“I just hope that I can be as good a mom to my child — hopefully, children — as my mom was to me,” said Chelsea, 34, when she announced her pregnancy at a Clinton Foundation event in April.
Sure, Chelsea was born while her parents, Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, were the governor and first lady of Arkansas, and the only child would go on to spend her entire adolescence in the fishbowl that is the country’s most famous address. And yet somehow, Chelsea’s life in the spotlight was anything but. Her parents declared her off-limits to the media (a modus operandi the Obamas have adopted for their own first daughters) and the younger Clinton was allowed to grow up as normal as one can with Secret Service trailing not too far behind.
Charlotte, however, has entered a completely different landscape. Just days before she was born, President Obama, who was in New York for the Clinton Foundation’s annual conference, offered a very pregnant Chelsea his presidential motorcade if she needed an unencumbered VIP ride to the maternity ward. Okay, it was a joke, but has any other political progeny earned the same punch lines?
All four of Charlotte’s grandparents have held political office, and her maternal grandma is currently non-campaigning for the spot her maternal grandpa left in 2001. Charlotte’s mother has four degrees from elite universities from the West Coast to Britain and commands a reported $75,000 per speech. Silver spoon? Try a platinum measuring stick. This kid has a lot to live up to.
Besides guessing whether Charlotte will be a liberal or a conservative (for now all we know for sure is that she’s a Libra) or whether she’ll make her national debut at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Charlotte is still, well, an infant. And as such, she’ll have to do what babies do — go on play dates, look adorable, drool on various St. John suits, etc. But these being the Clintons, a family that knows how to brand, we’re assuming everything Charlotte does will be preordained and photo-op-ready.
Charlotte’s statement toys — Just days before she was to give birth, Chelsea said at the Clinton Global Initiative conference, “The child Marc and I are waiting to bring into this world could grow up in a planet without elephants.” So it’s a good thing the Clinton Foundation teamed up with Chelsea’s Oxford roomie, Jen Lee Koss, co-founder of BRIKA, an online store of handmade goods, to launch a #SaveElephants collection. Chelsea has said she plans to buy “a felt elephant or two” from the collection for Charlotte. Even her toys have a political message.
The celeb play dates — Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s personal chief of staff, who has been described as a sort of big sister to Chelsea, was backstage when Chelsea announced she was pregnant last spring. The two reportedly laughed and hugged to celebrate. Huma, 38, has a 3-year-old son, Jordan Zain Weiner, with her husband, former New York congressman Anthony Weiner. We predict play dates on the High Line. And when the Clinton-Mezvinskys cross the pond as country-hopping families do, Chelsea might look up her former Oxford schoolmate, “Gone Girl” star Rosamund Pike, who is pregnant with her second child with her longtime partner, Robie Uniacke.
The preschool — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing the state for universal pre-kindergarten for New York City’s 4-year-olds. Grandma Hillary, appearing at an event with de Blasio in February, said of Chelsea’s early education, “Bill and I probably took it to an extreme reading to our poor little baby girl.” So it stands to reason that little Charlotte will attend a top “feeder nursery school” (yes, that’s a thing). The city’s boldfaced parents count the 92 Street Y, Temple Emanu-El on East 65th Street and Beginnings downtown on 16th Street among the best, meaning a spot there can guarantee a future spot at one of the marquee private schools such as Spence, Dalton or Chapin.
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