But during his second term of office, possibly to serve as a distraction from the news of the day, the Clintons acquired a dog, Buddy.
The news of the time would include the cigar, the stain on that blue dress from The Gap, Monica Lewinsky, lying to a grand jury, having his law license suspended, impeachment, bombing an aspirin factory in Sudan, and uncertainty about what the meaning of the word “is” is.
It was believed by those who believe such things that a dog would distract public attention and help to rehabilitate the President’s image.
Buddy was a chocolate Labrador Retriever, carefully chosen to project the right image for the President. The Lab has been the most popular dog in the US for many years. Buddy is one of the most popular dog names. Chocolate brown photographs well against dark Presidential suits, but doesn’t draw attention away from the human the way the color gold would.
Many photos and stories were carried about Buddy, even including his feud with Socks the cat.
Unfortunately, Buddy was not a distraction for very long. Some people convinced the President that as a conscientious dog owner, he should have Buddy neutered.
And that brought the whole thing back, as some people started thinking —”maybe the wrong…”
Oh, you’re way ahead of me on this, aren’t you?