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The White House has released an “official portrait” of First Lady Michelle Obama seated with First Dog Bo in her Kitchen Garden. The first lady explains why she chose to include Bo in the picture:

“It is me and Bo and we’re in the garden. And one of the reasons we did this picture is because we get so many letters from kids, mostly, who want to hear about the garden, they want to see it, and they also want to see Bo. Bo is really the most popular…We’ve heard so many great stories from kids who’ve been inspired and doing things like changing the way their families do things. And those letters are always just a joy to get. So we want to have something a little more tangible than just a letter to give to kids, because often it’s the visual thing that makes it real.”

In her forthcoming book about the garden, which will be released in April of 2012, Mrs. Obama describes how her girls “were the catalysts for change for their family’s eating behavior which inspired her national initiative to address childhood obesity and resulted in the idea to plant a vegetable garden on the South Lawn.


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