Outgoing president Bush's dog, Scottish terrier Barney, bit a Reuters reporter today, according to the Washington Post! Oh, no: Barney knows about the election and doesn't want to leave the White House. He's gone Britney on us: acting out to stay in the spotlight and to demonstrate his relevance. Clearly, he's jealous of the new Obama puppy, who'll be all over the news as soon as they adopt him. What's going through his head right now? He may be worried that he'll end up like Socks. Remember Socks? Yeah, he's the cat that the Clintons gave away when they left the White House.
Fun fact: Socks the Clinton cat was to be the subject of a canceled 1993 video game, entitled Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill, for the Super NES and Sega Genesis platforms. The '90s were weird. (The Clinton dog, Buddy, got run over by a car post-Presidency. Hillary metaphor...?)
Barney's gotten a lot of attention during his years in the White House. His has his own section of the White House's web site. And he makes a yearly Christmas video, called the Barney Christmas Saga. Last year's plot involved various evil Bush administration officials trying to get him to do the video—but Barney just wanted to play!
You might remember that Bush used to have a pal for Barney, a dog named Spot. Spot was the star of the 2002 White house correspondents dinner presentation. Hey, whatever happened to Spot? Oh. He died in 2004.
He has also starred in several "films" available on the White House web site including Barney Cam I (2002), Barney and Spot's Winter Wonderland (2003), Barney Cam II (2003), Where in the White House is Miss Beazley? (Barney Cam III, 2004), Barney has found Miss Beazley (2005), Barney and Miss Beazley's Spring Garden Tour (2005), A Very Beazley Christmas (Barney Cam IV, 2005), and Barney's Holiday Extravaganza (Barney Cam V, 2006).
And soon as the new Obama puppy is adopted, we're expecting a congratulatory call from Barney. As part of this retrospective, here's our favorite Barney Christmas Special: