Socks is dead.
The death of Socks, the White House first feline during the Clinton administration, was announced Friday night by Betty Currie, who was secretary to the 42nd president and who had kept the cat since the Clintons departed 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in 2001. He was thought to be around 18.
Last year Currie said that Socks had cancer. The cat had a famous dust-up with Buddy, the Clintons' dog, on the South Lawn in 1998. The two pets were the subject of Hillary Clinton's book of children's letters to the pair, titled Dear Socks, Dear Buddy.
Socks' death followed that of India, the White House cat during the Bush administration. India died on Jan. 4, also at 18.
In memory of the two cats, let us now paws and reflect.