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Chelsea Clinton considering politics: A look back on all the presidents’ kin

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(Read caption) Chelsea Clinton considering politics, sparks renewed interest in former White House kin who follow in their parents' political footsteps. Here, Ms. Clinton speaks during a panel discussion regarding technologies for economic empowerment at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Sept. 22, 2011.

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Chelsea Clinton’s interview with Vogue suggesting she’s changed her mind and may be open to running for public office is hardly a surprise. All the presidents' children have always been a magnet for public fascination and attention, and plenty of them end up in – or on the periphery of – politics. (Think of those children of presidential politics who have not faded into obscurity: Caroline Kennedy and her brief flirtation with running for the US Senate and her endorsement of President Obama; Mary and Liz Cheney who have been active in Republican politics; not to mention "W" son of the first President Bush).

White House families are the closest thing to American royalty. Presidential family-watching can be great relief from partisan politics if you’re not a hard-core political junkie. The Obama girls – the oldest of which, Malia, is already sparking speculation she'll be stumping for dad – are as interesting to watch as Prince William and bride Kate.


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