As the many glowing profiles of Huma Abedin in recent months have noted, she learned a lot working as Hillary Clinton's right-hand woman since the 1990s. But maybe the biggest lesson Abedin learned was not just how to help her husband survive a sex scandal, but how to launch her own political career.
On Wednesday, spurred on by the latest turn in her husband Anthony Weiner's serial online sexual embarrassments, Harper's Bazaar published an excerpt of an essay by Abedin that will run its September issued, titled "The Good Wife," in which she explains why she decided to stand by her man. Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after his first sexting scandal and then apologized on Tuesday for newly released sexts exchanged last summer under the name Carlos Danger. The essay comes with a portrait of Abedin looking approachable and friendly in a feminine green dress, ruffled and belted at the waist. "Three years ago I was a single workaholic," Abedin confesses. But a lot has changed since then:
My friends will tell you that I don’t like calling attention to myself. For years I spent my professional life at the back of the room, far from the stage or the microphone. I kept my personal life private, even as the people I was close to lived in the public eye. But all that changed two years ago, and Anthony and I have spent these past few years working through the very private challenges we faced on a very public stage. So when people tell me they’re surprised to see me out on the campaign trail, I understand because, trust me, no one is more surprised than I am.
No one? That's hard to believe if you've followed Weiner's public rehabilitation, reportedly carefully managed by Abedin. First they gave their baby photos to People. (Weiner was still sexting back then.) Then they gave a confessional interview to The New York Times Magazine. Then Abedin recorded a campaign ad with Weiner, then she gave an interview to New York that resulted in a glowing profile.