Will baby Charlotte help make grandma Hillary more effective in the White House? Clinton sure thinks so!

By Melissa Willets
December 03, 2015
Hillary Clinton headshot 2015
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Hillary Clinton was recently asked on Quora—a community-run question-and-answer website—about how being a grandmother would influence her presidency. And the typically reserved politician provided an answer that was surprisingly touchy-feely!

Here's the question, posted by a Quora user: "Why will Hillary's role as a grandmother make her a better president? What specific public policies will this affect?"

The presidential candidate sweetly responded, "Being a grandmother is the greatest joy and the best job I will ever have. Friends have always told me that would be the case, but I didn't believe it fully until I experienced it for myself."

Clinton goes on to share she is in awe of everything her granddaughter Charlotte does, and is always thinking about the baby's future. And while the former First Lady says children and families have always been her focus, being a grandmother has given her a renewed sense of purpose in her work.

"'How can I make sure this precious little girl has every opportunity in the world?'" Clinton says she finds herself thinking. She adds: "More than anything, I want to make sure she grows up in a country that is peaceful and prosperous—one that gives everyone an opportunity to live up to his or her potential."

Here's more of what she said with regards to specific policies:

"I am fighting for the policies that will give every child a chance in life, like access to quality pre-K programs and affordable health care. I want to make sure we're educating families about the importance of reading and singing to their babies to help them build vocabulary. And we have to make sure that all children—no matter where they live—can grow up safely and free from discrimination. And I want to make sure they can attend college without taking on massive student loan debt. Because you shouldn't have to be the grandchild of a former president to be successful."

Here's hoping if Clinton gets elected, Charlotte hangs out around the White House as often as possible. Clearly she is a wonderful influence on her grandmother!

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.