President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr is expected to restore the president’s long tradition of having pets at the White House.
Starting in January, two of the Biden family’s German shepherds, Champ and Major, will roam in the operator’s mansion.
President Trump was the first president in more than a century to not have pets of any kind, Andrew Hager, historian at the Presidential Pet Museum, said.
In 2008, the Biden family received a German shepherd dog from a breeder after Mr. Biden was elected vice president, according to Politico. Bidens named the dog Champ because his father Biden told him when he was growing up, “Get up, win”; when his life was challenging.
In 2016, Lois Pope, a philanthropist for veterans and animals in Palm Beach, Fla., Said she gave Trump a goldendoodle puppy Patton, after George Patton, the general. during World War II that Mr. Trump said he admired, the Washington Post reported.
At a February 2019 rally in El Paso, Mr Trump said he didn’t have a dog because he didn’t have the time and felt it would be “fake” if he had one for political reasons.
“You really love your dogs, don’t you?” Mr. Trump said. “Honestly, I wouldn’t mind having one, but I don’t have time. What do I look like while walking my dog on the White House lawn? “
Mr. Hager said his dog Biden reflects the broader American tendency to adopt pets from shelters and their perceptions of animal rights.
“In a way, I have argued that you can look at the history of Americans and animals by looking at the president and their pets,” he said.
Mr. Biden occasionally posts about Champ and Major on social media.
“No day goes by on the campaign trail when I have some key motivation,” Mr. Biden wrote on Instagram last month.
There’s even a separate campaign called Dog Lovers for Joe. Its slogan: “Choose who you are wisely.”
“Bang Red or Blue, we can all agree on the strength of the dog,” the website said. “The time has come for us to have a dog lover back to the White House.”
Since the early days of the nation’s formation, pets have been a tradition of all presidents.
President Theodore Roosevelt owns dozens of animals, including roosters, snakes, guinea pigs, kangaroos and horses, said Jennifer B. Pickens, author of “Pets in the White House”.
One of the White House’s most exotic pets was a later panda named Rebecca, sent to President Calvin Coolidge to be served at Thanksgiving dinner. In November 1926, Mr. Coolidge pardoned the panda and adopted it.
Pets personalize the presidency and help people contact their owner. The dogs act as props for the president to cuddle and company when he makes difficult decisions, Pickens said.
During President Richard M. Nixon’s run for vice president in 1952, he overcame a financial scandal, partly because he spoke about his dog, Checkers.
President Herbert Hoover’s claustrophobic, claustrophobic image improved as he cloned himself by launching a photo in which he hugged his German shepherd dog, King Tut.
President Barack Obama and his family brought Bo, and then Sunny, the Portuguese water dog, into the White House. They were loved, even after Sunny beat out a 2 year old tourist.
“Americans have always had pets, so the White House always has pets,” said Pickens.