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President Obama will need to wait until the spring to make his Rapid City debut.

"We're fine-tuning the sculpture," said Dallerie Davis, with the City of Presidents, who confirmed that the unveiling of the sculpture of Barack Obama at St. Joseph and 4th streets will be delayed.

On rumors Obama's likeness may be accompanied by another likeness, such as his wife's or two daughters', Davis said guessers will have to wait.

"The other option would be dogs," she said. 

During his presidency, Obama's family raised both Bo and Sunny, Portuguese water dogs, at the White House.

"We have several dogs. (Warren G.) Harding has Laddie Boy."

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The arrival of Obama to join the other 43 presidents in bronze, including swashbuckling Andrew Jackson and waving, jacket-less Jimmy Carter, has been pushed back before. Earlier this summer, it was announced the nation's first black president would arrive by fall. But Davis said with no set deadline, the organizers want to develop the sculpture even further.

"It seems like the more time we have to think about it the more ideas we have to come up with."

The clay form is still under wraps his sculptor James Van Nuys.

"I've seen it in clay form, and it's very good," Davis said. "We just want to make it extra special."

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