Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year. (AP)
“Does the word ‘grandmother’ connote authority, durability and wisdom, or a less-flattering set of associations?” the New York Times asks.
As in, this person is in her sunset years?
Here are some memos, according to the New York Times:
The public interest is understandable. She said the segment should show Clinton ‘doing it all’ — working on health care, picking out flowers for a state dinner — and include film footage of ‘you attending one of Chelsea’s soccer games or making a run to the local supermarket.’”
Hillary then and now
And this is two decades before Barack Obama sat down with Zack Galafinakis.
Unclear to whom? Hillary’s daughter can’t get pregnant without a bunch of political reporters hyperventilating?
And ideological fodder as well. And fraught with meaning for Hillary:
We’ll stop the madness with this semi-scoop from The Wire:
Some things never change. Oh yes, and her mother will probably run for president.
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Combined with the latest release of Clinton library files, this is a reminder that Hillary has been on the public stage a very long time. Chelsea grew up in the White House, and was awkwardly caught in the middle during the Monica Lewinsky mess. Ted Cruz aide Amanda Carpenter tweeted: “I love days like this when everyone recognizes a baby is a baby and not a fetus.”
In that latest document dump from the Clinton presidential library, we again see Hillary’s handlers trying to soften her image–a challenge they may face again in 2016 (baby or no baby).
Ah, so the baby-in-waiting is already a political prop for the 2016 campaign.
“Clinton will be something else entirely: the most prominent American politician ever to become a grandmother. She married the son of two members of Congress, Marc Mezvinsky (in a wedding at a secret location). 9, 2013, file photo Chelsea Clinton speaks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. That can be a big disadvantage, as she’s hardly a fresh face and we’ve already lived through one Clinton presidency. Clinton addressed ‘image problems you must counter.’ Her aides gently reminded the first lady: ‘Your staff and friends know you are an extremely warm, down-to-earth person, but the public doesn’t know it. But it also means the public is quite interested in her soap-opera life, and that her career will never be dull–especially with this latest development heralding a new generation.
Hillary has been openly pining for a grandchild, and I get that the handicappers think it will warm up her image. Although this is blatantly sexist on its face, as I don’t recall anyone lauding the fact that Mitt Romney was a grandfather.
Chelsea Clinton is having a baby–a nice, non-controversial story, right?–but the media are treating this development with a studied seriousness that borders on parody.
Until then, we’ll have to make do with the speculation. She’s now part of the family foundation and a sometimes correspondent for NBC. And here’s more advice, via the Washington Post:
“Another adviser to Mrs. “Among a long list of interview ideas, Caputo suggested Clinton do a ‘television magazine’ show and offered Maria Shriver as interviewer. As in the Christian Science Monitor venturing, “If we had to guess, we’d say that Hillary Clinton will be a tad less interested in running for president now that she’s about to be a grandmother.”
Perhaps it’s inevitable, since the Clintons are one of our royal families, that the media hoopla will approach William-and-Kate levels: It’s a boy (or girl)! The birth! The name! The first pictures! The People magazine cover! . To counter impressions that you’re only a tough-talking, businesslike lawyer, you can show more flashes of humor and reveal more about yourself.’”
Hillary then and now
USA Today asks: “It’s unclear how Chelsea’s pregnancy will affect Hillary Clinton, who is considering a race for president in 2016.”
Mark your calendars.
“The first day Chelsea Clinton’s just-announced baby will be eligible to be president is January 20, 2053.”
“‘We must set forth a strategy over the next month to protect you from the negative press attacks that are likely to come in response to your positive press,’ wrote Lisa Caputo, Mrs. ‘The press will begin to take some knocks at you,’ she warned.
Jim Pinkerton jokingly referred to the “royal baby” on “Media Buzz,” but that comparison was more seriously invoked when “Good Morning America” talked about the impact on Hillary: “Instead of hugging and kissing strangers’ babies, she would have one of her own. But when Jenna Bush Hager announced her pregnancy in December 2012, it hardly got a big wave of media attention. As far as sympathetic roles go, it doesn’t get much better than that.”
Granted, Chelsea is a former president’s daughter. Sure, she unveiled the news on the “Today” show, but she works for the program.
This, says Politico, makes the baby announcement “a politico-obstetric earthquake,” high on the Richter scale. A warm, maternal image to counter the critics who call her cold and calculating.”
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