By Kenneth P. Vogel
As her mother prepared to launch her second campaign for the presidency, Chelsea Clinton’s staff was compiling an email chronicling the former first daughter’s growing public profile and influence within the family’s sprawling global philanthropy.
Sent last month to family insiders from an address in her private domain—@chelseaoffice.com—the email, which was the latest in a series of quarterly Chelsea updates, included links to more than a dozen articles and video clips detailing the charitable efforts of “Chelsea and her family” and “Chelsea and her mom.” It never mentioned her parents, Bill and Hillary Clinton, by name. One article compared Chelsea Clinton’s stage presence to her father’s while in a separate video interview she declared that her peripatetic 20s left her “more able to make a difference now.”
Then, on the weekend of Hillary Clinton’s announcement of her presidential campaign, her 35-year-old daughter showed up on the cover of ELLE magazine, in a $1,500 Gucci dress and $7,000 Cartier bracelet. A preview of the interview inside featured Chelsea talking about her husband and seven-month-old daughter (who she called “the most remarkable little bubbly, perfect, chunky monkey creature ever”) as well as the gender imbalance in American politics, which she called “a fundamental challenge” that “having our first woman president—whenever that is—will help resolve.”