America's newest President and his family should get a mut from the D.C. pound. Getting a mut from the pound would send the message that the new President wants to help those in really need and quite litteraly on their last legs before something really bad happens to them.
Getting a pure bred could send the message that Obamas are for the working class. This would be particuarly true if he got a small, fancy fu fu toy dog or a giant breed like a Great Dane. Those breeds scream money.
No sir, the President-elect needs a dog that, through no fault of his own (well maybe a little if he dug through the garbage can), is currently in a tough situation. Just like many Americans.