Chelsea Deals With A Scandal
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Jan. 27) -- From her earliest years, Chelsea Clinton has grown up in the public eye, so she is no stranger to controversy or conflict. And that has apparently prepped her well for weathering this latest outbreak of scandal.
Although the allegations of impropriety concerning the president and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky seem beyond what you could prepare a young woman to expect, Chelsea is reportedly handling the situation well.
"She's all right," Hillary Rodham Clinton said on NBC's "Today" show. "She has seen many examples of it in her short life. So it's not a pleasant experience, but it's given her the sort of grounding to be able to see what this is and get through it."
The president called Chelsea last week when the scandal broke to tell her the allegations were not true. Chelsea responded by asking her father what she could do to help, The Washington Post reported.
While at the White House Sunday to watch the Super Bowl, friend and political ally Jesse Jackson told The Associated Press that he spoke to Chelsea on the phone and prayed with her.
"She was born and bred in the heat of battle," Jackson said. "That contributed mightily to her maturity."
Chelsea will remain at school in California for her father's State of the Union address Tuesday night. During her television appearance this morning, Mrs. Clinton also thanked people "for just letting her [Chelsea] continue to be a freshman."