How Much Is That Doggie in the White House? | NBC4 Washington

How Much Is That Doggie in the White House?

Price placed on Bo Obama



    The White House

    A sturdy leash: $15.

    A couple of chew toys: $10.

    A pet to fill the White House with love and joy: $1,600?

    Yes, $1,600, according to the the latest financial disclosure forms from the White House.

    Bo Obama, the pooch who put Portugese water dogs on the map, now has an official price. The president had to include Bo in the disclosure report because the dog was a gift from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. But we're willing to bet the first family still thinks Bo is priceless.

    The disclosure forms also reveal that President Barack Obama made some serious bank off of the royalties from his books, "Dreams From My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope" -- about $6 million, to be more exact.

    The reports also show that FLOTUS Michelle Obama, like other recent first ladies, gets "pin-money" -- which, back in the day, was the husband-to-wife equivalent of an allowance.

    And in case you're wondering what the salary for an average U.S. president is these days: $400,000.