From the beginning the White House has been pretty open to animals. Perhaps this is because our early presidents were farmers and they had depended on and cared for animals. Many early presidents brought their own animals or pets to the White House. So animals and pets have always been welcomed at the White House.
The use of two given names – a first name and a middle name – was essentially unknown in Europe until the late Middle Ages, and even then the practice was limited to a few distinct cultural groups. Check out the middle names of the Presidents.