March 30, 1962
Caroline Kennedy sits astride Macaroni on the South Lawn of the White House.
Image: JFK Presidential Library and museum
Presidential pets have always been celebrities of sorts, from Checkers the dog to Socks the Cat, but for a few years one could regularly be seen nibbling on the White House lawn.
Macaroni, a 10-year-old part-Shetland gelding, was given to young Caroline Kennedy as a gift from Lyndon B. Johnson
Though usually stabled at the Kennedy family home in Virginia, the pony was often brought in for Caroline and her friends to ride, sometimes accompanied by another pony, Tex.
Macaroni made for good entertainment for visiting dignitaries. In 1962, she tried to steal a bunch of daffodils out of the hands of Queen Farah of Iran, and the next year she received an ornate saddle from King Hassan II of Morocco. Read more…