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What I Believe - Scandals of President Clinton's Era! (poem)

Updated on November 8, 2016

What I Believe – An average American

Today I answered the question ‘What is your favorite quote? By cjarosz’ and the first quote that came to mind was “We hate most in others what we see in ourselves,” and brought to mind this poem I wrote in 1998.

Satirizing President Clinton and Monica Lewinski's dirty dress

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New Orleans Mardi Gras season parade

New Orleans Mardi Gras season parade "Saturn", 1999. Float satirizes the scandal with President Clinton and the stain on Monica Lewinski's dress. Date= Carnival 1999

We hate most in others what we see in ourselves"

— Gerry Spence

My Poem

What I Believe

(An average American)

© By Shyron Shenko – November 1998

Whitewater Scandal was a wash

File-gate and Travel-gate both a dud

When you come right down to it

Kenneth Starr was only slinging mud

For years, he’s tried

To bring President Clinton down

But all he could come up with

Is a dirty evening gown

Travel gate and file gate both are now closed

At least that is how the story goes

And the gates of hell have opened wide and,

A smiling, dimpled Starr stepped outside

As hell’s gates opened

They also let the devil’s angels out

And if you don’t believe me,

Just see what the talk shows talk about

A former federal prosecutor named Whitney

Called the President a weasel

Then grinned a lopsided grin

With one eye to her hairline, the other one to her chin

When Gerry Spence, softly Spoke

One of his most famous quotes

“We hate most in others what we see in ourselves”

I really thought that Whitney was going to choke

One airhead on another talk show said:

Kleen-ton ees a liar and he should be m-peeched”

And even though she knew, when she said

What she is saying is not political, Makes her a liar too

Would you just ask the airhead

Next time she is on your show

Is it what the President did? Or did not do

That makes her hate him so?

This conspiracy has got to stop

It’s really getting old

Kenneth Starr is much worse by far

Than any lie that President Clinton ever told

Republicans all screaming “IMPEACH”

But they haven't got a clue

What Starr is doing to President Clinton

He could be doing to me or you

Starr will besmirch our names

And drag them in the dirt

Cause he does not care who he brings down

As long as Clinton hurts

All Starr’s advocates,

Who want to bring the President to ground?

Were, hanging all their hopes and dreams

On Monica’s dirty evening gown

Monica Lewinski saved the evidence for profit or for fun

Then went to see a publisher on the run

The publisher said “I am so sorry!”

“You already fired your smoking gun

Monica gave her dirty dress to Kenneth Starr

While he was digging up more dirt

Then said with his dimpled grin

“Not between his eyes, but, between his thighs,”

“I’ll hit Mr. Clinton where it will hurt

Does devil walks among us in the form of Kenneth Starr?

And is he here to bring about our end

By taking away our jobs, our homes, our cars

So be very careful what you say or do

The mud that Starr is slinging

Will get all over you.

Kenneth Starr’s crime is treason

And to discredit you or a President he will hunt you down

Even if he has to fabricate a dirty evening gown

He does not need a reason

Except that he will be paid

By anyone who hates our President

Or by Richard Mellon-Scaife

Up-date: What became of Kenneth Starr?

What became of Kenneth Starr?

Let me give you a subtle hint and bring you up to date

What Kenneth Starr was blaming on our President

For the good-ol' boys of Baylor, he now advocates

Monica's dirty evening gown

Does anyone believe that a woman would save a soiled gown, and give that information out as proof of a dalliance with the President?

See results

Now you know the quote that made me think of this Poem.

And this poem also reminds me of The Whitewater Scandal. The Whitewater Scandal - remindes me of Benghazi.

© 2013 Shyron E Shenko


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    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 28 hours ago from North Texas

      You know a lot of Republicans like to crow about how Clinton was impeached, but they forget that he was acquitted of all charges. In the end the House of Res at that time could only agree on 2 Articles of Impeachment. In the end the Senate found Clinton not guilty of both. A 2/3 vote is required to convict and the vote on one Article was 50/50 and on the other 45/55. Neither vote came close to the 2/3 required to convict. The 2 charges brought after much heated debate in the House were obstruction of justice and perjury. Not guilty on both.

      Trump is the most vile, corrupt president we have ever had as are the people he surrounds himself with. Republicans have made it clear that the Constitution is of no concern or consideration so long as they're stuffing their pockets with money from their rich donors for destroying this country.

      Hope all is well with you . . .

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 5 weeks ago from North Texas

      The Trump Administration makes all previous administrations seem like angelic doings in comparison to the abject corruption that runs this country now. Will the Trump era ever end? Will there be anything eft of this country when it does? Will we all be speaking fluent Russian by that time? And maybe Chinese too?

      I think the rumor that Trump is a paid agent of the Kremlin is true. Trump acts too guilty eery second of every day for it not to be true. For sure he is sh . . . ing his pants continually because he knows what is going to be found, unless he's even stupider than I give him credit for and really thinks he'll get away with it.

      Always wishing you the best . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment. I don't know about not having a corrupt president, it seems that is what people want.

      Catching up on sleep is something one can never do, but I tried and scared John half to death. He tried calling on the phone, shaking me, calling out to me, but that was at 4am and Chipper was howling to go out.

      Blessings dear friend, take care.

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      C E Clark 10 months ago from North Texas

      The Reagan Administration was one of those with the most scandals -- until now. I think it will be a long time, if we ever have another president that can beat the one in office right now for number of scandals, especially those involving treason.

      Hope you're able to catch up your sleep soon. Take care . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 18 months ago from Texas

      What became of Kenneth Starr?

      Let me give you a subtle hint and bring you up to date

      What Kenneth Starr was blaming on our President

      For the good-ol' boys of Baylor, he now advocates

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 24 months ago from Texas

      My dear friend Au fait called me last night to give me the good news about Ken Starr no longer being the President of Baylor University. It seems that Mr. Starr who was determined to destroy President Clinton over the Monica Lewinski affair, now wants to shield the football players accused of wrongdoing.

      Starr asked a law firm last year to review Baylor’s handling of sexual assault cases following allegations that the school mishandled several cases in which football players were accused of attacking women.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing with your followers.

      It is all about winning at any cost! The GOP is flopping around like a chicken with it's head cut off and they can't bring Hillary down, but they will keep on trying and even when members of their own party confesses to the trumped up charges, there will always be people who believe it because it was said.

      Blessings and hugs to you also my dear friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Kathleen, thank you so very much for your comment, I do appreciate you.

      You are right, these politicians should do what we the people elected them to do. But, I don't think they are in office to do what they were elected to do. It is all about the money.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      When there is a non-ending series of accusations starting from Day One, you have to ask yourself: Who is going to benefit from this? Especially when the only thing ever proved was a sleazy affair. I don't expect to admire politicians. At that level they all have skeletons in their closets. I want them to do what I care about.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      A great poem and the GOP is at it again, actually admitting that they're trumping things up (no pun intended) to make Hillary look bad if they can. Sharing with followers.

      Hope you and John are feeling good today. Blessings and hugs, dear friend . . .

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Well done. Sharing again and voted up.

      A little cooler today, but still 100 degrees. Hope all is well there and that you're taking care of yourselves and staying cool. Blessings dear friend. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing this.

      I don't think the media and people who don't care about anybody who has less than themselves are concerned with corruption but, just give them a juicy scandal and they will go crazy chastise anyone involved even to the point of impeachment. I believe that this was all a setup to get the best president out of Office.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      We haven't had a juicy sex scandals in a long time. I've read that the governor of Wisconsin has an extremely corrupt administration and I'm wondering if his running for president will cause reporters to ferret out all the shenanigans of his supporters who are also state employed staff members accepting the rather large droppings from the Eagle while doing campaign work on the clock. A questionable way to make the campaign dollars go further. Sharing this with followers.

      It's been so hot at night lately. Impossible to get a good sleep -- or any sleep. Temps during the day haven't been that high compared to what is usual and normal in Texas at this time of year, but it rarely cools down at night below 79 and even that isn't until 6 in the morning.

      Hope you're staying cool. There's no relief on radar for the foreseeable future. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait,

      Sometimes kissing and holding hands is worse. If a two people have sex for the physical pleasure that is lust. But kissing and holding hands can be an emotional attachment, i.e. love.

      It matters not whether the impeachment of President Clinton was legal or not, and it was not even about legalities. The ones who sent Ms. Lewinsky to seduce the president, were thinking long term. I think most thought that this would make such a big scandal that Hillary would leave Bill, making him more vulnerable, so now Hillary is faced the wrath of those who could not manipulate her into leaving the President.

      1. Who would save an un-cleaned dress and to turn it over to the ones who are out to destroy someone else? That would be a sick souvenir; a normal person (at least in my opinion) would not do that unless it was being saved as evidence.

      2. Then to have Ms. Lewinsky become friends with the White House Gossip, do you think that was not planned?

      What happens now is that Hillary will be the target! It is get her by any dirty means possible. With Benghazi and e-mails, that the Clinton haters are not privy to, it does not matter. If they do not have something on her, they will make it up.

      Just imagine if the Clinton haters did not like you, or me they will get out their dirty shovels and dig something up.

      Thank you for the long and thoughtful comment and thank you for sharing.

      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Hi Al, my Chicago friend, thank you for the comments, I am happy you were glued to your seat to the end. Yes we do live in a very obtrusive world and is made more so by people who want to use that obtrusiveness to their advantage.

      Blessings as always my friend.

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Shyron E, my fellow, former Chicagoan, you kept me glued to the end with this poem as usual. Yes, politics usually has a stinky agenda. Your poem and Au Fait's comment were atrocious here. That's what was deserved. We live in a very obtrusive world. What happens in the dark shall truly come into the light. You both are a good and tough tag team. I admire you two. Keep up the excellent work of truth.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Clinton said in front of all the cameras on the evening news, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman!" Something people seem not to realize is that back in the day, and frequently even now, lots of people think of sex as intercourse and everything else is just . . . well, what is it? It isn't sex in the minds of a lot of people. Clinton wasn't lying according to the way people thought back then, and the way lots of people still believe. Oral sex wasn't considered sex, just like kissing or holding hands or embracing still isn't considered sex to most people.

      Some of these things, embracing, kissing, holding hands, are not always sexual in nature, and that may be what confuses some people. They may believe if one can do these things with their parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, that they are never sexual acts, but of course that isn't true. Even so, according to what most people believed at the time and many still do believe, Clinton didn't actually have "sex with that woman." He never had intercourse with her.

      In any case, to impeach a president, that president has to have broken some law. It isn't against the law to watch a White House intern play with a cigar, or to have said intern perform oral sex with one. Neither is adultery against U.S. law. Maybe against God's law, but impeachment isn't based on God's law. It's based on U.S. law. The vast majority of Americans would be in prison if adultery were against the law.

      Given the definition of when impeachment is in order and when it isn't, I'm not even certain Clinton's impeachment proceedings were legal. Impeachment is a serious charge and it means breaking the law -- the way Nixon broke the law when he sent his associates into Democratic Headquarters without an invitation or a key -- in other words they broke and entered -- they broke the law literally at the order of the President of the United States, making him a 'crook' too.

      Having sex outside of marriage even if one of the participants is married to someone else, is not against the law unless the person they are having sex with is not able to give consent (under age, mentally challenged, drunk or high on drugs, unconscious, etc.), or if one participant is forcing themselves onto another person (rape, or threatening an employee with job loss or other).

      Some people even tried to say Clinton was taking advantage of Lewinsky because of their age difference, trying to make us all see her as a naïve little girl. She was 24, and admitted that she purposely wanted to work in the White House in hopes of earning her knee pads with the president of the U.S. She believed she would then outdo her mother whose greatest accomplishment was Luciano Paverotti. Well, I guess she succeeded.

      Someone once told me, "A penis has no loyalties." So there is a limit to how many times a woman can maker herself available to one, and since Lewinsky went to Washington with but one thing on her mind, to earn those knee pads with the president, I don't feel sorry for her at all.

      Not saying I approve of men behaving like Clinton did, but most of them do. The problem is they put that part that has no loyalties in charge . . .

      What a shame any woman would think the best she could do with her life, the greatest thing she could ever aspire to, was to give some jerk a blow job!

      Sharing this with followers. Hope you're having a good day.

      Blessing to you and John . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, dear friend, I hope all is well with you. Please forgive the delay in getting back to answer your comments.

      Boy talk about our government officials, last night was devastating. 4 of the Planning and Zoning commissioners voted for the greedy developer and 1 voted against.

      John does not feel that good, but went with me, I have not seen him that (mentally) down in some time.

      Blessings and Hugs, hope you did not get caught in the flooding.

      Take Care.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I think it's strange that so many people expect their representatives in government to be perfect when most people are so far from perfect themselves. If we really did require perfection no one would be qualified for the job! Of course hypocrites are a big problem among candidates too. They love to point their fingers at other people while hiding their own dirty little secrets (they hope) out of view.

      Without hypocrites scandals might not exist. For sure they would lose much of their power.

      Hope you are feeling much better now. I'm so glad it didn't get as hot as predicted today. Blessings to you and John. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the up votes and for sharing and posting on FB.

      It is starting all over again, yesterday I read in the Dallas Morning News, some stuff about the Clintons that a man wrote about them. I will not repeat what he said about them, but I did some research and even Snopes has not heard about it until last night and I sent them the article and they will research it.

      While i was on Snopes I read where someone said that President Clinton, a new version of a lengthy list of deaths associated with Bill Clinton began circulating on the Internet in August 1998 about the deaths, there have been close to fifty suspicious deaths of colleagues, advisors and citizens who were about to testify against the Clintons, with the unstated implication that Bill Clinton or his henchmen were behind each untimely demise.

      Well it seems that some people are accusing President Clinton of having something to do with every death of every person who had died under anything but natural causes. If that person ever saw him spoke to him or knew him.

      All the crazy stories are starting again.

      Blessings to you my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      It was Monica's mother who advised her to keep the stained dress. Not to blackmail, but because it would be proof of an affair, and of course have historical value one day.

      This was really just another distraction for the voters. I really think these things are set up to keep our minds in one place while the things we should be paying attention to are going on elsewhere. Sort of a sleight of hand magic trick to occupy the minds of the American people in order to manipulate them more easily.

      Voted up and interesting. Posted on FB, and will share.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Word55, I think if God and Hillary can forgive President Clinton, who could not. I hear the GOP bringing Monica up again, they think that will go against Hillary's run for the Presidency.

      Thanks for the sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you my friend for the comment, votes, pin and sharing. I really appreciate you.

      Blessings my friend, talk to you soon.

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      Word 4 years ago from Chicago

      Alright Shyron and Au fait, I'm on your side. You're telling it like it is. The one tries to pull the other down just so he can get up. He thinks that's the way to do it but he's dead wrong. We've already forgiven Clinton. That's for sharing

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      They're at it again! BENGHAZI.

      And now the slow veteran's administration. What about the war we sent them to in order for them to need these services in the first place, where they weren't given the necessary equipment they needed to do their jobs, AND didn't get the medical care they needed, on time OR late, when things went awry?

      Voting this up and AUI, pinning to AH, and sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Jo, thank you for you comment votes up and sharing.

      I totally agree with you, what he did was horrid, and President Clinton hurt his wife and daughter.

      But as my hubby says, a "HO" has no conscious. Just saying, not condoning what Clinton did, not condemning his either, what he did is between him, his family, his God.

      But what the people who plotted the impeachment of our President and planted the temptation so it would culminate into the act of infidelity? .... There is a section in the bible about tempting you fellow man, or causing him to stumble. I will have to read it again, after I finish my hub and my taxes.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      Hi Shyron,

      This was an interesting read. I remember the scandal and the television reporters non stop 24 hour coverage on a loop with Pres Clinton's infamous

      "I did not have sexual relations, with that woman".

      A movie called Primary Colors was on recently. I believe it was based on the Clinton era. As it turned out, he did something that was so hurtful and disrespectful to his wife and a poor example as a dad. But hey!, we all are human, and sometimes our weaknesses can get the better of us.

      Great read and Hillary for 2016! Voted up +++ and shared. :-)

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Janis for stopping by and commenting on my hub.

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      Janis 4 years ago from California

      This was a very entertaining read.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Hi Nell, thank you for stopping by and commenting.

      The whole Clinton debacle was set up from the beginning to end. Yes, there is someone out there trying to destroy anything good.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, I did wonder who was behind the whole thing at the time, saying that I always thought, from and English point of view that Clinton was probably the best President for a long time, there is always someone trying to pull down the good ones!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Brandi, for the comment and compliment.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      I found this truly entertaining! Great job!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Suzanne, for the comment, and vote up.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Well done! Voted up and interesting! :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Aunt Jimi, I have not forsaken or forgotten you. I think of you every day and the fun we had working together, I just talked with Au fait yesterday and she asked me if I forgot about you.

      Ref: Clinton, I remember all the muck that is going on and the kindergarteners fighting to see who goes home with the most marbles and most of these yahoos have lost theirs. I did not care how many women Clinton scr**d. Bush scr**ded every man woman and child, and now the GOP/Tea Party wants to do the same thing over again.

      I know that you and Au fait have known each other longer than I have know either of you, but still I could never forget either of my special friends.

      Thank you for the comments, votes and sharing with your readers

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      Aunt Jimi 4 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Hey Shyron, where have you been? I know, it's me that's been missing in action. :(

      Seems like such a long time ago when we had Mr. Clinton and his ladies for dinner every night on the national evening news -- yes, that's when I first heard about the crook in his schmeckie. Poor Au fait told me that's when she first heard about it too, at the dinner table and her 4 year-old daughter was listening -- ALL ears. We both loved the "Rights'" idea of family values -- sex education at the dinner table.

      Well, with all the muck that's been going on since, it just seems like a long time ago, all the Lewinsky business, and Jennifer Flowers, and who knows how many others. Oh yes, and that woman who got the nose job. Wears me out to listen to all their bickering these days and I think they all need a sound thrashing with their pants down. They're acting like brats so treat them like the brats they are.

      You're so talented with your poetry and your drawing. Wish I could do all those things, but I'm stuck just putting one word after the other. Voting you up and the works. Going to share with my followers too.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, my friend, I know you would have been here if you were not busy.

      Hyde and grinch both pointing at President Clinton with one finger and three pointing at themselves.

      You know the worst part about the whole thing is not what Starr did to our President, but what he did to Susan McDougal. All the time he had her imprisoned he could not make her say anything about Clinton. I guess it was easier to give Linda Jones a new nose, but what did Jennifer Flowers get out of it?

      Thank you for the up votes, sharing and pinning.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you DREAM ON, your comments are very much appreciated.

      Can't think of any reason a woman would not have her evening gown cleaned except it was evidence, and why else would she tell Linda Tripp except she knew that Linda was the gossip and would tell everybody.

      Thanks again


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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      Wonderful job expressing a lot.Let the truth be told the evidence is there and Monica knew all along what she doing. There are so many worst crimes that need our attention. Money or fame what was her motive ?You point out what others fail to see.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Clinton seems like so long ago. Funny how Gingrich was pointing his finger at Clinton for messing with Lewinsky, while he was doing the same thing with one of his interns.

      Henry Hyde had a "youthful indiscretion" in his 50's and felt qualified to point his finger as well. It was time for hypocrites and this country was rife with them -- has anything really changed?

      Sorry, I forgot all about this or I would have been here sooner. There's just too much to do all the time . . . Voted up, interesting, awesome, and will share. Pinned to my 'Politics' board.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Glenda for stopping by, I will always believe that Monica was a plot to destroy President Clinton. Can you think of anyone who would save a dirty evening gown, for any reason?

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Hi MG Singh thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Glenda Jacks 4 years ago

      I remember this always thougt she a setup.

      thank you for writing this.


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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Nice post. Clinton was a fun loving man

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Devika (DDE) thank you for your comment.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      What I Believe - Scandals of President Clinton's Era! Very interesting thoughts here Monica Lewinsky made the world talk and listen. You have created lots here to get one thinking more and more about the the President Clinton's Era.


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