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Sick of politics this election season but still like puppies? We have the day for you!

Posted by Library Blog on 09/22/2016 at 01:46 PM

Observed annually on observed annually on September 23, National Dogs in Politics Day commemorates Nixon’s “Checkers Speech” which took place on September 23, 1952. In this speech, then-Senator Richard Nixon responded to charges of improper use of campaign funds and stated:

Not one cent of the $18,000 or any other money of that type ever went to me for my personal use…One other thing I probably should tell you because if we don’t they’ll probably be saying this about me too, we did get something-a gift-after the election. A man down in Texas heard Pat on the radio mention the fact that our two youngsters would like to have a dog. And, believe it or not, the day before we left on this campaign trip we got a message from Union Station in Baltimore saying they had a package for us. We went down to get it. You know what it was.

It was a little cocker spaniel dog in a crate that he’d sent all the way from Texas. Black and white spotted. And our little girl-Tricia, the 6-year old-named it Checkers. And you know, the kids, like all kids, love the dog and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we’re gonna keep it.

To hear or read the famous speech in its entirety, see this link.

To celebrate National Dogs in Politics Day, you might want learn more about other presidents and their pets. If so, check out the online Presidential Pets Museum. Another way to research presidential puppies (and kitties), is by using the resources available on the websites of presidential libraries. Specifically, see the Gerald Ford Library’s website and JFK’s Library’s website.

Wondering who my favorite presidential pet is? Probably William Johnson Hippopotamus (Billy), Calvin Coolidge’s Pygmy Hippopotamus.

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