Letter to the editor (Washington Post, May 4, 2012):
“I was surprised when reading the lineup of other presidential pets in the May 1 front-page article on Bo, the first dog [‘The dog days of a reelection bid’], to see no mention of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s beloved Scottish terrier, Fala.
“Fala was of such transcendent importance that not only is he the only presidential pet immortalized in our city’s monumental core, next to his master at the FDR Memorial near the Tidal Basin, but he also was invoked by Roosevelt in a campaign speech on Sept. 23, 1944, when the president declared to laughter and applause: ‘These Republican leaders have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife or on my sons. . . . [T]hey now include my little dog, Fala, as well. Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks . . . but Fala does resent them… . I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself. . . . But I think I have a right to resent, to object, to libelous statements about my dog!’”
Emily S. Goldman, Washington
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