New York NY (Storch Report) — A few days ago Monica Lewinsky stepped out into the media spotlight after some 16 years in purgatory, blamed just about everyone else for her humiliation in life but the one she ‘fell in love with’ who just happened to be the President of the United States, and once again came off in the media as the villain while Bill Clinton came off as the ‘Teflon President’, which he was and still remains.
It doesn’t seem fair, but that’s the way it is, even Lewinsky in her speech at the Forbes Magazine Under 30 Summit didn’t portray her former lover as the ‘villain.’
“I fell in love with my boss in a 22-year-old sort of way. It happens. But my boss was the President of the United States. That probably happens less often,” she said.
Lewinsky went on to say, “Now, I deeply regret it for many reasons. Not the least of which is that people were hurt. And that’s never okay.”
But those words of remorse didn’t find themselves into the media coverage the next day, what did was who she blamed for the coverage at the time.
Her humiliation was the fault of the Drudge Report, the Internet, Ken Starr, the New York Post’s Page Six, everybody but the married President of the United States with whom she had 9, by her own count, sexual encounters.
The ‘Clinton Machine’ was notorious for destroying reputations long before Lewinsky stepped in its path.
Let us not forget that famous ’60 Minutes’ interview about Bill’s affair with Gennifer Flowers where Hillary said she.”wasn’t some little woman ‘standing by my man’ like Tammy Wynette.”
No, the second time candidate for President, didn’t stand by her man just once, it was more like five times.
The Clinton reputation destruction ‘Machine’ is still running well.
‘Willie’ was so media ‘slick’ in those days he could stand up with a straight face and say, “I didn’t have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky . . . ” be impeached by Congress for perjury, absolved by the Senate, go on with his presidency and today give speeches at half-a-million a pop.
His Teflon coating is so thick he even conned himself into the graces of former George H. W. Bush’s clan, whom he made a one term president, and family matriarch Barbara welcomes him as an ‘adopted son.’
Now that’s hutzpah!
No one reminds us today that Bill was 52 and Monica was a 22-year-old intern having a two-year on an off sexual affair with the President of the United States. This is powerful stuff. Today it’s called sexual harassment, public school teachers loose their jobs and go to jail and NFL football players are canned, but ‘slick Willie’ is a media darling that can do no wrong.
“Overnight, I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one. I was Patient Zero” Lewinsky told her audience.
“The first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet. There was no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram back then. But there were gossip, news and entertainment websites replete with comment sections and emails could be forwarded,” she recalled.
How did Monica feel? “I gradually came to realize that there were two Monica Lewinsky’s. Yes, the world was big enough for two of us. There was me. And there was public Monica Lewinsky, a somewhat curious character constructed by political factions and the media, constructed with a little fact and a lot of fiction.”
“When I ask myself how best to describe how the last 16 years has felt, I always come back to that word: Shame. My own personal shame, shame that befell my family, and shame that befell my country – our country,” she lamented.
It’s been four days since Lewinsky gave her speech, taken to task by the media the next day, segueing to other hard news, leaving the analysis of what it all means to the pundits..
Meanwhile, the Clinton’s prepare for their fourth run for the White House, pack for the home they long to return to as Hillary continues to ‘stand by her man,’ and Lewinsky fades back into purgatory.