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As a presidential cat, Willow Biden has privileges

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As a presidential cat, Willow Biden has privileges

During the scorching days of summer, Willow the cat rules the roost. On Friday, Willow’s crate was spotted being carried by a staff member from the White House Residence to Marine One, the presidential helicopter that will transport the feline – along with President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden – in Rehoboth, Delaware, and the family’s beach house. Whether a cat can enjoy a stay by the seaside is still debatable, but for Willow, the Rehoboth home is one of many changes of scenery she can enjoy as a presidential pet. “Willow often spends weekends with the first family, including in Rehoboth, Wilmington and Camp David,” first lady publicist Michael LaRosa told CNN. When she’s not whisked away for the weekend, Willow has the privilege of walking around the White House. She’s mostly confined to the private second and third floors of the White House Executive Residence, where CNN learns that Willow particularly enjoys the Solarium, a bright space above the south portico, where she “gets a lot of attention from of the staff of the executive residence”. In Wilmington and Camp David, “she often sits on the porch in the sun,” LaRosa says. toys inside and outside offices and generally prone to scratches. Once or twice, Willow explored beyond her domain, making her way to the chief usher’s office on the ground floor, just off the north entrance. East wing personnel waved a sign to alert when Willow is out, which features the photo of her face and reads, “Willow is on the prowl! Please keep those doors closed.” in Pennsylvania, where during a campaign speech by Jill Biden, she got closer to the future first lady. For Biden, it was love at first sight. “Willow made quite an impression on Dr. Biden in 2020 when she took the stage and interrupted her remarks,” LaRosa said several months ago. “Seeing their immediate connection, the farm owner knew Willow belonged to Dr. Biden.” She named her Willow after her hometown of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Although it wasn’t until January that Willow moved into her White House digs, she enjoyed staying with Biden acquaintances in Washington, D.C., until the time came to officially add her to the Biden house. In December of last year, the Bidens announced the arrival of Commander, a German Shepherd puppy. Willow had to wait a bit for the dog’s situation to unblock. Champ, the Bidens’ beloved 13-year-old dog died last June, and Major, their young adopted German Shepherd, had well-documented problems adjusting to the White House. Major has been relocated with family friends. But like most cats, Willow doesn’t care that much about dogs, though she and Commander now have a “warm and playful relationship,” according to LaRosa. their relationship to human terms like ‘boss,'” he says, before adding, “However, my money would be on Willow every time.”

During the scorching days of summer, Willow the cat rules the roost.

On Friday, Willow’s crate was spotted being carried by a staff member from the White House Residence to Marine One, the presidential helicopter that will transport the feline – along with President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden – in Rehoboth, Delaware, and the family’s beach house.

It’s debatable whether a cat can enjoy a stay by the sea, but for Willow, the Rehoboth home is one of many changes of scenery she can enjoy as a presidential pet.

“Willow often spends weekends with the first family, including in Rehoboth, Wilmington and Camp David,” the first lady’s publicist, Michael LaRosa, told CNN.

When she’s not whisked away for the weekend, Willow has the privilege of walking around the White House. She’s mostly confined to the private second and third floors of the White House Executive Residence, where CNN learns that Willow particularly enjoys the Solarium, a bright space above the south portico, where she “gets a lot of attention from of the staff of the executive residence”. In Wilmington and Camp David, “she often sits on the porch in the sun,” LaRosa says.

Back home, Willow also enjoys visiting the East Wing staff, taking quiet naps on the press secretary’s desk, chasing her toys in and out of the offices, and generally being open to scratches. Once or twice, Willow explored beyond her domain, making her way to the chief usher’s office on the ground floor, just off the north entrance.

East wing staff made a sign to alert when Willow is on the move, which features a picture of her face and reads, “Willow is on the prowl! Please keep those doors closed.”

The thousands upon thousands of square feet that Willow now inhabits at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are a far cry from her humble beginnings as a barn cat in Pennsylvania, where during a Jill Biden campaign speech she grew close to the future first the lady. For Biden, it was love at first sight.

“Willow made quite an impression on Dr. Biden in 2020 when she took the stage and interrupted her remarks,” LaRosa said several months ago. “Seeing their immediate connection, the farm owner knew Willow belonged to Dr. Biden.”

As the presidential cat, Willow Biden has privileges.

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As the presidential cat, Willow Biden has privileges.

She named her Willow after her hometown of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Although it wasn’t until January that Willow moved into her White House digs, she enjoyed staying with Biden acquaintances in Washington, D.C., until the time came to officially add her to the Biden house.

In December of last year, the Bidens announced the arrival of Commander, a German Shepherd puppy. Willow had to wait a bit for the dog’s situation to unblock. Champ, the Bidens’ beloved 13-year-old dog died last June, and Major, their young adopted German Shepherd, had well-documented problems adjusting to the White House. Major was relocated with family friends.

But like most cats, Willow doesn’t care that much about dogs, though she and Commander now have a “warm and playful relationship,” according to LaRosa.

“We don’t anthropomorphize their relationship with human terms like ‘boss,'” he says, before adding, “However, my money would be on Willow every time.”