Socks The Cat Dies

Socks, the White House cat during the Clinton administration, has died. He was about 18.

Socks had lived with Bill Clinton's secretary, Betty Currie, in Hollywood, Md., since the Clintons left the White House in early 2001. He didn't get along with the Clintons' dog, Buddy, and aggravated the president's allergies.

Currie confirmed Socks' death Friday evening and said she was "heartbroken." She did not give details and referred calls to the
Clinton Foundation office.

Socks had reached his late teens -- an advanced age for a cat -- when reports surfaced in late 2008 that he had cancer and Currie had ruled out invasive efforts to prolong his life.

He was what feline-lovers call a tuxedo cat -- mostly black with white down the front and belly and on his feet.


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  • by BBQ Lover Location: Greenville on Feb 21, 2009 at 11:12 PM
    I couldn't believe Socks lived that long! I remember the cute little guy, sorry to hear that he has passed!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 20, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    I am heartbroken... socks is in cat Heaven. ...RIP Socks!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 20, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    Socks is as much news as some of this other crap.
  • by Dave on Feb 20, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    Now Socks can be made into a pair of socks.
  • by Skeeter Location: Ayden on Feb 20, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    It must be a slow news day!!
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