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Barack Obama made a lot of promises during the presidential campaign that are going to be hard to deliver on, according to Wednesday-morning quarterback stories. But one decision that he cannot duck is his pledge to get a new puppy for his two daughters, Malia and Sascha.

The Obamas will be joining a proud presidential tradition of pet ownership, according to a great photo gallery the Daily News website. Among the most famed political canines are Richard Nixon’s four-pawed pal, Checkers, and Lyndon Johnson’s exceptionally tough-eared companion, Him (left).