Why America Needed Chelsea Clinton's Wedding

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Chelsea Clinton's wedding to Marc Mezvinsky over the weekend sparked a media blitz that eclipsed the coverage of fellow former first daughter Jenna Bush's ceremony several years ago. Certainly, the photos are lovely. But the country's fascination with the nuptials stemmed from something deeper than "what will she be wearing" gossip coverage. Tina Brown, with her intimate Clinton connection, writes at The Daily Beast about the collective American pride in seeing Chelsea all grown up, and how the ceremony became a catalyst for 90s nostalgia, reflection, closure, and looking forward:

It is one of the great ironies of the American scandal cycle that the Clintons are now seen as an emblematic nuclear family--and their marriage, so often dismissed as a "deal" based on hard-eyed opportunism, is seen as a clear-eyed unromantic definition of the love bond.

Secondly, the Clintons are enjoying political rosy-glow syndrome. In the light of what's happened since--two grueling wars, the implosion of debt, 14 million unemployed--the Lewinsky stain, the impeachment dramas, and the Starr witch hunt of the Clinton years seems like a crazy dream. Didn't we know how lucky we were to be so safe? Chelsea's wedding allowed us to remember all that prosperity, those continuous Clinton surpluses. No sticky wars then--Bosnia and Kosovo turned out more than OK. (It was nice to see, as a reminder of that, the first Madame Secretary, Albright, rattling around Rhinebeck on Saturday before the revels.) Meanwhile, Hillary, pummeled and reviled during the campaign year of media Obama worship, is now the most popular member of Bam's administration.



Read the full story at The Daily Beast.

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Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

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