I've always said that I'd rather be a grandmother than President. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apparently shares my view. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, is quoted in Bloomberg News as saying that his wife wants to be a grandmother more than she wanted the office she sought in 2008. "I would like to have a happy wife and she won't be unless she's a grandmother," the former President said. As for himself, he would like to be a grandfather: "I have nothing to do with that achievement, but I would like it."
The Clintons' daughter Chelsea married last July, so I say give the newlyweds some time. In the meantime, we can amuse ourselves by speculating about what grandparent names this power couple will choose. I browsed through my stash of grandparent name books for inspiration. For the former First Lady, I'm considering the French Grandmere, because it sounds a bit intimidating, and she does have gravitas. Hillary reportedly has some French ancestry on her mother's side, but she has Welsh on both sides. Perhaps she should consider Naini, pronounced "niney," a Welsh grandmother name. On the other hand, the male equivalents--the French Grandpere and the Welsh Tad-cu or Taid--don't seem to fit our former President at all. For some reason, I see President Clinton as more of a Papoo or Bobaloo. Maybe this globe-trotting couple should just christen themselves Go-Ma and Go-Pa and be done with it. What do you think?