Obama's Puppy Love on Hold

WASHINGTON - Malia and Sasha Obama will have to wait at least two more months for that puppy their dad promised them.

On Election Night, President-elect Barack Obama revealed that he had promised his young daughters that they could get a dog once the race was over. But the pup won't become part of the first family until after they move into the White House in January.

Future first lady Michelle Obama said it's better to wait to get a dog after the family's transition. "The deal with the dog was that we would get the dog after we got settled. Because as responsible owners we - I don't think it would be good to get a dog in the midst of transition," she said during an interview with her husband on CBS' "60 Minutes."

"We cut that deal with the kids before... America knew about it. So they're, they're good with it."

The family wants a dog from a shelter, and they need one that will not trigger 10-year-old Malia's allergies. During his first press conference after winning the election, Obama drew more even attention to the family's pet plans by joking that most shelter dogs are mutts like him, referencing his mixed-race genealogy.

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