Obama family portrait released (First Dog banned from photo)

The official Obama family portrait was released today by the White House.

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    This image provided by the White House shows President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters, Malia, second from left, and Sasha, sitting for a family portrait in the Green Room of the White House, on Sept. 1, 2009.
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We don't want to call it a national travesty or anything, but where's Bo? The Obama family portrait was released today and the First Dog is missing!

The family portrait itself is beautiful. It's the all-American family. The President of the United States, the First Lady, presidential daughters Sasha and Malia all looking happy, healthy and relaxed in the Green Room of the White House.

But someone is conspicuously absent. No, we didn't expect to see Joe Biden in the background making bunny ears. But we did think that the family dog would make the cut.

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After all, when you're the First Family the photographer comes to you. You don't have to load the kids up in a station wagon and head to Sears. You just put on some clothes, ramble down the hall and pose. It's not a lot of effort.

And when you've got a photographer like the famed Annie Liebovitz doing the shoot? You're golden.

If you're unfamiliar with Liebovitz, she's not like the Rodney Dangerfield character from "Easy Money." The former Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair photographer is one of the most celebrated in the world.

And who's to argue with the result? It's a great portrait -- the exact opposite of what you'll see on Awkward Family Photos.com.

You know, the site where you can see other American families like the family posing with semi-automatic weapons. Or the 1980s Hair Metal family. And who doesn't appreciate the Flying Baby family?

Regardless, we gotta ask the question -- where was poor Bo?

"Bo didn’t make the cut," the first lady’s spokeswoman told Reuters. "He was upstairs at home."

Maybe next year, Bo.

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