Is Chelsea Clinton's Marriage in Trouble Already?

Lindsay Mannering

chelsea clintonIf you were a newlywed, would you be OK with your husband going on vacation for three months and leaving you at home? That's a toughie.

Chelsea Clinton doesn't seem to mind, though. Her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, has quit his job in the investment banking world and is headed to Jackson Hole for three months of fun in the snow. Clinton is going to stay in NYC and continue studying public policy at Columbia University.

Just because you're married doesn't mean you have to spend eternity in each other's pockets, but Marc and Chelsea were married in July. Is this separation so early on in their marriage a sign of trouble?

I'm going to go with a good ol', middle ground response here and say a resounding "maybe."

There are so many takes on a situation like this, but only the couple knows what works and what doesn't work for them. I hear that it's common in the finance world to take some time off before starting your next job, so I don't think Marc just quit because he's lazy and wants to ski.

He probably has another job lined up starting in the spring and wanted to unwind after years of working 80-hour weeks. And if Chelsea can't take the time off, then she can't. Marc deserves a break, as does anyone who works hard. It's a shame the time can't overlap with Chelsea's availability, but that's life.

I'll be honest and say that if my husband of seven months said he was going to live at a ski resort for three months, I wouldn't be that thrilled. My core emotion would be envy, but I'd also be a little nervous. It seems like a long time, and one can get carried away in resort destinations where there's a lot of money, a lot of booze, and a lot of young people.

Chelsea and Marc seem like very reasonable people, so I'm sure they talked this out and came to an agreement. That said, if divorce papers are filed next year, we'll point to this and say, "See!"

What would you think if your husband went on vacation for three months and left you home?

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