6a00d8341c630a53ef01157015430b970b-320wiThe Washington Post broke Puppygate over the holiday weekend.

According to L.A. Now, the D.C.-based paper managed to get (hey, they broke Watergate too) their paws on the first photos of the Obamas' new dog.

The Obamas have reportedly named the little guy Bo. As in Bo Obama. Or Bo Diddly?

A top secret meet-and greet session with the puppy and the family at the White House happened a few weeks ago.

According to the Post, it was a surprise for the girls. Bo demonstrated skills learned in training. He sat when the girls sat, stood when the girls stood. He made no toilet errors and did not gnaw on the furniture. Bo has been learning good behavior from the Kennedys' dog trainers at a secret, undisclosed location outside Washington.

Word is that when the president walked, Bo followed obediently.

Wish Congress could be this well  trained. Maybe we should send those folks to the Kennedys' training camp.

This is quite a big event for the Obama girls. Sasha and Malia have never had pets. And neither the first lady nor the president had dogs when they were young.

Keep reading to find out about that rescue-dog-versus-reputable-breeder scandal!

]]>46198670 The Kennedys have released a statement: "We couldn't be happier to see the joy that Bo is bringing to Malia and Sasha. We love our Portuguese water dogs and know that the girls — and their parents — will love theirs, too."

Now about the shelter dog. The Obamas have long said they were considering a rescue dog. But there was never a pledge or promise.

And it was essential to get a dog that would not make the girls' allergies worse.

Bo had been living with another family, but for whatever reason, it didn't work out. So the Kennedys re-homed him and then gave him to the Obamas.

And the Obamas are going to make a sizable donation to the D.C. Humane Society.

Enjoy your new puppy, girls.

Related first dog dish:

Barack Obama's new White House dog is related to the Kennedys' dogs. Cool or kinda creepy?

Photo:  Pete Souza / White House

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead