Barney Cam Returns
By Dan Eggen
It's that time of year again at the White House -- a national Christmas tree on the Ellipse, nonstop holiday events, and another corny video featuring Barney the first dog.
The seventh and final installment of "Barney Cam" was unveiled today, bringing a close to an annual tradition in which President Bush's Scottish Terrier frolics with celebrities in a lighthearted video message. The video is available on the White House Web site.
The White House has put together the "Barney Cam" videos each year since 2002, when the first version garnered some 24 million views on YouTube. Subsequent holiday messages have included appearances by former British prime minister Tony Blair, country singer Dolly Parton and others.
This year's video features cameos by Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Nastia Liukin, along with Bush; first lady Laura Bush; first daughters Barbara and Jenna; and Jenna's new husband, Henry Hager. The Bushes' second dog, Miss Beazley, also makes an appearance, though the star of the show is clearly Barney.
The plot is loose, to the say the least, but seems to involve Barney dreaming of Olympic glory while putting together this year's "Red, White and Blue Christmas" theme at the White House. At one point, President Bush is shown addressing Barney as he slumbers. "You better wake up fella," Bush says. "There's a lot of work to do around here. We're sprintin' to the finish, not nappin' to the finish."
The newest installment makes no mention of another famous Barney video a month ago, which showed the cantankerous pooch biting a reporter who attempted to pet him. There's also no word on whether President-elect Barack Obama will continue the doggy-cam tradition. Obama has pledged to fulfill a promise to his daughters to get a family dog after moving into the White House on Jan. 20.
Posted at 6:17 PM ET on Dec 15, 2008
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