On display through 2014
One of the Newseum's most popular exhibits is back! "First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets" showcases images and stories about some of the top dogs who have resided at the nation's most prestigious address, including the newest addition: Sunny, President Obama's energetic new running mate for Bo.
Fetching facts about America's First Dogs:
- Franklin D. Roosevelt's Scottish terrier, Fala, had his own press secretary.
- Warren G. Harding's Airedale, Laddie Boy, had his own chair at Cabinet meetings.
- A book "written" by George H.W. Bush's English springer spaniel, Millie, sold more copies than Bush's own book.
- John F. Kennedy was allergic to dogs. Even so, the Kennedys had nine, including Pushinka, a gift from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
- Herbert Hoover won fans, and possibly his 1928 election, by posing with his police dog, King Tut, for campaign photos.
- George W. Bush's Scottish terrier, Barney, became an Internet sensation with his "Barney Cam" videos showing life at the White House from a dog's-eye view.
- Calvin and Grace Coolidge maintained a menagerie during his presidency, including 12 dogs and a pair of raccoons.
Find these presidential pups and many more in the exhibit on Level 2!
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