Grab a cigar, find an intern, and brace yourself for this little jog down memory lane…
While the exact definition of the word “is” was never completely explained to the American people, on August 18th, 1998, Bill Clinton admitted to the world that he did, in fact, have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Monica Lewinsky.
Bill and MonicaYep… It’s been 17 years since we learned that Billy had a little fling with a woman in a blue dress. His Oval Office shenanigans took place before the internet was plagued with irrelevant Facebook status updates, before the invention of the camera phone (thank heavens), and before his wife decided to mislabel a “reset” button for some former Soviets. And yet, it doesn’t really feel like the Clintonesque penchant for scandal has changed a whole lot. Does it?
Speaking from the Map Room (I guess it didn’t feel quite right giving the speech from the same desk under which he had hid an intern) Clinton came “clean” with the American people.
“Indeed, I did have a relationship with Ms. Lewinsky that was not appropriate,” he said. “In fact, it was wrong.”
On so many levels, Mr. Clinton.
“I told the grand jury today, and I say to you now, that at no time did I ask anyone to lie, to hide or destroy evidence or to take any other unlawful action,” he said.
In case you haven’t already guessed, Hillary gave him a hand with his talking points. (With the ongoing scandal over her home-made email server, it actually kinda sounds like she’s decided to recycle some of them as well.)
clinton-lewinskyOf course, Bill Clinton insisted at the time that his deceitful behavior was motivated by a desire to protect his family from the “embarrassment of [his] own conduct.” But, let’s be honest… If they weren’t embarrassed by being Democrats, how could a little presidential affair offend them?
Despite the public’s fascination with the affair, perjury, and scandal, the Clintons managed to survive the fiasco on both a personal and political level. Bravely marching forward after leaving the White House “dead broke,” the family managed to reinvent themselves through Hillary’s unimpressive political career and slush fund private charity.
It’s amazing how far name recognition and a few pastel colored pantsuits can get you.
And with Hillary’s ongoing email scandal, her involvement in the Benghazi cover-up, and her ongoing comfort with lying to investigative authorities, it’s pretty clear the Clinton family’s reputation remains relatively unchanged from the glory days of the 1990s.
A Hillary Presidency might not include as many “inappropriate” intern duties in the Oval Office, but it would likely include a similar number of special prosecutors, congressional investigations, and scandalous headlines.
Yes, many things might have changed since August 18th, 1998… But clearly the Clintons are still the Clintons.