Posted By: Kathleen Minnix

President Harry Truman famously said “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” The odds a president had a dog during his term are 1 in 1.54 (65%).

In 1998, at the height of the scandal surrounding Monica Lewinsky, President Bill Clinton took that advice when he added Buddy, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, to his household. “It is hard to find a photograph of President Clinton these days where he is not in the company of his dog, Buddy,” Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post wrote. The reporter speculated it was an attempt to send a subliminal suggestion that the misbehaving president was “in the doghouse” and predicted that no similar photographs of the President would be taken with his cat, Socks. “A message that the president is in the doghouse is one thing. A message that the president is in the cathouse is quite another.”

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