Menandcats.com reader Ari alerted me to the fact that Socks, the Clintons’ cat, passed away on February 21st. Socks lived to the ripe old age of 20 but had been battling throat cancer for the past few months. Socks was originally rescued by Chelsea Clinton, and lived in the governor’s mansion in Arkansas followed by the White House. Apparently the Clintons’ personal secretary, Betty Currie, was so taken with Socks that she asked to be his caretaker after the Clintons left the White House. Socks continued to live with Betty – who regularly cooked chicken for him – until his death.
Unfortunately, Socks is the second cat of a former President to pass away in 2009. India, George W. Bush’s cat, died in January.
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