Pregnant Chelsea Clinton is fulfilling Bill and Hillary’s cherished dream of becoming grandparents, and her husband – who’s been blatantly snubbed by Bill for years – may finally be accepted into the family, say insiders.
Bill has repeatedly given the cold shoulder to Chelsea’s husband Marc Mezvinsky, but now it appears the conflict is winding down – all thanks to the baby!
“Marc is scoring points with Bill because of Chelsea’s pregnancy,” declared a close source. “Bill is delighted that he and Hillary are finally becoming grandparents, and this is allowing Marc to work his way into the so-called ‘circle of trust.’
“But he’s clearly not there yet. With the Clintons, image is everything. And it was clear where Marc ranks when Chelsea recently announced her pregnancy at a New York City event for the Clinton Foundation. While Hillary was seated next to her, Marc was in the back of the room.
“Still, this is a good start for him in terms of rehabilitating his image in the eyes of his father-in-law.”
In July 2010, Chelsea, now 34, tied the knot with the investment banker – but it didn’t take long for him to find himself in the Clinton doghouse!
The ENQUIRER revealed that Bill was fuming when Marc quit his Wall Street job just six months after the wedding so he could “sort his head out.” Incredibly, Marc lived the life of a ski bum in Wyoming for a while, leaving Bill’s only child to fend for herself in New York.
After that, Marc was treated “like a second-class citizen,” said the close source.
He even suffered the indignity of being seated behind the rest of the family – including his bride Chelsea – at Bill’s 65th birthday celebration in the famed Hollywood Bowl.
Insiders reveal that last summer, the 36-year-old – now back in investment banking – was not invited to spend time with the Clintons when they rented an $11 million estate in Sagaponack, N.Y. Chelsea was in England, but Marc was kept away while the family entertained guests, including Bill’s hell-raising brother Roger.
The ENQUIRER also reported that Marc was left out of a star-studded trip to Africa for one of Bill’s passionate causes, raising awareness of that continent’s rampant poverty. Chelsea went without her husband.
But now the ice between Bill and his son-in-law is beginning to melt, say sources.
Hillary was recently spotted talking at length with Marc at a premiere party for “Of Many,” a film that Chelsea helped produce.
Meanwhile, the politically savvy Clintons are expected to make the most of Chelsea’s baby – due this fall – during Hillary’s likely run for the White House in 2016.
“The image of Bill holding his grandchild will soften the memories of his old ‘bimbo eruptions,’ which the Republicans will raise,” said the source.
“And if Marc plays his cards right, he may earn a bigger role in the family as his mother-in-law campaigns for the presidency.”