    are you whining about? If the puppy is what we want to see, show us the puppy. But how about showing us some new and remote news
    from our states and other countries? Sometimes I see lines of good stories running beneath your top stories and never see or hear anything about those stories. What about coming to my state of WV
    and doing a story our the current demise of the coal industry and how
    it's affecting our people. Hey, while you're hear you can run a story about my puppy–she is a mutt, but we love her.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  248. Danielle

    Hey Jack, Its seems to me that the media and tabloids like to keep up with the first family and other insignificant topics, because it’s better than facing the reality of their own life’s and problems that they are having to face in these tough times.

    Westfield PA

    April 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  249. sj

    Everything about the first family seems to be news, even their new dog. Reporting about their new dog takes away for a moment the seriousness of being the president of the United States. I hope they enjoy their new dog for years to come especially Sasha and Malia.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  250. Kevin

    I don't think it is as much annoying as lets say the Paris Hilton saga a couple of years ago or the Linsay Logan drama or the Britney Spears tantrums or the "Who's Jennifer Lopez dating now?" before she got married. I mean I can go on and on Jack about stories that were covered by the press as "Top Stories" but, didn't mean a hill of beans to ordinary people who watch the news for real news. We like stories like the names of soldiers who recently died while serving our country and a little background about who they were and where they were from. I know, that's boring and wont get good ratings for the networks so go ahead and talk about important stuff like...Angelina Julie and Brad Pitt naming their babies or getting millions for a photo shot.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  251. m wallace

    I agree that too much time has been wasted on the Obama dog story, including the time YOU wasted,

    April 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  252. Barbara Boody

    Everyone loves a shaggy dog story - except perhaps a snide pundit shuc as Newt Gingrich. If we can't have a little humanity in our news, and the first family, what is the purpose of the news? The good, the bad and the ugly are not what it's all about. We should have seen more of Barney, the Bush dog, than his master. Let the new dog in town have his day in the sun.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  253. Susan - Plano, TX

    Me and my family can not get enough of news about Obama family. The greatest stuff that people miss from their national leaders...This is a real family, real people and real role model for the world – and a read DEFECT to Republican Party...I enjoy watching how republican party struggling about the success of Obama team, and how they try their best to bring Obama down with stupid things to say....very entertaining.

    Plano, TX

    April 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  254. Terry ,"The Hoosier Hillbilly" Greensburg, IN

    Jack-I can't believe this; the Media has missed it??? whats the new dogs name? what's Barrack Obama-'s initials. "B" "O" get the drift?
    Obama's dog is named after the President. DaUUUUUUUUUU!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  255. Ralph


    We've been waiting for "Camelot" to return to the White House for over 40 years. I think America is in love with the Obama's and just want to be a part of their lives...

    Apple Valley, CA

    April 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  256. PAT California

    Good reporting, in my opinion, gives the public the latest news, covers their concerns, and adds some human interest. A new dog in the White House is human interest. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  257. Sesh

    Granted,that news is also what the people WANT to hear,but this obsession leading to the incessant (and irrelevant!)coverage of the Obamas borders on fanaticism and no fanaticism can be justified.Frankly,it's quite creepy!!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  258. Sia Magona, Edmonton, Canada

    Hi Jack,
    Hi Jack,
    This is a great news. It is cracy to think that a new family added to the First family is irrelevant. This dog will be following the American President and will be seen in most public places with the president So BO the new white House Puppy deserves all the attention it has been granted by the media.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  259. KCLaw

    Feline-Americans feel marginalized and excluded by the President's focus on the Canine Special Interest Lobby.
    An appropriate road to reconciliation would be a summit in which commonalities could be illuminated, and four legged creatures within the White House and without could work towards a supportable, sustainable and compassionate dialogue.
    In otherwords, if we can get cats and dogs to stop fighting, it's a short step to getting the Republicans to quit barking and growling.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  260. Ann from Charleston, S.C.

    I think there is nothing better for the media to focus on than a "feel good" story like this one about the puppy, especially with all the doom and gloom we hear day in and day out. Lighten up, Jack.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  261. Dave

    When I went to college all the deadbeats ended up in Journalism and/or being a reporter?

    Know why? Because they didn't have the slightest idea what was going on in tough subjects.

    Of course the Press wants to talk about the Obama's getting a dog, Why not. They don't have the slightest idea what a derivative is, what capital assets reserves are, what equity means,what the accrual method of accounting means or new tax legislation and its ramifications on Americans and the Federal Government.

    Give us a dog. The press is all over it.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  262. Shelley Cates

    First of all, I doubt that this is actually the most closely followed campaign promise, and I also think that Americans are interested in this 'feel good' story, we were all there when he made the promise, there's nothing wrong with feeling invested in it. Does it have to involve fear or anxiety for it to qualify as "news?" I can only speak for myself, I can only say that I want to know about Somali pirates, Korean rocket launches, AND the First Family's new puppy. Thanks.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  263. Charlotte Lord

    Sure, Jack, they can cover the floods and tornados in the midwest and south, the number of people out of work, the families that have lost their homes and the retirement investments lost in this dreadful economy. They can cover the wars and the number of people killed. They can cover the pirates and kidnapings and countless other miserable things.

    What is wrong with having at least one story about two beautiful children getting a puppy. America has at least one thing to smile about. I say "right on".

    April 13, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  264. Bill, New York

    Frankly, I'd rather hear about the dog than about Palin, Chaney, and the other political has-been who are trying to stay in the spotlight.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  265. Darnell Almanzar- Hempstead, NY

    I think the dog has been over publicized by the media. However I do think it should have some coverage. It brings a lighter and more family-like atmosphere to the White House. At a time when there is so much negative news about the economy and war, America needs some good news to ease some of the pains Americans are feeling.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  266. Kim in SC

    With all the news about mass killings, people dying as a result of tornadoes etc., the people in this country or the people around the world for that matter, NEED something uplifting added to our daily news. President Obama and the family are to the American people what the Royal family are to the British people. Americans should be proud to have such a wonderful first family. They are probably the most genuine , upright family to occupy the White House since Abraham Lincoln. I grew up in Canada learning about the Royal family. My 85 year old mother in Calgary collected all the newspaper clippings on Royalty that she could growing up, since Princess Diana's untimely death she has grown to despise the Queen and says they are an embarrasment. My Mom loves President Obama and hopes the Secret Service are doing everything they possibly can to protect him and his family from all the wack jobs in this country that would like to see him harmed. America be thankful for a real president and first family. Welcome Bo! we are glad to have you as the "first dog". Keep up the great work Jack, you are the "real deal" too.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  267. F.S. Lee

    Yes, certainly. You say the public cannot get enough of the Obamas. Actually, it is the press, especially CNN that cannot get enough of the Obamas. I am tired of the daily stories about what Michelle is doing, her vegetable garden, her big parties at the White House, her sleeveless attire. This fawning activates my remote finger every time I try to watch CNN to get a little news about the economy and world events. By the way, you have milked the pirate story dry, so stop with that.

    While you're at it get rid of the parade of experts and sycophants trying to acclimate us to the confiscation or our wealth and hopes for the future. They are infuriating!

    F.S. Lee

    April 13, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  268. Curtis Wampler, Udall, KS

    A brief mention would be appropriate, however the media blitz has turned this into a cause celeb... much like President Obama's campaign and presidency.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  269. Matthew Reimer

    I understand the relatability of following "Dog-gate", but why use it as an excuse not to cover some of the banks that have decided to give back TARP money as covered on other networks?

    Instead of repeating news stories throughout the day or hour, why not give MORE news and save the HEADLINES for the appropriate network.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  270. oliver barrett

    6 Marines died in Iraq a few days ago. Certainly celebrating these brave souls is worth more than the President's new pooch. What's up CNN? I love dogs too, but I believe our service members deserve more.


    April 13, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  271. Cindy in Virginia

    What a wonderful heartfelt sharing of something that is truly happy news. The Obama puppy will give much love and happiness to this lovely family as well as giving our country a little bit of sunshine.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  272. Suzy - Maui, HI

    With all the doom and gloom of the economy, two wars and global terrorism reported daily by the media, it's refreshing to follow the story of our first family's search for their new puppy. It lightens our hearts.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  273. Gail Stephens, Sarasota, FL

    Re: Does the press have more important things to cover than a puppy?
    Of course there are more important things to cover in the press, but at the end of the day and you hear more atrocious, depressing news than you heard when you left in the morning, what could be nicer to hear about than two cute little girls happy with a puppy? We all could litterally use a warm fuzzy now. I love hearing about the average everyday heros and touching uplifting things to balance out our ever present, heavy duty reality!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  274. Julius Brown Alabama

    An economy in the tank, a rash of tragic multiple homicides throughout the nation, and now pirates, and not the ones from Pittsburgh...Let's face it. the news has gone to the "Dogs", Why not take a pleasant break
    and report on a real upbeat dog story.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  275. Dee

    Sure I want photos...c'mon...things are bad so what's wrong with a little puppy love? We've always liked to hear about Presidential pets of either party – they humanize the President and a person's relationship with their dog says a lot about the person.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  276. Kevin

    Oh, one more thing Jack. The press don't know "Diddley" about real news.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  277. Mike from Adrian, Michigan

    I don't mind hearing about the dog once , but I hope I don't hear two or three days of controversy about what should be a minor matter.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  278. Lynnie

    Oh, Jack. It does my heart good to see you getting all whipped up about the new White House doggie! No, I do not think the press has more important things to dwell on. It's interesting, it's pertinent, it's entertaining what the Obama girls and their family members are doing to adjust, and the pup has been long-awaited (by some of us)!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  279. Sharon

    Jack, it's called Human Interest Stories. They are the mainstay of the political scene and are used for every aspect of the "Marketing and Advertising" of any administration. Just like the interest generated by where the President will attend Easter Services or where his family will regularly worship. Is it important? NO. Do we want to know?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  280. Miriam Stange

    Dear Jack: As a senior citizen, my pleasure these days is to watch integrity and honesty initiated by our President Barack Obama – it just makes my day for a media report on the new guy in the White House – BO. Just another promise kept by this President and who better to be honest with and keep promises to his daughters. All kids need an animal in the home. I must admit reports on Bush and his "dawg" were also welcome – sure beats Mission Accomplished news! As for the lady that jumped in with polar bears...when God was giving out brains she obviously thought he said trains and failed to get in the line up. STUPID, NUTCASE or PUSHED is appropriate? Miriam Stange

    April 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  281. thadeouszeus

    Obviously not. Especially since we have nothing better to do than talk about whether or not it is a waste of time to talk about the presidents dog. Hey, it’s better that some independent investigative report on the situation in Somalia.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  282. Sandy form Royal Oak Mich.

    Jack, I love you, you say exactly what you think. (you say what we think)
    Sometimes your comment make my day...
    Keep on doing what you do so well.
    Love your book!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  283. Brian Baltimore, Md

    Ive been through a lot during the election, being a white college student, did not vote for obama and because of that being called racist and bringing that into the picture. I am go right out and say it, i think it is racist that he got a black dog...Why could he not get at least get a black and white dog? Heck he said he was going to get a dog that was mixed like him! LIES! He got a pure breed. Me personally i could care less about it and it is not news worthy.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  284. lynnej

    It is nice to hear a fluff piece from time to time, but some of us have been hurting for years behind a system that denies health care because you can't afford it. No one asks to be sick, need glasses or a tooth needing extracted. If there is anything that really needs to be addressed by the press, it is healthcare. It is a mess.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  285. Anita from Tennessee

    I love hearing stories about the Obama's new puppy and I hope the press continues to cover the puppy, that is, within reason. It is nice to have a story out there that is happy and uplifting instead of hearing about doom and gloom all the time. I would much rather hear about the Obama's new puppy than stories about Palin, Rove, the fuss Fixed News is stirring up about tax day, the party of NO of the Republicans, and all of the rest of the Gingrich clan. I do think that the press is adequately covering the news that needs to be covered, and as long as we are on news worthy stories, there are a lot of stories that could be left out besides the Obama puppy!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  286. Chinwe

    Hmmm...These days it is hard for me to distinguish reality from fantasy in my world, so I am happy to hear that a dog out there is having more fun than I am in the lime light.

    Boston, Ma

    April 13, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  287. Louis


    I'm surprised you even had to ask that question. Of course Bo deserves the attention of the media. For starters maybe a in-depth interview with you and Bo on hard hitting issues like the economy, health care, the 2 wars etc. My guess would be ( and I'm really sticking my neck out on this one) that Bo 's anwers would be negative, eg. "Ruff". Seriously, if it were a choice between the polar bear woman and Bo for an interview who would you choose?

    April 13, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  288. Stephanie

    Of course the media has something better to cover than the Obamas' new dog. However, I enjoyed watching the news and not hearing stories on murder, terrorism, kidnapping and child molestation for 5 min.
    Please let me enjoying, 5 minutes of not worrying about the fact that i'm graduating in less than one month and I don't know if I will find a job and repay my student loan (before I take another one to go to med school).
    It may be futile, it may not be news, but hey the fact that the economy is bad, is not NEWs either.

    PS. I love you Jack

    April 13, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  289. Chirinos

    The press worry about everything...commenting on an idiot woman who, of her own volition, jumped into a polar bear enclosure is even less time-worthy. Its very natural for us, the people, to be interested in the presidential family. Putin skied....attendance at ski resorts in Russia went up.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  290. Susan From Twin Falls Idaho

    I don't have a dog in the fight but I do think Bo is cute.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  291. Isuck Ckock

    Jack you tell me I mean in Asia there is a near war between North Korea and Japan, Somalia pirates getting more violent, Afganistan, And people doing good in the world going unnotice because all you guys want to talk about obama's dog. There is a lot going on and yet all you guys talk is about things really don't need to be reported.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  292. Ronald Holst

    Jack What can I say it is a dogs life no matter weather you are a dog on a ranch in TX or a pooch in the white house its all very RUFF .
    Ronald Holst
    San Antonio

    April 13, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  293. Jeff Harrison

    I have never agreed with Newt Gingrich before until he said that all the talk about Obama's dog is fairly stupid. There must be stories all over the world that are more important to Americans than what kind of dog the Obamas have now. The Obama's are a fascinating family to be sure, but I think major news organizations would better serve the people with extended coverage of geopolitics, poverty , technology, and the environment to name a few. When I see significant time devoted to celebrities or dogs, I begin to wonder about the educational depth and level of curiosity of the viewers more than I do the purveyors of such media. Unfortunately, giving people what they need to be deeply informed citizens is not necessarily compatible with what they want.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  294. Keith


    Most of us can understand getting a dog or sending kids to school.
    Even with an MBA, I really can't expain to my kids 1 trillion dollars, or Shiria Law. or what are the internal splits in the Taliban, or why prirates can operate out of a failed state. Although we do talk about them.

    But a dog. yeah, we can understand that

    April 13, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  295. Sheila

    Ooh, commercial break.

    The media has better things to do than cover a dog. I mean, a little montage is ok, but what has been happening on the channel? Ridiculous! This is all hype that's built up for atleast 2 or 3 weeks. No offense to Pres. Obama or Bo.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  296. Molly

    Sure the press has issues to cover, however this is a shining example of yet another broken campaign promise, which garnered him many votes from the canine rescue community. I for one am disgusted with his so called "rescue dog" that was a gift from yet another democrat politician, Ed Kennedy. He might want to consider adopting a puppy mill survivor

    April 13, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  297. Dave

    Absolutley Jack. If it wasn't for some light hearted fun loving news once in a while, we'd all be searching for the Zoloft!

    April 13, 2009 at 6:46 pm |

    It is o.k. for the media to mention it, but do not go on and on running it down. I think it is wonderful. Those two little girls will have a ton of fun with the puppy. Maybe they should get two, like the Bush's had. The Bush's even bit someone. As usual though, the media goes on and on and on whatever is happening. I get sick of it sometimes that I turn the tv off and read.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  299. mary

    Jack, It is about time we see and hear some happy news. I think that the puppy is sooo cute. I think that was a nice and decent thing that
    Senator Kennedy did for the Obamas. Jack I think there are more
    decent people in this world (99%) than the 1% mean and evil people.

    Lets us share this joy with the President and his family.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  300. Mona Cayer

    For goodness sake.... so they are giving this alot of coverage. and why not! Isn't it nice to see something happy once ina while....
    In my opinion this is a beautiful topic of conversation the first dog...
    Chill out... unless you are so unhappy you dont want to see
    a family that is happy. People like to see this.

    April 13, 2009 at 6:48 pm |