Washington, D.C. – President Joe Biden’s dog, Commander, has once again bitten a U.S. Secret Service employee, according to officials. The latest incident occurred at the White House on Monday evening when a uniformed division officer was bitten by the German Shepherd. Fortunately, the officer received immediate medical attention and is reported to be doing well.
Elizabeth Alexander, the communications director for First Lady Jill Biden, acknowledged that the White House can be a stressful environment for family pets. She stated that the first family is actively working on finding ways to assist Commander in managing the unpredictable nature of the White House grounds. In expressing gratitude for the Secret Service and Executive Residence staff, Alexander emphasized their vital role in ensuring the safety of the Bidens, their family, and the country.
Records from the Department of Homeland Security reveal that Commander has displayed aggressive behavior on at least 10 other occasions between October 2022 and January 2023. These incidents include a previous attack that resulted in a law enforcement officer requiring hospital treatment. Notably, this is not the first time one of President Biden’s dogs has exhibited aggressive behavior towards Secret Service personnel and White House staff. Following a series of similar incidents, Major, another German Shepherd owned by the Bidens, was eventually relocated to live with friends in Delaware.
The U.S. Secret Service is responsible for providing security protection to the president and his family. Numerous officers are stationed throughout the executive mansion and its extensive grounds to ensure their safety.
Commander joined the Biden family in December 2021 as a gift from President Biden’s brother, James. In addition to Commander, the Bidens also have a cat named Willow.