Great news for everyone who's a dog and cat person.
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen
Comet and Cupid and—Champ and Major
But do you recall
The barely famous, technically not presidential but technically still a first cat, Winston Biden?
Well, we didn't, either. The Oval Pawffice, "NOT pawfficially affiliated with the #WhiteHouse," lists the White House pets as #DOTUS and #COTUS—Champ, Major, and ... Winston. Champ and Major, major celebrities and pups of national importance, we know. Champ and Major have their own children's book for goodness' sake.
But Winston?? No clue. We scoured press briefings and photos and discovered nothing. Was Winston, perhaps, a very small chihuahua, hard to see in photos? A tiny sugar glider President Biden carried around in his pocket? A soon-to-be-adopted pet? Not necessarily.
Winston Biden, it turns out, is President Biden and Dr. Biden's grand ... cat. Owned by Naomi Biden, the eldest of the Bidens' grandchildren, Winston is the only cat in the Biden family, which makes him "#COTUS de facto." Winston explains it all here:
While Winston is in charge, never fear. Sources (Winston) assure us that "Winston #FirstCat has vast experience with nom nom management & purrtocol, he was born to be a #snacktivist."
As Winston pointed out, however, the Bidens are on a search for their own #COTUS. When the time comes, Winston will step down to assume duties as the "rapid #SnaxResponse task force chief." In a video on Twitter, White House press secretary Jen Psaki assured the nation “The (new) cat is going to dominate the internet whenever the cat is announced and wherever that cat is found." Until then, dog lovers and cat lovers alike can rest easy, knowing both species are represented in the White House—true bipawtisanship.
Are you more of a dog or a cat person—or both? Are you excited to have a #COTUS in the House? Let us know in the comments.