President-elect Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAll five living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Interior moves to delay Obama’s methane leak rule MORE, in an interview today with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, joked that finding a dog to accompany his family into the White House has been tougher than finding a Commerce secretary.

Stephanopoulos delivered a question to Obama--one that he said was scripted by Obama's daughters before the interview--on what kind of dog the family will be acquiring.

"While you were getting made up, they [Sasha and Malia Obama] went into the control room and played director and producer. And they actually gave me a question they wanted me to ask you. You know exactly what it's going to be," Stephanopoulos said. "What kind of a dog are we getting and when are we getting it?"

Obama answered that they have narrowed their choices down to either a labradoodle or Portuguese water hound.

"We're closing in on it," Obama said. "This has been tougher than finding a Commerce secretary."

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) withdrew from consideration for the post due to an investigation into state contracts awarded to his political backers.