How did Huma Abedin cope with the fallout of Anthony Weiner’s online indiscretions? That is one question that comes up in a sweeping profile of the longtime Hillary Clinton aide published by Vogue on Wednesday. Abedin, now the vice-chair of the Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign has risen through the career ranks alongside Clinton after beginning as a White House intern back in 1996. In the piece, which draws a portrait of Abedin as seen through the eyes of several influential politicians, including U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Abedin discusses her courtship with Weiner, which began in 2001 and culminated with their wedding nearly a decade later.
“One of the things that, because we became friendly, I found striking about Anthony was how smart he was, what a great debater he was. He was smart, he was passionate,” Abedin told Vogue. “When he wanted to do something that he thought was the right thing to do, he would not give up. The kind of dedication and passion he had for helping people, I found very attractive and inspiring.”
When asked about what sustained her through the sexting scandal that derailed Weiner’s career as a congressman and made for sensational tabloid fodder, and then again during a second similar scandal that upended his attempt at a comeback, Abedin said the couple’s newborn son, who’s now 4 years old, served as a North Star that guided her through the tough times and helped her keep a straight face throughout all the drama. She also credited her Muslim faith and the support of understanding friends.
“I know Anthony has said this before, but Jordan was the best thing that happened to either of us. Our primary concern was the well-being of our son, and ensuring he had everything he needed to feel loved and cared for and to thrive,” Abedin said. “I tried to block out all the noise and move on with my life,” she recalled, adding, “That support system enabled us — enabled me — to get up and to keep doing what I thought were the right things for my family and for myself.”
Weiner himself has made news headlines recently. In a Q&A with The New York Times published this week, when asked about his job status, he confessed that “I don’t have one, really.” He also refused to answer questions about whether he’s “still engaging in the activities that got you in trouble.” Over the weekend, The New York Post published a story that showed Weiner has at least engaged in a very flirtatious online chat with a Twitter user who posed as a woman.
In the Vogue interview, which is accompanied by portraits shot by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, Abedin touched on a range of revealing topics from her life including “the human costs” of her work, which she views as a great failure.
Read the full interview at Vogue.