How do you say "Merry Christmas" in Scottish terrier? Just ask presidential pups Barney and Miss Beazley. First lady Laura Bush showed a home video of White House holiday life _ from the first dogs' point of view _ to a group of patients, their families and staff at Children's National Medical Center on Wednesday.
The video, "A Very Beazley Christmas," tells the story of a very jealous Barney, who hides presents meant for his more popular sister, Miss Beazley.
The president's chief of staff, Andrew Card, and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, as well as television hosts Nancy O'Dell and George Stephanopoulos, raise Barney's ire by heaping praise on the charming, photogenic and younger Miss Beazley.
After scolding Barney for playing hide and seek with Miss Beazley's gifts, President George W. Bush chides a contrite Miss Beazley, saying, "I understand you've been a media hound." He patches up the dogs' differences by telling them, "You have to remember the true meaning of the holiday season."
The video is available on the White House Web site. Laura Bush showed the video after touring the hospital with daughter Barbara and Miss Beazley, who was decked out in a holiday plaid collar, and reading "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," by Dr. Seuss, to a group of children.
The first lady took a few questions from her young audience at the end of the program. One young woman wanted to know, "Is there a menorah in the White House?" Yes, Mrs. Bush replied.
Five-year-old Diamond Moseley, in the hospital with chronic asthma, said the video was her favorite part of the day. Samantha Melkonian, 12, guided Mrs. Bush on her tour. Samantha, who took in the festivities with her family, last year donated bone marrow to her leukemia-stricken brother, the AP reported. Every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy has visited the hospital during the holidays. A.M.
In a weary world of endless US military interventions, sanctions, trade tariffs and chaos, let’s pause and take stock of the shining house on the hill