Friday, May 16, 2008
Jack Valenti: Political Consultant and Dog Lover
In 1952, Jack Valenti co-founded "Weekley & Valenti", an advertising/political consulting agency. Valenti's agency, was in charge of the press during the November 1963 visit of President John F. Kennedy and Vice-President Lyndon Johnson to Dallas, Texas. Following the assassination of President Kennedy, Valenti was present in the famous photograph of Lyndon Johnson's swearing in aboard Air Force One, and rode with the new president to Washington. He then became the first "special assistant" to Johnson's White House. He lived in the White House for the first two months of Johnson's presidency. Valenti was so loyal to Johnson that it was once said of him "If LBJ dropped the H-bomb, Valenti would call it an urban renewal project."
However, Jack Valenti's second love was for his chocolate lab, Mimi. According to Hollywood insiders, Mimi Valenti was Jack's pride and joy. He would lavish the dog with expensive toys and outfits costing thousands of dollars. In addition to living a life of luxury, Mimi was given guest roles in various Hollywood movies. Some speculated that Jack used his considerable influence and position as President of the Motion Picture Association of America to pressure producers and directors into giving Mimi a role in their pictures.
Mimi Valenti is buried next to her owner Jack Valenti and on her tombstone it reads"
Here Lays Mimi, One Spoiled Bitch.
Posted by Patrick Henry at 9:46 AM