President Barack Obama says the newest dog at the White House still needs some lessons in behavior.
On a two-day bus trip to New York and Pennsylvania to tout plans to cut college costs, he mingled with middle-class folks at Magnolia’s Deli & Café in Rochester, a recommendation of Sen. Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York.
Amid the hand-shaking and picture-taking, the president announced to anyone within earshot that, yes, the family is glad to have Sunny, the newest pup. But she’s not yet “potty trained,” he said.
The 1-year-old Sunny, a female Portuguese water dog, is keeping First Dog Bo, 4, company. Maybe Bo can teach Sunny some manners.
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Even though Obama says he has no more campaigns, he is, well, campaigning. In Buffalo, he said he wants to tame rising college costs, partly by putting schools on a rating system that measures costs and value.
Then it was back on the bus, eastbound, with a short stop in Seneca Falls, New York, just before Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26.
He paid a visit to the Women’s Rights National Historical Park Visitors Center, where he spoke for a few minutes and pointed to copies of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and the remarks he made during the signing ceremony. It was the first bill he signed as president.
“It’s an honor to visit Seneca Falls and recall the righteous struggle that found expression here,” Obama said. “I’m also proud to add an example of Lilly Ledbetter’s leadership to your collection. Thanks for all you do to honor the character and perseverance of America’s women.”
The president bought some souvenirs for his daughters before leaving, including copies of the Declaration of Sentiments signed at the Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls in July 1848, the White House said.