If These Walls Could Talk: Bill marries Hillary
October 12th, 2012
01:34 PM ET

If These Walls Could Talk: Bill marries Hillary

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – It all started because Bill wouldn’t stop staring.

President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton were married this week in 1975, and according to Hillary Clinton’s memoir “Living History,” their relationship started after she caught the future president staring at her.

“I noticed that he kept looking over at me. He had been doing a lot of that,” writes Hillary Clinton. “So I stood up from the desk, walked over to him and said, ‘If you're going to keep looking at me, and I'm going to keep looking back, we might as well be introduced. I'm Hillary Rodham.’ That was it. The way Bill tells the story, he couldn't remember his own name.”

Bill Clinton first proposed to Hillary Rodham after the couple graduated from law school and took their first trip to Europe. According to the memoir, after walking through London on their first day in the city, Bill got onto one knee on the shores of Lake Ennerdale.

Hillary said no. In her memoir she writes that what she meant to say was “give me time.”

Bill kept proposing; Hillary continued to say no.

In early 1975, the couple was driving through Little Rock, Arkansas, where the couple had settled after law school. After passing a red brick house, Hillary mentioned in passing that she liked that “little house.”

After Hillary returned from a trip to Chicago, Bill told her he had a surprise.

“Do you remember that house you liked,” Bill said, according to Hillary’s memoir. “Well, I bought it, so now you'd better marry me because I can't live in it by myself.”

Hillary said yes and they were married in the house’s living room on October 11, 1975. The wedding was tiny – only 15 people witnessed the event.

Though the couple has seen hard times during their 37 years of marriage – namely Clinton’s infidelity in and out of the White House – Hillary counts her faith as a reason she has stayed married.

“I am very grateful that I had a grounding in faith that gave me the courage and the strength to do what I thought was right, regardless of what the world thought,” she said.


Topics: White House

soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. allyn dixon

    that red brick house was in fayetteville, not little rock.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  2. Lionel

    Great story. Can't wait to see how the Republicans are going to turn a good story like this into hate.

    Ready, Set Go...

    October 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • JS

      Ok, great story, but do you think it is a more important story than Libya? We are just beginning to uncover the extent of the cover up and the lies from the current administration. What we know as fact now;
      Hundreds of people listened in on the attack.
      The person on the Libya end of the radio was killed.
      There is a video of the attack.
      They asked for more security and didn't get it. The person who testified said under oath the lack of security had nothing to do with budget cutbacks.

      October 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
      • JS

        One more thing. Anyone who loves America should be outraged that the lame stream media, like this one, isn't all over this story. Instead they waste resources on a story like this.

        October 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
      • Howard

        With all the photo ops and fund raisers, how does Obama find time to squander SIX TRILLION DOLLARS of OUR hard earned money ??? Well, we know he doesn't have time to fulfill his duties as President. After discovering how 60% of his online/overseas contributions hide who the donors are, we now know how he has raised nearly a BILLION dollars, much of it from countries who are anti-American ... what's he paying them off with ???. And, who helped pay his Harvard tuition? ... It's pretty obvious WHY he's paid over a million dollars to seal his college records. And, regarding the murder of our Ambassador and Navy Seals in Libya, Obama is still trying to cover up his lies about the obscure web video, instead of the truth about a planned terrorist attack ... while Biden lies to the American people about never receiving multiple requests from our Ambassador, for more security. After getting away with the cover up over the Fast and Furious murders, they now think they can get away with ANYTHING !!! ...Time to replace these liars with real leadership !!!

        October 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
      • DPV300

        Biden told the truth. Things were chaotic, reports were changing minute by minute, no one knows exact what was happening. The government are still working and taking care of it.

        GOP is using this tragedy to attack their own government. GOP is American al Qaeda.

        October 13, 2012 at 6:21 am |
      • Hawke

        I'm 66 years old and have been following politics since the '50's when Kruschev banged his shoe on the desk at the United Nations. We will never uncover all the cover-ups that have happened in American history. It shouldn't even be a surprise to anyone that there is a cover-up of just about everything that happens. We just can't stand to have anything other than a "happily ever after" ending to anything that happens involving Americans. So the Libyan ambassador's death has to be presented to put Americans in the very best light possible. I think all countries do the cover-up thing to save face. It's difficult to determine in an election year just what each candidate will do after elected since this cover-up mentality is particularly strong at that time.

        October 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • 1Joyce

      Nice story about how a couple met, but I always wonder about a woman (or a man) who stays with a spouse who cheats on them repeatedly. It is their business of course, but Hillary seems to be a strong, smart woman – yet she put up with his infidelity over and over.

      October 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
      • Lahdee Dah

        As you said, it's nobody else's business.

        October 15, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • SIMON

      The New York Times best seller, the Amateur is a good start.

      October 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • RealityBites

      Hillary made Bill buy her a house BEFORE she would marry him. What a progressive love story..

      October 15, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • RealityBites

      "namely Clinton’s infidelity in and out of the White House"
      Nice to see Don, and many other progressive reporters finally admitting what they knew and didn't report at the time.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  3. Kool-Aid Police

    Who cares? Except sheep like Lionel.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  4. Jay in NC

    So the Liberals have given up on Obama, back to Slick Willy.

    "Hard times during their 37 years of marriage" OK, CNN I hope that was not a pun.

    A government employee sexually harassed his young female Aid at work. Yet Liberals and the media lined up to defend him. Hillary even blamed it on a "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy".

    I will never understand it.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  5. Ah-Man

    Why this story? Why now during the election cycle...it's all a left wing conspiracy...*Tongue firmly in cheek*

    October 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  6. Dan B

    We all saw how their marriage worked out. Any coincidence Bill campaigns for Obama in Vegas

    October 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • JS

      He definitely gave a whole new meaning to "Oval Office" – and these crazy libs hold him up on a pedestal.

      October 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  7. GrampaSez

    Mrs Clinton is QUITE a gal. She stood by her man while he was getting accused of RAPE multiple times, of SEXUAL HARRASSMENT multiple times, and she EVEN helped destroy the reputations of those women using COVERT GOVERNMENT RESOURCES.
    .
    As wife of a sitting Governor, she knew JUST WHERE to invest her $1,000 so that in a few months she could go pick to her $100,000 of "earnings".
    .
    She is TOTALLY CLUELESS about foreign affairs, and that's why it's NOT LYING when she repeats OBAMA'S MANTRA of "it was the film"... "there was NO EVIDENCE of a "PLANNED" attack..."

    October 13, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  8. jerrylax

    well they dont look like that anymore do they....hahaha some people age gracefully and then others show their hard miles...and these two have hard selfish miles and trash everywhere you look. I hope they just fade away next year and leave this country alone...to recover.

    October 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  9. Harry Kuheim

    Faith?...Indeed... more like blind Political Ruthlessness and naive "True Believer" Leftist ambition.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Lahdee Dah

      How do you manage to maintain such pure perfection that you have the right to judge anyone else?

      October 15, 2012 at 7:39 am |
  10. Dan B

    I feel bad for Hillary.

    October 13, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Remember it was Hilary that called it a "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy." She new what he was like. Yet she blamed it on others for political gain.

      October 14, 2012 at 12:10 am |
  11. Frank Marshall Davis

    Hillary has known Bill was a cheater for decades, she only stayed for the perks and poltical opportunities. Hillary also loves to play the "poor victim" part, lefties eat that up.

    October 14, 2012 at 6:03 am |
  12. Dan B

    I know, I hate her politics. But she did used to be a Republican, so she was smart at one time.

    October 14, 2012 at 8:42 am |
  13. Marisa Fadavi

    Why are Republicans such haters? You name it, they hate it...

    October 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • sifto

      repubs are not haters–they just have not forgotten how Bill treated Hilary like dirt–and now you liberal women adore him–BTW–slight change since Obama is not running against Hilary–then, Bill was called a racist and worse by libs–how times have changed!

      October 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Examples of Liberal hate speech about women.

      New Hampshire Democratic State Representative Timothy Horrigan posted on Facebook his wish Sarah Palin and Levy Johnson would have been onboard the airplane crash that killed former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. Horrigan wrote "a dead Palin would be even more dangerous than a live one...she is all about her myth" and if she was dead, she wouldn't the target of the liberals attempting to embarrass her.

      Barack Obama compared Sarah Palin to a pig.

      MSNBC host Ed Schultz used sexist and demeaning language to refer to conservative radio host and commentator Laura Ingraham.

      Democratic television host Chris Wallace unprofessionally asked Presidential Candidate Congresswoman Michele Bachmann if she was a flake.

      Liberal "comedian" and "entertainer" Sandra Bernhard made extraordinary offensive, vicious, despicable and threatening remarks to Gov. Sarah Palin during a so-called "comedy performance" before a paying audience.

      Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann called conservative columnist and blogger Michelle Malkin a "mashed up bag of meat with lipstick on it".

      Dana Milbank hosted a comedy sketch matching various politicians to types of beer; Sarah Palin was matched to "Arctic Devil" and Hillary Clinton to "Mad B****." This caused the feminist group, the Center for New Words, to demand that the sketch's sponsor, the Washington Post, fire everyone involved with it.

      Vice-Presidential candidate Senator John Edwards viciously attacked social commentator Ann Coulter, calling the petite embodiment of women's aspirations for equality in the marketplace of ideas a "she-devil"

      October 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  14. SIMON

    After the Benghazi fiasco, billy is trying to keep the peace between O & Hillary. After O threw Hillary under the buss, she's desided to stop all Chinese bundling opperations for O's re-election campaign!

    October 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • SIMON

      moderator, please edit fiasco to Cover Up! Thank U

      October 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  15. SIMON

    Ok, I love my dictator, Hillary & Billy, OK!

    October 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  16. Dan B

    Republicans do as much hating as Democrats do solving problems

    October 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  17. Matt

    Hillary stayed with Bill because of her faith and HUNGER FOR POWER. Why else would anyone stay with a cheating spouse? Particularly when it was so public – MULTIPLE TIMES no less. Her balls are far bigger than his!

    October 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  18. Pleb

    My insticnt tells me Bill Clinton has always been a shifty character – not someone I would trust.

    October 15, 2012 at 4:49 am |
  19. RealityBites

    If you want to know the real Bill Clinton.., listen to Monica's dress.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  20. knotnooz

    Who's the woman in the picture with the young Billy C. - not hilary - Oh year - Lot's of airbrush

    October 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  21. Harry

    Romny did so many flip flop on day to day on all major issues,,,,just funny.Worth posting on America,s Funniest Home Video.Really perfect entertainment to all viewers.

    October 23, 2012 at 1:12 am |
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