Abraham Lincoln’s cat Tabby was the first cat to live in the White house. Lincoln said his cat Dixies was more clever than his entire cabinet. Theodore Roosevelt had a one-legged rooster. A raccoon, Rebecca, was thought to humanize Mr. and Mrs.Coolidge. Herbert Hoover kept Billy, a stray opossum, in Rebecca’s cage. Nixon’s cocker spaniel, Checkers, may have saved his career, but Checkers never lived in the White house.