Saturday, October 3, 1998 Published at 19:31 GMT 20:31 UK
Hillary - a 'woman wronged'
Hillary Clinton has put on a brave face on several occasions
As President Clinton tried to repair the damage to his family life after admitting his affair with Monica Lewinsky, his wife Hillary said she still loved him.
Mrs Clinton rescued her husband by going on television to demonstrate her support, making the now famous reference to the country song, Stand by your man.
And she stood by her husband sexual harassment allegations made by Paula Jones, and went on television once again to deny the Monica Lewinsky scandal on her husband's behalf.
In the beginning
The victory party that followed the 1996 presidential election was a moment of triumph for both of the Clintons: a highlight of the political partnership that has taken them from Little Rock, Arkansas, to the White House.
She is also, of course, the victim, the woman wronged. Unaware that as he returned to Washington, Bill Clinton was enjoying an intimate relationship with a White House intern, half her age.
From the start, she has insisted that she is not the downtrodden wife.
Since her marriage, she has herself entered political life.
President Clinton appointed her to head his controversial health care reform in the early years of his presidency. The scheme was meant to provide all Americans with health insurance.
However, both the scheme and Hillary's appointment were widely criticised. The reform failed to pass through Congress in 1993, and the following year the First Lady withdrew from public life.
However she later became embroiled in the Whitewater property scandal. In January 1996, she was forced to stand before a federal criminal grand jury to answer questions about how some billing records that had been missing for several years had reappeared in the offices of her law firm.
She has traveled abroad considerably in recent years to India, Africa, Latin America and China, promoting health, welfare and women's issues.
Mrs Clinton has spoken out against her husband's enemies, whom she says have pursued their allegations to wreck his career.
"It is the only thing that people in Washington are talking about, and I have a feeling that around the country it is the same thing. Everybody wants to know how does she feel, what is really going on inside Hillary Clinton," says Leslie Milk from The Washingtonian magazine.
Many believe that her husband's political future could hinge on whether she decides to continue to stick by him or not.