chapter  11
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A Life's Choice: Hillary Rodham Clinton

Ordinarily, a president’s spouse receives only passing attention unless she becomes involved in a directly political way, as did Edith Wilson when she became the guardian of her husband’s presidency after he suffered a severe stroke while in office, or she breaks new ground in her public activities, as did Eleanor Roosevelt. The Clintons, however, are unique. They have been true political partners for decades. Bill Clinton said, “If I get elected president, it will be an unprecedented partnership, far more than Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor. They were two great people but on differ­ ent tracks. If I get elected, we’ll do things together like we always have” (Sheehy 1992, 144).