Chelsea Clinton Biography

Chelsea Clinton Biography on Monsters and Critics


"Chelsea Victoria Clinton" (born February 27, 1980) is the daughter and only child of former US President Bill Clinton and United States Senator Hillary Clinton. She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her name was inspired by her parents' fondness for Judy Collins's recording of the Joni Mitchell song 'Chelsea Morning'.

In Arkansas, Chelsea attended Forest Park Elementary School, Booker Arts Magnet Elementary School and Horace Mann Junior High School. In Washington, she attended Sidwell Friends School. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Stanford University and a graduate degree from Oxford. She has made few public comments on her upbringing but has said that her parents were 'firm but fair.'

Teenager at the White House

Chelsea Clinton moved into the White House on the day of her father's inauguration on January 20 1993, when she was twelve years old.

Clinton spent her teenage years there and attended the Sidwell Friends School, where she was on the varsity soccer team. Before Chelsea came to Washington, D.C., some people debated over whether the president should choose a public school or a private school for her. Debarah Fallows wrote a 1992 editorial for the "Washington Monthly" asserting that the Clintons should enroll Chelsea in a public school.

She was a National Merit Scholarship finalist in 1997. Having taken dance classes since she was four years old, Clinton began taking ballet courses at the Washington School of Ballet in 1993. She played the role of the Favorite Aunt in the Washington Ballet's 1996 production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. During her early schooling years, Clinton participated in Model United Nations conferences.

In August 1998, a few days after President Clinton's address to the nation in which he admitted to an inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky, the teenage Clinton was placed prominently between her mother and father as they walked towards the Marine One helicopter to take them on their family vacation. On February 5, 1999, just before the Senate's vote on impeachment, "People" magazine ran a cover story on Chelsea Clinton. The cover story irked the First Family, as well as the Secret Service.

Clinton assumed her mother's White House Hostess responsibilities from January 3 to January 20, 2001, the period during which Hillary began her term as a U.S. Senator from New York until the end of her father's presidency. Chelsea did not assume the style of First Lady, generally accorded unofficially to the wives of Presidents who serve or have served as the White House Hostess.

Absorbing criticism

The mainstream media generally saw her as 'off limits,' with a few notable exceptions. On a 1992 post-election "Saturday Night Live", the characters Wayne and Garth compiled a list of 10 reasons they were happy Bill Clinton had been elected. After raving about the Gore daughters — the next item on the list read 'Chelsea,' regarding whom Wayne said 'While it's true that adolescence has been thus far unkind, we think she's gonna be a future fox.' SNL producer Lorne Michaels apologized to the Clinton family, as did Wayne actor Mike Myers, and subsequent rebroadcasts were edited to remove that part of the dialogue. Also, on the January 16th, 1993 broadcast of the show, actress Julia Sweeney did an impersonation of Chelsea, which mocked her awkward adolescent attributes.

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh compared 13-year-old Chelsea to a dog:

On November 6, 1992, three days after her father won the elections, when Chelsea was still in braces, Rush Limbaugh said the following on his television show: 'Everyone knows the Clintons have a cat; Socks is the White House cat. But did you know there is also a White House dog?' He then pointed to a video monitor, which switched to a picture of Chelsea. Limbaugh has claimed that it was a technical error, despite the fact that the show was taped in advance of its broadcast, giving Limbaugh ample time to fix the 'error.'

Chelsea's other press encounters include the following:

In 1997 Stanford University senior Jesse Oxfeld was fired for writing an article about Chelsea for "The Stanford Daily", after the paper stated a policy of not writing about the new freshman unless she did something newsworthy.

In 1998 the "New York Post" ran a story about Chelsea breaking up with her boyfriend of the time and seeking treatment for stress. The White House objected to this level of attention. The "Post" later apologized.

In 1998, "" criticized the mainstream media for not directly quoting an off-color joke made by Sen. John McCain at a Republican fundraiser, in which he ridiculed Chelsea (who was a teenager at the time) along with Hillary Clinton and Janet Reno.

In 2001, as President Clinton was leaving office, "The National Review" contributing editor John Derbyshire authored a column specifically attacking Chelsea, in which he wrote 'I hate Chelsea Clinton', and 'Chelsea is a Clinton. She bears the taint.'

Life after the Clinton Presidency

Clinton turned down Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to attend Stanford University. She majored in chemistry with an interest in medicine before switching to history after 2 years. In 2001, she graduated with distinction from Stanford; her undergraduate thesis topic was her father's mediation of the 1998 Northern Ireland peace agreement. She went on to earn a Master's degree at University College, Oxford, in international relations.

In 2003, Clinton joined the consulting firm McKinsey & Company in New York City, reportedly earning a low six-figure salary; she was the youngest person hired in her class, hired alongside those holding MBAs.

In the fall of 2006, she left McKinsey and went to work for Avenue Capital, a hedge fund run by Marc Lasry, a loyal donor to Democratic causes generally, and heavy supporter of the Clintons.

She dated Ian Klaus and they broke up in 2005. She is currently dating Marc Mezvinsky, a Goldman Sachs employee and a graduate of Stanford University. He is the son of disgraced former Congressman Edward Mezvinsky (D-Iowa) and Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, also a former member of Congress from Pennsylvania.

The 2004 film "Chasing Liberty" was said to be inspired by a photograph of Clinton at a Stanford basketball game, trying to blend in with other students.

Clinton has never publicly commented about any of her parents' policies or public statements. On May 15, 2006, Hillary Clinton apologized to Chelsea for critical remarks she made about young people's work ethic, after the younger Clinton privately took exception to her mother's comments.

Since 2005, Clinton had lived in the mid-Manhattan west side neighborhood of Chelsea. The neighborhood north of it, Hell's Kitchen, has been referred to as Clinton by real estate agents attempting to avoid the neighborhood's traditionally poor image. The two Midtown West neighborhoods are sometimes lumped together by real estate agents as 'Chelsea Clinton' and there was a local weekly newspaper 'Chelsea Clinton News' before she became the famous first daughter. As of 2006, Chelsea had moved to a building in the Gramercy area of Manhattan (just east of Chelsea). During the November 2006 mid-term election, in which her mother was running for re-election to the Senate, attention was drawn to her residence when it was discovered that an error at her 20th Street polling station had resulted in her name not being on the voting books. Clinton was allowed to vote via a paper ballot.

She serves on the board of the School of American Ballet. She has also served as co-chairwoman of a fund-raising weekend for her father's Clinton Foundation.


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