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Susan Adcox

Clintons Looking Forward to Grandparenting

By January 30, 2011

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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?

January 30, 2011 at 11:58 am
(1) Nana Jo says:

Go-Ma and Go-Pa … priceless! I have always thought that ‘Belle-Mere’ which Jacqueline Kennedy used to call her mother-in-law, Rose Kennedy, rather lovely.

My oldest grandson has called my mother “Great-Mama’ since he was three years old. It is a name of his own making, and all her other great-grandchildren have followed suit.

February 3, 2011 at 10:50 am
(2) Mobile Moms says:

My granddaughter named me Vada which means Wise Woman when I googled it! I love the names go-ma go-pa for the Clintons. I can totally relate to Hillary! Being a grandma or Vada as I am, is the best ever!

February 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm
(3) Cheri Underwood says:

There is nothing better then to hear your grandson call
you Gammy.Its music to my ears.
Now don’t get me worry I enjoyed my son to the end but
this grandson of mine is what keeps me going.
And yes I can’t wait to here that the Clintons are going
to enjoy the rest of they’re life with they’re Grandchildren
as I am with my Grandson.

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