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.”
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Hillary Dumped Socks
As an avid cat lover, I'm appalled to learn that Hillary Clinton dumped Socks the cat after the Clintons left the White House. No longer needed for window dressing, Socks was tossed aside to become a part of the Clinton's littered path like so many others. The Times writes:
The story reminds us that the Clinton's chocolate Labrador, Buddy, got run over by a car soon after the Clintons moved to New York. It's just another confirmation in my mind that Hillary Clinton is one of the most cold, evil and calculated persons in American politics. The Socks tragedy aside, folks should be paying close attention to Hillary's fundraising scandal involving Chinese nationals. Why are the Clintons repeatedly being caught trying to raise money illegally from the Chinese?