Tuesday, March 18, 2008

LOOK WHO DECIDED TO VISIT US in at Washington DC ! We arranged to meet at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. While they were waiting on the lawn....little did they know...


We thought we would trash it...umm...we mean tour it... before Cheysuli moved in. THUNDERING HERDS OF ELEPHANTS were in order. We started in the Cross Hall.....And into the Red Room... Chey has already got her portrait up in there.
Next, we met India, the White House Cat!
Here she is posing on a chair in the West Garden Room in the White House.
India "Willie" Bush has been a beloved member of the Bush family for more than 10 years.

Here are some facts about India:

"India also goes by "Willie" and "Kitty."
  • "Dream" Job: Presidential Historian...loves to tell interesting facts about past Presidents and First Ladies.
  • Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC
  • D.C.'Beans": President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush
  • Namesake: Named for former Texas Ranger baseball player, Ruben Sierra, who was called "El Indio"
  • Favorite Sport: Hiding from "Beans"
  • Favorite Food: Tuna flavored kitty treats
  • Favorite Book: If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
  • Favorite Place to Nap: Under the bed
Here are some of the cats, past and present, who have lived in the White House in Washington, as pets of the Presidents or their families:

16th President, Abraham Lincoln: Tabby. The first White House cat.
19th President, Rutherford Hayes: Siam. A gift from the American Consul in Bangkok; this cat was the first Siamese to reach the United States (1878).
26th President, Theodore Roosevelt: Slippers and Tom Quartz.
29th President, Calvin Coolidge: Smokey, Blackie, Timmy and Tiger. Tiger was a grey stripped stray who used to be carried around the White House by the president, around his neck.
35th President, John Kennedy: Tom Kitten. When the cat died in 1962, he was given an obituary notice by the press.
38th President, Gerald Ford: Shan.
39th President, Jimmy Carter: A Siamese, Misty Malarky Ying Yang.
40th President, Ronald Reagan: Cleo & Sara, Tortoiseshell strays, also several unnamed cats.
42nd President, Bill Clinton: Socks and Buddy.
43rd President, George W. Bush: Ernie and India "Willie" Bush.
A third cat, Cowboy, said to be the president's favorite, died of a kidney disease in February 2000 at the age of 12.
After our visit with India, we decided to go and see the China Room!

After that...um...incident...we met a couple of Secret Service Agents:Fortunately, they were very nice. They even showed us their badge:
They...ummm...suggested that perhaps we should escape....err...we mean.. leave D.C. Here is the escape route....err....directions they gave us to get to the Taylor CatSSSSS house in Rockville, Maryland:
We all made it back to our house (Taylor CatSSSSS)! Whew!
If you need us, we will be in the basement hiding...we mean...partying! Just don't let the Secret Service know!

Photo Credits: First Four Photos by Momo!


Tybalt said...

WOW! What an adventure! I'm glad you made it back home safely. ;)

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Looks like you all had fun escaping, uh, we mean eluding capt -- It looks like you all had fun. We'll leave it at that.

The Crew said...

Well, that was quite an adventure but very educational at the same time. It's nice to know so many President's loved kitties!

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

Wow, how exciting! :) Looks like you all had quite the adventure!

Maggy & Zoey said...

At the possible risk of not being politically correct -- and offending someone out there (tho no offense meant) -- THANK GOD you all have taken over the White House. It couldn't happen soon enough! And hopefully those (beans) that occupied it most recently have been tossed over Great Falls, into the Tidal Basin, or floating down the Potomac never to be seen again.

Daisy said...

Woohoo! You took over the White House! That looks like loads of fun. And how great that you got to meet India. I am glad that a cat lives in the White House.

ps: better get some glue to fix that dish, then nobody will notice.

The Cat Realm said...

Why is it that we always have to leave places in a hurry and something has to be mended???
And let's be honest: WE had nothing to do with it!!!! Did you see those elephants? Thoise should be questioned by the secret service, right?
I am very amazed that you found home with those ,hmmm, those ,uh, those elaborate directions......
Mrs. OZ and Emil

Alasandra said...

Thank you for telling us about all the cats that have lived in the White House.

India was very nice, we had a good time playing with her.

You know I really think the elephants are the ones that broke the plate. We were very well behaved on this visit.

The SS agents were very nice glad you got home safely.

Your friends in Mississippi,
Scylla, Charybdis & Socks

Big Piney Woods Cats said...

Maybe we should tell Chey you need to be in some really inappropriate replationships to get elected.


felinesopher said...

hehehe, your adventure is very amusing:) let's see how you guys can escape like that if you visit us here;) ready to take a challenge making some adventure here in our place? we'll show you around....

Felinesopher and her kitties gank, Meaouwy Troops from Jakarta

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

whoa - you all sure know how ta have a good time! we gotta get out more!

DEBRA said...

Now that was exciting...wow we had no idea that there was a kitty in the wild white house...that was so neat to see her picture. We are glad that things didn't get too exciting with things ending up in the tabloids. You know how they can make stuff up.


Asta said...

Hi Taylor cats
Don't wowwy about the dish..aftew what we did to the towew of pisa, and fiwewe able to fix it, this is no big deal
you looked gweat taking ovew the white house
smoochie kisses,Asta

Victor Tabbycat said...

What fun! Our boy is bisiting Washington DC dis week wif hims grandparents. If we'd aknown, we'd asnuck into hims bag an met you at the White Howse. I'll haf to ask if he saw or herd anyfing bout yur... uninvited bisit.

Gma got losted drivin frum the airport to the hotel an dey ended up in Furginia, so maybe it's good we didn't go long. But I miss my boy an he'll be back fursday, which is too many sleeps away.

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Victor, tell your Gma that EVERYBODY gets lost driving from the airport and ends up in Furginia! Happens all the time!!!

I hope your boy comes home soon!

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

wow! that is very exciting. That china room looks great for whapping practice. ha ha ha
i'm glad your home safe and hide...I mean playing.

ML said...

KC said...
furrst, i don't finks you brokes tha dish in tha furrst place, but i's seen one jus like it at Walmart, i'll send it to you and you's can replace it, they'll never know tha difference.
Purrs, KC

MoMo said...

What fun! Thanks for having us!

Love meeting the First Cat and the cutie secret agents. Thanks for all the info in regards to the past first cats. Furry interesting.

I reckon we should stick to the Flying Van and forget about all those roads. Too complicated.

Broken plates? No, not us! We only break towers. Oooops! You didn't read that!

DaisyMae Maus said...

The Taylor Catsssss' house is far nicer than the White House.

Great story!


The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Thank you to everyone for visiting our blog and reading about our adventure! What fun! KC: WalMart, huh, okay....Mommy...we need to buy a plate! OR....Daisy says superglue....oh Mommy.....

We think that we will just do what all politicians do: DENY EVERYTHING!!!


caspersmom said...

Gosh, so glad you got away with all your tails intact. All of you had some adventure. Thanks for stopping by our place on your way back. We enjoyed your visit. Sure hope you had a great St. Patricks day after you got back home. I agree with Daisymae, you sure live in a really nice house.


Cheysuli and gemini said...

That is harrowing! I am glad you weren't caught. I don't have the influence I would like to have just yet... and I'm glad my portrait wasn't part of the upheaval!

China Cat said...

Whew, I was so glad that you all got safely back home again! What an adventure! I was very interested to hear about India as I didn't know that there was a cat currently in the White House - I knew there SHOULD have been!

Purrrrrrrrs, China Cat