Chelsea Clinton: No Ring on Her Left Hand
Chelsea Clinton made a rare public appearance last Thursday at the swearing in of Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall, a dear friend and confidante of the first daughter during her teenage years in the White House. As Clinton moved around the State Department reception room, it was easy to see that her left hand was conspicuously bare: no engagement or wedding ring.
No, she didn't get married last month. So what was all that buzz about?
Starting in May, a blizzard of published reports -- largely spawned by Martha's Vineyard word of mouth -- suggested that Clinton was about to tie the knot with longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky. Her parents' reps spent the summer issuing increasingly heated denials that there was no engagement, much less a wedding.
Yet the rumors didn't die. In fact, as the summer went on, the published reports got more detailed: Claims that the ceremony was probably scheduled for the last week of August; speculation that it would likely be at the Vineyard estate of Clinton family friends Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen; hints that it might be attended by the Obamas, who were vacationing on the island that week. Our own murkier intel -- including that Clinton had been looking at wedding invitations and that a prominent D.C. couple had been invited to August nuptials -- strongly suggested something could have been in the works. Even a few Clinton insiders were (on deep, deep background) betting on it.
Then -- as had been claimed all along -- August ended with no wedding announcement. What happened?
One family rep bitterly blames a media conspiracy fueled by Bill and Hillary hatred -- which doesn't really jibe with the giddy excitement of all the reports. (Who doesn't love a former first family wedding?) Given the curtain of privacy that has always surrounded Chelsea, the idea of a hush-hush engagement and wedding ceremony sounded plausible, especially because the vogue in VIP weddings is to deny, deny, deny until the deed is done -- all the better to keep paparazzi at bay.
In the end, it may have been a 63rd birthday party for the former president that kept the rumor mill turning: The party was hosted by Danson and Steenburgen, on the Vineyard, at the end of August.
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