The Obamas are getting a puppy.

And already, the questions are flying.

Obama made the announcement during his victory speech last night, saying, “Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House,” but surprisingly “he did not go into details about a name or breed for the new White House pet.”

But, astute reporters may recall that, “During the election campaign, his wife Michelle announced on TV’s Entertainment Tonight they would adopt a rescued dog,” as Australia’s Herald Sun found in its archives.

No doubt this choice will be closely watched to see if Barack Hussein Obama choses an Afghan Hound (secret Muslim), a Tibetan Terrier (tough on China), or a Brussels Griffon (admitted Socialist).

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Katia Bachko is on staff at The New Yorker.