As presidential cat, Willow Biden has privileges
(CNN) In the dog days of summer, Willow the cat rules the roost.
On Friday, Willow's crate was spotted being carried by a staff member from the White House residence to Marine One, the presidential helicopter that will ferry the feline -- along with President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden -- to Rehoboth, Delaware, and the family's beach house.
Whether a cat can appreciate a sojourn by the sea remains questionable , but for Willow, the Rehoboth house is one of several changes of scenery she gets to appreciate as a presidential pet.
"Willow" the Biden's cat is taken to Marine One before US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden boarded Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on June 17, 2022.
- The Bidens are spending the weekend in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
(Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)"Willow often spends the weekends with the First Family, including in Rehoboth, Wilmington, and Camp David," the first lady's press secretary Michael LaRosa told CNN.
When she is not being whisked away for the weekend, Willow has privileges to roam the White House.
She is predominantly restricted to the White House executive residence's private second and third floors, where CNN is told Willow particularly enjoys the solarium, a bright space above the South Portico, where she "receives lots of attention from the Executive Residence staff."
In Wilmington and at Camp David, "she often sits on the porch in the sun," says LaRosa.