Bill Clinton's Puppy & Socks The Cat Meet With Fiery Results - 1998




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Published on Jul 21, 2015


Washington has been holding its collective breath over the inevitable clash at the White House.

Ever since United States President Bill Clinton announced he had been given a Labrador puppy there has been speculation on Buddy's reception by the other first pet - Socks.

On Tuesday, the meeting happened - with fiery results.

Buddy has had a high profile since he joined the United States first family.

On Tuesday at the White House the fateful meeting with Socks the cat took place - with unfortunate consequences.

President Clinton tried to broker peace between the bitter rivals on the South Lawn - scene of the historic handshake between Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin.

His spokesman suggested he might have to call in an expert like the Middle East special envoy, Dennis Ross.

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"When's Ambassador Ross Special envoy to Middle East coming back?
Looked to me like Socks felt its privacy had been invaded.
SUPER CAPTION: Mike McCurry, White House spokesman

With much glee, the Washington press corps took full advantage of the situation and questioned White House spokesman Mike McCurry about the encounter closely.

There is bad blood between the White House pets.

Socks was left behind when Buddy and the First Family vacationed in the U.S. Virgin Islands last week.

Socks, hair raised high, stood his ground until Clinton and Buddy made their exit to the Oval Office.

Asked what became of the meeting, Clinton replied: "Making progress".

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