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White House says Bo didn't come with first family to Hawaii

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:20 p.m. HST, Dec 22, 2011

There's a flurry of reports in the blogosphere today on whether first dog Bo was flown back from Hawaii to the nation's capital for a photo op after President Barack Obama and Bo appeared Wednesday at a store in Alexandria, Va.

Scott Miscovich, who lives down the street from the Obama vacation rental home on Kailuana Place told the Star-Advertiser Sunday, "My wife saw Michelle and the kids passing by and we've seen Bo (the Obamas' dog) walking." 

A White House spokesman told the Star-Advertiser that Bo did not travel to Hawaii with the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha.

This afternoon, Miscovich released the following statement:"It is now clear my wife saw another black dog walking our neighborhood. We would like to apologize to Bo and the Obama family for any inconvenience this may have caused them. We would also like to wish them a peaceful and Merry Christmas."

While the president's family flew to Hawaii for their annual holiday vacation, Obama stayed behind to negotiate with Republican lawmakers to keep payroll taxes from going up in the new year. So Obama, with Bo in tow, squeezed in time Wednesday to hit a couple stores in the Virginia suburb before picking up pizza for lunch.

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