I don't care what your politics are...Presidents of the United States of America, Republicans and Democrats have one thing in common - though they may not admit it these days....All Presidents are human. The Bush family responded just as any of us might, after losing Barney, their feisty and fun Sottish Terrier on February 1. George W. even created a Facebook page celebrating Barney. It's touching.
It's been said by many, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." Barney was clearly a friend and family member, whom the ex-President referred to as 'Barney Bush.' Here's a statement posted on George W.'s Facebook Fan 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.
George W, who has taken up oil painting, released a copy of his painting of Barney on the same day he announced his passing. Note, he signed the painting "43."