Monday Reads: Presidential Pets and our first shelter dog in the White House

The Clinton’s Cat Socks hogs the spotlight on the lawn of the White House.

Good Day Sky Dancers!

I’ve always enjoyed watching the interaction between our Presidents and their Pets!  Their interactions with pets and kids really tells a lot about who they are and if they’re capable of being empathetic and kind.  The first rescue pet was LBJ’s Yuki and I remember those antics well! The first shelter rescue dog in the White House will be the Biden’s German Shepard mix Major. ‘Major’ day: Biden’s German shepherd Major to become first rescue dog in the White House.”

President-elect Joe Biden’s adopted German shepherd, Major, will become the first rescue dog to live in the White House.

The Bidens adopted Major in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association after fostering the German shepherd.

Major joins Champ, the Bidens’ other German shepherd, in accompanying the incoming first family. Presidential pets are a tradition in the White House.

So, sue me, I think the relationship between presidents and their pets and the kids in the country just speaks volumes about character.  I look forward to seeing a lot of both Champ and Major who are the Biden Family pets.  It will also be nice to have grandchildren romping about the gardens again.  We will undoubtedly get more normal views of both families and holidays.  I cannot imagine Dr. Biden talking about having to do fucking Christmas stuff. Although I’m waiting to see what happens in the Second Family’s resident with our new second Gentleman!  Can you imagine we’re actually going to have four years of normal sane people capable of being kind and empathetic?  I’ve missed that so much! Although, poor Baron does seem more of Melania’s pet at times whenever we get proof of life from them.

Meanwhile, the Freak-in-Chief still intends to file frivolous lawsuits, have huge covid-19 super spreader events, and raise money.  This is from Axios and the keyboard of Alyana Treene.

President Trump plans to brandish obituaries of people who supposedly voted but are dead — plus hold campaign-style rallies — in an effort to prolong his fight against apparent insurmountable election results, four Trump advisers told me during a conference call this afternoon.

What we’re hearing: Obits for those who cast ballots are part of the “specific pieces of evidence” aimed at bolstering the Trump team’s so-far unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud and corruption that they say led to Joe Biden’s victory.

  • Fueling the effort is the expected completion of vote counting this week, allowing Republicans to file for more recounts.

What’s next: Team Trump is ready to announce specific recount teams in key states, and it plans to hold a series of Trump rallies focused on the litigation.

  • In Georgia: Doug Collins, the outgoing congressman who lost to Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a special election to fill former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat, will be leading the campaign’s recount efforts. The team has also redeployed 92 staffers from Florida to Georgia, doubling its group on the ground.
  • In Arizona: Kory Langhofer, former counsel for Trump’s 2016 transition, will serve as lead attorney.
  • In Pennsylvania: Porter Wright’s Ron Hicks is heading up the legal effort.
  • Nationwide: They’re assembling additional surrogates and lawyers.

“We want to make sure we have an adequate supply of manpower on the ground for man-to-man combat,” one adviser said.

The group is also staffing a campaign-style media operation.

  • The team led by Trump communications director Tim Murtaugh is now a surrogate messaging center. It will pump out “regular press briefings, releases on legal action and obviously things like talking points and booking people strategically on television,” one adviser said.
  • They’ll also make a big play to raise money for their legal defense fund.

Trump’s formal legal team includes 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien, lawyer Justin Clark, and senior advisers Jason Miller and David Bossie.

  • Reps. Jim Jordan and Scott Perry, as well as former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, are also advising.

Trump’s team claims there is “no daylight” between them and the White House — chiefly senior adviser Jared Kushner and current Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

  • “We all have the same goal in mind, which is using the legal process over the next many days and weeks ahead to make sure that the president is re-elected,” one adviser said.

First Lady Grace Coolidge with Laddie Buck and Rob Roy

The Washington Post has an article today listing all the GOP and Trump allegations of voter fraud and irregularities.  All of them to date are unsubstantiated.  How much time and money will we be spending on this snipe hunt?

Republicans have made claims of election irregularities in five states where President-elect Joe Biden leads in the vote count, alleging in lawsuits and public statements that election officials did not follow proper procedures while counting ballots in Tuesday’s election.

So far, they have gone 0 for 5.

Since Election Day, President Trump has repeatedly claimed that a broad conspiracy of misdeeds — apparently committed in both Republican and Democratic states — had cost him the election.

“I WON THE ELECTION, GOT 71,000,000 LEGAL VOTES,” Trump tweeted on Saturday, after returning to the White House from his Virginia golf course. “BAD THINGS HAPPENED WHICH OUR OBSERVERS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SEE.” Trump’s campaign has encouraged donors to contribute to a legal-defense fund so he can fight the cases in court.

I personally believe the biggest share of what’s going on here beside saving Trump from reality is the bottom line indicating it’s just another grift.

I rather feel any self respecting dog would run away from Melania and Orangecheetolini.  A cat would likely find a hidey hole and stay there.

Joe Biden announced his Covid-19 Pandemic team today and Pfizer believes it has trials to show its vaccine is working for 90% of it’s trial patients.!  They’re applying for “Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA as soon as final data meets safety milestones, which it expects to happen in the third week of November.”  This is from CBS.

“Today is a great day for science and humanity. The first set of results from our Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial provides the initial evidence of our vaccine’s ability to prevent COVID-19,” Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

“We are reaching this critical milestone in our vaccine development program at a time when the world needs it most with infection rates setting new records, hospitals nearing over-capacity and economies struggling to reopen. With today’s news, we are a significant step closer to providing people around the world with a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis,” he continued.

Here is the announcement of the Presidential Elect Biden’s Task Force from Axios. It specifically lists the participants and their credentials.  It’s considered a crisis team.

  • The task force will be led by three co-chairs: former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith from Yale University — as Axios’ Hans Nichols first reported Saturday.

  • Beth Cameron, who served as senior director for global health security and biodefense in the Obama administration, and Rebecca Katz, co-director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University, are advisors to the Transition on COVID-19 and will work closely with the advisory board.

President George H.W. Bush holds one of first dog Millie’s six puppies for the press at the White House in Washington on Mar. 29, 1989. Millie gave birth on March 27, 1989 with First Lady Barbara Bush serving as midwife according to spokeswomen.

Politico reminds us that this winter will be tough as the Virus could overwhelm our healthcare system.

The country’s health care system is already buckling under the load of the resurgent outbreak that’s approaching 10 million cases nationwide. The number of Americans hospitalized with Covid-19 has spiked to 56,000, up from 33,000 one month ago. In many areas of the country, shortages of ICU beds and staff are leaving patients piled up in emergency rooms. And nearly 1,100 people died on Saturday alone, according to the Covid Tracking Project.

“That’s three jetliners full of people crashing and dying,” said David Eisenman, director of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters. “And we will do that every day and then it will get more and more.”

The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicts 370,000 Americans will be dead by Inauguration Day, exactly one year after the first U.S. case of Covid-19 was reported. Nearly 238,000 have already died.

The task force Biden announces Monday will be staffed with public health experts and former government officials, many of whom ran agencies duringthe Obama and Clinton administrations — including former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler, New York University’s Dr. Celine Gounder, Yale’s Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, former Obama White House aide Dr. Zeke Emanuel and former Chicago Health Commissioner Dr. Julie Morita, who is now an executive vice president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Shahpar said that even before Biden takes control of government in January, he and his team can make a difference by breaking with Trump’s declarations that the virus is “going away,” communicating the severity of the virus’ spread and encouraging people to take precautions as winter approaches.

First Lady and President Kennedy enjoy a veritable pack of pooches while vacationing with their children. JFK owned many pets in during his presidency including ponies, dogs, parakeets, and a rabbit.

So, if you’re interested in learning more about First Pets you can check out this NBC page “First Pets: Dogs, Cats and a Raccoon Among Past Presidential Best Friends”.  You can see Taft’s cow who was tasked with putting fresh milk and butter on the table.   Grace Coolidge–pictured above–also had a racoon.  Hoover had an Opossum!

There are also pictures of  Nixon’s Dog Checkers and FDR’s dog Fala. Both of these dogs became famous during presidential elections and speeches.  So far, Champ and Major have avoided the wrath of the Orange one.

Then there’s the story of Romney and the dog in a cage on top of the car!!!  The photo of the poor dog kicked off a Dogs Against Romney Campaign! 

But, eventually we will have a team in the White House and big in the Departments that do the work of all of us putting things back together.  I woke up the last few days thinking how relieved I will be that the future of our children will not be impacted by Betsy DeVos.  Our Public lands and sacred sites in our National Park System will once again be protected and cherished for future generations.  I’d kind’ve like to think all those pets of Teddy Roosevelt would be happy about that. 

Dogs were an important part of Teddy Roosevelt’s existence, and he made room for numerous ones. There was Rollo, a friendly St. Bernard, Sailor Boy, a Chesapeake retriever, and Manchu, a black Pekingese given to daughter Alice by the last empress of China.

Blackjack, a Manchester terrier, was terrified of the family cat, Tom Quartz. Whenever the dog was near, the cat took great pleasure in chasing him away.

Pete, a bull terrier, would happily have stayed at the White House, but he was finally exiled to Sagamore Hill, the family’s country house on Long Island. Pete had a propensity for nipping at the heels of White House visitors. He took his final nip from the French ambassador, ripping the fellow’s pants. With that, he was banned from Washington by the president. Pete found that living with the staff at Sagamore Hill was just fine.

So, pretty soon, Champ and Major will start living their dog’s lives in the White House.

What a relief!  I’m sleeping better, are you?

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

34 Comments on “Monday Reads: Presidential Pets and our first shelter dog in the White House”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    I love all the photos and stories about normal presidents and their pets.

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    Love this post! Loved the Fala story!

    Nothing more comforting than a faithful dog. So anxious to see a return of one to the WH.

    Funny how we all see a return to normal after 4 years of torture. I may never take it for granted again.

    • dakinikat says:

      The you tube with LBJ has him signing with Yuki at the end. I laughed endlessly as I kid when they ran that on the news!!

    • Enheduanna says:

      I think Major is a senior dog – quite old for a big dog if they got him in 2008. Anyway it’s fantastic they have a shelter dog.

      I feel the tension leaving my body little by little.

      • jslat says:

        Major is actually two years old, they adopted him in 2018. Their older dog, Champ, is the 12 year old. They are both big handsome German Shepherds. I can’t wait to see them on the White House lawn.

      • NW Luna says:

        “I feel the tension leaving my body little by little.”

        Ahhhhh, yes. And they are lovely dogs.

  3. bostonboomer says:

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  5. bostonboomer says:

    Trump just fired Mark Esper on Twitter and appointed an illegal acting Secretary of Defense.

  6. quixote says:

    About the Pfizer vaccine. I’m on the edge of my seat, desperate for a vaccine, like everyone else. There’s a couple of things to keep in mind.

    Their vaccine uses a completely new method of delivery: it’s a messenger RNA (mRNA) molecule that produces the same signal as the virus (the spike protein) that then causes your immune system to ramp up antibodies against it.

    When the real virus shows up, the antibodies to kill it are already there.

    So far, so good. BUT. The company has four variants of the vaccine. This one has the code BNT162b2.

    One of the other variants is self-replicating mRNA. That would require only one dose, presumably, because the mRNA sets up within your cells, reproduces itself, and churns out the spike protein. We have not had the time to see the long term consequences of strange bits of mRNA doing their own thing inside our cells. The safety of that new method of delivery is unknown.

    The safety of mRNA that is not self-replicating, like BNT162b2, is better known, but still new enough to possibly be worrisome if applied to huge numbers of people across the whole country.

    Since Pfizer seems to be awfully quiet about the differences in their self-replicating versus non-self-replicating variants, I’m a bit worried that they view them as conveniently equivalent. But they aren’t from a safety standpoint, even if they are from an antibody standpoint.

    We’ll probably find out using a great big field experiment using all the first cohort of people who get the vaccine. Whether or not you want to be in that cohort is a question they are not stressing.

    The advantage to mRNA self-replicating vaccines is they can be ramped up to produce millions of doses very quickly.

    The advantage to more traditional vaccines, like the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine, is that it avoids the potential safety issues of the new method.

    • NW Luna says:

      Hmmm, yes. I share all of your above concerns.

      “seems to be awfully quiet about the differences in their self-replicating versus non-self-replicating variants, I’m a bit worried that they view them as conveniently equivalent.” Oh, I can assure you they know the difference and are merely hoping no one will bring this up. At least if I can extrapolate from how the MSLs (medical science liaisons) try to answer prescribers when we have roughly equivalent questions about new drugs.

      • NW Luna says:

        The self-replicating aspect is unnerving. What could possibly go wrong?

        WA, OR, CA and NV have together set up a medical science panel to review any vaccine for appropriateness and safety concerns before allowing that vaccine to be administered in our states. I’ve NY will too.

        Washington is among a handful of Western states that have joined California in a pact to independently review the safety and efficacy of any coronavirus vaccine that is ultimately approved by the FDA before any distribution occurs in those states, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday.

        “We would like to give Washingtonians the highest confidence that when a COVID-19 vaccine is available that it’s safe and works,” Inslee said at a news conference, saying the review is an added layer of assurance in order to encourage more people to get the vaccine once available.

  7. dakinikat says:

    Putin’s a party pooper …

    • quixote says:

      What I saw somewhere (marketwatch?) is that the markets like the hope of a vaccine, having adults in charge of the fed, … and the (likely) Repub Senate which will not reverse the Dump’s tax cuts.

      They always and forever only care about money in their pocket now now now. 😦

  8. NW Luna says:

    Bunch of damn kindergartner bullies!

    McConnell backs Trump’s legal challenges

  9. dakinikat says:

    New Orleans City Council investigating Jackson Square concert that ignored COVID restrictions
    Saturday’s event packed Decatur Street with people who were not wearing masks and who were not social distancing.

    • dakinikat says:

    • dakinikat says:

      “”The City is aware of the event, and of the concerns around it being raised on social media. Code Enforcement is reviewing the available information and will make a determination as to fines and penalties, as appropriate,” Spokesperson for New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Beau Tidwell.
      The pictures and videos posted online by attendees and Sean Feucht showed violations of the public health guidelines.
      “New Orleans has bent the curve and stopped the spread, twice, and this kind of irresponsible behavior is absolutely unacceptable,” Beau Tidwell said.
      It is not known if the New Orleans Police Department, who were watching the event behind barricades, issued citations or why they allowed the event to happen.”

  10. dakinikat says: