By Lillian Rasmussen and Darnell Washington, Newsophile Staff Writers
CHICAGO, IL -- Having promised his two daughters a new puppy if he won the Presidency and had to move his family to Washington, D.C., President-elect Barack Obama and future First Lady Michelle are now trying to decide on the best type of breed to join their family.
It just can't be any dog: it has to be hypoallergenic to avoid any allergic reactions by daughter Malia, age 10, and, according to Obama, "can't be a mutt like me," referring to his own mixed lineage of Kansas meets Kenya.
For now, the more important decision will be selecting a name for the future dog on which the entire family can agree. "The girls are pleading to name the dog 'Oprah,'" says Michelle Obama, "but I'm kind of leaning towards 'Whoopi.'"