A “first cat” arrives at the White House, a shorthaired, gray cat that First Lady Jill Biden named Willow in honor of the Pennsylvania town, Willow Grove, where she grew up. “Willow is settling into the White House, with her favorite toys, her tidbits and lots of rooms to smell and explore,” announced Michael LaRosa, the first lady’s spokesperson. The last time the White House had a first cat was with George W. Bush, with a cat named India. Although the Biden cat has only now arrived at the presidential residence, the first meeting between Jill and Willow dates back to the 2020 election campaign when, during a demonstration on a farm, the kitten jumped on the Biden stage and immediately won the future first lady. Jill herself spoke about Willow in an interview last April saying that “she was waiting for the right moment” for her move to the White House and had meanwhile been placed in the care of friends. Now Willow will have to share the White House with Commander, the German Shepherd puppy the Bidens adopted last December, after losing their beloved Champ, a 13-year-old German Shepherd in June. And after being forced to remove Major from the White House, still a German shepherd, who had been the protagonist of some violent incidents with the staff.
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