With the election right around the corner some of us could use a break from, well, everything. What better way than to talk about pets! Pets in the White House have always fascinated Americans. The first White House dog to receive regular newspaper coverage was 29th President, Warren G. Harding‘s Airedale, Laddie Boy. Who can forget the Clinton’s cat, Sox and the Bush’s Scotties.
A dog even helped with the outcome of an election. Richard Nixon used his dog Checkers to distract from a campaign funding scandal during his VP run with Eisenhower in 1952 . The “Checkers Speech” changed history.
There were also a couple of scandals in history as well, such as Lyndon B. Johnson who picked up his Beagles by the ears or Mitt Romney had once driven his family to Canada with Seamus the Irish setter strapped to the roof of the car. A campaign consultant told me that the Seamus story elicited stronger reactions from focus groups than any other aspect of the 2012 campaign.
Now residing in the White House are Bo and Sunny Obama. The first family can be seen playing on the lawn, walking the dogs and they even get to hang with the President in the Oval Office! The décor at one Obama White House holiday party theme was many variations of “Bo.”
What pets are next? Hillary Clinton has has a Chocolate Lab named Seamus, a Toy Poodle named Tally (who’s pictured above) and another small dog named Maisie. Donald Trump does not have any pets that we know of. Should he win, perhaps he will get one while in office.