(CNN) – Camera crews caught up with former President Bill Clinton on Friday in Rhinebeck, New York, the site of his daughter's upcoming wedding.
While he mostly kept quiet as he moved through the crowd that had gathered after his arrival, when asked by a reporter if he was excited, Clinton said "you bet"
The follow up question: "Is your daughter going to look beautiful?"
"She looks beautiful every day to me," Clinton said
There are reports of lavish spending on the wedding: seven figures, some reports say even eight figures.
But a longtime Clinton family friend pushes back, telling CNN National Correspondent Jessica Yellin the cost is actually less than $1 million. Regarding the many wedding planners who are guessing at the cost of Chelsea's wedding – this Clinton family friend tells CNN, "Maybe it's because these planners said they couldn't do it for less than 2 to 5 million – that's exactly why they weren't picked as the planner."
Spotter July 30th, 2010 5:30 pm ET
I was not always a fan of Clinton but he was a good President. Obama isn't fit to tie his shoes.
Sounds like someone has had his daily dose of Fox ... always looking for a way to slam President Obama.
Let's be honest here. Chelsea Clinton is beautiful like Sarah Jessica Parker is beautiful.
She should have been married on a horse farm.
Mazeltov, congratulations, best wishes to Chelsea and Mark. They're a handsome and dynamic couple with a very bright future. Many happy years together.
My God Bless Chelsea and her marriage.
What a drag to be followed around by all of those people, the press. Being famous is not worth it. I am glad for anonymity, even though I have no money.
With two wars ongoing, triple burdened debt with well over 63 trillion dollars of obligated debt, a true unemployment rate of close to 25%, and economic uncertainty increasing, I really am tired of hearing about the Clintons and their plastic surgery enhanced adult baby.
In spite of all his failings as president Bill Clinton was a much better president than the person that holds that office now !!!And i'm sure that the twinkle in his eye is because he is proud of his daughter. good luck to her and to her future husband !!!
Three million for a wedding? Gee, where did they get all their money? Someone please do the math, I thought they were public servants. OH, yea the trade agreements
Of course she looks beautiful to him everyday – what daughter doesn't?
Much love and happiness to the Clinton Family and their new son-in-law.
But, really, is this news?
Of course he's going to say she looks beautiful everyday. What kind of a father would he be if he didn't say that?
Amen President Clinton. You are a true father and I wish you beautiful grandchildren.
What do you get when you cross a crooked lawyer and a cheating politician?
I to was appalled at the fact the Obama's were not invited but then I thought to myself – they probably were but the Obama's (being the class act they are) decided with the Clinton's that it would not be a good idea because of the entourage and the fact all the lights and cameras would be on the Obama's therefore stealing the show. We all know Chelsea is a "Leah" bride anyway.
How quickly we forget how everyone was againist President Clinton and wanted him out of office after the scandal, but now you think he needs to be back in office instead of our current President. I feel that given the state of the economy and what President Obama had to face taking office he is doing a great job. Really the day is about Chelsea and not the President (she doesn't need that distraction).
who cares about her or her parents. The left-sided press IS trying to play this up like they are actually a significant family in america. Mommy and daddy are crooks. Who cares. Show this family the same respect they showed a certain intern. Report the news CNN or did you forget who you are.
God bless Chelsea, her fiance and their families. Congratulations and the very best for a long, loving, happy marriage.
Best wishes to the Bride and Groom – hope the press will allow them some space. My goodness, but Bill does not look well in this clip. Hope that is not the case...Contratulations to all...
Is he blind? It must be love? The groom is much better looking than her–she is lucky to have found a good looking guy to help her with the kids she may have. Only problem is the kids may wear braids and a yarmulke if they are raised Jewish. Oy vey, she cannot win either way.
Arglle blepp slurgle Lewinsky droozle flizmip trackmel Obummer snerdle communist gibbleslidge immorality glechnar flebble socialist dricksnit slick willy fuzzle wuzzle plap takin' my guns sniddreskep glorp!!!
The vast right wing confederacy of dunces, racists, mouth-breathers, and knuckledraggers that collectively make up today's Republican super minority.
Who really cares?
To "valwayne"....... please ......... such a petty comment! Having two presidents and the secretary of state present would be quite a distraction from the wedding. i am sure the gracious Obamas are sending a gift.
Why is it that conservatives always have to make every story about any Democrat into...... ugly?
Mazel Tov to the Clintons & Chelsea!
President Clinton is a beloved president, things were great during his presidency, the world was mostly peaceful. His wife is such a successful mother and politician. Their daughter is one of the most graceful and smart and beautiful first daughters. This is the most beautiful family in the world. Wish they enjoy today's wedding day!
Valwayne – Obama was invited but opted not to come b/c of the extra security needed. He wanted this (rightly so) to be about the bride and groom and their families. Just google Obama and Clinton wedding and you'll find it.