In The News
(Dec. 2003-March 2004)
Behind Barney Cam:
"After [White House Web guru Jimmy] Orr procured a camera no larger than a lipstick to put on Barney's collar,
there was a hitch: Barney doesn't wear a collar. When Orr put one on him, the dog lay down on the ground and
started moaning, crying, and making all kinds of racket...
Go Fetch: White House reporters will do just about
anything to get the president's attention. According to Paul Bedard's Washington Whispers
column in U.S. News & World Report, members of the press call Barney's name in hopes
the dog will run over to them -- and that President Bush will follow.
Spot, President Bush's loyal English springer spaniel and Barney's
companion and playmate, died today. She would have turned 15 in March. The president and First Lady Laura Bush
accepted a veterinarian's recommendation to put Spotty to sleep, the White House said.
Getting to His Head: "The first few sketches I made of the Scottie, I didn't have the head big enough. I went over (to the White House). They went and got the dog and said, 'This dog has a huge head.' The poor thing was sleeping, and they woke him up. And he has a humongous head. He's precious, but it looks like he'd fall over."--Mary Bunning, the artist picked by First Lady Laura Bush to design the official poster for this year's White House Easter Egg Roll, tells the Kentucky Post, 2/6/04
He's Got Jaws of Steel: "After a trip to the ranch, [Deputy Press Secretary Trent] Duffy reported that he had seen [President] Bush 'toss a few horseshoes to Barney,' the 3-year-old Scottish terrier that stars in 'Barney Cam II: Barney Reloaded,' the most popular video on the White House Web site. 'Barney is a pretty good horseshoe player,' Duffy averred. When a reporter later asked about the propriety of throwing horseshoes at a dog, Duffy hastened to stress: 'With Barney, not at Barney.'" --Washington Post, 1/2/04
He Smelled a Rat: President Bush spent much of his prime-time interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer discussing the capture of Saddam Hussein. The president did not reveal whether Barney was the secret weapon that helped nab the Iraqi dictator, but sources close to the first pooch suspect the four-legged one had something to do with it. After all, Scottish terriers are trained to "go to ground" after rodents in holes. The president did repeat that Barney is son he never had and that the First Scot is the only one who'll go fishing with him.--BB, 12/16/03
Barney Cam II: Barney Reloaded:
If you liked Barney Cam,
last year's video debut of the First Scot, you'll love
Barney Cam II:
Barney plays poker with Ari Fleischer
and Andrew Card. Watch the video.
Barney Cam II Video
Original Barney Cam Video
Barney & Spot's Winter Wonderland Video
Barney Cam Photos
Note: If you spot Barney in the media--or in
person--please let BB know all about it!