She's long been the quiet Clinton, the private Clinton, but now, Chelsea Clinton is ready for her close-up.
The 31-year-old former first daughter has just signed on to become an on-air "special correspondent," working on "Making a Difference" segments about people who volunteer for NBC Nightly News.
As surprising as it is to see Chelsea step out into the spotlight, though, in another way, doesn't her new gig seem almost ... inevitable?
After all, Bill and Hillary Clinton's only child is following a path that's already been walked by presidential daughters (George W. Bush's daughter Jenna Hager Bush is a correspondent for NBC's Today) and even the daughters of presidential candidates (Meghan McCain, John McCain's daughter, contributes to MSNBC). TV news is starting to feel like the go-to career choice for West Wing offspring.
But I'm still kind of surprised about Chelsea. Although she made frequent public appearances to support her mom Hillary's presidential run, she always seemed deeply committed to privacy. Remember all the secrecy shrouding her wedding last year? Nailing down any info at all about the nuptials drove the media hilariously wild. Plus, honestly, do you have any idea what Chelsea's voice even sounds like? Yeah, me neither.
In a way, I can't help but feel a bit disappointed that Chelsea has decided to follow such a well-beaten path for presidential progeny. Having studied chemistry, history, international relations, public health at prestigious schools like Stanford, Oxford, Columbia University, and New York University, and then working in business as a consultant, it seemed like she was poised to go her own interesting way.
What's more, I actually always admired Chelsea's commitment to privacy, to keeping a low-profile even though she came from one of the world's most high-profile couples. It seemed like evidence that she was strong and confident enough not to need adulation from the masses.
Look, Chelsea can make her own decisions, and judging from her past, she'll probably use this new on-air position toward admirable ends. (She says she'll donate most of what she makes to charity, which is great.) But I dunno. I'll miss the mystery of the old Chelsea, the private Chelsea, the one who seemed reluctant to grab the spotlight. Oh, well. I guess she's as much a part of history now as those awkward teenage years.
Are you excited to see Chelsea Clinton emerge into the spotlight more?
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