Amid an economic recession so bad that world markets are expected to shrink for the first time in six decades, and a world more unstable each day due to proliferation of nuclear weapons and threat of terrorism, Americans are dying to know ...
How is first dog Bo doing these days?
"He's kind of crazy, but he's still a puppy. So he likes to play a lot," First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama told visiting children at the White House for the annual Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday.
"It was like 10 o'clock. Everybody was asleep and we hear this barking and jumping around. The president and I thought somebody was out there. It was just Bo, playing with his ball. It was like there was another person in the house."
The 6-month-old Portuguese water dog, who's getting even more attention than Michelle Obama fashion these days, "loves to chew on people's feet," she added.
Asked how she spends her free time, Michelle said, "Well, right now I'm taking care of this puppy. So I'm doing a lot of dog walking and dog training."
One child asked what she would she do if Bo ran away.
"I would be very sad, first of all, but ... he has [dog] tags, and hopefully someone would find him and bring him back," Michelle Obama said.
If he were to somehow escape the gated South Lawn, "I think everyone at the White House would probably help go out and find him," she said.
"We're working on training him, so he doesn't run away and listens when we call him. So far he's doing OK. We hope we don't have that problem!"
All together now: Awwww. Click to enlarge more Bo pics below!