Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monica Lewinsky

A very new documentary that is all set to air next week on PBS will take a closer look at former President Bill Clinton and his affair with Monica Lewinsky. The new documentary shows how Clinton struggled with the decision to go public with the affair and features interviews from staffers who felt betrayed by the scandal.


The 2 part (4 hours) documentary will air in Britain and the United States on February 20th. The Guardian reports  that the new documentary shows that Clinton was constantly hounded by women. Clinton’s sexual appeal, and future problem, was foreshadowed during his run for Governor in Arkansas. And the problem became uncontrollable when he became President. Paul Fray, Clinton’s former campaign manager, said:
“You got to understand that at one time there was at least 25 women per day coming through there trying to find him and I’d tell them he was out on the road. Lord it was bad. Bad, bad bad, bad bad.”
Betsey Wright, Mr Clinton’s trusted political aide, almost convinced Clinton not to run for President due to his past affairs. Writer Gail Sheely said that Wright sat down with Clinton before he announced his bid for the presidency with some serious concerns about women. Sheely said:
“The day before the press conference he was going to announce that he was going to run, Betsey Wright, his ferociously protective campaign manager, sat him down with a list of names of women and went through one after the other. ‘How many times? Where did you meet her? How likely is she to talk?” Clinton said for each name that ‘she’ll never say anything’, but Miss Wright replied: ‘But you don’t know that!’ Miss Wright supposedly told Clinton: ‘The problem is we’re not just talking about you, we’re talking about your wife, we’re talking about your child.’ She said I don’t think you can run.’”
But Clinton ran and eventually won the presidency in 1992. In 1998, he was embroiled in a scandal that would stain his presidency. The Daily Mail reports  that when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, Dick Morris, one of Clinton’s closest advisers, urged the president to tell the American public the truth. Morris said:
“I said to him that the problem that presidents have is not the sin, it’s the cover-up and you should explore just telling the American people the truth… I said let me test it, let me run a poll, so I took a poll… and I called him back and I said they will forgive the adultery, but they won’t easily forgive that you lied.”
She has previously designed handbags and been a pitch woman for Jenny Craig. She also participated in a book, written with Andrew Morton, called Monica's Story, for which she earned a reported $500,000. In 2006 she earned a master's degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics, having shut her handbag line and temporarily moved to England.

Mr Clinton was impeached by Republicans in 1998, who tried to throw him out of office.But his wife Hilary said in 2007 that their marriage was 'worth the investment'.

Miss Lewinsky said her relationship with the president involved her performing sexual acts on him - but not sexual intercourse.
She famously kept a blue dress which she claimed held DNA evidence of their affair. After allegations began to emerge, President Clinton wagged his finger and sternly told a national television audience he did not have sex with 'that woman'. But seven months later in 1998 he admitted he lied, wanting to protect himself and his family from embarrassment. Mr. Clinton admitted he had an 'inappropriate relationship' with her.

When Clinton's memoir My Life came out in 2004, Miss Lewinsky spoke of her upset at its contents to the Daily Mail, saying rather than being a physical fling, it was a mutual relationship. 'He could have made it right with the book, but he hasn't. He is a revisionist of history. He has lied. 'I really didn't expect him to go into detail about our relationship', she added. 'But if he had and he'd done it honestly, I wouldn't have minded.'

She believed he made it sound like the dalliance came only at her initiative and was purely physical. 'He talked about it as though I had laid it all out there for the taking. I was the buffet and he just couldn't resist the dessert.' Clinton wrote that his affair with Lewinsky revealed 'the darkest part of my inner life' and led to his temporary banishment from the White House bedroom. 

He said on CBS' 60 Minutes that he became involved with Lewinsky 'for the worst possible reason. Just because I could.' 
But according to Lewinsky at the time, 'That's not how it was. This was a mutual relationship, mutual on all levels, right from the way it started and all the way through.'

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