On Monday's edition of "The Late Late Show," former President Barack Obama
discussed the death
of his family's dog
Obama told host James Corden
that the black-and-white Portuguese water dog, who died earlier this month after a cancer
battle, had become "a bond for the whole family, giving us this fun, furry excuse to go for walks and spend time together and chase after each other."
“There’s a well-known saying in Washington, ‘If you want a friend, get a dog,’” the former president said, adding, “Well, I got one because I needed a friend during the presidency who would be nice to me no matter what.
Obama later stated that trolls frequently take over the comments section of his social media
posts, and that his and former First Lady Michelle Obama
's tributes to Bo, who moved into the White House
2009, "are the only posts where everybody posted something nice."
Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives for more than a decade—happy to see us on our good days, bad days, and every day in between. pic.twitter.com/qKMNojiu9V— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 8, 2021
“I can't tell you how many people
told me, 'You know, I think you were the worst president ever, but here's my dog, and I really feel sorry for you because I know how close I was to my dog,'" Obama said.
“It actually told you something about how important people’s pets
are in their families’ lives,” he added, and “as I was reading these comments, it did make me think, ‘Gosh, if we could be as kind and thoughtful toward each other as we are toward our pets, we’d be doing a little bit better.”
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