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Obamas’ Dog Is Not So Cool

Outgoing first family's pet bites teen on the face while the president is busy with his grand goodbye tour

While President Obama was rubbing shoulders with the beautiful people this week — he was also a beleaguered dad whose dog bit a kid and brought the doctor running.

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An 18-year-old girl, a friend of Malia Obama’s, was visiting the family earlier this week and went to give Sunny, one of the family’s Portuguese water dogs, a kiss. Sunny responded by biting the teen on the cheek — leaving a wound that required stitches from White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson.

Sunny is the second dog adopted by the Obamas. Bo, the first family’s first dog, accompanied the Obamas to the White House in 2009 and was famously referenced in Barack Obama’s victory speech when he told his daughters they would be getting a new puppy as a victory present. Sunny was added to the family in August 2013, and was introduced to the public through first lady Michelle Obama’s Twitter account.

It’s not the first time this Obama family dog has caused problems. A few months after its arrival at the White House, it knocked over a toddler during an event in Dec. 2013 — causing Michelle Obama to rush to help up the little girl and make sure she was OK.

Perhaps Sunny isn’t thrilled these days about having to move out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and become a regular dog — no longer able to cruise the halls and be privy to such secrets as “Uncle” Joe Biden receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction when he thought he was coming for drinks.

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Gee, it’s fun being a celebrity dog.

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Yet while the president and his wife probably chuckled over the drama between Golden Globe-stopping Meryl Streep and the president-elect on the Twitter battlefield earlier this week, their rambunctious family dog was biting a kid’s face and leaving a gash — in that moment making them no different from other Americans with all kinds of on-the-ground problems.

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Serving as president for eight years might have protected Obama from such household tasks as putting out the trash and lugging the recyclables to the curb — but it couldn’t protect him from the impulsive acts of a hyper dog.

Apology calls must be made, rabies certificates must be found — and follow-up calls to the girl’s family must occur.

One hopes the dog was up-to-date on its shots. Or did the Affordable Care Act cover such things?

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