Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What was the name of Bill Clinton's pet cat when he first came into office?

I was thinking earlier today about my dog Molly, and naturally, that got me thinking of pets.  Presidential pets frequently become famous in their own right, and President Clinton's pet was no different.  So, here is today's question, off of our Pocket Trivia: US Presidents game: What was the name of Bill Clinton's pet cat when he first came into office?  Muffin, Stripes, Fluffers or Socks?

Granted, any of those names sound cute/obnoxious enough to be a cat name, so unless you know this one straight up, guessing is going to be hard.

Anyway, the correct answer is Socks.  Socks (pictured left...yes, that's a real picture) was the Clinton's cat from the time Clinton served as Governor of Arkansas through Clinton's entire two terms in office.  He was the Clinton's sole pet until the Clinton's adoption of Buddy, a Labrador Retriever.  Apparently they got along like...cats and dogs ::snicker::

Anyway, when the Clinton's left the White House, they gave Socks to Betty Currie, President Clinton's White House Secretary.  Socks lived until 19, when he was euthanized after suffering from jaw cancer.  He did better than poor Buddy, however; Buddy was hit by a car and killed while "playfully" chasing a contractor off the Clinton's lawn.  As a dog owner myself, this is so sad!

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