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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Wednesday, September 16, 2009; 12:00 AM

The latest celebrity salon to boast a White House client? Olde Towne School for Dogs, chosen to style the fur of Bo, the Obamas' 11-month-old Portuguese water dog. Bo has been spotted at the elite Alexandria pet center -- the same spot where the dogs of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy were groomed -- getting that distinctive cut characteristic of the breed.

Salon co-owner Sandy Mejias declined to talk about the first dog, so we asked the White House for an update on the family's most adorable member.

"We don't comment about the private puppy," e-mailed Katie McCormick Lelyveld, the first lady's press secretary. Nothing on the furry face that launched a thousand photo ops? "He's a dog," she wrote. "He doesn't have a public schedule."

But there are glimpses: The first lady takes him for the morning walk on the White House lawn; the president has the night shift. "We go out and we're walking and I'm picking up poop," he told a reporter. Bo made national news with his cameo during the president's interview with NBC's Brian Williams (impressive doggie handshake!) and sneaked back to the press section of Air Force One last month when the family went on vacation.

Bo's celebrity continues to grow: There were children's books about him just days after his arrival last April; Obama called him "the star of the family" during a party on the South Lawn in June. Last month he won the Teen Choice Award for celebrity pet, beating Katy Perry's cat and Vanessa Hudgens's dog, and was a sensation on Martha's Vineyard, where hats, T-shirts and a parade were dedicated to the first pup.

And yes, he's also a fashion trendsetter with his new red, white and blue leash that reads, "I {heart} Obama."

Which reminds us: Enough with the "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog" quotes -- at the very least, don't attribute the line to Harry S. Truman. According to Ralph Keyes in his "Quote Verifier," there's no evidence that the 33rd president ever said it. Keyes notes that Truman wasn't a dog lover and that he gave away two pups presented to him while living in the White House.

The first written evidence of the line? Samuel Gallu's 1975 play "Give 'Em Hell, Harry," in which the fictional version of the president says: "You want a friend in life, get a dog!"

Love, Etc.

-- Born: A son to hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne, 26, and actress Lauren London, 24, last Wednesday, her publicist told reporters. The rapper also welcomed another son by another woman in October of last year, and is expected to pull off a procreative trifecta when singer Nivea gives birth soon to another of his children. He also has a 10-year-old daughter with his ex-wife.

-- Born: A son, Blaise, to swimming champion Amanda Beard, 27, and husband Sacha Brown, 34, People reports. The seven-time Olympic medalist wed the photographer in May.

Now This Is A Photo Op

In a divided political climate, the nation can agree on one thing: The camera loves Rep. Aaron Schock! The Republican wunderkind from Illinois got the star treatment from Details magazine last spring; now GQ is featuring the 28-year-old freshman in a four-page fashion spread -- its first such spread featuring a politician. Schock models four suits, including a three-piece $1,695 Polo Ralph Lauren, but no, he didn't get to keep the clothes. Why'd he agree to pose? "It's in keeping with my strategy to reach out to new demographics and new media forms," he told us. GQ readers "are probably people who aren't regular donors to the RNC." Another reason: "It was fun! . . . They had me stand in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue while traffic was whizzing by me."

This Just In . . .

-- Kanye West finally apologized to Taylor Swift directly on Tuesday-- two days after he interrupted her acceptance speech at the VMA ceremony. "Kanye did call me, and he was very sincere in his apology, and I accepted that apology," the country singer told ABC News Radio, saying she believes that's the end of it.

-- Carol Joynt's Q&A Cafe has a new home. After eight years at her now-closed Nathans, Joynt will do her celebrity interviews at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown, beginning with actress Ali Wentworth next month.

-- Ex-Redskins cheerleader Christy Cooley -- the smokin' young wife of player Chris Cooley -- is one of the stars of the upcoming "True Hollywood Story: Football Wives" on the E! network. Cameras will follow her around D.C. all week; the show airs in November.

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