Buddy was picked up by Bill Clinton at three months old in December 1997 and was named after Bill’s great-uncle who was a major influence in his life. He became First Dog of the United States, replacing Socks the Cat as the official White House pet. Socks was well-known for not getting along with the friendly Buddy and the Clinton’s had to keep them in separate quarters.
Sadly at four years old in 2002, Buddy was killed by a car as he chased a contractor at the home across the street. While not able to help, secret service agents were at the home at the time and the Clinton’s were not. The agents rushed Buddy to an animal hospital where he was pronounced dead. This has led to a conspiracy theories that his death was planned in order to garner sympathy for the Clintons at the time.
The most famous of the Clinton family’s pets, Socks was born around 1989 and passed away in 2009. He served as First Cat of the United States from 1993-2001 and the First Cat of Arkansas from 1991-1992. He was adopted by the Clintons in 1991 when he jumped into the arms of daughter Chelsea Clinton as she was leaving her piano teacher’s house.
As First Cat, he often visited schools and hospitals in support of children. He was eventually forced to step down as First Cat when the Clinton’s got Buddy the labrador retriever, who took over as First Dog. Both Clinton’s have said Socks couldn’t stand Buddy, with Bill being quoted as saying “I did better with… the Palestinians and the Israelis than I’ve done with Socks and Buddy”. He spent his later years under the car of Bill’s secretary Betty Currie and due to failing health, he was euthanized in 2009.
August 19, 1946 (76)
(1975 - )
Bill Clinton is known for serving two terms as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Prior to becoming president, he served as the Attorney General of Arkansas from 1977 to 1979 and as the Governor of Arkansas from 1983 until 1992. He married Hillary Clinton in 1975, who later became a U.S. senator and the democratic nominee for president, losing to Donald Trump in 2016. After his presidency, he continued to be a public figure by founding charities, fundraising and giving speeches.
Bill is father to Chelsea Clinton.