President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is expected to restore a time-honored tradition of having a president’s pet in the White House.
From January the two German shepherds of the Biden family, Champ and Major, will roam the Executive Residence.
President Trump was the first president to have no pets in more than a century, Andrew Hager, the historian at the residence of Presidential Pet Museumsaid.
In 2008, the Biden family received a German Shepherd puppy from a breeder after Mr Biden was elected vice president. to Politico. The Biden called the dog Champ because Mr. Biden’s father had told him as an adult, “Get up, Champion” when his life was challenging.
In 2016, Lois Pope, a veteran and animal philanthropist in Palm Beach, Florida, said she offered Mr. Trump a Goldendoodle puppy named Patton after George Patton, the World War II general, admired Mr. Trump. The Washington Post reported.
At a rally in El Paso in February 2019, Mr Trump said he did not have a dog because he did not have time and considered it “wrong” to have one for political reasons.
“You love your dogs don’t you?” Mr Trump said. “I honestly wouldn’t mind, but I don’t have time. What would I look like if I walked a dog on the White House lawn?”
Mr. Biden’s Dog Major reflects a broader trend for Americans to adopt pets from shelters and how they think about animal rights, Mr. Hager said.
“In a way, I’ve been arguing that you can look at the history of Americans and animals by looking at the president and his pets,” he said.
Mr Biden occasionally writes about Champ and Major on social media.
“No restless days on the campaign path when I am very motivated” Mr Biden wrote on Instagram last month.
There was even a separate campaign Dog lovers for Joe. His slogan: “Choose your people wisely.”
“Red or blue state, we can all agree on the power of dogs,” the website says. “It’s time we had a dog lover in the White House.”
From the earliest days of the country’s inception, pets have been a tradition for presidents.
President Theodore Roosevelt owned dozens of animals, including a one-legged rooster, snakes, guinea pigs, kangaroo rats, and horses Jennifer B. Pickens, the author of “Pets in the White House”.
One of the strangest pets in the White House was a raccoon named Rebecca, who was sent to President Calvin Coolidge to be served at Thanksgiving dinner. in the November 1926Mr. Coolidge pardoned the raccoon and adopted him.
Pets humanize the presidency and help people relate to their owners. Dogs make cozy props for the president and provide camaraderie when presidents make tough decisions, Ms. Pickens said.
During President Richard M. Nixon’s bid for the vice-presidency in 1952, he partially survived a scandal over financial inadequacies because he was talking about his dog, Lady.
President Herbert Hoover’s stuffy, stilted image improved as he humanized himself publish a photo in which he kept his German shepherd, King Tut.
President Barack Obama and his family brought Bo and then Sunny, Portuguese water dogs, to the White House. They were loved, even after Sunny knocked down a 2 year old visitor.
“Americans always had pets, so the White House always had pets,” Ms. Pickens said.