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Spot. This once cliché dog name is now ranked number 257 for male dog names in the U.S. according to Veterinary Pet Insurance.reference 1 If this doesn't speak of the lack of influence of the President of the United States, I don't know what does.

1. Top Pet Names. 2003. Veterinary Pet Insurance. Accessed Jan 14 2006 from http:// www.petinsurance. com/ petnames/ dsp_petNames.cfm.

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Photograph of President George W. Bush holding his dog, Spot spacer
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Spot was one of the original marquee names in the Dick and Jane series, a set of widely used reading books for elementary school children. The books are viewed today as embodying the narrow values of the white suburban neighborhood that Dick, Jane, and Spot inhabited. Perhaps the President is hoping to reinvigorate those values by leading the way in canine naming.
 
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About the illustrations: Figure 1 is from Fun with Dick and Jane.reference 2 This image is copyrighted and unlicensed. I believe that the use of this work in the article “Spot” to illustrate the subject in question where no free equivalent is available or could be created that would adequately give the same information qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law.

Figure 2 shows the forty-third president of the United States with First Dog, Spot. This image is a work of a U.S. employee, taken or made during the course of the person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.

2.Fun with Dick and Jane. 1996. San Francisco: Collins Publishers San Francisco.

see also: If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog Last updated: May 26, 2008
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