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Clintons’ Holiday Card Gives Pets Prime Spots

For the third year, artist Thomas McKnight has designed President and Mrs. Clinton’s official Christmas card, featuring the Clinton cat, Socks, resting on a chair in the Green Room of the White House.

McKnight, known for his homespun, whimsical style, designed the Clintons’ 1994 holiday card featuring the Red Room, and the 1995 card showing the Blue Room.

“I have to say there’s not too much you can do differently,” McKnight said, referring to similarities in style that this year’s card has with the past two.

The 300,000 presidential greeting cards are being produced by the Cleveland-based American Greetings Corp., which announced McKnight’s selection as designer Friday.

The Democratic National Committee is paying an undisclosed price for the cards.

Neither the president nor first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton nor their daughter Chelsea are depicted in the card. The family cat, Socks, is shown resting on a chair, and in a flourish of artistic license, the artist’s dog, Shadow - not a White House resident - is shown among the presents.

This year Socks caused a minor stir. Hillary Clinton noted that the shape of the head didn’t seem right.

“We got a call about it from Air Force One,” McKnight said. He said a minor adjustment was made to the cat’s cranium.

Three stockings are shown hung above the fireplace with a view of the Washington through one of the room’s windows, although the monument isn’t visible from the actual Green Room. One of three paintings seen in the Green Room shows a view McKnight has of his own yard.

“Our family wishes you and yours a beautiful holiday season filled with the warmth of friends and loved ones, and with the promise of a happy new year,” the greeting says.


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