Chelsea Clinton leant a hand to an overloaded mom about to board her flight

By Megan Johnson
Updated October 23, 2015 11:05 AM
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Airports and babies are a tough combination. One new mom found that out the hard way this week, until she got help from an unlikely source: Chelsea Clinton.

Anny Deese was boarding a plane to Boston from Philadelphia on Wednesday with her 4-month-old daughter, Talar, when she got stuck on the jetway overloaded with her stroller, carseat and bags.

“Everyone’s standing there, and nobody’s helping me,” Anny told PEOPLE. “Everyone’s just looking at me like they’ve never seen a baby before.”

Clinton was boarding the same plane en route to Boston to make an appearance promoting her children’s book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge.

“She actually put all her stuff down to help me,” said Deese, who works as director of public relations and marketing for Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouses. “She leans over, fixes it and zips it up.”

Clinton, who is mom to 1-year-old Charlotte, chatted a bit about the baby, asking how old she is.

“I said, ‘Thank you so much.’ She said, ‘No problem,’ ” Deese recalls. “She was so sweet, and really, really nice.”

Deese didn’t recognize Clinton at first. “She didn’t have makeup on, she looked completely like an average person. She was totally low-key, wearing jeans,” Deese recalls. “She had long hair and a laptop bag.”

The moms shared another moment together as they prepared for landing – and the inevitable fussiness that comes with it.

“At the end of the flight, the baby was a little big cranky, and Chelsea spotted me,” said Deese, who was sitting in coach while Clinton was in first class. “She turned her head and made the ‘Aw, poor baby’ face, and I said thank you again!”

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