The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends

The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends

Jacob Miller - October 31, 2017

You may not agree with their politics, but you won’t be able to stop yourself from smiling when you see the Presidents with their dogs.

The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
George Washington and the American Foxhound. America’s first President was not only the father of his country but also the father of the American foxhound. He carefully bred and maintained his dogs, listing more than 30 hounds in his journals, including ones named Drunkard, Tipler, and Tipsy. Time
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Abraham Lincoln and Fido. This floppy-eared rough-coated dog of unknown ancestry lived with Lincoln in Springfield, Ill., for the five years before he became President. Upon his election, Lincoln decided that the dog would not survive the trip to Washington and, despite the objections of his son Tad, left Fido in Illinois. When Lincoln’s body was returned to Springfield, Fido was brought out to meet the mourners. Time
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Archie Roosevelt, son of President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09), poses with Algonquin the pony, June 17, 1902. Photos from the Library of Congress.
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Eli the Hyacinth macaw, June 17, 1902. Library of Congress photo.
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Warren G. Harding & Laddie Boy. The 29th President not only gave his Airedale Terrier a hand-carved cabinet chair to sit in on high-level meetings but also threw a birthday at the White House inviting all the neighborhood dogs, where they dined on dog biscuit birthday cake.Time
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Grace Coolidge with Rebecca, a cherished pet raccoon. Presidential Pet Museum
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Calvin Coolidge & Rob Roy. Coolidge and his wife Grace kept an entire menagerie at their White House. In addition to a pair of white collies, Rob Roy and Prudence Prim, they kept numerous other dogs, plus raccoons, a donkey, a bobcat, canaries, a goose and a mockingbird. Time
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Herbert Hoover and King Tut. In addition to this German shepherd, the 31st President owned two fox terriers named Big Ben and Sonnie, an elkhound named Weejie and an Irish wolfhound named Patrick.
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
President Herbert Hoover (1929-33) poses with his uncomfortable-looking dog, King Tut, a Belgian shepherd. Circa 1928 photo courtesy Herbert E. French, Library of Congress.
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Fala. One of the most iconic first dogs, Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier starred in a movie, was named an honorary Army private and had his own press secretary. Time
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Franklin Roosevelt with his dog Fala. Buzzfeed
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Franklin Roosevelt with his dog Tip in New York in 1904. Buzzfeed
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Kermit Roosevelt, son of President Theodore Roosevelt, sits with the Manchester terrier Jack on the White House lawn in 1902. Courtesy Frances Benjamin Johnston, Library of Congress.
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Harry S Truman and Feller The 33rd President once famously said, “You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.” Evidently, he didn’t care much for friends, as he regifted a cocker spaniel, given to him as an unsolicited Christmas present in 1947, to the White House physician. Dog lovers around the country assailed the President for surrendering Feller, who came to be known as the Unwanted Dog. Time
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
President Dwight D. Eisenhower walks by Heidi, his Weimaraner, as he returns to the White House after a press conference on March 11, 1959, at the Executive Office Building, which today is named the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in memory of the 34th president. Photo courtesy Dwight D. Eisenhower Library Center.
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
John F. Kennedy and Shannon, Clipper, Charlie, and Wolf. Dog lovers all, the Kennedys built a special play area near the West Wing for their children and the family pets. J.F.K. was the first President to request that his dogs come out to meet the presidential helicopter when he arrived at the White House. Time
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
A bright spot during the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union was Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s gift of a fluffy white mixed-breed puppy to little Caroline Kennedy. Presidential Pet Museum

The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Found by Johnson’s daughter Luci at a gas station in Texas, Yuki, a mixed breed, liked to perform in the Oval Office. In this photo, she sings with Johnson for the U.S. ambassador to Great Britain, David K.E. Bruce. Time
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
President Johnson Trying to Sign New Bill…15 Dec 1967, Washington, DC, USA — A slight obstacle presented itself when President Johnson prepared to sign the meat inspection bill at the White House today. His pet dog Yuki jumped up on the desk. But the president finally signed the law, which he said would be used by the government to force dirty meatpacking plants to “clean up or close down.” Image by Bettmann/CORBIS
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
President Johnson in the White House pool with his dog. Buzzfeed
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Richard Nixon and Vicky and Checkers. The cocker spaniel that served as the subject of Nixon’s most famous speech was joined in later years by a poodle named Vicky. Checkers, alas, never made it to the White House, as she died in 1964, around the time that this photo was taken. After Nixon’s election to the presidency, Vicky was joined by a terrier named Pasha and an Irish setter named King Timahoe.
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Gerald Ford & Liberty. It is said that President Ford had a special signal he used to get his golden retriever to wag his tail when he wanted to cut short meetings in the Oval Office. Time
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Gerald Ford swimming with his dog Liberty at Camp David. Buzzfeed
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
President Carter pets Grits the dog. Presidential Pet Museum
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Ronald Reagan & Lucky. Given as a gift to the Reagans by the March of Dimes, the Bouvier des Flandres was named after the First Lady’s mother. In later years, she had to be moved to the Reagan’s California home because she grew too big for the White House. Time
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Ronald Reagan with his dog Rex. Buzzfeed
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Ronald Reagan with his dog Lucky on Marine One. Buzzfeed
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
George H. W. Bush & Millie The springer spaniel’s book, Millie’s Book, ghost-written by First Lady Barbara Bush, outsold her master’s biography. Time
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Millie and George H.W. Bush having fun on the White House lawn with her puppies. Buzzfeed
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Bill Clinton & Buddy Taking thousands of suggestions from the public for the naming of his newly adopted chocolate Labrador, Clinton settled on the name Buddy, for his new best friend. Time
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Bill Clinton and his dog Buddy pose for a photo. Buzzfeed
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
George W. Bush carrying Barney and Mrs. Beasley off Air Force One. Buzzfeed
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
George W. Bush and Barney. President Bush was the second wartime President to own a high-profile Scottish terrier. Barney is the focus of numerous websites and the star of a series of Barney Cam movies. Time
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
George W. Bush walks with his pup Barney. Buzzfeed
The Most Powerful Men in American History with their Best Friends
Barack Obama and Bo. President Barack Obama’s Pets Bo, in the Oval Office, June 21, 2012. .The Obamas had accepted the gift of a Portuguese water dog from Senator Edward Kennedy and his wife Victoria. Malia and Sasha Obama have named the six-month-old first pet Bo because they have cousins with a cat of the same name and because Mrs. Obama’s father was nicknamed Diddley, after the famous bluesman Bo Diddley.

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