Lady Laura Bush celebrated the importance of pets
to family life at the White House with the 2002
holiday decorations theme, All Creatures Great
and Small. Mrs. Bush noted that “animals
and birds of every description have entertained,
befriended, comforted, and worked for presidents
and their families.” With the help
of the Executive Residence staff, the National Park
Service, and an army of volunteers, the display honored “the
endearing role of all the dogs, cats, birds, horses,
sheep, and even alligators and raccoons in White
has been the star of
a White House web cam
series; Rob Roy was immortalized in Grace Coolidge’s
official portrait; and it is a satisfying but dubious
legend that Lafayette kept an alligator in the unfinished
East Room while visiting President and Mrs. John
Quincy Adams in 1825.
TOP: Taping for Barney Cam IV, 2005.
MIDDLE: Alligator Christmas decoration, 2002.
LOW: Rob Roy Christmas decoration, 2002.
White House photo by Shealah Craighead