Chasing Chelsea: Our wedding bell blues

Chelsea Clinton, the former first daughter America met as a middle-schooler, is expected to wed longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky. Recent media reports say the wedding could take place this summer.
By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 29, 2010; 9:02 AM

We weren't able to find out whether Saddam had WMD, we missed the signs of a Wall Street meltdown and we don't really have a clue how much health reform will cost.

But goshdarnit, we are going to ferret out the secret details of Chelsea Clinton's wedding!

So what if the former president's daughter, a decade after leaving the White House, wants her privacy? Tough luck, sweetie. You're getting hitched, and the public has a right to know. Besides, we've got newspapers to sell and TV programs to promote.

Does anyone else find this kinda creepy?

Chelsea Clinton is a public figure only in the sense that her father was president and her mother is secretary of state. She has never taken on a public role, with the exception of campaigning for her mom two years ago, and even then she avoided reporters like the plague.

Is there really a great American hunger to know about the nuptials? Or are media outlets just insisting on making her celebrity royalty, given that Lindsay is indisposed and Paris always seems to be busy getting busted for pot?

Perhaps we're so accustomed to weddings of the rich and famous being photographed for People and Us that we somehow resent Chelsea for spoiling our fun.

Thus, the New York Times "RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- This small town in the Hudson Valley is thrilled that the wedding of the year will be happening here on Saturday. Thrilled -- even though no one can talk about it."

And, um, the New York Times again:

"So, just what does it take to score an invitation to the hottest -- not to mention most secretive -- political wedding of the summer?

"More than a cross-country ride on a private jet, apparently. 'I'm good enough to borrow a plane from, but not good enough to be invited to the wedding?' complained one Clinton friend, who remembered the times he handed over his jet and his pilot to take Bill Clinton around the country but had not landed a coveted invitation to Chelsea Clinton's nuptials."

Poor baby.

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