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President Clinton holds Socks the cat as he and Mrs. Clinton hosted Washington area elementary school children at the White House Friday Dec. 20, 1996 where the president read "Twas the Night Before Christmas." (AP Photo/Ruth Fremson)
Photo by: RUTH FREMSON
President Clinton holds Socks the cat as he and Mrs. Clinton hosted Washington area elementary school children at the White House Friday Dec. 20, 1996 where the president read "Twas the Night Before Christmas." (AP Photo/Ruth Fremson)

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