Friday, November 07, 2008

Equal Rights for Felines

The news today carries a story discussing what breed of dog Obama will have in the White House. Has anyone else noticed the gross, continued discrimination in this area? I haven't made up a complete list, but so far as I can remember every presidential pet in my lifetime was a dog.

One could understand it in the case of Nixon, whose position in history was, arguably, due to a cocker spaniel named Checkers. But Checkers died in 1964, so never got the place he had earned in the White House save perhaps as an occasional visitor. But what did a dog do for Obama? What did Fala do for FDR or Millie or Spot for Bush's I and II?

I won't claim that some of my best friends are dogs--it could be misinterpreted--but I have nothing against dogs, having had two when I was growing up. But if Obama really believed in change, not to mention equal rights and affirmative action, he would be getting a cat.

13 Comments:

At 7:18 AM, November 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Socks (born c. March 1991) was the pet cat of the Bill Clinton family.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socks_(cat)

 
At 8:44 AM, November 07, 2008, Anonymous Tom Courtney said...

Or even more generally, from googling "cats white house": http://www.pawsonline.info/whitehouse.htm.

 
At 8:55 AM, November 07, 2008, Anonymous Shaun said...

Here's a link to a recent article on CNN about presidential pets:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/11/07/mf.presidential.pets/?iref=mpstoryview

I've got to say that the fact that Calvin Coolidge had a pygmy hippopotamus is pretty cool, and another pygmy hippopotamus in the white house is change I can believe in.

 
At 11:11 AM, November 07, 2008, Anonymous Mike Gogulski said...

Cats for all! Two cats in every pot!

 
At 12:08 PM, November 07, 2008, Blogger Jared Saltz said...

T. Roosevelt has a veritable zoo at the White House. Including a Zebra, I believe...

 
At 12:45 PM, November 07, 2008, Blogger Gary McGath said...

Bush's dog just made the news by biting a reporter.

 
At 3:36 PM, November 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many of the same beliefs or desires that have pushed me toward the libertarian/anarcho-capitalist direction, such as the desire to live free from coercion, have also made me become a vegetarian. Animals evolved in the same manner as humans, so presumably have some level of self-interest. Since animals don’t screw with me, I’ll return the favor and refrain from screwing with them. Not sure what this has to do with Obama getting a pet, but it is the first thing that popped in my mind…

 
At 5:14 AM, November 08, 2008, Blogger Dan Clore said...

I'm surprised that you don't remember Socks, the White House cat, after the fooforaw over Rush Limbaugh's joke that that there was also a White House dog -- Chelsea Clinton.

 
At 5:16 AM, November 08, 2008, Anonymous Dan Clore said...

I'm surprised that you don't remember Socks, the White House cat, after the fooforaw over Rush Limbaugh's joke that that there was also a White House dog -- Chelsea Clinton.

 
At 9:17 AM, November 08, 2008, Anonymous Hardy said...

If you like to have a friend in the White House, than get yourself a dog.

 
At 1:27 PM, November 08, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

Nice post. Let's have more cats, indeed! A pigmy hippo would be kind of cool, but as a cat person myself I'd naturally prefer politicians to be similarly oriented.

There must be some catty politicians, but I don't know of any offhand. It's rather prejudice-confirming that politicians seem to prefer doggy dependence and devotion to catty independence and self-reliance.

 
At 8:25 PM, November 08, 2008, Blogger Perry E. Metzger said...

Taken from: http://ittybittykittycommittee.blogspot.com/2008/11/race-is-almost-over.html

16th 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
43rd President, George W. Bush: Ernie and India "Willie" Bush and Cowboy.

 
At 12:02 AM, November 09, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

Thanks for the reassurance about American presidents, Perry. Now all we need is the list of cat-loving international leaders worldwide...

 

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