As many have seen, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been on a diplomatic mission to Kenya for most of the week. While in Nairobi, Secretary Clinton participated in a town hall meeting moderated by Newsweek’s International editor and host of CNN’s GPS, Fareed Zakaria. Fareed asked Secretary Clinton about an incident from 2000, back when she was First Lady. Apparently, a wealthy Kenyan man offered the then-first family a very large dowry for Chelsea Clinton’s hand in marriage. The offer? Forty goats and 20 cows. Fareed’s mention or “dowry shout-out” was met with laughter, but Hillary replied that she will “convey” the offer to Chelsea:
NAIROBI, Kenya — A Kenyan man’s offer of 40 goats and 20 cows for Chelsea Clinton’s hand in marriage may still be on the table – and Hillary Rodham Clinton has promised to convey the “very kind offer” to her daughter.
To laughter at a town hall meeting Thursday in Kenya, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria asked the U.S. Secretary of State if the Clintons had made a decision on the dowry offer. In 2000, a Kenyan man wrote to then-president Bill Clinton offering the animals in accordance with African tradition.
After a pause, Clinton said, “My daughter is her own person, very independent, so I will convey this very kind offer.”
Clinton has denied rumors that her daughter, 29, is planning to get married this summer.
[From Huffington Post]
Dude, how many goats could I get for my dowry? I bet I could get at least a baker’s dozen. I’m not sure about the cows though. Could I trade one goat for a couple of cute kittens? Or a pair of doves? I’ve always wanted doves. Maybe a hamster.
I sometimes wonder what Hillary and Chelsea talk about. I can guarantee that they don’t gossip about celebrities like my mom and I do. Does Hillary nag Chelsea about settling down, getting married and having babies, as mothers often do? Or does Hillary kind of respect Chelsea’s privacy, letting her live her life without interference whatsoever? I tend to think the latter.
Chelsea’s single status has been up in the air for most of the year – many sources have claimed that she’s engaged to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, and is planning some nice Martha’s Vineyard wedding some time this year. National Enquirer has a source who claims: “They’re officially putting out word that there’s no wedding, but that’s just to confuse the media. Invites will soon be going out by Federal Express, telling them all the details. The Clintons have worked out everything. All the rooms are booked. All the guests have to do is show up at their local airport, and they’ll be flown to the location.” That sounds like Chelsea’s way of doing things, but I do think that Hillary and Bill would probably like a big extravaganza for their only daughter’s big day. If and when Chelsea gets married, I bet it will be a huge deal, because her parents will make it a huge deal.
Here’s Chelsea at her mom’s swearing-in as Secretary of State in February. Images thanks to WENN.com .