With Chelsea Clinton At The Hay Festival


IMG_2307 Introduction

Chelsea Clinton was one of the stars of this year’s Hay Festival. So it was an honour and a pleasure to get to meet Chelsea Clinton and give her a dedicated copy of the book. She was there to promote her own book, Global Health, and I managed to chat with her in the Green Room as she waited to go on stage.¬†IMG_2307

Flashback to Hillary Clinton

There was a nice circularity to the moment because I was the first journalist to interview her mother, Hillary. It was back in 1992, in Little Rock, Arkansas, before Bill Clinton had even been chosen as the democratic candidate. But I had an instinct that he would be President, and that Hillary would be the First Lady and so I pitched the story to a German women’s magazine I wrote for occasionally at the time.

In Arkansas

I flew down to Little Rock, and waited outside the gates of the Governor’s mansion. I was the only journalist chasing this story, apart from a guy from the Washington Post. The next day, I flew with Hillary to Detroit and watched her address a large women’s conference and do a radio interview. Even back then, it was clear that she was a star.

Chelsea was twelve years old at the time. I didn’t meet her, as the Clintons were extremely protective of her, for which I admire them.

A Generous Gesture

34 years later Рis it really that long ago?! Рhere we were chatting at the Hay Festival. Chelsea was interested in the story about her Mum, and thanks me for the signed copy of the book I presented her with. When I asked her if I could get a photo with her, she immediately stepped nearer to me and held the book out in front of her, with the title visible. Such a generous gesture for which I feel very grateful. IMG_2307IMG_2307

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