Book Review: Pets at the White House

Pets at the White House breaks down the last 50 years of the Presidents, Vice Presidents and their pets who resided with them in the White House.  The book is broken down in chronological order by President and features The Kennedys, Johnsons, Nixons, Fords, Carters, Reagans, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obamas.

In addition to stories about all of the pets, the book is jam packed with photos of all the pets and their owners at the White House.  A few of the dogs had puppies while in the white house and boy are those pictures cute!

I think that my favorite is the Obama’s dog Bo – but Caroline Kennedy’s horse Macaroni certainly comes in a close second.  I also remember being quite interested in the Clinton’s cat Socks back when he was president and I was in Elementary school.

Anyone looking to read up on the White House pets (probably great information if you like to do trivia tournaments) should check out this book!

I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Pets at the White House provides a spectacular view into one of the most historic homes in the world and all of its four-legged, beaked, and pawed inhabitants from ponies, puppies, and cats to parakeets, sheep, and even an alligator. Interest in presidential pets has risen with the importance, power, and prestige of the American presidency. The American public has an insatiable appetite for stories of everyday life in the White House. This book brings it all to life. With charm, wit, and compelling photographs, author Jennifer Pickens reveals how pets have played an important role in the White House throughout the decades, not only by providing companionship to the presidents and their families, but also by humanizing and softening their political images. The book starts with the Kennedy family and their menagerie of pets and continues through 10 administrations and more than half of a century to the Obama family and First Dog Bo. Throughout the pages are more than 200 exquisite photographs of presidents with their pets in quiet moments as well as more animated times of play, most of which have never been seen before. With a foreword by former First Lady Barbara Bush, this book has earned the devotion of the recent United States First Families, many of whom penned a unique quote for their chapters. This poignant collection of stories and photographs is a must-have for pet lovers and lovers of American history alike.

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