And whenever the Clintons put their marriage at the center of the political cases they make for each other, the relationship becomes more vulnerable to criticism and dissection at the moments when it's asked to carry the greatest public weight.That complexity is in part a testament to the highly unusual route the Clintons travel, and the unique place they occupy in American history. After watching last week’s GOP convention in Cleveland and the first two days of this week’s Democratic convention in Philadelphia, after hearing crowds break into chants about...It's been a rocky union at times, especially during the 1990s when the former president faced allegations of infidelity and then an actual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.But the pair remained together and rededicated themselves to the Clinton Global Foundation, Hillary Clinton's political career, and, recently, a grandchild.It may be true, as Dana Bash put it on CNN after Bill Clinton's speech that in his version of the story: "She was the object of desire . It's one of those strings of symbols and numbers that runs the universe, and yet is inaccessible to those who live in it. I cannot comprehend that he has subjected her to the humiliations she suffered through the years. only to find it all wrecked by some man who lives to make bonfires out of other people's to-do lists, who makes her forget to do the laundry until he asks her to do his." Americans seem doggedly focused lately on things that matter. It's a promise with extra frisson because we can imagine, from the outside, why she might have given up on that marriage. Is it Clinton's tortured journey that defines her, or her position on the threshold of the destination?
In particular, how would he resolve his persistent inability to sustain a long-term relationship with a woman?And on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, on the night Hillary Rodham Clinton became their party's official nominee for president, Bill Clinton did his best to make one of the most-scrutinized marriages in the history of American politics fit into the contours of a fairy tale.OK, a revisionist feminist fairy tale, where the princess eventually saves the prince from the dragon, or the peasant girl ultimately tells the arrogant aristocrat to shove it in favor of lighting the castle on fire and leading a revolution."She was angry and she was mad, and she was as mad about me not telling her before. And then when she decided she was willing to try, that's when we agreed that we would work together -- we'd take a day a week," he said. "I told her when she got elected to the Senate from New York that she'd given me 26 years, and so I intended to give her 26 years. If she wanted to know my opinion, I would tell her, but she had carte blanche to make whatever decisions she wanted, and tell me what I was supposed to do about it."RHINEBECK, NY - JULY 31: In this handout image provided by Barbara Kinney, (L-R) Marc Mezvinsky, U. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and former U. President Bill Clinton pose during the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky at the Astor Courts Estate on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, New York.2010: The Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, marries Marc Mezvinsky.I think is - almost as mad, but that I hadn't told her about it as what I'd done," he told 60 Minutes."I was thinking, first of all, I felt sick that she was having to defend me one more time. So I was worried sick that Hillary was defending me. "Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends.
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