Speck bitten by First Dog

By Beverly Keel
Tennessean
October 16, 2008

Jake Speck was the talk of the White House on Monday.

The 2000 Christ Presbyterian Academy graduate was among the cast members of Broadway’s Jersey Boys who were invited to perform in the East Room at a dinner for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Hosted by the Bushes, the dinner had a guest list that included the Cheneys, Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Rudy Giuliani and more than one Supreme Court justice.

During soundcheck, one of the Bushes’ dogs, a very friendly looking Scottish terrier named Miss Beazley, entered the room.

“So I went up to her and put my hand by her mouth,” Jake, 27, says. “She barked and chomped right down on my finger. It started bleeding a little bit. It wasn’t that big of a deal.”

Alarmed White House staffers took Jake to the president’s doctor for a close examination, and a few hours later, Jake received a handwritten note of apology from Laura Bush, who had asked her aides repeatedly about his condition.

When the cast entered the Blue Room for a private meeting with the president, President Bush said, “Which one of you is the one the dog bit?”

“I was like, ‘That’s me,’“ Jake said. “He apologized profusely and said he was very embarrassed and had all of her teeth pulled out, so don’t worry about it because it wouldn’t happen again.

“It was the story of the night.”