President Joe Biden has some problematic progeny. At least this time it was only one of the four-legged family members.
Major Biden, one of the president’s two German Shepherd dogs, bit a National Park Service employee Monday, Breitbart reported. This is the second bite for the rescue animal in a matter of weeks.
The pup bit a Secret Service member on March 8, causing injuries significant enough that the employee had to be treated by the White House Medical Unit. At the time, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dismissed concerns, stating the animal was still “getting acclimated” to his new environment.
The latest bite happened to a National Parks employee on the White House South lawn. The unnamed employee, who was working in that location at the time, had to seek treatment from the staff medical personnel as well.
“Yes, Major nipped someone on a walk,” first lady Jill Biden’s press secretary Michael LaRosa admitted. “Out of an abundance of caution, the individual was seen by WHMU and then returned to work.”
Biden defended his pet, telling ABC News he was a “sweet dog” after the first incident. “Eighty-five percent of the people there love him,” the president told ABC News. “He just — all he does is lick them and wag his tail. But … I realize some people, understandably, are afraid of dogs to begin with.”
Prior to these incidents, the media fawned over the Bidens’ canine companions. Major was the first rescue dog in the White House, and supposedly serious news outlets penned pieces singing the pups’ praises, Fox News reported. NPR gushed over Major’s “”wags to riches’ tail” while the New York Times ran with the serious headline “Dog People Are Loving This” about the presidential dogs.
This story is tame compared to the problems Biden has had with his human offspring. However, it now appears his “fur babies” are just as prone to bad judgment and embarrassing antics.
Rescue animals come with a lot of baggage, and sometimes that means they’re not safe to be around. There’s no word about what will become of Major, but it’s hard to justify letting a dog that’s bitten two people keep his privileged place in the White House.