I was wrong when I stated there would be no pet taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. When I posted my blog titled, “2017 Will Be A First For A Pet-less White House,” I should have clarified it would be one of the first “dog-less,” not “pet-less” White House's.
It’s true . . . Donald Trump is one of the first presidents choosing not to have a canine accompany him in residence. However, I was unaware the Vice President’s pet rabbit ‘Marlon Bundo’ would be relocating to DC. And similar to the VP’s spouse being referred to as the ‘Second Lady’ — I guess it’s appropriate we address this historical furry mammal as the White House's ‘Second Pet.’
They’re writing books about that Hare . . .
One would think ascending to the lofty position of second pet would be enough for one little rabbit. But the Pence family thought otherwise. A new children’s book titled “Marlon Bundo’s A Day of the Life of the Vice President,” is a furry tale of this White House rabbit, illustrated by second lady Karen Pence and written by daughter Charlotte Pence. To be released on March 19, by publisher Regnery Kids, it will be selling on Amazon.
Not to let a politically-charged satire opportunity slip by, “Last Week Tonight,” host and comedian John Oliver became the driving force behind another version of Marlon Bundo’s life and times. Titled “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,” is written by Jill Twiss, a writer on Oliver’s HBO show, and illustrated by EG Keller.
While Oliver’s book may not be historical . . . it is hysterical. According to Jill Twiss’ description, the book published by Chronicle Books is about a “very special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.”
Gay Rights, not Conversion
Oliver’s intent is to satirize Vice President Pence’s social conservatism and “his hostility to LGBT rights.”
When asked about his book, Oliver noted, “now, there are a few small differences between the two books. … [for starters] our Marlon Bundo is gay.”
For "every bunny who has ever felt different,” Oliver shines a light on tolerance and advocacy, as his book “explores issues of same sex marriage and democracy.” Oliver has also criticized the Pence book tour for scheduling stops in Colorado to promote gay-conversion therapy.
Chronicle Book says all proceeds from Oliver’s book will go to AIDS United and the Trevor Project, which focuses on suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.
On “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver also played an animated teaser for his children’s book. His “Marlon Bundo” audiobook (Partially Important Productions) features narration from such celebrity voices as Jim Parsons, John Lithgow, RuPaul, Ellie Kemper and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
We’ll be checking back to track the status of sales for each book over time. But in the meantime, please let us know which book you think will become a best-seller?
Primary Source: Washington Post