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First Cat? Bidens Reportedly Bringing A Feline To The White House

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<div class="content-list-component text"><p>The first family might include a cat for the first time in more than a decade when President-elect <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/news/joe-biden/">Joe Biden</a> takes office.</p><p>Biden and his wife Jill said they will bring a cat into the White House <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/champ-major-biden-dogs-twitter_n_5fa8dbcfc5b64c88d402abe6" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">along with</a> their German shepherds Champ and Major, Jill Pauley of “CBS Sunday Morning” <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSSunday/status/1332512786732244993?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">revealed in a clip</a> tweeted on Friday.</p><p>Jill Biden has hinted that a kitty was in the cards before. In an interview with Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, she said she would “love to get a cat.”</p><p>“I love having animals around the house,” she said.</p><p>The cat’s name and breed are not yet known.</p></div><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5fc45b282300002c08400b71.jpeg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="Socks the cat peers over the podium in the White House briefing room in Washington during the Clinton presidency in 1994." data-caption="Socks the cat peers over the podium in the White House briefing room in Washington during the Clinton presidency in 1994." data-credit="ASSOCIATED PRESS / Marcy Nighswander" data-credit-link-back=""><div class="content-list-component text"><p>Biden fractured several bones in his foot on Saturday while playing with Major, his <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/entry/joe-biden-twists-ankle_n_5fc40caac5b63d1b770d14d1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">office said Sunday.</a></p><p>The Bidens’ dog duo and cat will reinstitute the tradition of presidents keeping pets in the White House. President Donald Trump was the first president in years not to have any.</p><p>Before Trump, Bo and Sunny Obama ― two Portuguese water dogs ― inhabited the residence.</p></div><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5fc460d31f000057005a261f.jpeg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="Bo and Sunny walk on the tarmac by their handlers to board Air Force One before the arrival of President Barack Obama and his family in August, 2016." data-caption="Bo and Sunny walk on the tarmac by their handlers to board Air Force One before the arrival of President Barack Obama and his family in August, 2016." data-credit="ASSOCIATED PRESS" data-credit-link-back=""><div class="content-list-component text"><p>President George W. Bush’s family had three dogs and a cat: two Scottish terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley; an English springer spaniel named Spot Fetcher; and a black cat named India “Willie” Bush.</p><p>And before that, when Bill Clinton was in office, he shared the White House with a famous black and white cat named Socks, a stray who jumped into Chelsea Clinton’s arms in Arkansas. Socks was later joined by a chocolate Labrador, Buddy. While the two apparently did not get along at all, they became the subject of a 1998 children’s book by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton titled “Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets.<em>”</em></p><p>Let’s hope Major, Champ and the newest COTUS have better luck making friends.</p><p><strong><em>Never miss a thing. </em></strong><a href="https://subscribe.huffpost.com/NewsLetter/preference/Subscribe/?list=au-daily-brief&src=editorial" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><strong><em>Sign up to HuffPost Australia’s weekly newsletter</em></strong></a><strong><em> for the latest news, exclusives and guides to achieving the good life.</em></strong></p></div><!-- start relEntries --><div class="related-entries related-entries--list yr-related-entries"><h3 class="related-entries__head">Related...</h3><ul class="related-entries__list"><li class="related-entries__list__item yr-related-entry"><a class="related-entries__title entry__link--omit yr-card-headline" href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/fox-news-host-pulls-apart-election-lies-trump-spouted-on-network-hours-earlier_au_5fc46db6c5b63d1b770d5937?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Fox News Host Pulls Apart Election Lies Trump Spouted On Network Hours Earlier"> Fox News Host Pulls Apart Election Lies Trump Spouted On Network Hours Earlier </a></li><li class="related-entries__list__item yr-related-entry"><a class="related-entries__title entry__link--omit yr-card-headline" href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/joe-biden-twists-ankle_au_5fc472b2c5b68ca87f8584f5?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Joe Biden Fractures Foot While Playing With Dog, Doctor Says"> Joe Biden Fractures Foot While Playing With Dog, Doctor Says </a></li><li class="related-entries__list__item yr-related-entry"><a class="related-entries__title entry__link--omit yr-card-headline" href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/kamala-harris-trump-rerun-madam-vice-president-t-shirt_au_5fc416c7c5b6e4b1ea4c5262?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Kamala Harris Gets A Big Laugh Out Of Another Trump Run: 'Please'"> Kamala Harris Gets A Big Laugh Out Of Another Trump Run: 'Please' </a></li><li class="related-entries__list__item yr-related-entry"><a class="related-entries__title entry__link--omit yr-card-headline" href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/trump-maria-bartiromo-interview_au_5fc40768c5b6e4b1ea4c4686?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Fox News Lets Trump Spew Lies Unchecked In First Interview Since Election Day"> Fox News Lets Trump Spew Lies Unchecked In First Interview Since Election Day </a></li><li class="related-entries__list__item yr-related-entry"><a class="related-entries__title entry__link--omit yr-card-headline" href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/trump-biographer-incompetent-loser_au_5fc2363ac5b63d1b770c6016?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Trump Biographer Hits President Where It Hurts: Can’t Even Succeed At Being A Loser"> Trump Biographer Hits President Where It Hurts: Can’t Even Succeed At Being A Loser </a></li><li class="related-entries__list__item yr-related-entry"><a class="related-entries__title entry__link--omit yr-card-headline" href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/people-cant-believe-donald-trumps-tiny-desk-for-his-thanksgiving-rant-isnt-a-joke_au_5fc0b54cc5b68ca87f8330b4?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="People Can’t Believe Trump’s Tiny Desk For His Thanksgiving Rant Isn’t A Joke"> People Can’t Believe Trump’s Tiny Desk For His Thanksgiving Rant Isn’t A Joke </a></li></ul></div><!-- end relEntries --><section class="extra-content"><h5 class="extra-content__title"></h5><div class="extra-content__media"></div></section>

The first family might include a cat for the first time in more than a decade when President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

Biden and his wife Jill said they will bring a cat into the White House along with their German shepherds Champ and Major, Jill Pauley of “CBS Sunday Morning” revealed in a clip tweeted on Friday.

Jill Biden has hinted that a kitty was in the cards before. In an interview with Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, she said she would “love to get a cat.”

“I love having animals around the house,” she said.

The cat’s name and breed are not yet known.

Socks the cat peers over the podium in the White House briefing room in Washington during the Clinton presidency in 1994.

Biden fractured several bones in his foot on Saturday while playing with Major, his office said Sunday.

The Bidens’ dog duo and cat will reinstitute the tradition of presidents keeping pets in the White House. President Donald Trump was the first president in years not to have any.

Before Trump, Bo and Sunny Obama ― two Portuguese water dogs ― inhabited the residence.

Bo and Sunny walk on the tarmac by their handlers to board Air Force One before the arrival of President Barack Obama and his family in August, 2016.

President George W. Bush’s family had three dogs and a cat: two Scottish terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley; an English springer spaniel named Spot Fetcher; and a black cat named India “Willie” Bush.

And before that, when Bill Clinton was in office, he shared the White House with a famous black and white cat named Socks, a stray who jumped into Chelsea Clinton’s arms in Arkansas. Socks was later joined by a chocolate Labrador, Buddy. While the two apparently did not get along at all, they became the subject of a 1998 children’s book by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton titled “Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets.

Let’s hope Major, Champ and the newest COTUS have better luck making friends.

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Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/joe-biden-cat-white-house_au_5fc47fa2c5b6e4b1ea4c91f0

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