It’s a tradition for the first family to bring a new dog into the White House which is different with each president. The Obamas had a pair of black Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny, one of which infamously swatted at Sasha and Malia Obama’s teen friend. The girl was left with a bloody gash at one of her final visits to her friends in the White House before they moved out. While that unfortunate and shocking event was overlooked or even excused by liberals, they’ve saved their energy to freak out over what Barron just brought into his new D.C. home as the first family pet.
It’s been since the Kennedys were in the White House that a first son has lived there, since other president’s sons were old enough to be out of the house and there was a series of just daughters among recent Commanders-in-Chiefs. With this new history-making event comes new traditions built on existing ones, considering boys often like different kinds of pets than girls, and Barron is no exception.
The first son has already made himself at home since officially moving into the White House over this past weekend. One of the first and perhaps most exciting parts of living in this special new place is that he gets to have a pet and is a major part of picking it.
The Trumps didn’t have a pet in their New York City home at Trump Towers, so moving to 1500 Pennsylvania Ave is monumental for Barron in a number of ways – including getting a dog should the family agree on this new addition. Every single president over the past 150 years has adopted a White House dog but the Trumps have yet to do so. Instead, they are doing things their own incredible way that works best for them which is really respectable, unless you’re a liberal with something negative to say about it.
“The Trump family, as far as is publicly known, does not own any animals. Unless something changes, that means that Donald Trump could become the first president in 150 years who does not have a pet,” the Washington Post reports. However, Lois Pope says she holds the pet that will soon be Barron’s sidekick after what happened at the Trump’s recent Thanksgiving event held at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago.
The Washington Post explains after Pope gave a recent interview on the matter:
“Pope, a prominent philanthropist in Palm Beach, Fla., who advocates for veterans’ and animal causes, said in an interview Tuesday that she is in possession of a 9-week-old golden retriever and poodle mix that will soon become the first dog. Pope said she notified Trump, whom she has known for more than two decades, about the Goldendoodle in writing and showed him a photo of the pooch at the Trumps’ recent Thanksgiving event at their Mar-a-Lago home.”
“He said, ‘Go over there and show it to Barron,’” Pope said, referring to Trump’s 10-year-old son. “He said, ‘He’s going to fall in love with him.’ He said, ‘Barron will want him.’”
When she showed the photo to Barron, Pope said, “this big smile came over his face, and it just brought tears to his eyes.”
As adorable as Pope’s Goldendoodle is and hopeful Pope is that she will be the one to provide the president and his family with a puppy, Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Trumps said “no decisions have been made” about the dog. Despite Hicks’ statement on the family pet, Pope is confident that the Trumps will pick her puppy, which she affectionately named Patton, after President Trump’s most admired general, George Patton.
“I’m sure. Every president has a first dog,” Pope said. “It goes with the presidency.”
Despite Pope’s hope, not every president has to have a dog, they don’t have to have a pet at all or could go the unconventional route and get something other than a four-legged furry friend. It wouldn’t be unlike the Trumps to set a new tradition of something more exotic, like Martin Van Buren who had tiger cubs instead of a dog, or Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt who both chose bears. Most uniquely, Calvin Coolidge had a pygmy hippopotamus. All of these would be equally great and definitely unique options.
Picking a different path that’s a departure from tradition would give hateful liberals new ammunition to criticize the family for, considering they have already stated that the Trumps need to pick a dog and do so soon.
“If horses are included, every president except James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson has owned a pet for at least part of his term in office, and with these furry first friends have come a host of political benefits. Aside from the possible physical and psychological benefits they’ve bestowed on first families, presidential pets have for decades served to soften the president’s image and garnered positive White House news coverage,” Washington Post previously reported.
President Trump is powerful enough not to care what others think of him or what he and his family need, which is part of what makes him so great. For that reason, maybe not getting a pet at all is the most unique way to go since he would be the first president in history to do so.