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The decade-long courtship of Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner

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She’s been called “Hillary’s shadow” or her “body woman” — and with good reason. For her entire professional life since landing an internship in the first lady’s office at age 19, Huma Abedin has been working with Hillary Clinton. Abedin is now the vice-chair of Clinton’s campaign for president, and Vanity Fair took an in-depth look at the woman who essentially runs “Hillary world” nowadays. One interesting aspect the profile touches on is the courtship between Abedin and her now-infamous husband, the former congressman Anthony Weiner.

It all started in 2001, during Weiner’s second term, when he first set eyes on Abedin in Washington, D.C. Weiner had to find out who she was, he once recalled in an interview with the The New York Times magazine. Later that year, at a Martha’s Vineyard retreat held by the Democratic party, Weiner asked Abedin out for a date. She declined, saying she had to work, but Hillary Clinton gave her the night off and insisted she go out and have a nice time. Weiner recalls the date went almost nowhere. Abedin ordered tea, and then after a little small talk, “She ditched me,” Weiner remembered.

Years passed and they ran into each other often, but Abedin wasn’t interested. Not until after Weiner was seated between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, both senators at the time, during George W. Bush’s 2007 State of the Union address, did the two hit it off. During the speech, Abedin sent Weiner a text message saying, ” I appreciate you looking out for my boss.” By 2008, they were dating and by 2010, nearly a decade after having first met, they were married, with Bill Clinton serving as the officiant at their wedding. Of course, not long after that their marriage was upended by a tawdry sexting scandal, and the rest, as they say, is history. Vanity Fair uncovers some interesting insights into their lives — and into the life of Abedin and her value to her boss. And it explores whether Abedin is actually becoming a liability to the Clinton machine.

Read the full story at Vanity Fair.


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