That being said, I fully agree the Monica Lewinsky thing was inexcusable. I think the main reason why it didn’t honestly bother me that much is because a lot of politicians are doing the same thing, if not worse.
It’s like when people were “shocked” by Tiger Woods’ infidelity. You think he’s the only pro athlete having multiple affairs? Do you really think Bill Clinton is the only politician who’s had an affair?
Hell, it’s widely accepted that JFK was having an affair with Marilyn Monroe (and I’m sure plenty of others). I’m willing to put my life on the fact that Bill Clinton wasn’t the first, nor the only, politician in Washington having an affair in the 90’s.
I’m looking at you, Newt.
So while I don’t condone his actions at all, they’re not exactly shocking to me. I’ve met a few politicians, know people who’ve worked on campaigns and I’ve talked with people who were former members of Congress – these people are far from being innocent.
Well, Mitt Romney decided to chime in on the fact that for some unknown reason, the Clinton-era Monica Lewinsky scandal has been brought up once again. The only “logical” reason I’ve been able to come up with as to why Rand Paul brought was to try to negatively impact Hillary.
Romney didn’t mince words. He said:
“He embarrassed the nation. He breached his responsibility, I think, as an adult and as a leader in his relationship. and I think that’s very unfortunate.”
I wouldn’t say Clinton “embarrassed the nation.” It wasn’t a particularly great moment for our country, but to basically call Clinton an embarrassment to the United States I think is stretching it a bit.
Especially from a man who was a walking gaffe during the 2012 presidential election. Outside of his “binders full of women” or “47%” comments, let’s not forget how during his major international tour he essentially insulted all of Great Britain and Poland.
He was literally comedic gold. Just watch one of the debates, a press conference or one of his campaign events and have the background ready to add text and graphics. I used to joke during the 2012 election how President Obama didn’t really even need to run campaign ads, he should just replay Romney’s events verbatim and that would be more than enough.
But I also find it a bit ridiculous that someone who ran as a Republican would have the nerve to basically call President Clinton an embarrassment for his scandal when George W. Bush will probably go down as the most embarrassing modern-day president the United States will ever have.
Clinton’s affair might have been a black eye for our country, but at least over 4,000 brave men and women didn’t die because of it. At least we had a strong economy and a balanced budget (with help from a Republican congress that was willing to work with Clinton).
Let us not forget that the biggest scandal we have going right now, the NSA surveillance programs, were given their power under George W. Bush and Republican leadership.
When Bush was president, the world laughed at us. He was a walking punchline. Republicans often like to call Obama the “teleprompter president.” Well, Bush used them too.
But the difference between President Obama and President Bush when it comes to using the teleprompter is at least Obama knows how to read. Even when Bush used a teleprompter, he somehow managed to come off sounding like an illiterate fool.
And if you really want evidence of who was more embarrassing for this country, look no further than the 2012 presidential conventions for both parties. While Bill Clinton was a keynote speaker, George W. Bush wasn’t even invited. In fact, I don’t recall his name even being mentioned one time.
Heck, it’s 2014 – five years after Bush left office – and still most Republicans don’t want anything to do with him.
Throw in our nation’s first credit downgrade in history, the first government shutdown in almost 2 decades, a Congress that’s set the standard for doing nothing and a Congress that has an approval rating hovering just above single-digits – and I think this country has quite a few other issues to be much more embarrassed about than an affair.
For of all people, Mitt “Mr. Gaffe” Romney himself to say Bill Clinton embarrassed this country is a bit much. While his affair was obviously not something this country will ever brag about, the Republican party as a whole has been a much larger embarrassment.