Biden’s Dogs Repeatedly Biting Hand That Protects Him
"Dog bites man" isn't news. Unless it's the President's dog.
WaPo (“Bidens’ dog bites Secret Service officer in 11th known aggressive incident“):
The Biden family’s dog, Commander, bit a Secret Service officer at the White House on Monday — at least the 11th aggressive incident that has prompted questions about the German shepherd’s behavior and the safety of those who interact with him.
“Yesterday around 8 p.m., a Secret Service Uniformed Division police officer came in contact with a First Family pet and was bitten,” Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said Tuesday in a statement. “The officer was treated by medical personnel on complex.”
Commander, who came to the White House as a puppy in 2021, previously bit at least seven people between late 2022 and early 2023, according to records obtained by the conservative group Judicial Watch. There are other known incidents in which the dog has run at people or barked aggressively.
Elizabeth Alexander, a spokeswoman for first lady Jill Biden, on Wednesday reiterated her statement from July that the Bidens are working to address the issue. She declined to specify what steps the family has taken.
“As we’ve noted before, the White House can be a stressful environment for family pets, and the First Family continues to work on ways to help Commander handle the often unpredictable nature of the White House grounds,” Alexander said in a statement. “The President and First Lady are incredibly grateful to the Secret Service and Executive Residence staff for all they do to keep them, their family, and the country safe.”
Back in March 2021, when another of Biden’s dogs returned to the White House after a “biting incident,” I argued for leniency, writing (in the comments section), “Unless the dog is seriously injuring people on a regular basis, we may just have to put up with it for the sake of [the President’s] mental health.” But eleven such incidents with one dog—and who knows how many total incidents, since there are three First Dogs—is rather much.
We’re well past the point where training would seem to help. It may well be that the dogs need to find a new home.