“Only the President lands on the South Lawn.”
Bo says, “Only the president lands on the South Lawn,” referring to an honored tradition reserved for the president; however, these are true words spoken from former President George H. W. Bush. Before George H. W. Bush was president, he served as vice president to Ronald Reagan. While President Reagan was in office, he was shot and rushed to surgery. His advisers wanted Vice President George H. W. Bush to land on the South Lawn as a public symbol of leadership. However, Vice President George H. W. Bush refused and responded, “Only the president lands on the South Lawn,” showing an immense amount of respect not only to President Ronald Reagan, but the office of the President of the United States.
“A Marine will open and close the door for you.”
Bo instructs other dogs not to scratch the door, as a Marine stands guard to open and close the door for guests. Only four Marines in the Marine Corp are selected for this post! They work individual 30 minutes shifts the entire time the president is working in West Wing and are relieved of duty when the president’s work is complete. How can they be ready to open the door when the president, vice president, or any guest leaves the White House? Do Marines have eyes in the back of their head?? Great question! Inside the White House, a secret service agent presses a buzzer once for a guest leaves and three times when the president leaves. The marine who is on guard outdoors hears this buzz and immediately turns to open the door for the person exiting the West Wing.
“Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office.”
Pictured at a talk show, Bo sends “warm wishes to the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, our friendly ally across the pond.” (“Across the pond” is a saying that means across the ocean.) What a long nickname for a cat! Bo is talking about sending friendly greetings to the official resident cat of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The cat’s real name is Larry, who lives at 10 Downing Street (head quarters of the executive office of the British Government). Larry is to the United Kingdom, what Bo is to the United States of America.
P.S. – Bo has appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Ellen Show” starring Ellen DeGeneres.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Illustrated in the book is a picture of British Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge in the White House. In the illustration, Prime Minister David Cameron is holding a bone wrapped with the United Kingdom flag. Bo Obama actually was given a bone shaped chew toy, decorated with the England flag, as a gift from Prime Minister Cameron when he visited the White House.
Former First Dogs
Bo is seen walking through a hallway of former First Dogs. On the wall, you can see former President Bush’s dogs, Mr. Barney Bush and Miss Beazley Bush. “43” is written above their portraits because they were the dogs of the 43rd President of the United States. Also in view is former 42nd President Bill Clinton’s dog, Mr. Buddy Clinton.
Five Living Presidents
In the White House dining room, you see five men illustrated around the table. What you might not know is these men are our nation’s five living presidents! Pictured from left to right are: Jimmy Carter (39th president), George H. W. Bush (41st president), Bill Clinton (42nd president), George W. Bush (43rd president), and Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States. Also, did you notice George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush have nearly identical names? That’s because they are father and son! George H. W. Bush, the 41st president, is the father of George W. Bush, the 43rd president. The only other father/son duo to be elected president is John Adams, the 2nd president and John Quincy Adams, the 6th president.
Bo Passing the Bone
On the last page, Bo “passes the bone” to his canine successor, by leaving a bone for him or her to find in the White House when he or she takes office. Bo’s act is an allusion to the traditional departure letter written by the outgoing president to the incoming president, left on the Oval Office desk.
Additional historical references:
Pg. 2 – The seal on Bo’s podium is identical to the seal of the president. The only difference is Bo’s seal says, Pup of the United States. The presidential seal says, President of the United States. Also, you can see a picture of Bo and another dog on the wall behind the podium. The other dog pictured with Bo is his sister, Sunny.
Pg. 5 – Bo with President Obama in the Oval Office.
Pg. 6 – Bo instructs the next Pup of the United States “must be born in the U.S.A.,” a requirement for a candidate running for president.
Pg. 7 – Marine One, the helicopter that flies the president, is pictured in the background of the South Lawn.
Pg. 9 – Bo boarding Air Force One with the First Family. Air Force One is the plane that flies the president.
Pg. 12 – Bo pictured swimming in the president’s pool at Camp David (along with two secret service agents yelling at him).
Pg. 22 – Bo pictured napping in the Lincoln room.
Pg. 25 – The bone Bo is gifting to the next Pup of the United States has a tag with “44” on it. “44” represents President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.