Joe and Jill Biden will bring some “paw-licy advisers” with them when they move into the White House — their German shepherds, Champ and Major.
The two pooches will be reviving a tradition that goes back to George Washington, who was the first president to have a dog, after the White House was pet-free for four years.
Champ was a gift to Jill from Joe after the 2008 election.
President Barack Obama famously promised his daughters a puppy if he one — and Joe Biden made the same promise to his wife. Their granddaughters named the pup, who appeared in a video on Biden’s campaign Twitter feed urging people to vote.
Because he purchased Champ from a Pennsylvania breeder, Biden received some backlash for not rescuing a dog.
In 2018, the family decided to adopt Major after their daughter Ashley sent her father a picture from the Delaware Human Association.
The rescue organization posted the news of Major’s adoption by the Bidens to its Facebook page.
At least 30 presidents have had dogs, starting with George Washington. President Trump famously does not have any pets.
Biden last week tweeted a video of Trump at a rally asking, “How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?…I don’t feel good,” accompanied by the comment, “Let’s put dogs back in the White House,” and “Champ and Major for DOTUS.”
Kamala Harris, the vice president elect, does not have a dog, but is on record as being pro-canine. In 2019, she tweeted a collage of pooches who visited her office.