“I don’t think she has any idea what that means yet, but we’re talking about it a lot,” the former First Daughter and current Vice Chair of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation told an audience in Boston on Monday at the American Library Association Conference. “She says ‘Baby,’ and then points to herself!”
A lifelong lover of reading (Clinton says she used to read the newspaper to hide how much honey she put on her Cheerios, since mom Hillary Clinton ran a no sugar-y cereal household), Clinton says she doesn’t leave home without a book these days.
“I read everywhere,” said Clinton, who wore a loose black and white blouse and blazer, which just barely showed her burgeoning belly. “Now my favorite place to read a book is curled up with my daughter on my lap, legs crossed, Indian-style.”
When it comes to which of her parents is the best at reading to Charlotte, Clinton can’t quite choose between the two.
“They’re both great readers,” she told the audience. “I’m really grateful that I don’t have to [choose]!”
With distinct memories of her parents reading to her as a child (Curious George was a Clinton family favorite) Chelsea and husband Marc Mezvinsky are carrying on that legacy with their own kids. (Chelsea is expecting her second child this summer.) But that means the couple find themselves discussing children’s books more often than adult ones.
“We have deep conversations about Click, Clack, Moo,” says Clinton, who recently released her own book for kids, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, Get Going.
But one topic Chelsea won’t be going into anytime soon is whether she’s willing to follow in her parents’ footsteps and run for public office.
“I always answer the question the same way. I absolutely understand why you’re asking me that question. My last name is Clinton. My dad was president. My mom’s running for president. I understand,” Chelsea told the crowd. “But you also should be asking yourself this question. That’s a question that every one of us should be asking ourselves.”
However, that doesn’t mean Chelsea won’t be stumping for Mom in Boston. Later Monday evening, she headed to Boston Chops, a restaurant in the city’s South End, for a private fundraiser for her mom’s campaign.
— Megan Johnson