There are many “firsts” in the life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. She was the first First Lady to receive a postgraduate degree, the first to be elected to national office, and the first woman to win the candidacy for president of the United States. Yet it was only when she held Charlotte, her first grandchild, in her arms, that the former Secretary of State understood the true meaning of being a grandmother.
“It was just the most incredible joy. My friends who are grandparents always told me how amazing it would be, but I didn’t fully understand what they meant until I experienced it,” the proud grandma of 2-year-old Charlotte and 4-month-old Aidan, the children of her daughter Chelsea and investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, told us in an exclusive interview for HOLA! USA. And like any typical grandma, she can’t stop talking about her grandchildren.
“I’m so captivated by all the little things they do and the ways they’re constantly changing. Charlotte and Aidan remind me so much of how Chelsea was at each age,” she says with feeling, because seeing her daughter in her role as a mother has brought back a lot of good memories.
“It’s incredible to watch Chelsea as a mom. Occasionally she’ll say or do something that reminds me of how I was as a young mother, and it’s really special to see it come full circle.
“Being a grandmother gives you an even deeper appreciation for family,” says Hillary, who communicates with little Charlotte every day through FaceTime.
Also, before each conference or presidential debate, she looks forward to the “adorable” videos that Chelsea and Marc send her of Charlotte wishing her “Good luck, grandma,” or showing off some new talent —like roaring like a lion— that, according to Hillary, “lift my spirits.”
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