In more than a decade, the White House has not had a feline tenant. The last to date, India, the cat of former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, died in January 2009, just before they moved out, after having lived a long life of almost 19 years.
The Biden family, which lives in the White House with two German Shepherds, will soon be joined by a feline companion. In a Friday interview with NBC’s Today Show, President Biden and first lady Jill Biden announced that they would be welcoming a cat into the presidential residence.
Jill Biden said, “He’s waiting in the wings,” before correcting herself on the gender of the future first kitty, emphasizing, “She’s waiting in the wings.”
“No, but it’s easy,” the president replied with a smile when host Craig Melvin asked if adopting a cat was the president’s idea.
Following several biting incidents, Major, the younger of the Bidens’ two German shepherds, made headlines across the nation. The puppy, which the Bidens received from the Delaware Humane Association, has recently been undergoing “private training” away from the White House to help him adapt to life there, according to reports from earlier this month.