Former White House Cat Socks Dies

The famous black-and-white feline loses his battle with cancer.

Posted: Feb. 21, 2009, 3 a.m. EST

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Socks the cat
Socks lost his battle with cancer of the jaw. He lived in the White House during the Clinton administration.
Socks the cat, who went from being a stray to living in the White House during the Clinton administration, died on Friday. He was 19 years old.

The former first feline had been battling cancer of the jaw and his condition was rapidly worsening. According to recent reports, the black-and-white cat was losing weight and also suffered from kidney problems.

Betty Currie, who was President Clinton’s personal secretary, has taken care of of Socks in southern Maryland since 2001. During his White House years, Socks was the subject of the book "Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to First Pets." In his "retirement" years with Currie, he made public appearances with her at animal-welfare events and at events for military families.

“Socks brought much happiness to Chelsea and us over the years, and enjoyment to kids and cat lovers everywhere. 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," the Clintons said in a statement released to

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Val    Denver, CO

2/25/2009 10:19:44 AM

My beloved Bear, my black feline companion of 22 1/2 years, passed away on Friday, Feb 20th, 2009, as well. At 5am Friday he too lost his battle with cancer. He's been laid to rest in a royal size planter where I can plant beautiful annuals this May. When felines live to be as old as my Bear and Socks, they usually do lose out to cancer. It was wonderful to have my Bear around as long as he was.

Pat    Omaha, NE

2/23/2009 5:13:13 AM

Poor socks, too bad your owners didn't care for you enough to let you live with them after you left the white house! They farmed you out to live with their secretary.

Nicole    somewhere in, AZ

2/22/2009 6:42:52 PM

Poor Socks. A great fight was given. Socks will be missed by millions like me who didn't know him.

Sarah    Parkville, MD

2/22/2009 5:47:00 PM

May Socks rest in peace. He will be missed. My condolences go out to the Clinton family and friends

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