The Vice President’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, declared that she is one of the many who is buying a copy of John Oliver’s sold-out spoof her children’s book. Charlotte wrote a children’s book about the vice president’s family pet rabbit called “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President.”
Charlotte said, “I have bought his book. He’s giving proceeds of the book to charity, and we’re also giving proceeds of our book to charity, so I really think that we can all get behind it,” Pence said on Wednesday.
John Oliver announced the release of his book: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” on his HBO show on Sunday.
Oliver’s parody shot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list and then sold out. It is a satirical take on Pence’s book about her family rabbit. In Oliver’s spoof, Bundo the rabbit is gay, which is meant to be a jab of the vice president’s stand on LGBT issues.
“It doesn’t have to be divisive,” said Charlotte Pence, 24. “I think that everybody can come together over Marlon.”
A portion of Pence’s book, which was illustrated by her mother Karen Pence, will go to Tracy’s Kids. They provide young cancer patients with art therapy.
Charlotte is the oldest daughter of the vice president’s three children. She said that she would also donate some of the money from the sales to A21, an anti-human trafficking nonprofit.
Oliver said the proceeds from his book would go to AIDS United and the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization for LGBT youth.
“I also want to support those charities — I really mean that,” Charlotte Pence said.
She wants her first children’s book to teach young readers about the role of the vice president. Bundo, the rabbit, follows her father through his daily work.
“There are a lot of things I didn’t know about the vice president’s official duties until my dad was the vice president,” she says.
The family bunny, also known as BOTUS – “Bunny of the United States,” has jumped to Instagram fame, with nearly 25,000 followers.
“I think people really like seeing a bunny in this role,” Charlotte Pence says of the bunny’s beloved fans. “There have been presidents who’ve had bunnies before, but it’s a little more rare.” In fact, Abraham Lincoln, Chester A. Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy all had a BOTUS.
As Easter approaches, maybe this rabbit can serve as a respite from all the backbiting in Washington. Charlotte Pence says she doesn’t “pay a ton of attention to the negativity” in the nation’s capital. When she was asked about the criticism that her father receives, she said, “I think you just have to have the mindset that my parents have really taught me to have, which is while people may be critical of my dad, we live in a country where we have freedoms to speak out against our elected leaders.”
“So whenever people protest, my dad always has this line, he says, ‘That’s what freedom looks like.’ And it’s really true,” she says
“At the end of the day, he’s still my dad, and my opinion of him is going to be good because I know him and I know his heart,” she adds.
Charlotte said that she always wanted to be a writer when she was growing up. She said it is an “awesome privilege” to be able to write the book, which features rhyming verses about Marlon Bundo.
Since this first book is going so well, and since rabbits multiply, there seems to be a possibility of a sequel.
“Marlon I think definitely has some adventures up his sleeve, for sure,” Charlotte said.
Credit: The Hill