The Bidens have welcomed a new addition to the White House, and she’s simply adorable. Willow the cat was introduced by First Lady, Jill Biden, in a Tweet (opens in new tab) captioned: ‘Meet Willow!’ alongside two heart emojis. The Tweet shows several images of the 2-year-old tabby posing and relaxing in the White House.
According to the First Lady's press secretary, Michael LaRosa, the gray-and-white kitty was given her name after hometown Willow Grove, Western Pennsylvania.
In fact, it seemed destined when the First Lady met Willow during a campaign stop in 2020, and the cat jumped up onto the stage to interrupt her remarks.
“Seeing their immediate bond, the owner of the farm knew that Willow belonged with Dr Biden,” LaRosa explained.
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Meet Willow!💕 pic.twitter.com/Gl3SnsMnvWJanuary 28, 2022
Willow the cat joins Commander, the German Shepherd puppy Biden recently adopted following the death of their beloved Champ, and rehoming of their dog, Major. At the time, the Bidens confirmed they'd soon have a new cat to join the family once Major was settled into his new home.
Although Major the dog made the news for having trouble adjusting to his home at the White House, it seems as though Willow the cat has taken to her new surroundings nicely.
“Willow is settling into the White House with her favorite toys, treats and plenty of room to smell and explore,” states Larosa.
The adorable kitty will be the first cat to reside in the White House since President George W. Bush’s cat, India, in 2009. What’s more, Willow will be one of just a dozen feline residents in the entire history of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
In fact, Willow joins a long history of famous felines who have resided at the White House. Abraham Lincoln had the first presidential cats, Tabby and Dixie, who were famously fed with the White House’s gold forks.
Other notable cats include Amy Carter’s Siamese cat, Misty Malarky Ying Yang, who made an appearance during President Carter’s first state dinner, and President Bill Clinton’s black-and-white cat named Socks. We’re sure Willow the cat will have plenty of White House adventures with the Bidens.
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Cynthia Lawrence is freelance lifestyle journalist. Starting off her career in national magazines, she moved to digital and e-commerce publications. When she's not reviewing exciting products, she is obsessed with home interiors and her neighbour's cat!
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