#DOTUS: Biden Dogs Get Twitter Account As Some Celebrate Pets' Return To White House President Trump is the first president not to have a White House pet in more than 100 years. President-elect Joe Biden has two dogs. NPR explores the significance of pets' return to the White House.
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#DOTUS: Biden Dogs Get Twitter Account As Some Celebrate Pets' Return To White House

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#DOTUS: Biden Dogs Get Twitter Account As Some Celebrate Pets' Return To White House

#DOTUS: Biden Dogs Get Twitter Account As Some Celebrate Pets' Return To White House

#DOTUS: Biden Dogs Get Twitter Account As Some Celebrate Pets' Return To White House

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President Trump is the first president not to have a White House pet in more than 100 years. President-elect Joe Biden has two dogs. NPR explores the significance of pets' return to the White House.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

All right. A couple of things that a Biden White House is going to need - tennis balls and squeaky toys. Part of the Biden campaign's platform was, quote, "let's put dogs back in the White House." And while we do not take political positions on the show, I think it's fair to say that as two dog owners, Ailsa, you and I can endorse that particular message.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

Absolutely. President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden have two German shepherds, Champ and Major Biden. There are already a couple of very popular Twitter accounts that claim to be in their names.

ANDREW HAGER: How great that animals are also becoming influencers.

CHANG: That is Andrew Hager reacting to the news of the Biden dogs on Twitter. He is the historian-in-residence at the Presidential Pet Museum. And he does regret that there has been a four-year gap in Executive Mansion critters.

HAGER: President Trump does not have any pets. I mean, he's the first president in over a hundred years without a dog.

CHANG: Hager has a favorite presidential pet.

HAGER: Rebecca the raccoon who lived with the Coolidges. She was given to them as a prospective Thanksgiving dinner, and they decided not to eat her.

SHAPIRO: Very considerate of them. Well, Major Biden has the additional distinction of being the first shelter dog in the White House, though one of President Lyndon Johnson's dogs made its way to him after being found at a gas station.

CHANG: Now, Champ Biden is used to media exposure. In 2015, he made sure to grab the microphone when then-Vice President Biden was on "60 Minutes."

(SOUNDBITE OF DOG BARKING)

JOE BIDEN: Well, where's the golf club?

(SOUNDBITE OF DOG BARKING)

BIDEN: Well, go get the golf club.

CHANG: Champ did not indicate if he has a golf ball preference.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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