Former First Dog Barney Bush, a black Scottish terrier, passed away Friday at the age of 12 after battling lymphoma. Barney is best known for his “BarneyCam” videos recorded annually at Christmas during his residency at the White House with President George W. Bush.
In his book about the Iraq war, Bob Woodward cited a famous Bush quote that mentioned Barney, according to Wikipedia.
“Late last year he had key Republicans up to the White House to talk about the war. And said, ‘I will not withdraw even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me.’ Barney is his dog,” Woodward said. “My work on this leads to lots of people who spend hours, days with the president.”
On Feb. 1, President Bush posted this statement to his Facebook page:
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.
Barney is survived by the Bushes’ other Scottish terrier, Miss Beazley.
Here is Barney’s final video:
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