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We’ve all seen the photo of a smitten Monica Lewinsky standing in a rope line to see her beau, President Bill Clinton, but who knew that Hillary Clinton and long-time aide Huma Abedin had a rope line moment of their own?
Abedin, 40, and Clinton have had a long, close relationship that began in 1996, when Abedin first went to work for the then-first lady as a fresh-faced 19-year-old college intern. The women are all but inseparable today with Abedin sometimes seen ordering for her boss at restaurants and, according to one report, even sharing hotel rooms with her.
All of which has spurred plenty of speculation from those with too much time on their hands about just how “intimate” the relationship actually is.
And the speculation is only likely to increase according to Abedin’s comments during a recent interview on the “Call Your Girlfriend” podcast. Abedin commented on Clinton’s email controversy in the interview, saying she’s terrified at what may be in the emails that have been released.
She was asked about the first time she met Clinton and explained that it occurred during a group photo with other interns at the office, but then, sounding much like a star-struck teen, described “my moment.”
“I remember being at the rally in Little Rock and it was election night and obviously [President Clinton] was reelected and I remember being on the rope line and there are thousands and thousands of people,” Abedin said, according to the transcripts of the interview.
“And she comes — they come out and the crowd’s electric,” she continued. “And I remember … I don’t know. You know these things that happen in your life that just stick? That she walked by and she shook my hand and our eyes connected and I just remember having this moment where I thought, ‘Wow, this is amazing.'”
Abedin explained how “inspiring” the moment was.
“You know, I still remember the look on her face,” she said. “And it’s funny, and she would probably be so annoyed that I say this, but I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God, she’s so beautiful and she’s so little!'”
“And I had such a fan-girl moment and I was hooked,” Abedin added. “I mean, and that sort of was my … that’s my first kind of – my memory.”
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