First Lady Bess Truman began the tradition of visiting young patients at Children's National Medical Center in the 1950's. This year, Mrs. Obama continued that tradition, visiting the children and sitting down to read "Twas the Night Before Christmas
", also known as "A Visit from St. Nicholas" in many parts of the world.
When she attends charity events, the First Lady is typically the star of the show. However, just as she was being introduced, Bo, a Portuguese Water Dog, climbed into her lap and made himself comfortable, sending most everyone in the room into laughter. The First Lady took it in stride, telling
"This is exactly what he does at home. He tries to beat Malia and Sasha to my lap."
Mrs. Obama even accommodated her lap mate, holding the book out in front of Bo so he could "read along" as well, while one of her escorts, a young girl named Jordan, held Bo's leash.
Bo has been in the spotlight quite a bit this holiday season. Earlier this month, he was featured in a video
, inspecting the Christmas decorations at the White House. On Sunday, the President tweeted
a picture of Bo in front of the White House playing in the snow.