Vice President Mike Pence has a book out — or rather his family has. Ostensibly penned by his rabbit, a pet much featured in the media, A Day in the Life of the Vice President, is actually written by his daughter, filmmaker Charlotte Pence, and illustrated by his wife Karen Pence.
“The Vice President and his wife could kiss their audience’s attention goodbye once Marlon Bundo was introduced!” — CNN, covering Marlon Bundo’s appearance at a White House military appreciation event
From the moment he hopped into the home of America’s “Second Family,” black-and-white bunny rabbit Marlon Bundo captured the hearts of Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen, and his children Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. But little Marlon Bundo isn’t just a family pet: like Peter Rabbit and Bugs Bunny before him, Marlon—or BOTUS (Bunny of the United States)—is a national celebrity! With his appearances at official White House events, his rides on Air Force 2, and his popular Instagram account, Marlon Bundo has become a beloved member of the Trump-Pence administration.
So how does a bunny experience a day in the life of the Vice President? Now young readers can follow Marlon Bundo along as he hops after “Grampa” (Vice President Mike Pence) in this delightful story penned by Charlotte Pence and illustrated faithfully with watercolors from the “Second Lady” herself, Karen Pence.
On last night’s Last Week Tonight on HBO, John Oliver went at Mike Pence with all guns blazing over his history of homophobic comments and support and instigation of anti-LGBTQ legislation. But in the process, as the Pences set out on a book signing tour, Oliver revealed that he had written his own children’s book, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, about said rabbit, and his boyfriend Wesley. The book is also out now on Kindle and Audible, in US bookstores next week and in the UK next month. The audio version features the voices of Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, John Lithgow, Jack McBrayer, and Jeff Garlin.
And here on Bleeding Cool, illustrated by EJ Keller of Pence’s home state Indiana, and co-written with fellow Last Week Tonight writer Jill Twiss is a preview of the book, followed by a clip from the show that animates some of the pages.
All of the proceeds from the book will go to the Trevor Project and to AIDS United. Oliver will be appearing on Ellen this week to promote the book there too.