Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky may be only 3 days old, but just because
your office baby pool is now officially closed, that doesn’t mean the
media frenzy swirling around the newest member of the Clinton dynasty
will die down any time soon. Far from it. And that’s a huge shift from
mom Chelsea Clinton’s humble-by-comparison beginnings.
“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.
Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton welcome their daughter, Charlotte Clinton
Mezvinsky, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. (Jon
Davidson/Office of President Clinton via Getty Images)
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?
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.
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
secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton and former president Bill
Clinton bond with their newborn granddaughter, Charlotte Clinton
Mezvinsky, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. (Jon Davidson/Office of
President Clinton via Associated Press)
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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