Friday, June 25, 2010

Political Cats- Feline Fridays

So the Great and Horrible G20 overtakes Toronto this lovely, super overheated, weekend.  Besides being trapped in the pandemonium (all the highways and express ways that surround the city will be shut down on and off all weekend for motorcades, without warning), being overtaken with every kind of cop, crowd control, and security team within the province, and the possibilities of herds of crazy protesters, we can also look forward to limited access to the core of the city, transit shut downs and possibly another earthquake aftershock or locally touching down tornado.   It sounds suspiciously like the Armageddon doesn't it?
Oh did I mention the soaring 36+ degree heat after the humidex?

Anywho, all this talk of politics (did you know Obama has a sister in Mississauga??) has got me thinking about the plethora of pets that have been in the White house over the years.  But most especially the cats.  Everyone's heard of Socks, but did you know that Bush had almost as many cats as dogs in the White house? (and incidentally, a cow?)  Or that Abe Lincoln introduced the first cat to the White house?

So for those of you interested in American politicians that enjoy a good kitty, here's the list of past White house felines.

6th President, Abraham Lincoln: Tabby. The first White House cat.
19th President, Rutherford Hayes: Siam. A gift from the American Consul in Bangkok; this cat was the first Siamese to reach the United States (1878).
26th President, Theodore Roosevelt: Slippers and Tom Quartz.
29th President, Calvin Coolidge: Smokey, Blackie, Timmy and Tiger. Tiger was a grey stripped stray who used to be carried around the White House by the president, around his neck.
35th President, John Kennedy: Tom Kitten. When the cat died in 1962, he was given an obituary notice by the press.
38th President, Gerald Ford: Shan.
39th President, Jimmy Carter: A Siamese, Misty Malarky Ying Yang.
40th President, Ronald Reagan: Cleo Sara, Tortoiseshell strays, also several unnamed cats.
42nd President, Bill Clinton: Socks and Buddy.
43rd President, George W. Bush: Ernie and India  "Willie" Bush.
A third cat, Cowboy, said to be the president's favourite, died of a kidney disease in February 2000 at the age of 12. 

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