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Section A: General News


Editorial: Whose fault is it? Monica Lewinsky’s or Bill Clinton’s?




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May 14, 2014 | 3,998 views | 22 comments

Poor Monica Lewinsky. She’s trying to change her image, but it’s been tough.

For those who don’t recall, or are too young to remember the scandal in 1995, a considerably slimmer Bill Clinton and a slightly chunkier Monica Lewinsky were caught in a lie. For this, President Clinton was impeached. He was impeached, not for his sexual trysts, as so many assume, but for perjury and obstruction of justice.

At the time of this affair, Lewinsky was a vulnerable, if enthusiastic, young, unpaid intern at the White House. For her, it could have been nothing more than to see if she could attract the attention of the world’s most powerful man. For him -- well, he was a married man and her “boss.”

As she quickly discovered, it was not all that difficult to capture the roving eye of Clinton. She soon had the president’s attention, and then the attention of the whole world. In the ensuing years, she’s never been able to live it down, while Clinton has been living it up.

Almost 20 years later, Lewinsky is still remembered as the girl in the beret in White House photos. She’s also the girl with the infamous blue dress.

I don’t know if “Ms. Lewinsky” has appeared on any TV talk shows herself since this latest chapter came to light, but I’ve heard plenty talking heads over the weekend reading from her statements.

You see, Lewinsky has pretty much kept quiet, perhaps trying to live down her past. She allowed to let stand Clinton’s lie heard ‘round the world: “I did not have sex with that woman -- Ms. Lewinsky!” Now that she finds it impossible to move on, as people do not forget her past, Ms. Lewinsky is coming out with her story. Where it will get her, she is not sure, but she is moving from the girl with the blue dress to the girl on a red sofa, as in the cover photo of Vanity Fair.

People question the motives for the timing of this story. One theory is that it is, perhaps, to get the story out of the way before Hillary Rodham Clinton makes her own much-anticipated run for the presidency.

Others question whether this story will hurt or help Ms. Clinton in her bid for the White House. Will it garner a sympathy vote or, some ask, will Hillary and the feminists be blamed for not speaking out on behalf of Lewinsky?

Because the Clintons are such “good” liberals in other areas, the president’s little dalliance (and even his subsequent lie) could be overlooked. After all, this is just one little flaw, denying women equal rights; men have the right to have affairs, but women are to be scorned for doing so. So much for feminists’ views.

Many are quick to point out that society today is in the gutters, with all the tainted politicians, lies, and covering up. But has society really changed all that much? Perhaps not. It wasn’t all that long ago when John F. Kennedy had his own dalliances, but they were kept quiet.

The difference between then and now is that, as Lewinsky writes, we have the Internet. People have always cheated and lied, and played politics. What has changed is that, because of technology, we know all the gossip. Once something is said, it is repeated with hashtags, and the word spreads instantly around the globe. The most “secret” affairs of past presidents would not remain secret today.

As far as who is to blame, it’s too soon to tell whom history will blame for this whole sordid affair, but most agree that there is plenty of blame to go around.
 

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squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
May 25, 2014 10:00am
 
Yep, times are changing. Grandparents and parents along with their offspring use to sit on the couch watching humorous bumps in the daily grind of 'Leave it to Beaver' TV show, now they watch the bumps ... More ›

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
May 24, 2014 3:39pm
 
The number of the votes received by Barry is still far less than those who voted for someone else or did not vote. So, I guess there might still be a bit of hope. Now, we need some change. Have a good holiday weekend.

 
Debra  
Floresville  
May 24, 2014 2:07pm
 
No apology needed. I really meant just what I said. .. What was once shocking is now common place and accepted as regular behavior. That is all. Like divorce - at one time it was a huge deal to get a divorce- even shameful ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 24, 2014 12:50pm
 
Debra I took your term 'abnormal' as referring to sinful actions. If I misread, please accept my apology. I believe no mortal man is qualified nor adequate to represent the 'group conscience' of our nation.

 
Debra  
Floresville  
May 24, 2014 11:52am
 
Well, Chief - is that what I said?

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 24, 2014 11:04am
 
Correction... in 4th line...change 'present' to 'prefer' .... thanks.... sorry about that.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 24, 2014 10:57am
 
Would you prefer a President who was true to his wife and spent the taxpayer's money foolishly or would you present a President who was not true to his wife but spent the taxpayer's money wisely

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
May 24, 2014 10:38am
 
Debra .... So sin is new ?

 
retiredinlavernia  
lavernia  
May 24, 2014 7:40am
 
Is it really extramarital sex in a marriage of convinence or a modern "Power marriage" - If there is no marital sex is an affair wrong or is celibacy required?? Questions that everyone has a different response to ... More ›

 
Debra  
Floresville  
May 24, 2014 6:03am
 
Little by little - the abnormal has become normal. What use to be shocking is now accepted - even embraced. The President is a reflection of our nation as a whole. It is what got voted in. He represents the "group ... More ›

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