Let’s Not Forget That ’70s White House Cat

Before Socks, there was Misty Malarky Ying Yang.

1. Misty Malarky Ying Yang was the apple-headed Siamese cat of Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy.

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3. In addition to a Mickey Mouse phone, Amy had the little-girl equivalent of a car bed: a giant dollhouse.

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4. Giant enough to hide a Misty Malarky Ying Yang…

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5. …but not giant enough to hide that outsize sense of unisex fashion.

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6. This one time? MMYY crashed a White House state dinner by sneaking down the grand staircase before President Carter and his guest, the president of Mexico, could make their entrance.

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7. No pictures of the incident exist.

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8. P.S. To be fair, there was also a dog. His name was Grits.

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9. PPS. There was another ’70s White House cat. Her name was Shan Shein, but she kept a low profile and was known to hide under the Lincolns’ bed.

Susan Ford (Gerald Ford’s daughter) with Shan Shein, October 1974. Photo by David Hume Kennerly.

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10. David Hume Kennerly, President Ford’s photographer, was quoted as saying: “I don’t think the President is particularly fond of the cat.”

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