(CNN) – The White House announced Monday that the First Cat had passed on.
"The President, Mrs. Bush, Barbara, and Jenna are deeply saddened by the passing of their cat India ('Willie'),” said spokeswoman Sally McDonough.
“The 18 year-old female black American Shorthair died Sunday, January 4, 2009 at home at the White House. When Barbara was nine years old, she named India after the former Texas Ranger baseball player, Ruben Sierra, who was called 'El Indio.' When Barbara and Jenna moved away to college, India, affectionately called “Kitty” by the family, stayed at the White House with the President and Mrs. Bush. India was a beloved member of the Bush family for almost two decades. She will be greatly missed."
The cat’s name became in issue in 2001 after Hindu nationalists said the original moniker was an insult — and urged followers to call their dogs ‘George Bush.’
Update: The First Lady's office said the cat's name did not change as a result of the Indian protests; the Bush daughters had both named and nicknamed the cat before arriving in the White House.
Tell me again. This is newsworthy because....
This is pretty funny, the only time heartless democrats can say anything in regards to "blessings to the family" is when a stupid cat dies. It is cat. But other people just want to take another opportunity to show their vent up anger towards Bush. Thanks CNN, lets keep posting trivial news stories so people like me can waste our time reading this comments.
Please tell me how this is about politics, or even news worthy? Between Obama's daughters going to school and this story, not much must be going on in Washington... That in and of itself is the sad story, not an article about a dead pet.
Sad news – no matter how you feel about the pres, he is an animal-lover which is a good thing.
Will the cat lie in state ?
I can't believe they had a cat named India. India is clearly a Muslim name, therefore the Bushes are terrorists. I knew it.
My condolences to the family and friends of the First Cat. I have never pretended for one second to be a cat lover, and the feeling is mutual when it comes to the felines of this world. I grew up with cats (my beautiful late mother WAS a cat person) and the rest of (loving husband of what would have been 59 years this past New Years Day, and six children, all older than President-Elect Obama) learning to cope with cats in varying degrees. All three of my sisters loved cats and continue to own them except for one. However, I doubt there will be no man sadder than my wonderful father when Bob Robert, the old Siamese whom he has grudgingly learned to love quite deeply, decides to leave this plane of existence.
@ SCNH STN.I have respect for the office,when it has someone in it I dont consider a criminal,thanks.
I am very sorry about the pet but this is not good reporting even about the Bush's. I have had a many pet die and it never got on CNN, LOL! I know it hurts but let's go to other more important things to report about.
I can't believe people are taking this as an opportunity to malign Bush. Obviously you are all soulless people who have never truly known the love of a good pet. Give them a break – they just lost a friend of 18 years!
Sorry to hear about the cat. Bush family has my blessings.
Bush thinks: It is Hammas fault – get the missles ready!!!
Since the article says Bush and his wife are 'deeply saddened' by the demise of a cat, perhaps they could wear black armbands, and go to their Crawford ranch for a period of mourning...- till Jan 20th
Is this really worthy of news, must be a slow day. First the Obama girls go to school and now this.
Rest in peace!
Bye Bye India
"Sad news – no matter how you feel about the pres, he is an animal-lover which is a good thing."
Hmmmm, that might very well be the ONLY good thing about him. He has never shown an ounce of sincere concern for the soldiers he sent to die just so he could prove to his daddy that he is a real man. And, isn't your willingness to send others into harm's way the true measure of your manhood?
Whether it was Vietnam or Iraq, Bush was always been willing to let the REAL MEN do the heavy lifting.
Rest in Peace Willie. You were more of a man than George W Bush will ever be!
I think there should be a moment of silence for this sad loss... ok moments up.. lets move on.
Good, I hope is life is filled with more misery for what he and Cheney have done to America!
I'm not a fan of Bush, but I know that losing a pet is always sad.
I thought cats had 9 lives. I guess even they can't survive the abuses of the Bush administration.
This is no time to crack jokes even if you think it's not news or you do not like President Bush. I did not vote for him, but show some sympathy, even if you don't like cats. I know most people like dogs, but us cat lovers adore our little furry friends. One of my cats died just over a year ago and it still gets to me to this day. It was like losing a friend.
My condolences to the "Bushies".
I have never been a Bush fan, but I am an animal lover, therefore my condolences to the family.
Did Cheney pet it?
That could be the cause.
When is CNN going to do some real stories like why hasn't Barack Obama and all of the Democrat Senators asks for GOV Richardson to resign like they did Blago. Afterall he is one step further in the conviction process. You look at stories like this and you have to believe the National Enquirer may quickly become the best source of real news.
Darth Cheney did it