I just started Hillary Clinton’s memoir What Happened (like only 30 pages in just-started). She talks about how important her life with Bill is and his support as a partner. I have found my mind drifting to some of the more personal elements of her life.
I wonder how long Hillary knew Bill wasn’t capable of sexual fidelity. Was it early in their marriage, after he was governor, before or after Chelsea was born? People criticized her for staying every time but it’s not that simple.
I’m about to be married and my life has been a very special hell. The only good and solid thing I have is my future husband. When you make a life with someone, intertwine finances and families and goals, walking away isn’t easy. Their personal lives and professional lives are more deeply connected than many of us will ever understand.
I believe he told Hillary the women meant nothing to him because it was probably true. They were a fun aside but not the partner he needed in his life and political career. I think Bill has a deep respect for his wife and Hillary probably helped him become the president he was. She is a formidable woman.
I suspect they have some sort of agreement. He doesn’t have a full-blown affair or get emotionally involved and she’ll tolerate it. Don’t make a fool out of her (again) and there will be no problems. Maybe the marriage is totally open or maybe Bill’s wandering is limited to his eyes now that he’s older. We have no idea and I don’t see either of them talking any time soon.
It’s curious to think about but I’m also glad Hillary will be remembered as more than just a first lady. She was the first woman nominated by a major political party. She was Secretary of State and did remarkable things as a First Lady. She is so much more than her marriage and I’m glad the world knows that is only one piece of her.
I completely understand her desire to step down from politics. I hope she is able to do good in the world in the near future. The world needs it.