Friday, September 23, 2016

Celebrating National Dogs in Politics Day

On September 23, 1952, Richard Nixon gave a speech that directly addressed a media speculation centered around an $18,000 campaign contribution and explained the issue. He assured the public that he did not use any of the funds for personal use. Towards the end of the speech, he stated that his daughters had received a dog, which they named "Checkers", as a gift. He said they would keep the dog. This speech quickly became known as the "Checkers" speech, and went on to be one of the most popular speeches in American political history.     

 With "Checkers" the dog included in the speech, September 23rd has since been referred to as Dogs in Politics Day. Let's take a look at some White House pooches!

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The Roosevelts with Fala the Scottish Terrier

Reagan presents first lady Nancy Reagan with Rex at their suite in a New York City hotel on December 6, 1985.
The Reagans and Rex the King Charles Cavalier

Ford sits with his daughter Susan on the floor of the White House's Great Hall, watching their pet golden retriever Liberty, circa 1978.
The Fords with Liberty the Golden Retriever

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The Bushes with Barney the Scottish Terrier

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The Obamas with Sunny & Bo the Portuguese Water Dogs
For a full list of presidential pets, check out this link! 

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