Not so much surviving the immediate annihilation, but more of a hope for a future regenesis amid the ashes of what was once the party of FDR.
Chelsea finally enters public life.
Chelsea Clinton, Living Up to the Family Name
…for the most part, Ms. Clinton seemed determined to keep her private life strictly private, refusing to speak to the news media and requesting the same from her loyal inner circle. Now, however, talk turned to the notion that if she was going to face the downside of being the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, under the constant scrutiny of the news media, why not also take advantage of the upside?
Thus, in the past 12 months, she has joined the board of Barry Diller’s Internet media holding company, IAC/InterActiveCorp; spoken at fund-raisers for organizations like amfAR; taken an increasingly public role with the Clinton Global Initiative; presented an award to her mother at Diane Von Furstenberg’s International Women’s Day event; and hosted her father’s 65th birthday at a Hollywood benefit for the Clinton Foundation with fellow guests Lady Gaga and Bono. She has even started a Facebook page.
And in her most high-profile move so far, she has taken a job with NBC News as a special correspondent, contributing to the network’s “Making a Difference” franchise. On Dec. 12, Ms. Clinton will make her first appearance on the prime-time newsmagazine “Rock Center With Brian Williams,” with a segment she developed about a nonprofit organization in Pine Bluff, Ark.
As she headed to the airport in Little Rock, Ark., on Friday evening, after filming her NBC segment, Ms. Clinton discussed in a phone interview her decision to take on a more public role. “My parents taught me to approach the world critically, but also to approach it with a sense of responsibility,” she said.
Her move to television was a career shift she initiated, having her close advisers arrange interviews with top network executives and at one point working with the powerful Creative Artists Agency.
“For a multitude of reasons, she decided the time was right to more publicly own a responsibility she feels to serve in the public good,” said Bari Lurie, a former intern in the East Wing of the White House during the Clinton years, whom Ms. Clinton brought on as her chief of staff in September.
In an e-mail on Friday, Ms. Clinton wrote, “I hope to make a positive, productive contribution, as cheesy as that may sound.”
She added, “For most of my life, I deliberately led a private life in the public eye.”
But after campaigning for her mother’s presidential bid in 2008, Ms. Clinton realized that she liked speaking publicly about issues she felt strongly about. Her grandmother, Dorothy Rodham, gave her some advice. “She told me being Chelsea Clinton had happened to me,” Ms. Clinton said, “and outside of my advocacy work and campaigning for my mom, I wasn’t doing enough in the world.”
Those conversations continued over the next couple of years — often coming up “when Marc and I were being hounded by the paparazzi for the silly reason du jour” — until Mrs. Rodham died in November. “I took what she said seriously — that I had led an inadvertently public life for a long time and maybe it was time to start leading a purposefully public life.”
I can see how her grandma’s passing could have a deep impact on her.
She’s a good kid, and almost all of America views her fondly. I hope she stays true to her liberal roots and doesn’t get sucked into the tribal progressive world-view.
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