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Biden’s Dogs to Return Presidential Pets to the White House

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first_imgUpdated Nov. 8, 2020, 4:35 p.m. ET In 2016, Lois Pope, a philanthropist for veterans and animals in Palm Beach, Fla., said she had offered Mr. Trump a goldendoodle puppy named Patton, after George Patton, the World War II general that Mr. Trump has said he admires, The Washington Post reported.- Advertisement – President Trump was the first president in more than a century not to have a pet of any kind, Andrew Hager, the historian-in-residence at the Presidential Pet Museum, said.In 2008, the Biden family got a German shepherd puppy from a breeder after Mr. Biden was elected vice president, according to Politico. The Bidens named the dog Champ because Mr. Biden’s father had told him growing up, “Get up, champ,” when his life was challenging. At a February 2019 rally in El Paso, Mr. Trump said that he didn’t have a dog because he didn’t have time, and felt it would be “phony” for him to get one for political reasons. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is expected to restore a time-honored tradition of having a presidential pet at the White House.Starting in January, the Biden family’s two German shepherds, Champ and Major, will roam the executive residence.- Advertisement – “You do love your dogs, don’t you?” Mr. Trump said. “I wouldn’t mind having one, honestly, but I don’t have any time. How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?”Mr. Biden’s dog Major reflects a broader trend of Americans adopting pets from shelters and how they feel about animal rights, Mr. Hager said.- Advertisement –center_img “In a way, I’ve made the argument that you can look at the history of Americans and animals by looking at the president and their pets,” he said.Mr. Biden occasionally posts about Champ and Major on social media.“No ruff days on the campaign trail when I have some Major motivation,” Mr. Biden wrote on Instagram last month. One of the oddest White House pets was a raccoon later named Rebecca that was sent to President Calvin Coolidge to be served at Thanksgiving dinner. In November 1926, Mr. Coolidge pardoned the raccoon and adopted it.Pets humanize the presidency and help people relate to their owners. Dogs make for cuddly presidential props and provide companionship when presidents make tough decisions, Ms. Pickens said.During President Richard M. Nixon’s vice-presidential bid in 1952, he weathered a financial-improprieties scandal, partly because he spoke about his dog, Checkers.President Herbert Hoover’s stuffy, stilted image improved when he humanized himself by releasing a photograph in which he held his German shepherd, King Tut.President Barack Obama and his family brought Bo, and then Sunny, Portuguese water dogs, into the White House. They were beloved, even after Sunny knocked down a 2-year-old visitor.“Americans have always had pets, so the White House has always had pets,” Ms. Pickens said. There was even a separate campaign called Dog Lovers for Joe. Its slogan: “Choose your humans wisely.”“Red state or Blue state, we all can agree on the power of dogs,” the website said. “It’s time we had a dog-lover back in the White House.”From the earliest days of the country’s formation, pets have been a tradition for presidents.President Theodore Roosevelt owned dozens of animals, including a one-legged rooster, snakes, guinea pigs, kangaroo rats and horses, said Jennifer B. Pickens, the author of “Pets at the White House.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Manchester United told to pay £150m for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly

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first_img Comment Advertisement Manchester United told to pay £150m for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly Kalidou Koulibaly is a long-term target of Manchester United’s (Getty Images)Manchester United will have to make Kalidou Koulibaly the third-most expensive footballer in history if they are to sign him this summer after Napoli set an asking price of £150m.The 26-year-old Senegal international has emerged as one of the best central defenders in European football since joining Napoli from Genk for just £6.5m in 2014 and has been frequently linked with a move to the Premier League.Koulibaly also has suitors elsewhere with Real Madrid and Barcelona also said to be admirers, although the La Liga giants have been priced out of a move, leaving United in the clear to sign him in the summer, according to the Daily Express.AdvertisementAdvertisementAlthough the £150m price tag is exactly double what Liverpool paid Southampton to make Virgil Van Dijk the most expensive defender in world football 14 months ago, United reportedly haven’t been put off in their pursuit of Koulibaly.ADVERTISEMENTSince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment in December, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof have established themselves as the Norwegian’s most regularly picked partnership, while Phil Jones has also recently signed a contract extension.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, United are expected to sign a central defender in the summer regardless and were linked with a £65m move for Leicester City’s Harry Maguire at the end of last week. Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld has also been mentioned as a possible signing and he would cost just £25m due to a clause in his contract.Koulibaly has been a near ever-present for Napoli this season, playing in 37 games in all competitions and he will be expected to play a key role when Carlo Ancelotti’s side face Arsenal in the Europa League quarter-finals next month.As well as being expected to sign a defender, United have been linked with a number of attacking players including England teenagers Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorscenter_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Mar 2019 11:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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The Esports Roundtable: Romain Bigeard, OpTic Gaming

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first_imgRomain Bigeard, OpTic GamingIn the latest episode of esports podcast The Esports Roundtable, host Joe Hills talks to Romain Bigeard, the General Manager of League of Legends for OpTic Gaming about his history in esports and his recent move Europe to the States. In a lengthy discussion, Bigeard opens up on several topics including his approach to team management, the esports ecosystem and his journey to exactly where he is today. Currently, Bigeard is in charge of the OpTic League of Legends team in their first season in the League of Legends Championship Series.The NA LCS has moved this season towards a franchised system and as a result, the teams in the league have dramatically changed since last year. Out have gone the likes of fan-favourite Immortals and Team Dignitas, whilst OpTic and the Golden State Warriors are some of the new additions to the fray. Join the tranquil French tones of Romain as he takes Joe on a journey from his continued swapping of a Bachelors through to experience at Activision, Razer and Unicorns of Love. His longest stint was at the Unicorns of Love, having started back in May 2015 but October saw him take the leap and head over to Los Angeles where he has been responsible for creating and supervising the esports juggernauts entrance to the world’s largest esport.On his decision to join OpTic, and his move over from Unicorns, Romain had this to say: “Working for Unicorns of Love was one of the best jobs in the world because you could do whatever you wanted. Jos gave me 100% trust to run all marketing and I had an amazing relationship with Sheepy and did not plan to leave. One day, I got a call from Chris Chaney and he explained to me that they were planning to buy a LoL slot for 2018. I had no idea who Optic were, they are most known for Call of Duty and that isn’t the best esport games (shots fired). “After some research I saw Optic had a social media following of over 4 million and I was blown away by how they’d put that together via only Call of Duty. It made me think about the scale of the North American market which is 100% English speaking vs a larger audience of EU with over 20 languages: translating content and brand in EU is a lot harder.”The two discuss everything from veterans in esports, through to scantily-clad appearances on the EU LCS stage to exactly what’s happening now. It’s a cracking listen. Joe Hills, LFG and The Esports RoundtableDiscussing The Esports Roundtable more generally, Joe Hills told Esports Insider: ‘We’ve always wanted to promote transparency and insight in the industry: not just for fans and those who already work here but for sports and non industry brands too. Romain is a fantastic example of a non-stereotypical esports fanatic from his philosophy to his management style” Hills is the Founder of Looking for Group, an esports executive recruitment company and has worked to achieve placements for many high profile individuals in the burgeoning esports industry.last_img read more

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