Chelsea Clinton announced on Thursday she is pregnant with the first grandchild of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Marc and I are so thrilled to be expecting our first child in the fall! Thank you for all of the kind words!— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 17, 2014
“Mark and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year,” Chelsea Clinton said referring to her husband Marc Mezvinsky. She spoke to the audience at a New York event while sitting on a stage with her mother.
The grandparents-to-be took to Twitter to kvell:
My most exciting title yet: Grandmother-To-Be! @billclinton and I are thrilled that Chelsea and Marc are expecting their first child!— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 17, 2014
Excited to add a new line to my Twitter bio…grandfather-to-be! @hillaryclinton and I are so happy for Chelsea and Marc!— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) April 17, 2014
Sitting with her mother in side-by-side armchairs on a stage at a New York City event on empowering women, Clinton delivered the news with a broad smile.
The audience at “Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation,” organized by the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, immediately broke into applause and cheers.
“I certainly feel all the better whether it’s a girl or a boy that she or he will grow up in a world full of so many strong young female leaders,” said Chelsea Clinton, who works for the family foundation and is a correspondent for NBC News.
“Thank you for inspiring me and thank you for inspiring future generations, including the one that we’ll be lucky enough to welcome into our family later this year,” she told the audience.
It was unclear how news of the first Clinton grandchild will affect the political ambitions of grandmother-to-be Hillary Clinton, who is considering a run for the White House in 2016.
Former president Clinton told reporters in Davos, Switzerland, in 2011: “I would like to have a happy wife, and she won’t be unless she’s a grandmother… It’s something she wants more than she wanted to be president.”