People are often times fascinated with the pets that celebrities and dignitaries keep in their company, and presidential pets are no exception. President Nixon’s cat was pretty popular among the American people decades ago, but it was former president Calvin Coolidge who had a pet that the American people could not easily forget. President Coolidge kept a raccoon as a pet, and that was after he decided not to eat it as a thanksgiving meal.
In November of 1926 president Calvin Coolidge received a raccoon that was destined for slaughter and the presidential dinner table. However, president Coolidge found the animal to be too cute to consume, so he decided to officially pardon the raccoon in order to allow it a free life.
The raccoon went on to become one of the more memorable white house pets, and Mrs. Coolidge was so well known for her animal rights activism that she often received animals from people who could not care for them. The first lady and the raccoon could often be seen outside playing together on the White House lawn. Think what you will of the current administration, but perhaps a pet raccoon would be good for Trump’s image.
Which presidential pet do you find to be the most notable or memorable, and why?