At the end of the
Clinton decided she wanted electoral office. The Clinton Clintons
moved to suburban
New York so she could establish New
York residency and run for the Senate. Despite losing the Presidential nomination to
Mr. Obama, things have turned out well for both Clintons.
It was widely considered a strategic move to a politically appropriate suburban address when the
on the eve of Mrs. Clinton’s 2000 Senate run, bought the Dutch colonial on Clintons Old House Lane for
$1.7 million. (They pay just over $50,000 a year in property taxes.) Since
then, Bill Clinton has gone from
embattled president to Democratic icon and head of an international foundation.
Mrs. Clinton has gone from first lady to senator to presidential contender to
secretary of state.nton
And it has also turned out that the
Clinton’s sincerely embraced their new home.
Marcus Yam for The New York Times
The Clintons, who have lived in Chappaqua, N.Y., for more than a decade, attended Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday.
It might be assumed that Secretary of StateHillary Rodham Clinton has more pressing items on her to-do list than making it each year to the local Memorial Day Parade. But, sure enough, there was Mrs. Clinton in a tan suit and jaunty straw hat marching down
King Street on Monday with the local
office holders, as her husband, the former president, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo,
who lives in neighboring , trailed a bit
“I put this on my calendar every year, and I basically tell my staff I really, really, really want to do this,” Mrs. Clinton said on Monday. “So unless there’s some crisis of significant proportions, I’ll be here, and I’ve had a few crises where I’ve had to take phone calls as I’ve marched. Next week I’m going to
Denmark, Norway, Sweden,
Azerbaijan and ,
but I said, ‘That is going to happen after Memorial Day, no matter what.’ ” Turkey
And that the
’s have become
the type of neighbors we would all like to have. Clinton
“Every person to the person who has met them will say how warm and welcoming and lovely and genuinely interested in other people they have been,” said Kendall Callahan, who just opened what she calls an interactive health bar called Kendall’s Om Kitchen next to Santa’s Salon. “They’re around town,” she added. “They support local merchants. They’ve been great neighbors.”
No one including this author would have envisioned this 12 years ago, And it brings to mind the tragedy of the Clinton Presidency, the foray into health care reform that destroyed Mr. Clinton politically and the Monica situation which destroyed Mr. Clinton’s reputation as a good person. But now it seems both
have shown their true colors, and that they are pretty good people. And had
they understood the politics of the health care reform they proposed and had Mr. Clinton’s personal life gone down a different road,
a good Presidency might have been a great Presidency.