There are only 45 men in our history that understand what being president in this country is really like. The stress of the job turned a vibrant and young Barack Obama’s hair from jet black to (mostly) salt and pepper. It made George H.W. Bush gain weight. And for Bill Clinton, the only president that is a member of a BGLO (He is a Sigma), made him cheat on his wife.
Maybe made is too strong of a word.
It created an environment, where he felt so beat up on, that the distraction of infidelity was the easiest way to cope. Beat up is a mild way to describe an experience that he characterized as being in a boxing match.
Mr. Clinton said on the new Hillary documentary scheduled to drop on Friday at midnight, “You feel like you’re staggering around, you’ve been in a 15- round prize fight that was extended to 30 rounds and here’s something that will take your mind off it for a while, that’s what happens. Because there, whatever life – not just me. Everybody’s life has pressures and disappointments, terrors, fears of whatever.”
“Things I did to manage my anxieties for years. I’m a different, totally different person than I was, a lot of that stuff 20 years ago. It’s not a defense, it’s an explanation. I feel awful.”
The entire nation felt awful at the time as Clinton was impeached for lying about the affair, then later acquitted by the Senate (similarly as President Donald Trump).
The New York Post reported that Mr. President (42) remarked regarding why he engaged in a relationship with this then young woman, “Nobody thinks they’re taking a risk. That’s not why we do stupid things.”
Over the years, we have seen Mr. President’s life move forward and establish some sense of normalcy. Lewinsky not so much. She still gets mocked about the stain on her dress and is known for the sexual act she did with a man of power.
“I feel terrible about the fact that Monica Lewinsky’s life was defined by it, unfairly I think, over the years I’ve watched her try to get a normal life again,” he says.
On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he said: “It was not my finest hour.”
Colbert went on to chastise him for not seeming contrite about his abuse of power in light of the #MeToo movement.
He said that his comments “seemed tone-deaf to me because you seemed offended to be asked about this thing when, in all due respect, sir, your behavior was the most famous example of a powerful man sexually misbehaving in the workplace of my lifetime.”
Lewinsky, 46, has said that when she considers the 27-year age gap and his position, that in light of the #MeToo movement, she’s come to see her relationship with Clinton as “a gross abuse of power.”