Bill Clinton is looking back at his experience in the White House.
The former President appeared on Good Morning America on Monday (June 7) alongside author James Patterson ahead of the release of their book, “The President’s Daughter”, which centers on a fiction ex-President who attempts to save his daughter from a terrorist after she is kidnapped.
The pair discussed what elements from the novel draw from Bill‘s time in the White House and how he told his daughter Chelsea about the subject matter of the book.
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When asked about a moment from the book where the fictional president’s daughter recalls what she was instructed to do if someone tried to abduct her, Bill explained that was based on what first children learn when they begin living in the White House.
“For example, there’s a hiding place or two in the White House and if you have young kids, you have to tell them where it is and where they’re supposed to go,” he said.
Bill then further clarified his comments in an interview with People, adding that after the events of September 11, he worried for Chelsea Clinton‘s safety.
“We did get security for her, headed by a former Secret Service agent, for quite a while after 9/11,” he said. “I was really worried then.”
“In New York, people could see it up close, because the paparazzi were here all the time and she was being followed around, but we did, for several months, we got her security … We tried to do the best we could to whatever point she felt comfortable, and if she didn’t want it anymore, we didn’t do it, but she was an adult and she can make the decision,” Bill said. “But she realized that she was at some risk for a couple of years after 9/11.”
“At the time we wrote the book, I thought we were probably past the danger point,” he shared. Regardless, he still ran the idea for the book past Chelsea and assured her that the character wouldn’t be based on her.
“I talked her through it all, because I told [James Patterson], I said, ‘I like this book, but I don’t want to lose my family over it,’” he said. “She got comfortable with it and it made a lot easier for me to go forward.”
Last year, it was revealed another project from James Patterson and Bill Clinton would not be moving forward.