Monica Lewinsky Isn't The Same Monica; Is Bill The Same Bill?

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Prominence vs. Obscurity

Former president William Jefferson Clinton (just call him Bill) and former White House Intern Monica Samille Lewinsky (now known worldwide, at least by those who remember, as simply Monica) had a sexual relationship at the White House during Clinton's term as president.

Monica arrived at the White House as an intern in the office of Leon Panetta, Clinton's Chief of Staff at the time. She later became a paid staff member and shared gifts with Bill besides their sexual relationship, calls, and notes between the two. According to a timeline of their relationship by the Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/timeline.htm, their sexual relationship spanned the period from November 15, 1995 to March 29, 1997.

Monica was given immunity from prosecution in return for her testimony which was included in Kenneth Starr's report to Congress which took up impeachment hearings which could have ended President Clinton's presidency but did not.

Clinton remained as president until the end of his term in 2001. He was 49 years old when what led to be known as "The Monica Lewinsky Scandal" started between Bill and Monica.

Now, 15 years later, Monica at last report remains single. Bill has taken on the role of a senior statesman, politically active still as a Democrat. He will have a prominent role as a speaker at the Democrat's National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Monica used her notoriety to raise funds to pay her own legal expenses, and went to England where she earned a masters degree in the field of Social Psychology according to the free online encyclopedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monica_Lewinsky .

The scandal and impeachment proceedings were the peak of a series of allegations brought against Bill Clinton, the cumulative effect of which was a severe strain on his marriage to his wife Hillary Clinton. Following her time as First Lady, Hillary went on to become a United States Senator from New York State prior to running against current President Barack H. Obama for the Democrats' nomination which he won in the Election 2008 campaign. President Obama appointed her as his Secretary of State, a position she still holds as Obama seeks a second term.

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Janhorner 4 years ago

I remember the occasion well! The papers were full of the naughty pair! Let's put things in perspective, if you are going to be in the public eye constantly, you behave accordingly. Simply because some nosy so and so will find a way of pointing the finger.

It's the same with Prince Harry. He's naughty but should know better...still cannot help but but love the darling!

Regardless of what role we play in life we are human beings and sometimes we do some things we later regret!

Loved your article full of things I had not know about the Bill/Monica thing!

Jan


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

JSChams: We certainly expect more than we sometimes get from our presidents, and we may differ over their policies and achievements, the soundness of the policies and the lack of enduring achievements. But we by and large expect at least circumspect behavior by the occupants of the White House when we send them there. Their behviors as men have in some notable incidents sullied their public images, including this scandal and JFK's adulteries, .


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Janhorner : There is an old, old saying that goes "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." In the end, Monica was rebuffed by Bill Clinton only after she had been called as a witness in another woman's court case against Bill Clinton. When she was confronted with possible charges among them a charge of perjury, and when she felt that Bill Clinton was no longer providing the real job placement assistance she felt he had promised, she sought immunity in return for full disclosure. Bill, JFK, and a few other presidents before them, had the silence and complicity of others around them at the center of power, just as Richard Nixon had during his illegal activities leading up to his resignation.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I remember all this well. Sometimes we tend to feel that politicians get away with murder. However, they do pay a price in many ways.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

carol7777: It's a rare man (I can't speak for women) who doesn't appreciate a sincere hug or know the difference between that kind and other hugs.

Surely Bill and Monica have both paid a price, including some very hefty legal fees, for the hugs and more they shared.


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Yep, still Bill and Monica..


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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Monica made 5 million or more from her "tell all" book and Clinton was re-elected. Looks like the taxpayers (us) paid a lot of big bucks and a lot of people got famous (Kenneth Star) for the hefty price of fame. Yes, it was a scandal and the only thing that bothers me, honestly, is the risk of America's security to the potential blackmailing of the president. It was not pretty, but it looks like people got over it pretty quick and the story soon became a guilty pleasure in the lives of Americans. Great Hub persypcacious, I love your topics and appreciate the discussions.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

I'm not sure if Bill was the first President caught red handed lying to congress and we citizens, or just another in a long line of liars. I recall him standing before the microphones and saying "I did not have sex with that woman." To keep from exposing Bill as a liar, there was a huge effort to decide what constituted a sexual act and what didn't. The whole situation was interesting to say the least.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Regardless of who we are, none of us are the same as we were the day before. And, we've all done things we wouldn't want played in full view of the public. I've not seen or heard anything about Monica since the scandal occupied the minds and imaginations of the world, but it sounds like she went on to pursue a good education. The fact that she has remained single leads me to believe that she probably did, in fact, at the least, greatly admire President Clinton. Maybe she found him a hard act to follow? No pun intended.

As for Bill Clinton, I've heard him speak on Meet the Press and personally, I find him to be impressively intelligent, extremely well read (he reads every night) and very subdued in his demeanor since the scandal and health issues. From what I can deduce, he and Hillary remain close allies and seem fond of each other. We are all human, vulnerable yet hopeful that we learn from our mistakes. I don't judge others as I have no business doing so. I have my own foibles to tend to and enough lessons of my own to learn to keep me busy.


cleaner3 4 years ago

I wonder if Bill will tell of some of his exploits with Monica at the democratic convention. ? the war on women ? it is a topic that the democra tic machine would not want to talk about . How Bill took advantage of a young intern, and the democrats were so complicit in the whole sordisd affair. Now the great Bill Clinton , who was no more than a dirty old man , (and should have had charges pressed against him) will speak for the people who constantly harp that the republicans hate women . What a pile of CRAP.!


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

I would hope he will always feel ashamed of his behavior as president. His humanitarian work since those dark days has been greater than any president to date as far as I know, and for the millions of people he has helped, I am grateful.


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recappers delight 4 years ago

Observation:

-Bad men can be good administrators. Good men can be lousy administrators. I actually think, aside from the shameful Monica Lewinsky affair, that Bill Clinton was an unusually competent administrator - but he was certainly quite immoral in his personal behavior. He deserved the humiliation he earned from that situation, and it is best for everyone that he was not impeached for what was, largely, a witch hunt by men seeking a crime to condemn him for. They found it. Quite a lot of sleazy stuff going on on both sides.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Monica has maintained that ex-president Bill Clinton was not direct, and honest about the "mutual affection" they shared...until his hold on the Executive Office was threatened. Job offers, false and incomplete Grand Jury testimony, "encouraging perjury", even from a great administrator (or someone wise enough to choose capable administrators) hardly seems a role model for a key speaker at another president's nominating convention.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Bill clinton's speech at the Dem.'s National Convention was a zinger. Fact checkers will have some fun with it, as they did with several speakers before him including Pelosi and Warren and others. But he gave a rousing speech which excited the Democrats. His speech certainly didn't help Romney, and of course it was intended to do his election chances harm The Ryan "plan" the Dem.s referred to was his 2011 plan for medicare, not his curret one, and in any case Romney said the final Republican plan will be Romney's not Ryans. The Romney campaign will fire back, and the debates will air out the discrepancies.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

It is currently reported that a Monica tell-all is in the works as Lewinsky moves on toward age 40 and still single. The revenge of the rejected?

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