This big announcement from the Clintons had nothing to do with politics for a change — Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is pregnant.
The 34 year old, who is a director at IAC, as well as a board member of the Clinton Foundation, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media and the Weill Cornell Medical College, had previously told Glamour magazine 2014 would be the "year of the baby" for her and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky.
Clinton made the announcement on Thursday alongside her mother, who is believed to be a potential candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination for 2016, while speaking in New York City as part of the "Girls: No Ceilings Conversation" series at the Lower Eastside Girls Club. According to Politico, she tied the announcement into her speech:
“Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year and I certainly feel all the better, whether it’s a girl or a boy, that she or he will grow up in a world full of so many strong young female leaders, so thank you for inspiring me and thank you for inspiring future generations including the one that we’ll be lucky enough to welcome into our family later this year. I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child, and hopefully children, as my mom was to me.”
Both of Clinton's parents have expressed a desire for a grandchild in the past, and will undoubtedly be proud grandparents (whether they're in the White House or not).
“I will certainly tell you, that’s a title I would be proud to have,” Hillary told ABC News' Reena Ninan last year.
Meanwhile, Bill has been hoping for the role for even longer — and knows it will be good for everyone.
“I’d like to live, I’d like to be a grandfather,” added former President Bill Clinton in 2011. “I would like to have a happy wife and she won’t be unless she’s a grandmother.”
A due date for the baby has not been released.
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Chelsea Victoria Clinton
At just 34 years of age, Chelsea Clinton (pictured here with husband Marc Mezvinsky) has already lived a rich and exciting life -- as an Arkansas schoolgirl, White House resident, collegiate scholar, financial market whiz-kid, network journalist, national political consultant, avid supporter of the arts and, today, as Vice Chair of the globally renowned Clinton Foundation.
Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton was inaugurated on January 20, 1993, becoming the 42nd President of the United States. That same day, Chelsea Clinton, not yet 13, moved into the White House with her parents and began her new life in the media spotlight as a First Daughter.
Growing up, Chelsea was very close with her father, attending political events, speeches and rallies -- and always by his side. Here, President Clinton talks with Chelsea before a rally in his home state of Arkansas.
Finding Time For Fun
President Clinton, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea greet the crowds before boarding a boat in Martha's Vineyard, during a family vacation in 1993.
A Typical Teen
Despite growing up in the media glare, Chelsea -- thanks to her parents’ conscientious oversight -- led a relatively normal life, participating in many typical kids’ activities. She began taking dance classes at age four and continued to dance ballet throughout her teenage years. Here, she rehearses for an upcoming performance of Washington Ballet's holiday production of "The Nutcracker." She was 13.
In 1996, President Bill Clinton was elected to a second term as U.S. President. Here, the family celebrates his successful re-nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Throughout President Clinton's two consecutive terms, Chelsea and her mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, remained inseparable, attending political events together as First Lady and First Daughter. Here, mother and daughter bond while on a family retreat in Hilton Head, SC.
In 2001, Chelsea graduated from Stanford University. She would go on to receive a Masters degree from Oxford University in 2003, and later, a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree.
During New York Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008, Chelsea publicly supported her mom all along the campaign trail. Here, the pair greets the cheering throng at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.
The Perfect Match
On July 31, 2010, Chelsea married Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker and the son of politicians. Their nuptials, dubbed “Chelsea’s Dream Wedding” on the cover of People magazine, took place in an estate overlooking the Hudson River in Rhinebeck, New York. In a 2013 interview with Glamour magazine, Chelsea revealed that she and Marc “decided we were going to make 2014 the Year of the Baby.” Stay tuned!
Following in the footsteps of her parents' political and social activism, Chelsea has become a prominent media figure, serving as a special correspondent for broadcast networks, including NBC News. Here, she speaks on a panel at the 2013 Education Nation Summit.
Chelsea now serves as Vice Chair of the Clinton Global Foundation, an initiative created by her family to help create social change in developing countries. Here, she and her dad speak with entrepreneurs in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2013, in an effort to shed light on international health issues, including HIV testing.
No Ceilings is an initiative launched at the Clinton Foundation, led by then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea. The initiative seeks to apply a data-driven approach to understanding the economic gains and gaps that women have experienced over the past 20 years.
Fighting Childhood Obesity
One of the most vital initiatives Chelsea spearheads through the Clinton Foundation is the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association that focuses on childhood obesity. This past month, Chelsea spoke at the 2014 New York City Go Red For Women Luncheon at the New York Hilton.
Throughout her career, Chelsea has remained committed to empowering the next generation to help create change. She has passionately enlisted youth in foundation programming through the Clinton Global Initiative University, a program that targets college students and urges them to commit to bringing social change to the world.
Day Of Action
Another program Chelsea has helped implement through the Clinton Foundation is Day of Action, a community service-centric initiative founded in direct response to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.