February 20th, 2009
06:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Clinton’s cat 'Socks' dies

Bill Clinton enjoys pet cat Socks in this 1993 file photo.
Bill Clinton enjoys pet cat Socks in this 1993 file photo.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Socks, who reigned as first cat in former President Clinton’s White House, was put to sleep on Friday morning.

After suffering from mouth cancer, Socks was euthanized at Three Notch Veterinary Clinic in Hollywood, Maryland. Betty Currie, Clinton’s former personal secretary, had been taking care of the cat since her boss left the White House.

Socks was born in 1989 and would have turned 20 this spring.

Currie told the Southern Maryland News that Socks hadn’t eaten for two days and that she thought his condition was deteriorating. Socks was under the care of Dr. David Langford at the clinic.

"Socks brought much happiness to Chelsea and us over the years, and enjoyment to kids and cat lovers everywhere," the Clintons said in a statement. "We're grateful for those memories, and we especially want to thank our good friend, Betty Currie, for taking such loving care of Socks for so many years."

Socks had to share the stage as first pet in the White House after the Clintons adopted Buddy, a Labrador retriever.

An 11-year-old Chelsea Clinton adopted Socks in 1991 after she saw the stray kitten at her piano teacher’s home in Little Rock, Arkansas. The cat moved into the governor’s mansion with the family and later to the White House.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Mike - Houston

    I hope you all are paying attention to what Hillary Clinton is saying in Asia. Apparently for the Obama administration, human rights are UNIMPORTANT when it comes to China.

    The Great American Surrender is in full progression.

    SHAME on CNN for not even reporting this. Yahoo has it.

    February 20, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. Stephy

    Please tell me this is a joke...

    February 20, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. ANN

    Socks is in kitty heaven – bless his furry heart

    February 20, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. Corey Yow

    beautilfully written article. I love the first paragraph. "socks, who resigned as first cat."

    February 20, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. Texas Teacher

    You know... Bill Clinton was a good looking man. and still is for that matter.. :)... and that cat is pretty good looking as well!

    February 20, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. No Incumbents 2010

    Sounds like the cat had a good long life. Sad though when a pet dies.

    February 20, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  7. Texas Teacher

    Mike – Houston February 20th, 2009 7:36 pm ET

    They put Socks to sleep so he wouldn't have to suffer though the Obama administration!!!!!
    ********************************************
    MIKE YOU ARE TOO STUPID TO THINK FOR YOURSELF... OTHERWISE YOU WOULD NOT MAKE SUCH A STUPID STATEMENT!

    I AM GETTING TIRED OF HAVING TO SPEAK THE OBVIOUS TO SOO MANY BOZOS ON HERE! :)

    February 20, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  8. Texas Teacher

    MIKE, I WISH THEY COULD PUT YOU TO SLEEP OR AT LEAST NUMB YOUR BRAIN SO WE DO NOT HAVE TO LISTEN TO ANYMORE OF THESE TRULY STUPID COMMENTS! :(

    February 20, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  9. thatmarvelousape

    CNN, please get rid of your comments section. I don't like to load pure idiocy onto my computer.

    February 20, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. JO

    To Lost in Texas Forever: ..... I'm a 'far righter' and I think you should get lost forever! Socks reminds me of my beloved cat Sama who lived to 18 years of age.... and even looked a lot like Socks. I miss her greatly.
    My tears are flowing for Socks and for my beloved Sama.

    February 20, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. Patti in Dallas

    Peace out, Socks. You were a good guy. You'll be missed by many.

    February 20, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  12. Bill

    RIP Socks

    February 20, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  13. Rafael VA

    The cat was cute and whatever but, why is this news???

    February 20, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. TimMN

    Awww poor thing he had a good long life.

    February 20, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  15. Richie

    Please don't write mean things about a dear kitty dying. Please.

    February 20, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  16. Herm

    Gosh! So many americans have felt sorry for the death of this cat much more than they feel for thousands who die of hunger,disease and as a result of poor leadership in Africa.

    February 21, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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