Updated 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 – “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 –
Kenyon Martin Jr., the son of longtime NBA player and University of Cincinnati star Kenyon Martin, will skip playing college basketball at Vanderbilt to pursue options at the professional level, he told 247Sports on Wednesday. He becomes the second national recruit in as many weeks to opt for professional basketball over college. RJ Hampton last week signed a deal with a pro team based in New Zealand that plays in Australia’s National Basketball League rather than playing collegiately at his choice of top Division I programs. Hampton’s decision to skip college influenced Martin, unidentified sources told ESPN, though Hampton is rated a five-star prospect and projected first-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.In contrast, Martin, a 6-6, 195-pound power forward, is rated a three-star prospect and ranked 47th nationally at his position, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, and far from being ready to play in the NBA, as his father did for 15 seasons. Kenyon Martin was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft after a stellar career at Cincinnati capped by being named national player of the year in 2000. Related News NCAA 3-point line moving back to international distance Martin committed on May 5 to Vanderbilt, where he was expected to join high school and Nike EYBL teammate Scotty Pippen, also a son of a former NBA player, Hall of Fame inductee Scottie Pippen. Former USC basketball assistant avoids prison in recruiting corruption case Martin averaged 16.7 points and 9.8 rebounds his senior season for Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California.He was to arrive this week at Vanderbilt, along with Pippen, as part of new Commodores coach and former NBA player Jerry Stackhouse’s first recruiting class. Instead, Martin informed the Vandy staff of his decision, an unidentified source told 247Sports, which added that Martin said he had yet to sign a professional deal.
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