Inauguration Guests: Be On the Look Out For…

Jan 14, 2009 5:47pm

ABC NEWS’ TERI FINNEMAN REPORTS:

Turns out even an ass from Alabama can get in on Inauguration day action.

Irene, a 30-something-year-old donkey, plans to make the trip to the nation’s capitol for Tuesday’s activities, according to the Culpeper, Virgina, Star Exponent.

The Obama-loving donkey isn’t even a rookie at presidential politics. Her trip to D.C. will be at least the third for Irene, who attended two presidential inaugurations and led an inaugural parade in 1993 and 1996, according to the newspaper. Her owner, Willie L. “Doc” Kirk, said Irene’s ears perked up and she began whooping and braying when Obama won the election.

“She’s (Irene) looking forward to having that first dance with Obama,” joked Kirk.

But despite being a symbol of the Democratic Party, Irene may have some foreign competition for pasture space.

A Canadian horse named Honest Ed also plans to attend the inauguration, according to Canadian News.

The Toronto Police horse is named after Toronto impresario Honest Ed Mirvish and will be one of two police horses from Canada attending the inauguration.

Of course, if a first puppy is named by Tuesday, all bets are off on which animal will have the most star power.

Know of any other animals making their way to Washington?

– Teri Finneman

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