September 30, 2000
New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||February 1, 2013 (aged 12)|
|Cause of death||Euthanasia|
|Nation from||United States|
|Notable role||Played self in |
Barney Cam I (2002)
Barney Cam II: Barney Reloaded (2003)
Barney and Spot's Winter Wonderland (2003)
Barney Cam: Where in the White House is Miss Beazley? (2004)
|Known for||Pet of the First Family of the United States|
|Title||First Dog of the United States|
|Term||January 20, 2001 — January 20, 2009|
|Predecessor||Buddy and Socks|
|Successor||Bo and Sunny|
(of Pontefract; owned by Christine Todd Whitman)
Kelly, sire (of Champion Motherwell Stormwarning)
Barney Bush (birth name Bernard Bush; September 30, 2000 – February 1, 2013) was a Scottish Terrier owned by former U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush. Barney had his own official web page which redirected to an extension of the White House website. Barney was born in New Jersey and he was often referred to as the "First Dog".
Barney's mother, Coors, was owned by former Environmental Protection Agency Director and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman. The dog's father is known as Kelly. Miss Beazley, the Bushes' other Scottish terrier, is Barney's niece through his half-brother, Clinton.
Barney is said to have enjoyed playing with volleyballs and golf balls, and enjoyed observing games of horseshoes. There are various web sites across the Internet devoted to Barney. Most notably, he was the main star of the White House's annual Christmas videos during the Bush administration.
Barney was featured in several films that go by the name of Barneycam and are made by the White House Staff, and star both Barney himself and Miss Beazley, the other presidential canine. These movies can be found on the George W. Bush archived White House web site.
Bob Woodward quotes Bush about Barney
"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 says. "My work on this leads to lots of people who spend hours, days with the president."
Criticism by Karl Rove and Vladimir Putin
White House official Karl Rove remarked shortly after his resignation that Barney was "a lump." Barney has also been criticized by Russian President Vladimir Putin who feels a world leader should own large robust dogs, not smaller breeds such as the Scottish Terrier. At a later date, when Putin introduced Bush to Koni, his black labrador, Putin is reported to have remarked that Koni is "(b)igger, tougher, stronger, faster, meaner, than Barney."
On November 27, 2006, Barney was featured in an article in satirical newspaper The Onion titled "Troop Morale Boosted By Surprise Visit From First Dog". The article described a fictitious visit by Barney to troops in Iraq.
On November 6, 2008, Barney bit Reuters news reporter Jon Decker's finger. Barney had bitten Boston Celtics public relations director Heather Walker on the wrist on September 19, 2008, breaking the skin and drawing blood, but the incident was not reported until after the November 4 elections. Laura Bush's spokesperson joked afterwards that "I think it was his way of saying he was done with the paparazzi."
Death and legacy
Barney and Miss Beazley are honored with a bronze sculpture at the George W. Bush Library. A bronze Barney also appears in the arms of Bush's statue in Rapid City, South Dakota's "City of Presidents" public art installation of presidential statues.
Barney has starred in eleven government film productions. His last, Barney Cam VII: A Red, White and Blue Christmas, is a 2008 Christmas video featuring George W. Bush and members of his immediate family, and many American Olympians. In it, he dreams of winning several honors for the United States before being woken up by President Bush, who needs Barney's help in preparing for Christmas.
Barney's feature videos:
- Barney Cam VII: A Red, White and Blue Christmas (2008)
- Barney Cam VI: Holiday in the National Parks (2007)
- My Barney Valentine (2007)
- Barney's Holiday Extravaganza (2006)
- A Very Beazley Christmas (2005)
- Barney and Miss Beazley's Spring Garden Tour (2005)
- Barney has found Miss Beazley (2005)
- Where in the White House is Miss Beazley? (2004)
- Barney Reloaded (2003)
- Barney and Spot's Winter Wonderland (2003)
- Barney Cam (2002)
- India – President George W. Bush's cat
- Fala – FDR's Scottish Terrier
- United States presidential pets
- List of individual dogs
- Barneys Biography. Georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov. Retrieved on June 12, 2014.
- Barney Bush passes away. Usatoday.com (February 1, 2013). Retrieved on June 12, 2014.
- "Former First Dog Barney Bush passes away at age 12". Dallas News. Archived from the original on May 27, 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Bob Woodward: Bush Misleads On Iraq – CBS 60 Minutes – October 1, 2006
- "A doggone race", UK Guardian – January 6, 2008.
- Troop Morale Boosted By Surprise Visit From First Dog | The Onion – America's Finest News Source Archived February 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. The Onion (November 27, 2006). Retrieved on June 12, 2014.
- Barney's Holiday Extravaganza. The Daily Show. December 14, 2006
- Scottie Tails: My Date with Barney, the First Dog. Youtube. January 233, 2007.
- My Date with Barney website
- Feller, Ben. Dog bites reporter: Is that news? Archived September 24, 2015, at the Wayback Machine FOXNews.com
- Rodrique Ngowi, AP WriterCeltics PR Director Says White House Dog Bit Her[permanent dead link]
- "A Friend in Washington". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
- "Barney Bush, W's dog, passes away". Politico. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Bailey, Holly (April 24, 2013). "Laura Bush: New library is not 'a monument' to her husband". Yahoo News. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
- Rapid City Tourism: City of Presidents, George W. Bush
- "Barneys Home Page". whitehouse.gov. Archived from the original on February 11, 2009. Retrieved December 31, 2008 – via National Archives.
- Barney's official site — archived copy of George W. Bush White House site