Chilling with Charlie (President John F. Kennedy)
John F. Kennedy was attached to his canine,
His Welsh Terrier named Charlie loved him too;
So much so, even in the pool the pup was fine.
Welsh Terriers are not known for being skillful in the water–
For the most part they prefer playing on shore–
Even when the weather is much too much hotter.
Not Charlie, a giving companion and friend,
This sweet dog joined his master when it was time for a swim.
Together they paddled both the deep and shallow end.
After, you can imagine them lounging by the pool,
Enjoying the sun on those rare peaceful days.
The life of a presidential pup could be kind of cool.
A Rough Rider and His Soft Spot (Theodore Roosevelt)
Theodore Roosevelt was a highly entertaining man,
Earning his place in American history
For being the man who always had a plan.
Remembered as the man who rode up San Juan Hill,
The man who inspired the name Teddy Bear,
And the man who built the Panama Canal,
Theodore was not as rough as his memory has come to be.
When it came to dogs he and his family were quite enamored,
When you look at the number of dogs they had it is plain to see
That dogs were among their favorite creatures.
Five dogs of the Roosevelt’s have wiggled their way into our books
Five dogs who captured the hearts of their masters
And the imagination of our nation with their looks.
Sailor Boy was an amazing Chesapeake retriever.
Loyal and sweet this dog helped make the family complete.
Next was Jack the terrier, a loving deceiver,
With high energy and great disposition.
Next there was Skip, not a pure bred, but a mongrel.
Like most of its kind, this boy loved without condition.
The most infamous of the five was the bull terrier Pete.
When he was around you might find it difficult to sleep
Because he was a vicious boy, even among the elite.
His fascination for biting the legs of any visitor
Ended in his banishment to their home on Long Island.
Finally was Manchu, a dog who was no bore.
This pup was a gift to Theodore’s daughter Alice
From the last Chinese Empress
A dog that Alice adored with heartfelt bliss.
Presidential POOCH Scandal Poems
Jack of All Trades (President George Washington)
Our first president seems to have done it all
He was the first to take the reigns of the nation
Having fought in several terrible wars
But his life was not just about keeping score.
Despite all that he accomplished in his time
This great man was able to have a personal life too.
So much so that one has to wonder where he found the time
An expert a many things with no apparent reason or rhyme.
George Washington had many things that he enjoyed
And apparently dogs were pretty high on the list.
He not only had a large number, a large number indeed,
But he bred them as well, and started a new breed.
For anyone with an American Foxhound
You will find that they first started with this highly original man.
Whether out of love or interest in the hunt
It is too bad he cannot say though he would be blunt.
Though not a scandal, it is of great interest
To find that one of our founding fathers founded so much more
Giving the world another type of dog to adore
And securing another page in his own voluminous lore.
Rumor Has It (President John Adams)
Many people know little of our second President.
John Adams seems to have sunk quite low with time
Although not too popular by the end of his first term
A very harsh lesson he was sure to learn.
But the controversy of this man
In terms of dogs it’s not action that was his flaw
Some would say it was his unorthodox approach
On religion as he allowed secularization to encroach.
So much so that a rumor started
Saying that the man was not devote.
This wasn’t true, the man did believe
But with his reputation it was easy to deceive.
There was no mistake
The man was certainly liberal for his time
But this rumor spread and hurt his name
And once it spread his reputation could not remain.
It was quite a cruel rumor that much was true
Because it claimed he named his dog after the devil.
The lie went round he had a dog called Satan.
Tho his reputation was tarnished, his beliefs did remain
Even though yes, Satan was his dog’s name.
Veto Power (President James A. Garfield)
Our 20th president was one of the men to die in office.
The victim of a gunshot wound
It was actually the lack advancement of the medical profession
That took his life, a very unfortunate lesson.
The man had only been in office for a few months
When he was shot and lost to history
What he would have done we will never know
Although his was not the shortest time, it was a harsh blow.
If the name of his dog is any indication
It is easy to imagine that the man was up for the job
Seeking to give the executive branch more strength
And perhaps he would have gone to great length.
For in his dog we can pull the thread
To see just how the man would have tread.
The name suggests that he would have flexed his powers
Time soon took that determination with each passing hour.
The dogs name has ended up being quite ironic.
In less than six months President James Garfield did not get to use this power,
But one can imagine he called it out every day by name,
Because Veto was his dog, and in that he had no shame.