Among the offices Barack Obama has yet to fill, one has a special importance to his family: first dog. At his first postelection news conference on Friday, the president-elect called choosing a dog a "major issue" in the Obama household and a hot topic on his Web site. Add to that the strain of the inevitable attention that comes to a cute pup in the White House. On Thursday, President Bush's normally docile Scottish terrier Barney bit a Reuters reporter on the right index finger.
This photo provided by the Humane Society of Vero Beach shows Julie, a poodle, at the Vero Beach Humane Society, Friday, Oct. 7, 2008, in Vero Beach, Fla. Any president-elect has to make appointments to many important offices. But Barack Obama has additional burden, although most presidents have brought a First Dog with them, his family has yet to fill that position. (AP Photo/Humane Society of Vero Beach, Janet Winikoff)