Hillary Clinton Spouse(s)After a courtship that spanned five years, three states and multiple jobs, Secretary Clinton married Bill Clinton on October 11, 1975 in a ceremony held at their home in Fayettevile, Arkansas.
“Then at twilight in the beautiful Lake District of England, we found ourselves on the shores of Lake Ennerdale, where Bill asked me to marry him. I was desperately in love with him but utterly confused about my life and future. So I said, “No, not now.” What I meant was, “Give me time.”
My mother had suffered from her parents’ divorce, and her sad and lonely childhood was imprinted on my heart. I knew that when I decided to marry, I wanted it to be for life. Looking back to that time and to the person I was, I realize how scared I was of commitment in general and of Bill’s intensity in particular. I thought of him as a force of nature and wondered whether I’d be up to the task of living through his seasons.
Bill Clinton is nothing if not persistent. He sets goals, and I was one of them. He asked me to marry him again, and again, and I always said no. Eventually he said, “Well, I’m not going to ask you to marry me any more, and if you ever decide you want to marry me then you have to tell me.” He would wait me out.”
Excerpts from Living History, page 75-76
Their marriage has been persistently dogged with reports of Bill’s infidelities, but forty one years on, they are still together – not thanks in small measure to Secretary Clinton. That Bill loves her is beyond question, as evidenced most recently by the punishing campaign schedule he has undertaken on her behalf.
Their marriage suffered its biggest challenge in 1998 when it emerged that Bill had a brief affair with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, sporadically between 1996 and 1998. The news broke when a friend of Ms. Lewinsky, Linda Tripp, handed a recording of their conversation of the affair to special prosecutor Kenneth Starr. Bill originally lied about the affair, telling reporters during a press conference at the White House that he “did not have sexual relations with” Ms. Lewinsky.
Bill eventually admitted to the affair during a grand jury hearing held on August 17, 1998, which he followed up with a nationally televised confession. The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate and House of Representatives attempted to impeach him for perjury and obstruction of justice. However, after a 21-day trial, 55 Senators (including 10 Republican Senators) voted him not guilty of perjury, and 50 Senators (including five Republican Senators) voted not guilty on the obstruction of justice charge.