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Bill and Hillary: Proving That Relationships Go Through Phases

It's hard enough being in a relationship, but imagine having every facet of it scrutinized by the media and the unwashed masses.

For as long as Bill and Hillary Clinton have been in the public eye, questions have centered on how stable (or authentic) their marriage is. Did Hillary sacrifice her political ambitions early on for Bill? Did they stay together after the Monica Lewinsky scandal because his presidential reputation was in tatters? Were they rarely seen together during her presidential campaign because of rifts in their marriage or because, as some suggested, Bill just didn't want to upstage her?

Whatever the case, now that Hillary is secretary of state, they've been recently sighted hand-in-hand, lovey-dovey, in New York City. No doubt some will speculate that this is more spin from the power couple.

Although few of us know what it's like to be in a relationship for 30 years, some of us have had long-term relationships that moved from the love-crazed loonies phase to something more mundane but comfortable. Have you been surprised — or alarmed — by phases in a relationship?

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jessie4560 jessie4560 6 years
I truly think that the Clintons love each other. They both have their faults, but when it comes down to it, they seem to really love each other.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 6 years
I think the Clintons are cool. They are really the first public example of what I think of as "tidal feminism." Usually the woman puts the guy through school or equivalent on the premise that "it will be her turn next," and then she has kids and never takes her turn. It's cool to see a woman actually getting her turn, and the husband playing the doting support role. I think this turn-taking makes a little more sense, practically, than the traditional power couple who both work 9 hour days. I'm all for achievement, but you can't help wondering who's loading the dishwasher? Also, I admire Hillary for standing by Bill after cheating. I think it takes more courage to stay sometimes than it does to leave, especially in the face of such public scrutiny.
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
I don't believe it.
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
I don't believe it.
kty kty 6 years
i wouldn't judge that's what i meant
kty kty 6 years
there is no perfect relationship,it's really lots of work that requires lots of patience,communication,understanding,affection and forgiveness.all those phases either reinforce or strenghtens the relationship or it just breaks it.so i wouldn't anybody else relationship cause it's between the people involved in it.
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 6 years
to add to my above post, i would never take a guy back if he cheats, so no i'm not taking up for what bill did in no way.
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 6 years
all relationships have their ups and downs!! the clintons are in the publics eye a lot and people are going to talk!! if they were any other couple walking down the street no one would care. i think their relationship is normal. like other men who have affairs, he and his wife had to work things out and maybe they are just getting to that point where they are falling completely back in love with each other and they have put all that in the past behind them!! which is what we all should do!!!!!!!!!!! i think this post was reall uncalled for. it's normal!!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I agree -- when it comes to other people's marriages, I think it's between the couple, and nobody else's business. A marriage is between two people, and no one else. Thus, only the couple's opinions matter. The opinions of those outside of marriage do not matter. JMHO. Personally speaking, my relationship with my husband has gone through phases (naturally). Honestly, I can say I love him more than I did when I first married him, and I didn't think that was possible, as I loved him a hell of a lot when I agreed to marry him (and that's why I agreed to marry him). I've been pleasantly surprised over that. Who knew my love for him would deepen as it did.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I agree -- when it comes to other people's marriages, I think it's between the couple, and nobody else's business. A marriage is between two people, and no one else. Thus, only the couple's opinions matter. The opinions of those outside of marriage do not matter. JMHO.Personally speaking, my relationship with my husband has gone through phases (naturally). Honestly, I can say I love him more than I did when I first married him, and I didn't think that was possible, as I loved him a hell of a lot when I agreed to marry him (and that's why I agreed to marry him). I've been pleasantly surprised over that. Who knew my love for him would deepen as it did.
bransugar79 bransugar79 6 years
All relationships go through phases and I don't think it's fair to judge anyone's relationship from the outside. What seems like odd behavior to and observer could very well be a relationship language that has developed between 2 people over time. nobody knows how someone else wants to be treated, we all have different standards so as long as the person in the relationship is happy why should we stick our noses into it?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
we all know its a business arrangement.
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