Tuesday, January 27, 1998 Published at 19:54 GMT
Hillary Clinton stands by her man
The first lady has been loyal to her husband through thick and thin
Rumours of President Clinton's womanising have plagued the first family since he first sought public office in 1974, and Hillary Clinton has stood steadfastly by him throughout.
Hillary 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'.
In the interview Mrs Clinton said: "I'm not sitting here, some little woman standing by her man. I'm sitting here because I love him and I respect him."
Since then further scandals have put more pressure on the Clintons, and newspaper speculation that their marriage is a mere formality are rife.
At the time of her marriage, Hillary was one of the country's top lawyers, but 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. This 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 largely 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 reappeared in the offices of her law firm. For a while there was speculation that she would be indicted.
She recently wrote a successful book, 'It Takes A Village' about the way children need to be brought up in communities.
She has traveled abroad considerably in recent years, to India, Africa, China and Latin America, concentrating on promoting health, welfare and women's issues.
Her most visible role was at the UN's fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in September 1995, where she lashed out at the Chinese government's record on women's rights and human rights.
On a recent trip to Argentina, the First Lady took a particularly feminist line, winning plaudits from her female audience, but at home her feminist side has been toned down with more emphasis on the wider issue of the family.
She is also involved in the Millennium Program, a series of events to celebrate 2000.