When he ran for president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. said it was time a pet to be returned to the White House.
It was first announced that the German shepherds of Champ and Major, the elected president and the future first lady, Jill Biden, would be touring the White House. And now, after more than a decade of absence, a cat is also joining the ranks of presidential pets, Jane Pauley, theCBS Sunday morning, Twitter reported on Friday.
An an interview with Fox 5 in Washington DC, Dr. Biden hinted that if her husband wins the presidency, he won’t mind getting a cat.
“I want to get a cat,” he said. – I like having animals around the house.
The breed and name of the cat were not immediately available. Mr Biden’s representatives did not respond to the request for an opinion on Saturday.
Bidens is restoring the tradition of presidential pets when they move into the White House in January, as President Trump has decided not to have a pet during his tenure. But Bidens’ cat won’t be the first in the White House.
Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of State William H. Seward, gave him two cats, Tabby and Dixie, said Andrew Hager, a resident historian at the Presidential Pet Museum. Lincoln was a big “cat fan,” Mr. Hager said, and despite criticism from the president’s wife, he often fed Toby from the dining room table.
“At one point, he told a friend that Dixie was‘ smarter than his entire cabinet, ’and‘ he didn’t speak back, which was a bonus, ’” Mr. Hager said.
The presidential cats also include Tom Kitten, who belonged to Caroline Kennedy; Shan Shein, daughter of President Gerald Ford, Susan’s Siamese cat; and Misty Malarky Ying Yang, who belonged to President Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy.
One of the White House’s most popular cats was probably socks at the Clinton White House.
The black-and-white cat was the protagonist of an unreleased Super Nintendo game, “Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill,” and has often attracted attention in the news media as he was the only White House favorite until the Clintons were received. to a chocolate lab called Buddy in 1997.
White House historian Jennifer Pickens, author of the book “Pets in the White House: 50 Years of the President and Their Pets,” said the advent of the Internet further increased the popularity of Socks as a cartoon version of the cat greeted visitors to the White House. kids website.
The last cat to live in the White House of India (who also had a nickname Willie) was President George W. Bush. His time in the White House was often overshadowed by two Scottish Terriers of the Bush family, Barney and Miss Beazley, Mr. Hager said.
Protesters in Kerala, India, burned a picture of Mr. Bush in July 2004 to protest the cat’s name, citing their country as offensive, Mr Hager said. (According to the White House archives, the black-haired cat was obtained from former Texas Rangers baseball player Ruben Sierra, who lived under the nickname El Indio.)
India died in January 2009, just before President Bush left the White House.
Interest in the president’s pets has grown over the years as the audience has turned to more and more life stories in the White House, Ms. Pickens said.
Pets can help humanize presidents as well as soften their image, and with Bidens ’latest addition, they can also represent the hopes of a nation under the president’s new leadership.
“Perhaps this symbolizes Biden’s often recurring desire to unify the country,” he said. “I know it’s pretty trite, but I’m really curious what it looks like.”