Hillary juggles diplomacy, daughter's wedding
Juggling weighty issues of global diplomacy on a whistlestop tour of eastern Europe with tricky decisions about flower arrangements is not the average dilemma for one of the world's most powerful politicians.Updated: Jul 06, 2010 00:15 IST
Juggling weighty issues of global diplomacy on a whistlestop tour of eastern Europe with tricky decisions about flower arrangements is not the average dilemma for one of the world's most powerful politicians.
But the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, admitted to Polish television that her paramount preoccupation at present is not missile defence or good governance in the former Soviet bloc but preparations for the forthcoming nuptials of her 30-year-old daughter, Chelsea, who is tipped to be married at the end of the month at a mansion in upstate New York.
"It truly is the most important thing in my life right now," said Clinton, taking time out from dispensing independence day greetings to US consulate staff in Krakow. "Luckily, we have email now. I can communicate and people can send me pictures of flower arrangements and other kinds of decisions."
Washington has been buzzing with rumours about wedding plans since the Clintons' only daughter got engaged in November to a childhood friend, Goldman Sachs banker Marc Mezvinsky.
US newspaper reports this weekend suggested the ceremony will take place on July 31 at the Astor Courts, a sprawling beaux-arts pavilion in the small town of Rhinebeck, 100 miles north of New York City.
Chelsea has been an object of fascination since her teenage years in the White House, when she was obliged to endure her parents' all-too-public marital difficulties in the fallout from Bill Clinton's affair with Oval Office intern Monica Lewinsky.