Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Africa this week for a seven-nation diplomatic tour, accepting congratulations on her husband's skill at charming tiny dictators, and fielding marriage proposals for her daughter, Chelsea. According to the Associated Press, a Kenyan man wrote to Bill Clinton in 2000 and offered him 40 goats and 20 cows for his only daughter's hand in marriage.
At a meeting today in Kenya, CNN's Fareed Zakaria asked Hillary if she'd considered the offer. The Secretary of State graciously replied that she would pass the unnamed Kenyan fellow's proposal along to Chelsea, saying, "My daughter is her own person, very independent, so I will convey this very kind offer." Man Must Pay 124,000 Rose Dowry
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And on the other side of the world, Lou Dobbs woke up in a cold sweat and shrieked, "But the president is already married!" But then he thought about immigration quotas and went peacefully back to sleep, dreaming of deportations.
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Chelsea Clinton, 29, has been dating Marc Mezvinsky, the son of two former congresspeople and an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, since 2005. Reports have indicated that the two may be engaged and planning a wedding this summer on Martha's Vineyard, but none of the Clintons have confirmed those reports. There is also no confirmation that Mezvinsky offered Bill Clinton several llamas and a pair of rare iguanas as an indication of his serious intentions.
Via the Associated Press. Photo via Bauer-Griffin.