October 21, 2021

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Petss Got It All

Presidential pets have remaining their mark

After a four-year absence during the earlier administration, animals are at the time once again sharing digs with the First Family with the return of the Bidens to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

So in observance of this year’s future Presidents Day on Feb. 15, it would seem fitting to remember several of these unelected White Residence residents who, in some circumstances, had been in all probability considered by the American community with even higher affection than their elected masters.

More than the earlier 232 a long time, hundreds of animals have barked, purred, squawked, squeaked, neighed, cackled, quacked, hooted, mooed or growled their way by means of most of the 46 U.S. presidencies. George Washington started the presidential pet parade in 1789 by bringing his parrot, Polly, as nicely as several canine and horses to his administration.

Given that development of the White Dwelling was not accomplished all through his tenure, the president and his animals lived at Washington’s house — Mount Vernon, his Virginia estate. Washington liked his horses like Nelson, the mount he rode when accepting Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown, the 1781 battle that finished the Innovative War.