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The bright lights and massive crowd at Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena for the Democratic National Convention seem downright overwhelming. So no matter how big and important the speaker at the podium, deep down it’s got to be comforting to know that his or her spouse is somewhere cheering.
Across the globe from Charlotte in East Timor, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was serving as just such support for her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Barred from attending the convention by federal statues and State Department ethics guidelines, according to Fox News, she was nevertheless glued to her husband’s remarks by way of her computer from the U.S. embassy.
Afterward, she told reporters, “It was great!”
Leading up to Clinton’s speech, senate candidate and financial reformer Elizabeth Warren praised the former president as "an amazing man who had the good sense to marry one of the coolest women on the planet."
A similar family bond was on display Tuesday, when President Barack Obama watched wife Michelle Obama's convention speech from the nation’s capital, where he was cuddled up on the sofa with their daughters on what was also Malia Obama’s first day of high school, according to Entertainment Tonight. Like Hillary, the president wore a contented smile, showing how proud he was of his wife’s well-received speech.
For all the power held in the hands of the POTUS and the Secretary of State, they’re just people, too -- a husband and a wife, whose love and support for their spouses is palpable (and adorable!) -- even from across the country or the world.
Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and iVillage’s Chief Election News Blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.