By: KAYLYNN SAMPLES
(Gainesville, Ga.) – Former President and First Lady, Bill and Hillary Clinton are grandparents.
Their daughter Chelsea gave birth to her first child on Friday. September 26th. A beautiful healthy baby girl they named Charlotte.
Chelsea Clinton announced the news on Twitter and Facebook early Saturday, saying she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are ‘‘full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.’’ The former President and former Secretary of State quickly retweeted their daughter’s message on Twitter but did not immediately comment on the baby’s arrival.
The news comes as Hillary Clinton deliberates whether to run for the White House in 2016. She is the leading Democratic contender to succeed President Barack Obama, her 2008 campaign rival, and has said she expects to make a decision around the beginning of next year.
The baby has been eagerly anticipated as Hillary Clinton considers her political future. She has called the prospect of becoming a grandmother her ‘‘most exciting title yet.’’ She even has picked out the first book she intends to read to her grandchild, the classic ‘‘Goodnight Moon.’ She has said she did not want to make any decisions about another campaign until the baby’s arrival, pointing to her interest in enjoying becoming a grandmother for the first time.
Bill Clinton, who canceled a fundraising visit Saturday to Denver for Democrats running for the Senate and Governor, has been eager to become a grandfather. During an event with former President George W. Bush in September, Bill Clinton’s cellphone rang on stage and he joked that only two people had the number “and they are related to me,’’ musing that he hoped he was not becoming “a premature grandfather.’’
The 34-year-old Chelsea Clinton said in an interview with Glamour magazine last year that she and her husband had hoped to make 2014 ‘‘the year of the baby.’’ She announced her pregnancy in April at the end of a forum in New York on female empowerment.
How involved will the Clintons be as grandparents? Before their granddaughter was born, the former President said, “Be there when you’re welcome. Be loving, but not judgmental.” Interestingly, little baby Charlotte has three grandparents that have been in Congress and one that has been President.