Bush center exhibit features first family pets

JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) – The upcoming holiday exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center will give visitors a look at the 2002 celebration at the White House, which took inspiration from presidential pets through the years.

The exhibit, called “All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas at the White House 2002,” opens Saturday.

It includes papier-mache replicas of first family pets, including first daughter Caroline Kennedy’s pony named Macaroni and raccoons named Rebecca and Reuben who belonged to President Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace.

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The exhibit, running through Jan. 13, also features a large Christmas tree decorated with handcrafted ornaments portraying birds indigenous to each state.

The center has started an annual tradition of featuring a look back at decorations from the Bush White House. Last year featured the decorations were from 2001.