Transcript for Families in the White House
kids and dogs. They have a way of humanizing a very intimidating address. The white house wouldn't be a home without them. The inhabitants are so important, the place so impressive, we sometimes forget the white house is also a home. With a family. Including pets, and kids. For the past 20 years, the children in the white house have all been girls, with protective dads who just happen to be president. What is going to happen when she really starts to date? You know, most of her dating so far has been like a lot of young people that date, most of them the kids run around in a kind of crowd all the time. But what if there's one who takes her out? Well, I hope some day there will be one. In about 10 or 20 years. 13 years later, in 2010, chelsea clinton married investment banker marc mezvinsky. When it came to their families, both presidents bush were fiercely defensive. I am going to be angry if people mistreat my girls in the public arena. Leave my kids alone, I'd say. I'm getting a little hot when you bring this up. Sometimes the heat can come from the kids themselves. Like when the reagan's daughter patti wrote a book critical of her parents. How does that make you feel? I will cite the line that appears at the end of every movie. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. On the other hand the reagans seemed delighted by their son ron's turn in the spotlight. He appeared in this sketch on saturday night live. He was very poised, he was very charming, he did a dance in his underpants. I thought he was very good. You enjoyed it? Yes. No white house is complete without a pet or two or three. Through the years there have been parrots, and ponies, even alligators. A cat is optional, but a dog is a must. Every president has to have a dog, right? Anytime a president needs a best friend, a distraction, or a warm and furry photo-op, all he has to do is whistle. President reagan had ranch dogs, and white house dogs, like rex. He is quite a scene stealer. Didn't anyone ever tell you not to do scenes with dogs? Or children! Like children, pets can occasionally be disobedient. Why don't you call him and see if he'll come. Come here, barney. Hey, barney. He's too interested in all those sheep. Come here barney. Little boy. He certainly does listen to you. When we returned two years later, barney was still treating the president like a lame duck. Barney! Barney! Come on, barney. Come on. You don't think it's funny, mr. President, that this dog never comes to you? Well, of course that's an exaggeration. The dog will come on occasion. When? Which occasion? When you're not here. If the commander in chief couldn't get one of his dogs to come, it seems he couldn't stop another from going. Which led to one of my lesser known white house scoops. Ms. Beasley. You know what I just heard? I just heard that ms. Beasley just peed on the carpet in the oval office. Don't tell anyone. We can't confirm or deny that. Soon after president obama took office, he and the first lady began looking for a first dog. I offered my advice. Mrs. Obama, I sent you a picture of my dog, cha-cha. Mm-hmm. Yeah. It like, sits in your lap and things? Yes. It's a cute dog. It's, it, it sounds kind of like a, a girly dog. We're -- we're gonna have a big, rambunctious dog of some sort. Make that two rambunctious dogs. We met the new sidekick, sunny, earlier in the program. Bo and I are old friends. Yes, and then they get the tummy rubbed, right? Oh, that'swonderful. Yeah. Yeah. There's no question, for any white house pet, life is good. How good? Even the first lady is envious. If you were to die and come back as a person. Or a thing. What would you want it to be? I know what it s what? I would wanna be bo. I knew you were gonna say that. How did you know that? 'Cause I know you adore bo and because he is so cute. He's got a great life. Yeah? Okay, you wanna come back as bo. He's got it good. You wanna come back as your own dog. Okay, fine. Only bo. Not a dog. But bo. He has the best life?
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