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The Marriage of Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton

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The Marriage of Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton
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Although they have one of the most dissected marriages in America, Bill and Hillary Clinton keep their marriage together in spite of rough times, complicated and busy schedules, and lack of privacy. Here is information on how Bill and Hillary met, their wedding, and more.
Fast Marriage Facts - Bill and Hillary
Met: 1970.
Married: October 11, 1975.
First Marriage: Yes.

Did You Know?
Hillary's wedding dress was purchased at a department store.

News Updates:

2/12/2010: Former President Bill Clinton is back home. Dr. Allan Schwartz, chief of cardiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital said Clinton has "no evidence of heart attack or damage to his heart."

2/11/2010: After two stents were inserted into his coronary artery, former President Bill Clinton "is in good spirits." Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to be with him at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Source: Peter Baker: "Bill Clinton Undergoes a New Heart Procedure." NYTimes.com. 2/11/2010.

What You Can Learn From the Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton:

Relationships can survive hard times. Don't make decisions when you are upset and angry. Be true to yourself. Do what is right for you.

Born:

William Jefferson Clinton: August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. His birth name is William Jefferson Blythe III.

Hillary Diane Rodham: October 26, 1947 in Park Ridge, Illinois.

How Bill and Hillary Met:

Hillary and Bill first met in 1970 at Yale Law School in a civil liberties class.

Hillary, on first talking with each other: "If you're going to keep looking at me and I'm going to keep looking at you, we ought to at least know each other. I'm Hillary Rodham."
Source: Wendy H. Goldberg and Betty Goodwin. Marry Me! Courtships and Proposals of Legendary Couples. page 103.

Their first date was at a Yale art gallery to view a Mark Rothko exhibit.

Bill's marriage proposal: "I bought that house you like, so you better marry me because I can't live in it by myself."
Source: Wendy H. Goldberg and Betty Goodwin. Marry Me! Courtships and Proposals of Legendary Couples. page 104.

Wedding Date and Information:

Bill and Hillary were married on October 11, 1975 in Fayetteville, Arkansas in the brick home that Bill had purchased for the two of them. Hillary wore an old-fashioned looking dress designed by Jessica McClintock. She had hurridly purchased the dress at Dillard's department store. They had a small private ceremony followed by a reception for about 100 people.

The reception was held at the home of Morris and Ann Henry. Their wedding cake had pale yellow roses on the icing.

Hillary and Bill honeymooned in Acapulco.

Children:

Hillary and Bill have one daughter.
  • Chelsea Clinton: Born in 1980. On Thanksgiving Day 2009, Chelsea announced her engagement to banker Marc Mezvinsky. Chelsea and Marc were married on July 31, 2010.

Occupations:

Bill: 42nd President of the U.S., Governor of Arkansas.

Hillary: Former Secretary of State, former U.S. Senator, presidential candidate, lawyer.

Religion:

Hillary: Methodist.

Quotes About Bill and Hillary's Marriage:

Bill: "I believe when she [Hillary] says she doesn’t think she’ll run, she’s being completely honest. I want her to do what she wants to do. I’m glad she’s comin’ home, I miss her. We have fun together.”
Source: Jennifer Wlach. "Bill Clinton Marks 5th Annual Collegiate Service Summit -- ABC New Exclusive." ABCNews.go.com. 4/02/2012.

Tim Dowling: "If the rumours are to be believed, Bill and Hillary Clinton are in love. No, I mean with each other. Recently, the US secretary of state and the former president have been seen holding hands at the Cafe Carlyle in New York, only to be spotted a few days later walking together, again hand in hand, down a street in Washington."
Source: Tim Dowling. "When Bill Met Hillary -- a love story for our times?" Guardian.co.uk. 4/28/09.

Hillary: "I am very lucky because my husband is my best friend and he and I have been together for a very long time. Longer than most of you have been alive. And we have an an endless conversation. We never get bored. We get deeply involved in all of the work that we do and talk about it constantly and I just feel very fortunate that I have a relationship that has been so meaningful to me over my adult life.”
Source: Michelle Levi. "Hillary Clinton on Matters of the Heart." CBSNews.com. 2/20/2009.

Hillary on dealing with their tough times together: "I am very grateful that I had a grounding in faith that gave me the courage and the strength to do what I thought was right, regardless of what the world thought."
Source: CNN.com. 6/07/2007. Inactive link: http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/06/05/democrats.religion.ap/index.html.

Hillary about Bill's infidelity: "I really had to dig down deep and think hard about what was right for me, what was right for my family. I never doubted Bill’s love for me ever, and I never doubted my faith and my commitment to our daughter and our extended family. The momentary feelings — you know, you are mad, you are really upset, you are disappointed — all of that goes through your mind ... I have found you really shouldn’t make decisions in the heat of those moments.”
Source: "Hillary Clinton Talks to Tyra About Bill's Infidelity." People.com. 1/15/2008. Inactive link: http://peoplefalltv.wordpress.com/2008/01/15/hillary-clinton-talks-to-tyra-about-bills-infidelity/?xid.

Leon Panetta about the Clintons' marriage: "They've been through a lot of challenges as a couple, though in the end if you're with them together, you know there's something there that basically bonds them."
Source: Patrick Healy, NYTimes.com, "Clintons Balance Married and Public Lives", May 23, 2006.

Jay Carson and Philippe Reines about the time they have together: "She is an active senator who, like most members of Congress, has to be in Washington for part of most weeks. He is a former president running a multimillion-dollar global foundation. But their home is in New York, and they do everything they can to be together there or at their house in D.C. as often as possible —- often going to great lengths to do so. When their work schedules require that they be apart they talk all the time."
Source: Patrick Healy, NYTimes.com, "Clintons Balance Married and Public Lives", May 23, 2006.

Bill, near the end of his second term: "The White House has been good for us."
Source: Kati Marton, Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History, page 7.

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