In The News
Q: What have you been doing at the ranch this weekend?
Barney Chat?: Senior Bush administration officials
(including the first Scotty, we hope?) will soon be chatting up a cyber-storm at the
White House Web site.
Jimmy Orr, the White House Internet media director, "said the White House has high
hopes for its entry into interactivity -- mentioning the Web chats in the same
breath as its Web site's blockbuster hit, 'Barney Cam,' which features a camera
that follows the president's Scottish terrier, Barney. 'In the online
tours' -- another new feature -- 'and Barney Cam and all the different
video available, we see the power of
multimedia.'"--Washington Post, 4/16/03.
Lost in the Translation?:
A less-than-flattering report from Havana in
International identifies President Bush's two dogs as Barney and Scotty. It shows
a picture of Barney being chased by a White House videographer, but the caption says its "Scotty."
The report critcizes the White House for publicizing the presidential pets
while "in Baghdad, children are trembling."--BB, 2/21/03.
Snow Dogs: "On the White House lawn,
President Bush's terrier and spaniel dogpaddled happily through snow that rose as
high as their snouts.
Good Housekeeper: Barney's on the
cover of Good Housekeeping magazine's February issue. Oh, and so is First Lady Laura Bush. (She
provides a lap for the First Scottie to sit on.) The story's billed:
'Laura Bush: Her private passions, what she loves best about her husband and her hopeful
message to a nervous nation.'--BB, 1/17/03.
Sad News: Barney's mom has passed away. Coors, owned by
EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman, was put to sleep Jan. 9, after a battle with cancer. She was seven
years old. The news came to light when Whitman, the former governor of New Jersey,
notified the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals about Coors' death. The animal rights group
had planned to feature Coors in billboard ads targeting the EPA chief for what PETA said
was Whitman's support of chemical testing using animals. The group reversed its plans after hearing
of Coors' passing.
Back to Nature:
"When President Bush -- wearing faded jeans, a baseball cap and muddy running shoes -- drove his truck up to a
group of reporters Thursday, he could not have been farther from Washington. 'Anybody interested in
a nature walk?" he asked before hopping out of the pickup with Barney, his Scottish terrier.
Bush and Barney led the group on a four-mile trek around the 1,600-acre spread he has dubbed Prairie Chapel Ranch."--
Houston Chronicle, 1/3/03.
Want Fries With That?:
"Diane Ewing of Irving gave the Bushes some dog-training advice.
Her own Scottish terrier is a Barney look-alike. 'I said Barney would behave much better
if you got him in obedience,' Ewing recounted after the chat."--
Houston Chronicle, reporting on President Bush's New Year's eve visit to a Crawford, Texas,
hamburger joint, 1/1/03.
Note: If you spot Barney in the media--or in
person--please let BB know all about it!