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Is the state of the union of former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, her husband of barely seven months, solid?
"The couple are very happy," a family friend told Politics Daily, in response to questions raised in media reports about why the two are currently living nearly 1,900 miles apart.
Clinton, 30, is in Manhattan pursuing her doctorate in public policy at New York University, while Mezvinsky, 34, who recently quit his financial sector job at G3 Capital, is spending a few months skiing and snowboarding in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
The National Enquirer cited a "close" source saying Chelsea asked her parents, former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton -- "if they could help her get an annulment" after a serious argument with Mezvinsky over when she would get pregnant.
"These reports are completely false," the family friend told me.
It's not as if the two hadn't already spent years together before doing the two-state tango. They met in the 1990s, started dating in 2005, got engaged at Thanksgiving 2009 and tied the knot last summer in a lavish wedding in Rhinebeck, N.Y.
It's not as if Marc, who worked for Goldman Sachs before joining G3, didn't make enough money to pay $4 million for a Manhattan condo a few years back, and has probably socked away enough since then to take off for a few months before looking for his next gig.
It's not as if Chelsea, always a conscientious student, couldn't study just as hard in his absence and then, every now and again, hop a private jet owned by some family friend, for a hassle-free flight to Jackson Hole.
While Marc's parents -- former Democratic Reps. Edward Mezvinsky of Iowa and Marjorie Margolies of Pennsylvania -- have kept scrupulously silent on the suject of the couple,
Chelsea's father and mother have spoken openly and longingly about the next generation.
Bill Clinton has made it clear he'd like to be a grandfather. Then, speaking for his wife, he noted, "I'll tell you this: Hillary wants to be a grandmother much more than she ever wanted to be a president." Descibing Chelsea's marriage to Mezvinsky, he said, "I've known this guy for half his life...and they've been friends a long time. I admire him, I love him and I think it was time for her to do it. I trust my daughter. She has always had good judgment about life."
Hillary Clinton also weighed in with this statement: "Let me just say, I love babies, so you know, maybe I'll have more in my life some day," describing herself as "absolutely" ready for grandmotherhood. Both Clintons "spend as much time with our daughter and [her] husband as they will let us. So we, luckily, live in New York near where they live, because that gives us an easier chance to get together for dinner or go to the theater or just hang out. And we're always looking for excuses to do that."
Perhaps they'll also hit Jackson Hole some time soon.
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