Hillary and Chelsea Clinton: The Teenage Years
CARY, N.C. – Campaigning in the public eye, Chelsea and Hillary Clinton seem to have great rapport. But on Saturday, the former first lady revealed a glimpse of how the two got along when Chelsea was a teenager.
“My daughter’s eye-rolling was a regular part of my life,” Clinton said to the audience of a mothers-oriented webcast, where she told a story about her family getting ready for President Bill Clinton’s second inauguration in 1997.
“Chelsea came down, and she was dressed, and she had her coat on, and I said, ‘Oh what are you wearing?'”Clinton said. “She said, ‘Oh just a little thing that I picked up.’ And I said, ‘Well, what are you wearing?’ ”
“She opened her coat, and the skirt was so short,” the former first lady said with a laugh. “There was no time to change, and I thought, ‘OK, you just have to take a deep breath.” … There are so many things that are worth trying to engage your kid on, and so many things that aren’t that important.”
On the bright side, she said, she felt her daughter was safe when she went out with boys.
“The Secret Service went on her dates,” Clinton said. “A lot of her girlfriends’ mothers loved it when they double-dated because there was a guy with a gun in the front seat.”
Photo: Reuters/Blake Sell (Chelsea and Hillary Clinton at the 1997 inauguration)