Laura Ling Names Baby After Clinton

Former prez 'has checked in on me several times,' she says

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 3, 2010 8:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – To honor Bill Clinton for getting her safely home from North Korea, journalist Laura Ling named her daughter, born yesterday, after him. But rather than a girl named Bubba, she's christened the tyke Li Jefferson Clayton. Namesake William Jefferson Clinton “has been so concerned and caring,” Ling tells People. “He's such a wonderful human being.” Less entertainingly, the “Li” is in honor of her sister, Lisa Ling.

Journalists Lisa Ling, left, and her sister Laura Ling attend the Glamour Magazine 2009 Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 in New York.
Journalists Lisa Ling, left, and her sister Laura Ling attend the Glamour Magazine 2009 Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Freed journalist Laura Ling's sister Lisa Ling, left, and husband Iain Clayton, right, talk to the media at her home in the North Hollywood area of Los Angeles, Aug. 5, 2009.
Freed journalist Laura Ling's sister Lisa Ling, left, and husband Iain Clayton, right, talk to the media at her home in the North Hollywood area of Los Angeles, Aug. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
In this Aug. 5, 2009 Korean Central News Agency photo released by Korea News Service, Laura Ling and Euna Lee are greeted by Bill Clinton as they board a plane bound for the US in North Korea.
In this Aug. 5, 2009 Korean Central News Agency photo released by Korea News Service, Laura Ling and Euna Lee are greeted by Bill Clinton as they board a plane bound for the US in North Korea.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, File)
Laura Ling gets emotional as she reads a statement after she and fellow journalist Euna Lee arrived at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009.
Laura Ling gets emotional as she reads a statement after she and fellow journalist Euna Lee arrived at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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