White House Cat Takes Ill-Advised Helicopter Ride

Willow Biden is taken to Marine A person on June 17, 2022.
Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP through Getty Photographs

Previous year, in just one of my proudest achievements as a journalist, I served hold the Bidens accountable on their guarantee to get a White House cat. For much more than a calendar year, President Biden and Initial Woman Jill Biden held teasing in interviews that they ended up on the verge of adopting a cat. They even experienced the audacity to undertake a puppy, Commander, whilst the cat remained MIA. Then in January, the Bidens responded to the community outcry (i.e. jokes from a handful of kitty-loving reporters on Twitter), announcing that a two-yr-old gray tabby named Willow experienced lastly taken up home in the White Home.

Due to the fact then, everything’s been heading swimmingly for the Bidens (on the cat front, at the very least). The administration produced some lovable photographs of Willow lounging all around the West Wing. HarperCollins set out a children’s picture e book “inspired by Willow Biden, the serious first cat!” (It’s pleasant, but evidently it was illustrated during the excruciating wait around for Willow the cat in the e book is the mistaken shade.) The Very first Feline even produced People’s checklist of “100 Factors to Love America in 2022.”

Everybody is delighted … other than, maybe, Willow. It looks the Bidens have develop into so attached to her that they couldn’t bear to leave her at the White Dwelling although they head property to Rehoboth, Delaware, for the weekend. Willow was spotted being carried into Marine 1 on Friday afternoon.

Picture: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Visuals

Michael LaRosa, the Initially Lady’s press secretary, explained to CNN that this is a typical occurrence, however it seemed this was information to reporters on the White Residence cat conquer. “Willow normally spends the weekends with the Very first Loved ones, which include in Rehoboth, Wilmington, and Camp David,” LaRosa mentioned.

But each and every cat proprietor at Intelligencer shuddered at the assumed of touring with their pet on a noisy, turbulent helicopter. “It’s undesirable sufficient when they’re in the provider!” remarked 1 colleague. “I will by no means forget about my partner driving us into New York City in a moving truck with the cats screaming in their carriers in among us.” A further recalled a traumatic trip on a a great deal extra steady aircraft: “The last time my cats flew, they were dead silent for 3 several hours and then just one very violently barfed halfway by landing.” A third co-employee remarked, “My cat would murder every person in the helicopter.”

Probably Willow is the rare cat that enjoys automobiles. It is been acknowledged to happen!

While, upon even more investigation, that basically did not go so very well for the human beings involved. It’s possible it isn’t Willow that we need to be nervous about.