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Other well-known presidential dogs include Fala, a Scottish Terrier that belonged to Franklin D. Roosevelt. Rumors have it that Fala was left behind on a visit to the Aleutian Islands, and that Roosevelt sent ships back to get her.
This splurge with taxpayers' money outraged the public, but he turned it to his favor with a speech. "You can criticize me, my wife, and my family, but you can't criticize my little dog. He's Scotch and all these allegations about spending all his money has made his little soul furious." This speech came to be known as the Fala Speech, and is believed to help secure his re-election.
Lyndon B. Johnson had less luck with his pets. Someone snapped a photo of him picking up his Beagles by the ears. This turned into a scandal that changed his image.
Other pets have also been popular amongst the residents of the White House. Theodore Roosevelt probably had the largest menagerie, and allegedly kept everything from from a small bear to a garter snake. Andrew Johnson would feed a family of white mice that played in his room.
If you were president, what pet would you have?
~ Maria Sadowski ~