Monday, October 22, 2007

Socks Got the Boot...

It seems that first pet "Socks" (bought by Hillary because polls said she needed a softer image) got booted from the presidential family as soon as Clinton's two terms came to an end.

"...AS THE “first pet” of the Clinton era, Socks, the White House cat, allowed “chilly” Hillary Clinton to show a caring, maternal side as well as bringing joy to her daughter Chelsea. So where is Socks today?

Once the presidency was over, there was no room for Socks any more. After years of loyal service at the White House, the black and white cat was dumped on Betty Currie, Bill Clinton’s personal secretary, who also had an embarrassing clean-up role in the saga of his relationship with the intern Monica Lewinsky.

Some believe the abandoned pet could now come between Hillary Clinton and her ambition to return to the White House as America’s first woman president.

Clinton’s treatment of Socks cuts to the heart of the questions about her candidacy. Is she too cold and calculating to win the presidency? Or does it signify political invincibility by showing she is willing to deploy every weapon to get what she wants?

“In the annals of human evil, off-loading a pet is nowhere near the top of the list,” writes Caitlin Flanagan in the current issue of The Atlantic magazine. “But neither is it dead last, and it is especially galling when said pet has been deployed for years as an all-purpose character reference." (source)

How about that beautiful chocolate lab Buddy (also the direct product of polling0 you might ask in light of Socks' fate? Shortly after leaving the White House, Buddy was killed by a car. I wonder what all the rescue and PETA people will have to say about that...?

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