Chelsea Clinton calls 2014 the ‘Year of the Baby.’ And 2016?

October 2, 2013
Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton. (Kennel Krista / AP)
Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton. (Kennel Krista / AP)

Attention Hillary Clinton, eager grandmother-in-waiting:

Your only child, Chelsea Clinton, just publicly decreed 2014 to be “The Year of the Baby” she hopes to have with husband Marc Mezvinsky.

The decision came in late 2011, after the death of her beloved maternal grandmother, Dorothy Rodham, and was “revealed” Wednesday in a Glamour magazine profile.

“It was such a fundamentally unmooring event for me,” said Chelsea, now 33.  “I’ve never been so lost as I was when she passed.”  Amidst the grieving, she and Mezvinsky, 35, began to seriously plot out their life.

“The first thing on the list was simple: We want, God willing, to start a family. So we decided we were going to make 2014 the Year of the Baby. And please,” Chelsea pleaded with Glamour writer Genevieve Roth, “call my mother and tell her that. She asks us about it every single day.”

Riiiight.

As if this would be news in a family that seems to march in lockstep these days. It’s hard to believe Hillary Clinton, who stepped down as President Obama’s secretary of state earlier this year, must rely on Glamour for such news.  She and her daughter are extremely close, and both recently joined patriarch and former president Bill Clinton as principals in the renamed Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Global Initiative.

Chelsea’s husband is the son of former Reps. Marjorie Margolies (D-Pa), who is running again in 2014 for the seat she lost 20 years ago, and her ex-husband, (Ed Mezvinsky, D-Iowa), who served time in prison for fraud. After years on Wall Street, the younger Mezvinsky co-founded a hedge fund with two former Goldman Sachs colleagues.

The couple married in a lavish, interfaith wedding featuring a Methodist minister and a rabbi in July, 2010 in Rhinebeck NY, following years of friendship and romance. They met while at Sidwell Friends School, the education destination for Washington’s rich and powerful, and both attended Stanford University.

Chelsea, who did a stint on Wall Street and earned a master’s degree in health policy and management from Columbia University, told Glamour she joined the family nonprofit because high finance left her unsatisfied.

“I loved the meritocracy of it and the camaraderie of the trading floor,” she said. “There was one metric for success: Did you make or lose money? I think we need to care about the metrics of success in life, and I’m a pretty competitive person. But whether I made the company $2 or $2 million just didn’t matter to me. I didn’t fundamentally care about making money.”

Maybe not, but clearly Wall Street has been very, very good to the couple, who earlier this year bought a spectacular $10 million apartment in a small pre-war Manhattan building.  Their 5,000 square-foot unit overlooking Madison Square Park boasts four bedrooms, and five-and-a-half  baths, reports the New York Daily News.

Clinton was also an NBC News special correspondent two years ago, doing feature stories — to mixed reviews.

In 2008, she took an active and visible role in her mother’s failed presidential primary campaign against Obama, during which she almost never spoke to the press. Times change, of course, and she now gives interviews when it serves the family’s larger goals. In one such media exchange, she did not completely rule out running for office herself in the future.

After all, her mother segued from being the wife of an Arkansas governor and America’s first lady to becoming a member of the U.S. Senate from New York, a state in which she’d never lived. But before Chelsea makes any decision about her own political future, the Clintons will doubtless settle the looming question of whether Hillary Clinton will seek the White House again in 2016.

Chelsea could start her career on the city council or in some other local post, but given her high profile and her parents’ vast network of political donors, she might well aim for Congress, even if she had a young child or two.

After all, her mother-in-law—who was defeated after a single term in 1994 for casting the deciding vote on Bill Clinton’s 1993 budget—had 11 biological, adopted and step-children while in Congress. She married Mezvinsky in 1975; they divorced in 2007.

Capitol Hill is far more kid-friendly these days, with a number of members juggling politics and motherhood in Washington and back home.  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY.), who occupies Hillary Clinton’s old Senate seat, is among this new breed. Her first child was born before she entered Congress, but the second arrived while she served in the House.

Amid the endless Hillary-in-2016 speculation, let the Chelsea baby-bump watch begin.

Annie Groer is a former Washington Post and PoliticsDaily.com writer and columnist specializing in politics, culture and design. She has also written for the New York Times, Town & Country, Washingtonian and More, and is at work on a memoir. Follow her @AnnieGroer.
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