Synopses & Reviews
In this new edition of All the Presidents Pets
• Presidents: 42
• Poops on White House rug: 1
• References to President Chester Alan Arthurs hip muttonchops: 1
• Press corps reporters still wearing Ugg Boots: 2
• Scenes taking place in Wolf Blitzers Japanese garden: 2
• Cartoon beagles packing heat: 1
• References to the Sacred Feminine: 0
• References to the Sacred Animal: 12
• Near-death escapes by Fox News Alan Colmes: 3
• Vulgar LBJ animal expressions: 6
• Secrets of the universe from Stephen Hawking: 1
• Body count: 57 (plus one slug pumped into Dr. Phils backside)
• Fox News hotties: 8
• Appearances by evangelist Pat Robertson in a tank top: 1
• Sports practiced by Condi Rice each day before 5 a.m.: 3
• Plus . . . a long-awaited debunking of the Jimmy Carter killer rabbit story!
"All the Presidents' Men meets "Charlotte's Web in an explosive political expose that blows the lid off a long-held secret in Washington: The Presidents' pets are more than just furry photo ops.
How much does the public really know about the role of the President?
Does the White House Press Corps really understand it?
Does the President himself have a clue?
"All the Presidents' Pets is the long-awaited, spine-tingling, muckraking blockbuster from political and pop culture commentator Mo Rocca--a tour de force of investigative reporting that for the first time tells the true story of who really runs America.
From George Washington's donkey, Royal Gift, and Rutherford B. Hayes's Siamese cat, Miss Pussy, to Lincoln's goats, Nanny and Nanko, and John Kennedy's Welsh terrier, Charlie, each has left an indelible mark on the White House. (In fact, Eisenhower's Weimaraner, Heidi, did leave a terrible stain on the Diplomatic Reception Room carpet. She was promptly exiled to Ike's Gettysburg farm.) In "All the Presidents' Pets, Rocca lays bare the true stories of our nation's First Pets and sheds light on the origins and evolution of presidential power.
Rocca plumbs rare sources, with the assistance of veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas (the Stefanie Powers to his Robert Wagner), for the poop--er, scoop--on what really goes on in the West Wing. Once Helen reveals her deepest, darkest secret, the story turns dangerous. Filled with revelations and news breaks--and an unforgettable cast, including Wolf Blitzer, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, and a terrifying albino named Gephardt (no relation)--this is yet another story that the complacent Washington press corpsmissed.
Forget Paul O'Neill. Richard Clarke? Who's that? "All the Presidents' Pets is the groundbreaking political book that Bob Woodward could have written had he just spent a little less time with the President and a little more time with Barney.
"Some will consider this satire. Mo Rocca describes how U.S. political policy has been guided by presidential pets for more than two hundred years. Oh, and I suppose you have a better explanation?" --P. J. O'Rourke
""All the Presidents' Pets is a deeply probing, thoroughly engaging account about how the media has uniformly overlooked the White House pet phenomenon to the detriment of our national memory. Thanks to Mo Rocca, no serious political commentator can properly analyze the Bush Administration without taking into consideration 'The Barney Factor.' And, for good measure, he has broken the story of Helen Thomas's lair, a cosmic revelation that will force historians to reinterpret presidencies dating as far back as James Garfield's tenure." --Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History and Director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies, University of New Orleans
"A freaky, phantasmagoric trip through the secret history of presidential pets."--Robert Siegel, former editor in chief of "The Onion
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Mo Rocca is a former correspondent for The Daily Show and appears frequently on NBCs Today and Tonight Show, NPRs Wait Wait . . . Dont Tell Me, VH1, Larry King Live, and Animal Planet. He lives in New York City.