When running for president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. said it was time to a pet to hand over to the White House.
It was first announced that Champ and Major, German Shepherds belonging to President-elect and future First Lady Jill Biden, would be surveying the White House. And now, after an absence of more than a decade, a cat is also expected to join the ranks of Presidential Pets, Jane Pauley of “CBS Sunday morningReported on Twitter Friday.
In one interview with Fox 5 in WashingtonDr Biden hinted that if her husband won the presidency, she wouldn’t mind having a cat.
“I would love to have a cat,” she says. “I love having animals in the house.”
The cat’s breed and name were not immediately available. Representatives for Mr Biden did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
The Bidens will reestablish the tradition of presidential pets when they move into the White House in January, with President Trump choosing not to have pets during his tenure. But the Bidens’ cat will not be the first in the White House.
Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State William H. Seward gave him two cats, Tabby and Dixie, said Andrew Hager, historian in residence at the Presidential Pet Museum. Lincoln was a huge “fan of cats,” Mr. Hager said, and the president often fed Tabby at the dinner table despite his wife’s criticism.
Other presidential cats include Tom Kitten, which belonged to Caroline Kennedy; Shan Shein, the Siamese cat of President Gerald Ford’s daughter, Susan; and Misty Malarky Ying Yang, who belonged to President Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy.
One of the most popular White House cats was probably Socks in the Clinton White House.
The black and white cat was the protagonist of an unreleased Super Nintendo game, “Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill,” and often attracted media attention, as he was the only White House pet until what the Clintons adopted from a chocolate lab named Buddy in 1997.