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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Bill Clinton and #MonicaToo

Bill Clinton is back, and as Yogi Berra might say, "It's deja vu all over again." Well, not quite.

Anyone who watched the former president's NBC "Today" show interview with Craig Melvin saw the same old leopard with the same old spots and the same old chutzpah. But at 71 and out of power, he's less protected by friends in the media and consequently less persuasive. We're all looking at the Clinton years through a clearer lens now, and his explanations for wrongdoing range from unbelievable to offensive to the stuff of satire.

Bubba is touring to publicize a novel he "co-wrote" with best-selling novelist James Patterson, titled "The President Is Missing," and it's his most powerful piece of fiction since the day he looked into the cameras, wagged his bony finger at us and announced, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinksy." Like Hillary Clinton's book tour, his is a search for refuge in the afterglow of his once-dominating public life. The pitiless glare of moral failure continues to lavish attention on the Clintons, man and wife.

In light of the #MeToo movement, Bubba's affair with Monica Lewinsky is seen through that different lens this time, and it puts emphasis where it belongs, on his abuse of power.

"He was my boss," Lewinsky wrote poignantly in Vanity Fair, thinking again about how she was the victim of President Clinton. "He was the most powerful man on the planet. He was 27 years my senior, with enough life experience to know better. He was, at the time, at the pinnacle of his career, while I was in my first job out of college."



Anonymous said...

Anonymous says, Lest we forget about Juanita Broderick who was raped by Clinton . Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones who were sexually harassed by him, and heaven knows how many others. Then there's his long-term extra martial affair with Gennifer Flowers. Yes, Bill Clinton is certainly the "Poster Child" for the #ME-TOO Movement.

Anonymous said...

Perjury and no charges or conviction. Over a million wittiness's
too. I watched him on TV under oath and a few months later he flipped on his story

Anonymous said...

And yet she had no idea what she was doing was wrong? She needs to shoulder some responsibility.

Anonymous said...

She was I believe 19 at the time she wasn't even an adult but a teenager. She was working at her first job, and if he could sway so many adult women and have so many affairs, you think he wasn't in the cat bird's seat, that it was total manipulation on his part. Think also of a man who was the very leader of this country, so much at stake at any given moment. And he did this in the White House over and over, what respect did he have for the office he held or for this country, and what RESPECT DID HE HAVE for our nation's symbol over all "the White House" for God's sake?