Scandals and Presidential Pets

| Wed Jun. 13, 2012 1:36 PM EDT

Sarah Kliff reports on a new study of presidential pets:

Crunching the numbers, the article finds that White House dogs could be playing a diversionary role: They tend to get trotted out during times of international conflict and presidential scandal (no similar effect, it’s worth noting, was found for cats).

Of course not. No self-respecting cat would allow itself to be used as a prop for a scandal-ridden president. The very idea is laughable.