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Chelsea: A future president?Posted Monday, May 12, 2008, at 7:56 AM
Occasionally, among the frequent television images of Hillary and still-running Bill Clinton, we see daughter Chelsea Clinton.
Usually, she's introducing her mother to a crowd or hitting the campaign trail solo. Chelsea's talkative to crowds but consistently refuses media interviews.
Chelsea comes across to me as a class act -- and as someone whose future probably includes something better than politics.
I'd like to see her become a little more open with the press. But, combine how she was sheltered from coverage as a youth and having seen her father harshly criticized (deservedly so, I think) after his lies in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, I can also understand how she may be a little hesitant to open up.
Chelsea seems cool, laid-back and much less of a spotlight hog than Bill. In other words, not the "politician" type.
America may be ready for an anti-politician personality, though. Imagine campaigning with the family name but not the family baggage.
Chelsea for President, someday? Maybe, in spite of her outward focus away from a personal political future, she's shrewdly building some long-term plans. After all, she's got the connections.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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