Obama: Finding Girls’ Puppy ‘Tougher Than Finding Commerce Secretary’

By Jennifer Parker

Jan 11, 2009 9:26am

When President-elect Barack Obama came to our studios at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. for our exclusive interview, he brought his daughters, Malia and Sasha.

The girls visited our "This Week" control room and even got on my executive producer’s headset, giving me the question they most wanted their dad to answer.

"While you were getting made up," I told Obama, "they went into the control room and played director and producer. And they actually gave me a question they want me to ask you. You know exactly what it’s going to be."

Obama laughed, "Uh-oh. Go ahead."

On behalf of Malia and Sasha Obama, I asked the president-elect, "What kind of a dog are we getting and when are we getting it?"

Obama said, "They seem to have narrowed it down to a labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound …medium-sized dog, and so, we’re now going to start looking at shelters to see when one of those dogs might come up."

"So, you’re closing in on it?" I asked Obama.

"We’re closing in on it. This has been tougher than finding a commerce secretary," the president-elect said.

Obama said his daughters are handling the transition to their new city beautifully.

"They seemed to thrive," the president-elect said. "I’m trying to figure out why it is that they don’t seemed to be fazed by anything. People think — you know, folks think I’m cool, they are a lot cooler than I am. They just don’t seem to be intimidated."

–George Stephanopoulos

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