Celebrities offered public congratulations over the weekend to Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, on the birth of their baby, Charlotte. Chelsea Clinton, 34, announced the news late Friday via Twitter. She gushed that she and Mevinsky are “full of love, awe, and gratitude.”
Perhaps the most important piece of the story is that Chelsea’s mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has said that before formally deciding whether she will run for President that she first wishes to live the experience of being a grandmother. She told People in June that she wants “to babysit every chance I get!” No word yet whether the former Secretary of State does, indeed, plan to withhold her name for arguably the most powerful person in the world in deference to experiencing the full reality of grannyhood.
Twitter was alight with well-wishers, from the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, to celebrity journalist Katie Couric. Here are a few:
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio typed that he himself was “proud to welcome a new Clinton to New York City.” Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Ford Foundation trustee, sent a simple but enthusiastic “welcome” to Charlotte Clinton. Katie Couric, American television journalist, talk-show host and author, asked Chelsea and Marc to “enjoy every minute.” Donna Brazile, Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, academic and author and Clinton political advisor, also sent her blessings.
Andrew Kaczynski, a political reporter for BuzzFeed, joked that he was in agreement with conservative blogger Jim Geraghty, that selection of the name “Charlotte is a ploy for Hillary to win North Carolina.” Another jolly joker was Nicholas Confessore, the national political correspondent for The New York Times, when he rhetorically asked when the time would come when Charlotte will “get her first Benghazi subpoena?”
Details about the newest Clinton’s physical statistics or the time and place of her birth to Charlotte have not been made available. Chelsea announced her pregnancy during an event for the Clinton Foundation in NYC back in April with her mother, the former Secretary of State, by her side. The event, which was moderated by actress America Ferrera, concentrated on the success of young women and girls. Chelsea told those in attendance that she hoped to as dedicated and devoted a mother as her own.
Chelsea Clinton recently left her $600,000 job of special correspondent with NBC News to focus more on her work with the Clinton Foundation and motherhood. Presumably to meet his new granddaughter, former President Bill Clinton canceled a Saturday fundraising event for Democratic candidates in Denver.
Charlotte’s father, Marc Mezvinsky, a 36-year-old investment banker, began seeing Chelsea Clinton in 2005, getting engaged to the former First Daughter in 2009. The couple was married in an interfaith ceremony in July 2010 in New York. The two first met as teens in Washington, D.C. and became closer while they both were students at Stanford University.
Opinion By Gregory Baskin