Friday, February 12, 2010

On birthdays and questionable presidential decisions

Another year, another birthday triumvirate. Happy day to Abe, Cynthia, and of course my own dear mother. (All of whom have graced the state of Illinois with their residence, if not their birth.)

In honor of the occasion, please enjoy this tidbit I stumbled upon whilst seeking President's Day printables for the kids. Who knew.

President Coolidge had a pet raccoon named Rebecca, originally meant for the dinner table on Thanksgiving. He built a little house for Rebecca outside the Oval Office and she could be seen walking up and down the White House hallways. She was fond of unscrewing light bulbs and uprooting palms. In the evenings, Coolidge walked Rebecca on a leash.

In one photograph taken on April 18, 1927, Rebecca is carried like a baby by the First Lady at the Easter Egg Roll on the White House Lawn. Rebecca was considered a member of the family. When the White House was undergoing repairs, the president sent a limousine to pick up Rebecca so she could join the rest of the First Family and wouldn’t be alone.

(Personally, I'm stuck on their Thanksgiving menu.)


  1. Thanks for honoring me with a prestigious mention on your blog. That is one bizarre piece of trivia to share space with! And let us all remember that today is also Charles Darwin's birthday (he and Abe would have been 201 today) - a convenient reminder that aging is about the survival of the fittest. And now I'm off to the health club...haha!

  2. Makes one wonder how often, if ever, raccoon has actually been served at the White House, for holidays or otherwise. If so, the frequency over time might make an interesting graph.