Major Biden takes an early start in the spotlight as a presidential pet after the game’s date has expired when its owner, elected president Joe Biden, suffered a leg fracture. As if that weren’t enough for a weekend, they also confirmed that the major should share the White House, above all with a cat.
You’ll be better, Major.
In a few weeks, the Major, his German Shepherd companion, Champ, and his TBD cat are expected to move into the White House. Presidential pets provide comfort, entertainment, casual dramas, and generally good PR for their owners.
The arrival of the Biden pets will also be the next chapter in the long history of pets in the White House, after a four-year hiatus under the Trump government.
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“[Pets] not only does it provide company for the president and their families, but I believe it also humanizes and softens their political image. “
“Pets have always played an important role in the White House over the decades,” said Jennifer Pickens, an author studying White House traditions. “It not only provides company for the president and their families, but I think it also humanizes and softens their political image.”
Owning a dog or cat creates a relationship with the president for some pet-loving ingredients, added Tom Whalen, president of the University of Boston.
“When a president, the leader of a country, the leader of the free world, is really seen with a dog or a cat, you know, they basically have a bond with their audience, whether they are Republicans or Democrats,” Whalen said.
President Theodore Roosevelt was Skipje, whom the White House Historical Society calls “short-legged black and yellowish-brown mongrel terriers.” Warren G. Harding had a Laddie Boy who sat in the seats and had his own cabinet chair. And President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a beloved terrier, Fala. At night, Fala slept in a special chair at the foot of the president’s bed.
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Recently, President George HW Bush, English Millie Springer Spaniel, was featured in “The Simpsons”. He starred in a film and a bestseller: “Millie’s Book: As Dictated by Barbara Bush”. Hillary Clinton followed Bush’s lead with a children’s book about the family dog Buddy and the Cat Sock: “Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Children’s Letters to First Pets”.
When he declared victory in the 2008 presidential race, Barack Obama told his daughters, “You got the new puppy that is coming to the White House with us.” A few months later, Bo joined the family as a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy. A few years later, Sunny’s Portuguese water dog companion arrives to provide company.
The alien White House pets included a raccoon named Calvin Coolidge and Grace Coolidge’s first lady, Rebecca. It was given to the Coolidge family by a supporter who suggested the raccoon be served for Thanksgiving dinner, writes the White House Historical Society. But instead, he got an embroidered collar titled “White House Raccoon” and entertained the kids in the White House Easter egg roll.
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Some notable pets belonged to the first children, including Amy Carter’s Siamese cat, Misty Malarky Ying Yang, and Caroline Kennedy’s pony, Macaroni. The Kennedy family had a real menace, with dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, and a rabbit named Zsa Zsa.
President Harry Truman famously said, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” It should come as no surprise that many presidents have used this advice. First President Bush once said, “There is nothing like it. it helps to get through the rough spots. “
– From a presidential standpoint, you know, dog, cat or horse, great because they don’t judge. They give you their unqualified love. And they will not criticize what you have done in Somalia or how the economy works, “Whalen said.” Pets are always available for you. And I think presidents, whether you’re Democrats or Republicans, need that. it provides reassurance from time to time given the state of affairs. “
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