The Daily Treat: Sunny Obama a Hit with Reporters During Press Conference Debut

UPDATED 09/10/2013 at 08:00 PM EDT Originally published 09/10/2013 at 01:15 PM EDT

Sunny Obama Meets Press at White House: Photo
Savannah Guthrie (far left) and Peter Alexander greet Sunny outside the White House briefing room
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A group of lucky journalists got the interview they've been clamoring for on Monday – with Sunny, the White House's new pup!

After President Barack Obama completed some interviews of his own, the newest First Dog stepped outside the White House briefing room to mingle with reporters, like NBC's Savannah Guthrie and Peter Alexander.

"It's safe to say the press corps is smitten," Alexander told, after he and his fellow journalists spoiled Sunny with a hefty helping of attention, including neck and belly rubs!

Following her shining moment, the Portuguese water dog tried to push her way into the briefing room, according to TODAY producer Libby Leist. Clearly, she's got a nose for news!

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Rub-a-dub-dub, Sunny!

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