Aw, ain’t that sweet

Democratic 2008 White House frontrunner Hillary Clinton says she is happy she stuck out it out with her husband, the 42nd president, through “challenges” in their marriage.

Clinton said in an interview with the November issue of Essence magazine, that Bill Clinton is “so romantic” and recently brought her home a wooden giraffe from a trip to Africa.

“I know the truth of my life and of my marriage, my relationship and partnership, my deep abiding friendship with my husband,” Clinton said, according to excerpts of the interview on the magazine’s website.

“Now obviously, we’ve had challenges as everybody in the world knows — but I never doubted that it was a marriage worth investing in even in the midst of those challenges,” Clinton was quoted as saying.

“I’m really happy that I made that decision — again, not a decision for everybody. And I think it’s so important for women to stand up for the right of women to make a decision that is best for them.”

Clinton added that her husband of 36 years had a eye for an unusual gift, as he traveled the world on behalf of his foundation.

“Oh he’s so romantic. He’s always bringing me back things from his trips,” she told Essence, a fashion and beauty magazine aimed mainly at African-American women.

“He brought me a giant wooden giraffe from Africa,” she said, adding that Clinton had also bought the Chanel watch she was wearing, made of white cubes, which reminded him of teeth, after she had dental surgery.

Bill Clinton has been a highly influential presence in his wife’s presidential campaign, and has made several trips through key states with the former first lady.

But she has rarely referred to the political drama sparked by his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which led to his impeachment and strained the Clinton marriage during his second term.

In June, Clinton said during candid remarks at a forum on religion and politics that she turned to divine help during the ordeal.

“I am not sure I would have gotten through it without my faith,” she said.

Bill Clinton showed off his newly advertised romantic side on Tuesday, sending her supporters an email and text message, asking them to sign a virtual birthday card for her and make a donation to her campaign.

“I know how happy Hillary will be to hear from you on her birthday. Thank you for helping me to make her day special,” Clinton wrote in his email.

Hillary Clinton turns 60 on Friday.


  1. mary cali

    Every marriage is different. The Clinton’s marriage is a lttle more different than most. I have no doubt that they have an affectionate bond between them. Whatever else goes on between them I cannot say, nor is it any of my business.

  2. JudyB

    How many women have stayed SUCCESSFUlLY married to an unfaithful husband? I’m sure must be millions. Politics aside, I congratulate the Clintons for their committment (especially Hillary)in spite of the myriad of scrutiny and disgust they faced. I am not one of these women who believe we were meant to be subservient or our feeling disregarded, but I do believe that IF you were ever truly bonded, many times if given a chance a marriage can be saved and become a much stonger union…and I think the Clintons are proof of this, despite all the nay-sayers.

  3. yarply

    I knew a girl whose cousin was a secrete service agent and according to him Hillary “had” more women at the white house than Bill did. I guess if both are cheaters or if they have an “open” marriage its not hard to stand by your man.
    Hell who knows they probably made a contest out of it. She just got upset when Bills dalliances became public knowledge. Normally I wouldn’t care about peoples marital relationships but it seems Hillary likes to make an issue of it. I guess she gains sympathy from it in the eyes of the women who may vote for her for supposedly showing loyalty and determination by “standing by her man”.

  4. ekaton

    I could not care less about Billary’s marriage. I just don’t want her as president.

    We’ve had Bushes or Clintons in office for thirty years (Reagan had early alzheimers from his first day in office, Bush was in charge, IN MY OPINION) and look what its gotten us — perpetual war, perpetual export of jobs offshore, an unpayable national debt, dumbed down education, total corruption in government to the point where its little more than organized crime, government for private, not public interests.


    — Kent Shaw

  5. pondering_it_all

    I bet every single President this country has ever elected (and each of the appointed ones too) has had a “secretary” or “special aide” available 24/7 for personal services the First Lady was not interested in supplying. These were all rich and powerful men, and Droit de Signeur has been with us since Gilgamesh. The rich hire people to perform all sorts of tasks we ordinary folks take care of ourselves. That does not make their marriages any less valid.

    Hillary was probably not at all surprised, just pissed off because he was so careless as to use an amateur with a penchant for bragging to her “friends” and keeping souveniers that could later be used for extortion or as evidence.

    That’s sloppy management of the help!