There are dogs in the White House again and people couldn’t be happier. Major and Champ, the Biden family’s two German shepherds, arrived Sunday to help complete the process of the new first family settling in to the White House.
President Joe Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, had no use for canines since he frequently invoked them in disparaging remarks. Of former FBI director James Comey, former acting attorney general Sally Yates, advisor Steve Bannon, Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Trump has said they “choked,” were “fired” and “sweat” like a dog.
So it is with a great degree of joy that the White House support staff has enthusiastically welcomed the two new first pooches to the property. “The First Family wanted to get settled before bringing the dogs down to Washington from Delaware. Champ is enjoying his new dog bed by the fireplace, and Major loved running around on the South Lawn,” First Lady Jill Biden’s press secretary Michael LaRosa told CNN in a statement Monday. Champ had lived at the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory during the Obama administration. The Bidens adopted Major in 2018 from a Delaware pet rescue.
CNN reports that the first family settling in to their new home for the next four years was a welcome occurrence for the people who call the White House their workplace. “The residence has life in it again,” a White House source told CNN. “It’s the honeymoon period where everything feels new.”
“Over the weekend there were nighttime movie binges in the White House movie theater, complete with snacks from the White House kitchen cooks, with many of the Bidens’ five older grandchildren piling into the seats to watch, said another source familiar with the activities. The increased activity was met with pandemic precautions, including mask wearing.
A longtime residence staff member told CNN “every employee is masked especially when near the family. The Biden family reportedly does remove their masks once on the second floor of their private quarters. The majority of the residence workers — including ushers, butlers, housekeepers and cooks — have had at least the first round of COVID-19 vaccination and several have received both shots.