In her new book, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin says her soon-to-be ex-husband, congressman-turned-sex-offender Anthony Weiner, secured their first date by talking about a conversation he overheard between Clinton and then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL).
According to Business Insider, Abedin recounted that she’d initially tried to ignore Weiner after the pair first met in 2001, but was more receptive when they encountered each other again in 2007.
In Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds, Abedin writes that Weiner boasted of having listened in on a conversation between Clinton and Obama. At the time, both were vying for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
“Weiner, in fact, betrayed very little about their conversation aside from saying that he had ribbed Obama that he had HRC’s back so not to try any false moves,” Abedin recalled, according to Business Insider.
“Things just happened”
Another Clinton aide then asked whether Weiner had actually made such a remark, a subject that he played coy over. “He smiled and winked, and no one could tell if he was joking or serious,” Abedin wrote, as Business Insider reported.
This was apparently enough to convince Abedin that she should accompany Weiner to a group dinner that was being held at a restaurant.
However, the pair arrived late and were subsequently asked to leave, after which Weiner took Abedin to a diner.
At the diner, Weiner impressed his date by securing a better table. “Had he tipped her?” Abedin wonders in her manuscript, according to Business Insider. “Asked for a table closer to the front? Did she recognize him and decide to give him a better spot?
“This was my inaugural night witnessing an Anthonyism,” Abedin added. “Things just happened when you were with him. He didn’t spend a lot of time explaining; it was all just taken care of.”
Weiner named his Nissan
Later in her book, Abedin said the “crowded diner” emptied, “leaving just us and a few stragglers at the bar.”
“I let him drive me back to my car,” she called. “On that drive in Percy — which I learned was the name he had given his Pathfinder — I knew I had enjoyed being with him. […] Once I had seen past that first glimpse of his brash, cocky persona, I found him smart, really interesting, never boring.”
In 2017, Fox News reported that Weiner had been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for sending sexually explicit texts to a minor who lived across state lines. He and Abedin are now said to be in the final stages of their divorce.