gallery Clinton Wedding Guest List
As hundreds of guests descend on Rhinebeck, Chris Wilson reports directly from the location—where pre-nuptial festivities likely began with cocktails at the historic Beekman Arms Inn and a rehearsal dinner at nearby Grasmere Estate. PLUS, Lynnley Browning with new details about the bridesmaids, flower girl, and guest list; Rebecca Dana and Lloyd Grove on Bill and Chelsea's unshakable bond; and The Daily Beast's map of the exclusive events.
Bill O'Leary, The Washington Post / Getty Images IN: Vernon & Ann Jordan
Longtime Clinton friend and presidential adviser Vernon Jordan, along with his wife Ann, were spotted at Rhinebeck’s Beekman Arms hotel Friday night.
IN: Madeleine Albright
Madeleine Albright, one of President Clinton's secretaries of State, was among the attendees at Chelsea's pre-wedding party Friday night in Rhinebeck.
Bryan Bedder / Getty Images IN: Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen
correctly that Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, who have long supported both Bill and Hillary, would be among the Hollywood quotient attending.
OUT: Denise Rich
Though it was been widely reported that Denise Rich, wife of Marc Rich (who was pardoned by President Clinton for tax evasion charges) and a major Clinton donor and fundraiser, would be attending, she didn't show up.
OUT: Mayor Bloomberg
On a Friday morning radio show, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced that he is definitely not going to the wedding, but did not mention whether he had been invited. He then showered the bride, whom he’s met only once, with compliments.
OUT: Al & Tipper Gore
This month, the Gores were two of the first invitees to officially mention the wedding, in order to give the information that they
Dan Kitwood / Getty Images OUT: John Major
The former prime minister of Great Britain was another possible attendee, though his absence might prove his relationship with Bill hasn't improved
by leaps and bounds
C.J. LaFrance / Getty Images OUT: Oprah Winfrey
Rumors that the talk-show queen would show for the ceremony turned out to be just that--rumors.
IN: Terry McAuliffe
McAuliffe has been both Hillary and Bill’s main fundraiser and friend over the years and the campaigns. He was there, but he wasn't chatty about it.
Michael Buckner / Getty Images,Michael Buckner OUT: Tyrese Gibson
Tyrese Gibson, the R&B singer who is roughly Chelsea’s age, was another origin-less rumored attendee, and although sources placed him as a guest at the Rhinecliff Hotel this weekend, it seems he didn't show up to the wedding.
Newscom; Patrick McMullan; Charles Dharapak / AP Photo IN: Clinton Advisers: Minyon Moore, Huma Abedin, Doug Band and Capricia Marshall
Another guest with a longstanding relationship with the Clintons, Moore was director of White House political affairs under Bill and a senior political consultant in Hillary's 2008 presidential campaign.
Huma Abedin is Hillary's right-hand woman. She's been with her since she interned at the White House, and she was with her through her 2008 campaign. Bill even presided over her
wedding to Representative Anthony Weiner.
“Abedin has the energy of a woman in her 20s, the confidence of a woman in her 30s, the experience of a woman in her 40s, and the grace of a woman in her 50s,” Hillary wrote in an email to Vogue, in which Abedin was
A former White House intern, Band has been with the Clintons for over a decade. He's Bill's right-hand man and closest aide as Number 42 manages his
Capricia Marshall is chief of protocol of the United States, which means she arranges visits for heads of state and makes sure ceremonial events run smoothly—a
good person to have at a wedding
Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images,Frederick M. Brown IN: Steve Bing
Steve Bing, the movie producer and financier, attended the nuptials. A supporter of progressive causes and of the Clintons in particular, he is one of the largest donors to the William J. Clinton Foundation—to the tune of somewhere between $10 million and $25 million. He also loaned Bill his 737 for his dramatic rescue of imprisoned American journalists from North Korea.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo,Pablo Martinez Monsivais OUT: President Obama
Obama dispensed with any mystery regarding his attendance Thursday, when he admitted on
, in a list of lows he's experienced during the last two years, that he wasn't even invited. But he said he understood: "It would be tough enough to have one president at a wedding. You don't want two presidents." The Secret Service would have to open all the presents, he
Jamie Rector / Getty Images,JAMIE RECTOR IN: Alan Patricof
Alan Patricof is such a big deal that one of the spies recently swapped back to Russia was sent here just to
glean info on him
. Patricof founded the venture-capital firm Apax, which invested in Apple and America Online, and grew it to a $30 billion entity before leaving to start a new firm, Greycroft Partners, which specializes in digital startups. He's fundraised for both Bill and Hillary Clinton since meeting them in 1991 at Liz Robbins' house in the Hamptons—
Jason DeCrow / AP Photo,Jason DeCrow OUT: Robert Rubin
Robert Rubin was secretary of the Treasury during both of President Clinton's terms, after which he went on to become director and then chairman of Citigroup, before resigning in 2009.
IN: Doug Johnson & Liz Robbins
Liz Robbins, a Washington lobbyist, and her husband Doug Johnson, a former ABC-New York anchor, are longtime friends of the Clintons. In fact, the Clintons attended their wedding, and Chelsea is a regular at their
annual Christmas party
Danny Moloshok / AP Photo,Danny Moloshok OUT: Steven Spielberg
Another longtime supporter of the Clintons and a 2008 Hillary endorser, the director of
Schindler's List, E.T.
attend the wedding
Evan Agostini / AP Photo,Evan Agostini OUT: Barbra Streisand
Rumors were swirling all week around Babs. Of course, she did sing at Bill's inauguration, and she famously endorsed Hillary weeks before the
Iowa caucuses in 2008
. But the
didn't show up in Rhinebeck.
Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images,Vittorio Zunino Celotto OUT: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was lieutenant governor of Maryland from 1995 to 2003, before which she was
deputy assistant attorney general in the Clinton administration
. During the Democratic primary race in 2008, she broke with the majority of the Kennedy family when she sided with her siblings Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Kerry Kennedy in support of Hillary Clinton—and against Caroline and Senator Ted Kennedy.
Amy Sussman / Getty Images,Amy Sussman OUT: Ted Turner
Though rumors have surfaced to the contrary, Ted Turner, CNN founder, media mogul, and Democratic supporter, did not attend the wedding.