For the past 8 years, our First Cat, India (aka “Willie”) Bush, has been scarcer around the White House than even Dick Cheney, but she’s having the last laugh on her media-hound nemesis, Barney.
George Bush got misty while telling his peeps to play nice with the Obama team during the transition, but Barney isn’t taking it lying down.
While strolling the White House grounds with his handler, Barney paused on the sidewalk for a photo op. He stood patiently as reporters urged him to face their cameras, and even turned his head briefly to oblige. But when Reuters TV correspondent Jonathan Decker reached down to pet Barney’s head, the dog snapped – literally.
Barney was yanked back by his handler, and waddled off as if nothing had happened, leaving Decker with a punctured finger.
The White House physician bandaged Decker and put him on antibiotics, just in case.
I think Barney learned this nasty behavior from watching the Republican campaign and he’s a sore loser. Maybe he’d feel better if someone told him presidents can only serve two terms and he’d be heading back to Texas anyway, even if McCain had won.
India probably had the right idea keeping a low profile. Back in Crawford, she won’t miss the limelight like Barney will. He’ll also have to deal with the Obamas’ as-yet-unchosen puppy discovering and taking over all his favorite spots, which will undoubtedly make headlines. That won’t be easy.