How much do you know about presidential pets? Take our quiz.

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As a struggling economy dogs President Obama, his famous four-legged friend, Bo, could be a political risk, a new George Washington University study finds. The authors conclude that presidential pets are welcomed in times of scandal and war but not in bouts of economic instability. Whatever the case, first pets have long attracted publicity and press. From pooches to parakeets, see what facts you can recall about some noteworthy presidential pets. 

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1. Which president housed an alligator briefly in the bathroom of the East Room?

The alligator was a gift from Marquis de Lafayette. The reptile lived in the White House for several months. Adams reportedly said he enjoyed “the spectacle of guests fleeing from the room in terror.”

The alligator was a gift from Marquis de Lafayette. The reptile lived in the White House for several months. Adams reportedly said he enjoyed “the spectacle of guests fleeing from the room in terror.”

The alligator was a gift from Marquis de Lafayette. The reptile lived in the White House for several months. Adams reportedly said he enjoyed “the spectacle of guests fleeing from the room in terror.”

The alligator was a gift from Marquis de Lafayette. The reptile lived in the White House for several months. Adams reportedly said he enjoyed “the spectacle of guests fleeing from the room in terror.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

John Quincy Adams

 

Andrew Jackson

 

Theodore Roosevelt

 
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