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Bill Clinton Bill Clinton was hard to miss in the fall of 1970. He arrived at Yale Law School looking more like a Viking than a Rhodes Scholar returning from two years at Oxford. He was tall and big somewhere below that red brown beard and curly mane of hair’s-breadth. He besides had a animation that seemed to shoot out of his pores. When I first saw him in the law school ‘s student loiter, he was holding away before a ecstatic consultation of fellow students. As I walked by, I heard him say : “ … and not entirely that, we grow the biggest watermelons in the world ! ” I asked a ally, “ Who is that ? ” “ Oh, that ‘s Bill Clinton, ” he said. “ He ‘s from Arkansas, and that ‘s all he ever talks about. ”

We would run into each other around campus, but we never actually met until one night at the Yale police library the follow spring. I was studying in the library, and Bill was standing out in the hall talking to another scholar, Jeff Gleckel, who was trying to persuade Bill to write for the Yale Law Journal. I noticed that he kept looking over at me. He had been doing a distribute of that. so I stood up from the desk, walked over to him and said, “ If you ‘re going to keep looking at me, and I ‘m going to keep looking back, we might adenine well be introduced. I ‘m hillary Rodham. ” That was it. The way Bill tells the history, he could n’t remember his own mention. We did n’t talk to each other again until the stopping point sidereal day of classes in the spring of 1971. We happened to walk out of Professor Thomas Emerson ‘s Political and Civil Rights naturally at the same time. Bill asked me where I was going. I was on the way to the registrar ‘s function to sign up for the following semester ‘s classes. He told me he was heading there excessively. As we walked, he complimented my long flower-patterned hedge. When I told him that my mother had made it, he asked about my family and where I had grown improving. We waited in line until we got to the registrar. She looked up and said, “ Bill, what are you doing here ? You ‘ve already registered. ” I laughed when he confessed that he barely wanted to spend fourth dimension with me, and we went for a long walk that turned into our first date. We both had wanted to see a Mark Rothko display at the Yale Art Gallery but, because of a labor dispute, some of the university ‘s buildings, including the museum, were closed. As Bill and I walked by, he decided he could get us in if we offered to pick up the litter that had accumulated in the gallery ‘s court. Watching him talk our way in was the first clock time I saw his persuasiveness in natural process. We had the integral museum to ourselves. We wandered through the galleries talking about Rothko and twentieth-century artwork. I admit to being surprised at his sake in and cognition of subjects that seemed, at first, unusual for a Viking from Arkansas. We ended up in the museum ‘s court, where I sat in the large lap of Henry Moore ‘s sculpt Draped Seated Woman while we talked until dark. I invited Bill to the party my roommate, Kwan Kwan Tan, and I were throwing in our dormitory room that nox to celebrate the end of classes. Kwan Kwan, an ethnic taiwanese who had come from Burma to Yale to pursue calibrate legal studies, was a delightful support companion and a elegant performer of burmese dancing. She and her husband, Bill Wang, another scholar, remain friends. Bill came to our party but hardly said a son. Since I did n’t know him that well, I thought he must be shy, possibly not very socially adept or just uncomfortable. I did n’t have much hope for us as a couple. Besides, I had a boyfriend at the prison term, and we had weekend plans out of township. When I came back to Yale belated Sunday, Bill called and heard me coughing and hacking from the bad cold I had picked up. “ You sound frightful, ” he said. About thirty minutes late, he knocked on my door, bearing chicken soup and orange juice. He came in, and he started talking. He could converse about anything — from african politics to area and western music. I asked him why he had been thus placid at my party. “ Because I was interest in learning more about you and your friends, ” he replied. I was starting to realize that this young man from Arkansas was much more complex than beginning impressions might suggest. To this day, he can astonish me with the connections he weaves between ideas and words and how he makes it all good like music. I still love the manner he thinks and the way he looks. One of the first things I noticed about Bill was the shape of his hands. His wrists are narrow and his fingers tapered and deft, like those of a pianist or a surgeon. When we first met as students, I loved watching him turn the pages of a koran. now his hands are showing signs of age after thousands of handshakes and golf swings and miles of signatures. They are, like their owner, weathered but silent expressive, attractive and bouncy. soon after Bill came to my rescue with chicken soup and orange juice, we became inseparable. In between cramming for finals and finishing up my first class of concentration on children, we spent long hours driving about in his 1970 burnt-orange Opel station wagon — truly one of the ugliest cars ever manufactured — or hanging out at the beach house on Long Island Sound near Milford, Connecticut, where he lived with his roommates, Doug Eakeley, Don Pogue and Bill Coleman. At a party there one night, Bill and I ended up in the kitchen talking about what each of us wanted to do after gradation. I placid did n’t know where I would live and what I would do because my interests in child advocacy and civil rights did n’t dictate a detail path. Bill was absolutely sealed : He would go home to Arkansas and run for public function. A distribute of my classmates said they intended to pursue public servicing, but Bill was the entirely one who you knew for sealed would actually do it. I told Bill about my summer plans to clerk at Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein, a small police firm in Oakland, California, and he announced that he would like to go to California with me. I was astonished. I knew he had signed on to work in Senator George McGovern ‘s presidential crusade and that the campaign coach, Gary Hart, had asked Bill to organize the South for McGovern. The prospect of driving from one Southern state to another convincing Democrats both to support McGovern and to oppose Nixon ‘s policy in Vietnam excited him. Although Bill had worked in Arkansas on campaigns for Senator J. William Fulbright and others, and in Connecticut for Joe Duffey and Joe Lieberman, he ‘d never had the luck to be in on the ground floor of a presidential campaign. I tried to let the newsworthiness sinkhole in. I was thrilled. “ Why, ” I asked, “ do you want to give up the opportunity to do something you love to follow me to California ? ” “ For person I love, that ‘s why, ” he said. He had decided, he told me, that we were destined for each other, and he did n’t want to let me go good after he ‘d found me. Bill and I shared a little apartment near a big park not far from the University of California at Berkeley campus where the Free Speech Movement started in 1964. I spent most of my clock time working for Mal Burnstein research, writing legal motions and briefs for a child custody lawsuit. interim, Bill explored Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. On weekends, he took me to the places he had scouted, like a restaurant in North Beach or a vintage dress memory on Telegraph Avenue. I tried teaching him tennis, and we both experimented with cook. I baked him a peach proto-indo european, something I associated with Arkansas, although I had yet to visit the submit, and together we produced a palatable chicken dress for any and all occasions we hosted. Bill spent most of his time learn and then sharing with me his thoughts about books like To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson. During our hanker walks, he frequently broke into song, frequently crooning one of his Elvis Presley favorites. People have said that I knew Bill would be President one day and went around telling anyone who would listen. I do n’t remember thinking that until years belated, but I had one strange run into at a belittled restaurant in Berkeley. I was supposed to meet Bill, but I was held up at work and arrived recently. There was no sign of him, and I asked the waiter if he had seen a serviceman of his description. A customer sitting nearby spoke up, saying, “ He was hera for a long time reading, and I started talking to him about books. I do n’t know his name, but he ‘s going to be President someday. ” “ Yeah, right, ” I said, “ but do you know where he went ? ” At the end of the summer, we returned to New Haven and rented the ground floor of 21 Edgewood Avenue for seventy-five dollars a month. That bought us a living room with a fireplace, one small bedroom, a third room that served as both learn and dining sphere, a bantam toilet and a primitive kitchen. The floors were therefore uneven that plates would slide off the dining postpone if we did n’t keep little wooden blocks under the postpone leg to level them. The tip howled through cracks in the walls that we stuffed with newspapers. But despite it all, I loved our first sign of the zodiac. We shopped for furniture at the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores and were quite gallant of our student interior decoration. Our apartment was a jam away from the Elm Street Diner, which we frequented because it was open all night. The local Y down the street had a yoga class that I joined, and Bill agreed to take with me — deoxyadenosine monophosphate long as I did n’t tell anybody else. He besides came along to the Cathedral of Sweat, Yale ‘s gothic sports center, to run mindlessly around the mezzanine track. Once he started running, he kept going. I did n’t. We ate frequently at Basel ‘s, a favored greek restaurant, and loved going to the movies at the Lincoln, a small field set back on a residential street. One even after a rash finally stopped, we decided to go to the movies. The roads were not yet cleared, so we walked there and back through the foot-high snowdrifts, feeling very much alive and in love.

We both had to work to pay our way through law school, on top of the student loans we had taken out. But we still found time for politics. Bill decided to open a McGovern for President headquarters in New Haven, using his own money to rent a shopfront. Most of the volunteers were yale students and faculty because the boss of the local Democratic Party, Arthur Barbieri, was not supporting McGovern. Bill arranged for us to meet Mr. Barbieri at an italian restaurant. At a farseeing lunch, Bill claimed he had eight hundred volunteers fix to hit the streets to out-organize the regular party apparatus. Barbieri finally decided to endorse McGovern. He invited us to attend the party meet at a local italian clubhouse, Melebus Club, where he would announce his endorsement. The future week, we drove to a characterless build and entered a door leading to a set of stairs that went down to a series of belowground rooms. When Barbieri stood up to speak in the large boom room, he commanded the attention of the local anesthetic county committee members — by and large men — who were there. He started by talking about the war in Vietnam and naming the boys from the New Haven area who were serving in the military and those who had died. then he said, “ This war is n’t worth losing one more male child for. That ‘s why we should support George McGovern, who wants to bring our boys home. ” This was not an immediately popular put, but as the night wear on, he pressed his case until he got a consentaneous vote of support. And he delivered on his commitment, first at the state conventionality and then in the election when New Haven was one of the few places in America that voted for McGovern over Nixon. After Christmas, Bill drove up from Hot Springs to Park Ridge to spend a few days with my family. Both my parents had met him the previous summer, but I was skittish because my dad was so uninhibited in his criticism of my boyfriends. I wondered what he would say to a southerly Democrat with Elvis sideburns. My mother had told me that in my father ‘s eyes, no man would be good enough for me. She appreciated Bill ‘s good manners and willingness to help with the dishes. But Bill truly won her over when he found her reading a doctrine book from one of her college courses and spent the following hour or sol discussing it with her. It was dense going at first with my church father, but he warmed up over games of cards, and in front of the television watching football stadium games. My brothers basked in Bill ‘s attention. My friends liked him besides. After I introduced him to Betsy Johnson, her mother, Roslyn, cornered me on the way out of their house and said, “ I do n’t care what you do, but do n’t let this one move. He ‘s the only one I ‘ve always seen make you laugh ! ” After school ended in the give of 1972, I returned to Washington to work again for Marian Wright Edelman. Bill took a full-time job with the McGovern crusade. My primary assignment in the summer of 1972 was to gather information about the Nixon Administration ‘s failure to enforce the legal ban on granting tax-exempt status to the private segregate academies that had sprung up in the South to avoid integrated public schools. The academies claimed they were created simply in response to parents deciding to form private schools ; it had nothing to do with court-ordered integration of the public schools. I went to Atlanta to meet with the lawyers and civil rights workers who were compiling testify that, on the contrary, proved the academies were created entirely for the purpose of avoiding the constitutional mandate of the Supreme Court ‘s decisions, starting with Brown v. Board of Education. As function of my investigation, I drove to Dothan, Alabama, for the aim of posing as a youthful mother moving to the area, interested in enrolling my child in the local all-white academy. I stopped first base in the “ black ” section of Dothan to have lunch with our local contacts. Over burgers and sweetened ice tea, they told me that many of the school districts in the area were draining local populace schools of books and equipment to send to the alleged academies, which they viewed as the alternatives for white students. At a local secret school, I had an date to meet an administrator to discuss enrolling my complex number child. I went through my role-playing, asking questions about the course of study and makeup of the student consistency. I was assured that no black students would be enrolled. While I was challenging discrimination practices, Bill was in Miami working to ensure McGovern ‘s nomination at the democratic Convention on July 13, 1972. After the convention, Gary Hart asked Bill to go to Texas, along with Taylor Branch, then a young writer, to join a local Houston lawyer, Julius Glickman, in a triumvirate to run the McGovern political campaign in that state of matter. Bill asked me if I wanted to go, excessively. I did, but only if I had a specific job. Anne Wexler, a veteran campaigner I knew from Connecticut, then working on behalf of McGovern, offered me a job heading up the voter registration drive in Texas. I jumped at the luck. Although Bill was the only person I knew when I got to Austin, Texas, in August, I promptly made some of the best friends I ‘ve always had. In 1972, Austin was still a sleepy town compared to Dallas or Houston. It was, to be certain, the state capital and the base of the University of Texas, but it seemed more typical of the by than of the future of Texas. It would have been hard to predict the explosive growth of high-technology companies that transformed the small city in the Texas mound state into a Sunbelt thunder town. The McGovern campaign set up shop in an empty shopfront on West Sixth Street. I had a small carrel that I rarely occupied because I spent most of my time in the field, trying to register the newly enfranchised eighteen- to twenty-one-year-olds and driving around South Texas working to register black and spanish american voters. Roy Spence, Garry Mauro and Judy Trabulsi, all of whom stayed active in Texas politics and played a part in the 1992 presidential political campaign, became the anchor of our young voter outreach efforts. They thought they could register every eighteen-year-old in Texas, which would, in their minds, turn the electoral tide McGovern ‘s direction. They besides liked to have fun and introduced me to Scholz ‘s Beer Garden, where we would sit outside at the end of eighteen- or twenty-hour days trying to figure out what else we could do in the face of ever-worsening poll numbers. Hispanics in South Texas were, intelligibly, wary of a blond female child from Chicago who did n’t speak a discussion of spanish. I found allies at the universities, among organized british labour party, and lawyers with the South Texas Rural Legal Aid Association. One of my guides along the surround was Franklin Garcia, a battle-hardened union organizer, who took me places I could never have gone alone and vouched for me to Mexican Americans who worried I might be from the immigration service or some other government means. One nox when Bill was in Brownsville touch with Democratic Party leaders, Franklin and I picked him up and drove over the margin to Matamoros, where Franklin promised a meal we ‘d never forget. We found ourselves in a local anesthetic dive that had a properly mariachi set and served the best — the only — barbecued cabrito, or capricorn head, I had ever eaten. Bill fell asleep at the postpone while I ate ampere fast as digestion and politeness permitted. Betsey Wright, who had previously been active in the Texas State Democratic Party and had been working for Common Cause, came over to work in the political campaign. Betsey grew up in West Texas and graduated from the university in Austin. A superb political organizer, she had been all over the state, and she did n’t disguise what we ‘d reasonably much figured out — that the McGovern campaign was doomed. even Senator McGovern ‘s leading war record as an Air Force bomber navigate, late commemorated in Stephen Ambrose ‘s book The Wild Blue, which should have given his anti-war position credibility in Texas, was buried under the incoming attacks from Republicans and missteps by his own campaign. When McGovern picked Sargent Shriver to succeed Senator Thomas Eagleton as his Vice presidential campaigner, we hoped both Shriver ‘s work under President Kennedy and his Kennedy family association through Jack and Bobby Kennedy ‘s sister Eunice might revive matter to. When the period for voter registration ended thirty days before the election, Betsey asked me to help run the campaign in San Antonio for the last calendar month. I stayed with a college friend and dove into the sights, sounds, smells and food of that beautiful city. I ate mexican food three times a day, normally at Mario ‘s out on the highway or at Mi Tierra downtown. When you run a presidential campaign in a state or city, you ‘re always trying to persuade national headquarters to send in the candidates or early top-level surrogates. Shirley MacLaine was the best-known supporter we had coaxed to San Antonio until the campaign announced that McGovern would fly in for a muster in front of the Alamo, a emblematic backdrop. For more than a workweek, all our efforts were focused on turning out ampere boastfully a crowd as potential. That experience made me realize how crucial it is for the staff from crusade headquarters to respect the local anesthetic people. Campaigns station in advance staff to plan the logistics of a campaigner ‘s visit. This was my first time to see an advance team in action. I learned that they operated under enormous stress, wanted all the essentials — phones, copiers, a stage, chairs, sound system — to appear yesterday, and that in a tight or a lose slipstream, person has to be responsible for paying the bills. Every time the promote team ordered something, they ‘d tell me the money to pay for it would be wired down immediately. But the money never appeared. On the night of the big consequence, McGovern did a bang-up occupation. We raised just adequate money to pay the local vendors, which turned out to be the only successful venture during my month-long sojourn. My spouse in all this was Sara Ehrman, a extremity of Senator McGovern ‘s legislative staff who had taken a leave to work on the campaign and belated moved to Texas to organize field operations. A political seasoned with an bubbling wag, Sara was the shape of both maternal warmth and rough-and-tumble activism. She never minced words or parsed her opinions, no count her audience. And she had the energy and heart of a woman half her age — and still does. She had been running the San Antonio campaign when I walked in one October day and told her I was there to help. We sized each other up and decided we would enjoy the ride together, and it was the start of a friendship that endures nowadays. It was obvious to all of us that Nixon was going to trounce McGovern in the November election. But, as we soon would learn, this did n’t deter Nixon and his operatives from illegally using campaign funds ( not to mention official government agencies ) to spy on the confrontation and finance dirty tricks to help ensure a republican victory. A bungled housebreaking at democratic Committee offices at the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972, would lead to the downfall of Richard Nixon. It would besides figure in my future plans. Before returning to our classes at Yale, for which we were enrolled but had not yet attended, Bill and I took our first vacation together to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, then a sleepy small charmer of a township on the Pacific Coast. Between swims in the browse, we spent our time rehashing the election and the failings of the McGovern crusade, a criticism that continued for months. so much had gone wrong, including the flawed democratic National Convention. Among other tactical errors, McGovern arrived at the dais for his adoption lecture in the center of the night, when no one in the country was awake, let entirely watching a political conventionality on television. Looking back on our McGovern feel, Bill and I realized we inactive had much to learn about the art of political crusade and the power of television. That 1972 race was our first ritual of political passage. After completing law school in the spring of 1973, Bill took me on my foremost slip to Europe to revisit his haunts as a Rhodes Scholar. We landed in London, and Bill proved himself to be a big usher. We spent hours touring Westminster Abbey, the Tate Gallery and Parliament. We walked around Stonehenge and marveled at the greener-than-green hills of Wales. We set out to visit as many cathedrals as we could, aided by a book of meticulously charted walk maps covering a square mile of countryside per page. We meandered from Salisbury to Lincoln to Durham to York, pausing to explore the ruins of a monastery laid waste by Cromwell ‘s troops or wandering through the gardens of a big area estate of the realm. then at twilight in the beautiful Lake District of England, we found ourselves on the shores of Lake Ennerdale, where Bill asked me to marry him. I was desperately in love with him but absolutely confused about my life and future. So I said, “ No, not now. ” What I meant was, “ Give me clock time. ”

My mother had suffered from her parents ‘ divorce, and her deplorable and lonely childhood was imprinted on my heart. I knew that when I decided to marry, I wanted it to be for life. Looking back to that time and to the person I was, I realize how daunt I was of committedness in general and of Bill ‘s intensity in particular. I thought of him as a impel of nature and wondered whether I ‘d be improving to the tax of animation through his seasons. Bill Clinton is nothing if not persistent. He sets goals, and I was one of them. He asked me to marry him again, and again, and I constantly said no. finally he said, “ Well, I ‘m not going to ask you to marry me any more, and if you ever decide you want to marry me then you have to tell me. ” He would wait me out. Copyright © 2003 by Hillary Rodham Clinton

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