Pets at the White House provides a spectacular view into one of the most historic homes in the world and all of its four-legged, beaked, and pawed inhabitants from ponies, puppies, and cats to parakeets, sheep, and even an alligator. Interest in presidential pets has risen with the importance, power, and prestige of the American presidency. The American public has an insatiable appetite for stories of everyday life in the White House. This book brings it all to life. With charm, wit, and compelling photographs, author Jennifer Pickens reveals how pets have played an important role in the White House throughout the decades, not only by providing companionship to the Presidents and their families, but also by humanizing and softening their political images. The book starts with the Kennedy family and their menagerie of pets and continues through 10 administrations and more than half of a century to the Obama family and First Dog Bo. Throughout the pages are more than 200 exquisite photographs of Presidents with their pets in quiet moments as well as more animated times of play most of which have never been seen before. With a foreword by former First Lady Barbara Bush, this book has earned the devotion of the recent United States First Families, many of whom penned a unique quote for their chapters. This poignant collection of stories and photographs is a must-have for pet lovers and lovers of American history alike.
About the Author
Jennifer B. Pickens is the preeminent expert of Christmas at the White House and author of the book Christmas at the White House. She and her highly successful book have garnered national attention and have been featured on Fox News, and Oprah.com. The book was also named as a Top Ten Gift Book by USA Today. Christmas at the White House beautifully documents the lavish public and private Christmas decorations, celebrations, themes and traditions spanning half of a century inside the world's most famous address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. With a foreword written by former First Lady Laura Bush, this singular book has earned the devotion of six of the most recent United States First Ladies, all of whom penned introductions to their sections. In the book, you can read what Betty Ford, Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush have to say about how they celebrated Christmas inside America's most special home. Illustrated with more than 500 exquisite photographs, most of which have never been viewed by the public before, the 408 page book is the first documented and published history of 50 years and nine different administrations beginning in the early 1960s with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who initiated formal Christmas themes at the White House. "This book should be on every person's gift list, regardless of age or nationality," says Letitia Baldrige, Jacqueline Kennedy's former White House Social Secretary, who wrote the introduction to the section on the Kennedy years. First Daughters Lynda Johnson Robb and Tricia Nixon Cox provided insights into what Christmas was like when they were at the Executive Mansion. Author Jennifer Pickens interviewed dozens of White House insiders including First Families, social secretaries, chiefs of staff, chefs, florists, volunteers, artisans and more. The book also includes special features on the White House cr che, the selection of the official White House Christmas tree and many more time-honored traditions such as the annual gingerbread house, highlighted by lively anecdotes from renowned Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier. Christmas at the White House provides a spectacular view into one of the most historic homes in the world, during the most magical and beautiful time of the year! Jennifer resides in Dallas, Texas with her family.
Barbara Bush was born in Rye, New York, and married George H.W. Bush in 1945. She was the First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993. She has five children, including President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and fourteen grandchildren. She is the founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She lives in Houston, Texas, and Kennebunkport, Maine.