Former First Dog Barney, RIP (2000-2013)

Barney, the Scottish Terrier that lived in the White House with President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, passed away on February 1, 2013. Born on September 30, 2000, Barney died at age 12 after battling lymphoma.

Since retiring and moving back to Texas, President Bush has been painting landscapes and dog portraits. This portrait of Barney is one of the President’s paintings. It is signed “43.”

Barney Bush

Portrait of Barney
by President George W. Bush

President Bush issued the following statement:

Laura and I are sad to announce that our Scottish Terrier, Barney, has passed away. The little fellow had been suffering from lymphoma and after twelve and a half years of life, his body could not fight off the illness.

Barney and I enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to accompany me when I fished for bass at the ranch. He was a fierce armadillo hunter. At Camp David, his favorite activity was chasing golf balls on the chipping green.

Barney guarded the South Lawn entrance of the White House as if he were a Secret Service agent. He wandered the halls of the West Wing looking for treats from his many friends. He starred in Barney Cam and gave the American people Christmas tours of the White House. Barney greeted Queens, Heads of State, and Prime Ministers. He was always polite and never jumped in their laps.

Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House. He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal.

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Congressman Comments on Ronald Reagan Statue

Congressman Wally Herger, representing the people of California’s District 2, was on hand at the unveiling of the Ronald Reagan statue in the Capitol Rotunda on June 3, 2009. Below are his written comments about the event, and a video he recorded as he stood in front of the statue:

I wanted to let you know about a recent event commemorating one of California’s greatest historical figures. Yesterday, in the Capitol Rotunda, Congress dedicated a statue honoring former President Ronald Reagan. I was fortunate to have the honor of attending the ceremony.  It was a moving ceremony and I can think of no person more worthy of this tribute than President Reagan. President Reagan’s contributions to the United States include helping to end the Cold War by bringing the Soviet Union to its knees, and sparking an unprecedented era of economic growth and job creation through his support for across-the-board tax relief on the American people.

“Former First Lady Nancy Reagan delivered remarks in remembrance of her husband.  At the unveiling, Mrs. Reagan commented that it was a “wonderful likeness” of her late husband.  Leaders of both the House of Representatives and the Senate gave speeches honoring our 40th President along with his former Chief of Staff and Treasury Secretary James Baker.  The 7-foot, bronze statue contains pieces of the Berlin Wall, in recognition of his unyielding commitment to freedom everywhere.”

See Also:
Reagan Statue in National Statuary Hall Collection [Art2u; June 3, 2009]

After AIPAC: Rep. Wally Herger’s Floor Speech on Iran’s Nukes

The 2009 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington DC was an amazing event. The Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, the White House, the Smithsonian Museums, Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, and the National Archives are all minutes away from the convention center. But most of the excitement was within the hall, as we attended workshops on politics and the Middle East, and heard speeches by Israeli President Shimon Peres, Vice President Joe Biden, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durban (D-IL), Senate Republican Whip (R-AZ), Senator John Kerry (D-MA), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), and many others.

On Monday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an address via satellite to the Gala Banquet, which was attended by 6,500 people, including conference delegates, more than half of Congress, numerous ambassadors and diplomats, as well as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Congressman Wally Herger, representing California’s 2nd District, joined us at our table. He told us that he was going to deliver a one-minute speech about Iran and Israel on the House on May 7, 2009. He did not disappoint us: