October 23rd, 2007
05:05 PM ET
15 years ago

Hillary opens up on romance with Bill

Sen. Clinton said she is 'really happy' she made the decision to stay with husband Bill.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton is quite the romantic husband, according to wife Hillary.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner discusses her relationship with her famous spouse in the latest issue of Essence Magazine, describing how the former president often showers her with gifts when returning from trips abroad.

"He's so romantic. He's always bringing me back things from his trips," the New York senator told the magazine. "He brought me a giant wooden giraffe from Africa. Oh, he bought me this watch…I had dental surgery, and he said it reminded him of teeth.”

Clinton adds she is "really happy" she decided to stay with her husband following the news of his affair in 1996 with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

"Obviously we've had challenges as everybody in the world knows," she told the magazine. “But I never doubted that it was a marriage worth investing in even in the midst of those challenges and I'm really happy that I made that decision."

"Again, not a decision for everybody," she continued. "And I think it's so important for women to stand up for the right of women to make a decision that is best for them.”

Clinton also describes her first impressions of the future president when passing him by chance at Yale Law School in 1971.

"I thought he was very attractive. I mean, he was tall. At the time he had long hair and a red beard. His hair was much more red-gold, and it was curly, and he had a vikingesque beard."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (308 Responses)
  1. lynne

    Oh pleeze, don't let me throw up, these two ,ole Hlll and Bubba, are the biggest frauds, that ever graced the political stage.
    First of all everyone knows she is gay,
    and Bill is a hound dog, he has better taste than Hill, he is sick and has a problem, come on, spare me the visuals.
    If you fall for these two phonies, you are in denial, and pathetic

    October 24, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Brett, Los Angeles CA

    I was eating when I read this, but halfway through I started vomiting. Thanks for ruining my keyboard CNN

    October 24, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Well ... I just have to say .....
    To all those puking on their keyboards, after reading this...

    And to all the Toms who can't understand why Hillary should get credit for staying with her man who had MULTIPLE Affairs...(All the Toms were there so they know that to be a fact)

    And to all those who KNOW HILLARY IS GAY (who must have been on a date with her or how would they really know)

    If your so Sick, Nauseated and So Busy Vomitting On Your Keyboards .... Why The Hey are You All Here????? You must need serious help. If somebody just(in print) made me that ill – I wouldn't be here.

    This blog has 322 comments and 80% or more are anti Hillary....SO You All Tell Me WHOSE THE SICKEST PUPPIES Here????

    Did you ever think that not everything you hear or read through the media is the TRUTH! And/Or nobody but nobody knows 100% about what is going on in another's life. The only person who knows the REAL TRUTH is the person living it.

    I'm not a Hillary Supporter just for the record. But even when Craig was put in the media to be torn apart for weeks..I said the same thing. It's all a He Said, She said, or She said, She said, or He Said, He Said and all nothing but OPINIONS.

    Do unto others as you have them do unto you I say....With the only exception being President Bush.

    October 24, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Colin742

    Like slime from a sewer, the Clinton haters are out in force.
    Many divorces aer caused by BOREDOM. He works, drinks beer, watches football, GRUNTS and ignores her when she talks. She watches soaps, goes shopping, gossips. Neither has anything interesting to say.
    Hillary said that she started a converstion with Bill 38 years ago and it continues. What he talks about to her is always interesting. He finds that what she tells him is always interesting.
    She Knows that she is Number One in his life. He knows he is Number One in her life.
    It is probably true that without Bill and his political contacts, Hillary would not have this oportunty to become president. It is also true that without her and her discipline, oganizational skils, he may not have bcome a Govenor and certainly not president.

    October 24, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. Karen,nj

    Colin724..She started a conversation 38 years ago and it's still going... can't you tell by watching them that it is just an act? What should she do, run off into the wild blue yonder. Then what. Don't be so stupid.

    October 24, 2007 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  6. sue

    She has a heart of gold,its her bussiness and if she stood by him,It made her stronger and the hardest of times and past,she stayed in the marriage, Chelsea is there love. and they both want a grandchild.if they worked it out it makes the marriage grow.

    October 24, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Sorry "Trish" from wherever, his multiple affairs are not based on opinions, but facts.

    He has admitted to MULTIPLE affairs.

    Monica, Genny and Paula who he paid $850,000 are just a few.

    That is the truth, eh.

    October 25, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Jamal, Toronto, Ontariio

    I love Bill and Hillary but I'm real– it works both ways. Bill is a good guy that attracts people period but he has faults so when he screws up it's magnified like the good he does. Hillary is a strong-willed woman who I believe would have been President when Bill or the Elder Bush was President had she not have been married to him.

    Their marriage was setup by God and the devil has done everything he could to destroy it and used "high-class" people, corporate sharks, neo-Cons and pretty women to derail them.

    Name one politician or anyone you admire that could have stood the test of time with THEIR CHALLENGES better than them. If THEY are corrupt–then ask yourself what would YOU be like ?

    November 14, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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