I listened with much cynicism and angst as Bill Clinton went on a long discourse at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night (July 26) of his love affair with Hillary Clinton.
Is this the same man who is now having an open relationship with a mistress? It's no big secret that Julie Tauber McMahon, nicknamed the 'Energizer', as the 42nd President's Secret Service detail, is part of Bill Clinton's life. And sadly, she is also part of Hillary Clinton's life.
The thing about this that I find incredibly humorous is that Bill Clinton's title, if Hillary Clinton is elected as our 45th President, will be "First Gentleman". Is Bill Clinton a gentleman? Think about it for a while....
As a long-time reporter and editor, I've never had the wherewithal or the fortune of having a mistress. There's not much money in journalism, either in print or online, and the best I could do most nights after a long shift in the newsroom was talk to a fellow reporter with a feminine voice over black coffee at a nearby diner (who was usually a very married woman - and if I tried anything lascivious, I would have surely been staring at the robust chest of a coal miner with a shotgun pointed my way - yes, I was a reporter and editor in coal country for a long, long time, Billy Boy); or call an acquaintance on the telephone and discuss the disasters of the news day (there were always a lot heavy sighs, you don't says and ah-huhs on the other end of the line. Yes, many of these ladies were a lot more like friends and confidantes to me than actual "lovers," but hey, they fit the bill for the time). Or on some harrowing horrible nights in the editorial department, I'd drive across town and badger a barmaid who normally had the built of a career sailor and usually sported a plethora of tattoos and talked in a monotone baritone.
Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with well-to-do, powerful men having mistresses. Women throw themselves after these guys, and I must admit, sometimes I envy the mojo of these movers and shakers. It's always going to be this way and like the world's oldest profession, nothing's going to change.
The big problem I have with Bill Clinton's address Tuesday night is that he painted his life with Hillary much like he was a perfect husband. A loyal husband. A good husband. And anyone who has followed the news a little since these two power-hungry high-echelon politicians from Arkansas have entered the American political scene knows this is a bold, brazen, despicable lie. I don't think Philadelphia has ever seen such outright bamboozlement.
The Energizer is not Bill Clinton's first mistress, and if I was a betting man -- and yes, oh yes, I am indeed a betting man -- I'd throw all the money in my savings and checking account down on that big parley that denotes that Bill Clinton will have other mistresses.
Monica Lewinsky? Does that name ring a bell? How's about Gennifer Flowers? Dolly Kyle (who told a magazine that Bill Clinton once told her that he had sex with more than 2,000 women and that Bill Clinton is a sex addict with a "sick, sick need" to "control women") isn't some hussy. Dolly Kyle is a successful, established attorney who alleges she had a long-time relationship with Tuesday night's "Husband of the Year". First Gentleman? When I heard that I laughed so hard I almost fell off my chair!
I am not going to dispute the fact that yes, in all ways, Hillary Clinton can be seen as a great woman and if elected, will probably be a "Change Maker", as Tuesday night's keynote speaker boasted. She has done a lot of great and wonderful things in her long tenure as a federal leader.
They say behind every great man is a great woman and in a lot of ways, Hillary Clinton has been just that! The whole thing about her trustworthiness, however, still has a lot of red flags flying around. It's peculiar and even ominous that the 42nd President didn't say much about this subject during his speech. He really needed to convince the public of his wife's honesty and of any honorable and upright traits and virtues she might have rather than etch the charcoal and pencil cartoon of them enjoying a Harlequin Romance life together.
Now drawing on the stuff of gossip rags that push ink-by-the-barrel lewdness and debauchery at grocery store check-out stands isn't something I normally do here, on opednews.com, but consider the source. Bill Clinton's escapades have been heavily chronicled in such ink-smeared, hideous, sin-laden publications. And our 42nd President seems content on having these flings with seeming impunity. Does he care what the world's reading public or who is supposed to be the most important person in his life, Hillary Clinton, may think about all these extra-marital dalliances? Hell no, he's above such nonsense. From all accounts, Bill Clinton has broken that poor woman's heart so many times that it's a wonder Hillary has a heart left.
I would have been charmed by everything Bill Clinton said about first meeting Hillary at a law school class in 1971, how she never wore make-up and wore big round glasses (And yes, I've seen photos of Hillary way back then and yes, the girl was indeed a knockout), if I could see one iota of actual trustworthiness in it all. To me, it sounded like 180-proof tub-thumping. Nothing more, nothing less. Yes, Hillary Clinton was indeed a blonde bombshell. She was indeed a looker when she was a college girl in law school. And when Bill Clinton went on and on about buying their first house; about the joys of seeing their only child, Chelsea Clinton, born; and how he was Hillary's biggest cheerleader in her early days, when she really did some great things as a young attorney for the weak, underprivileged and the throwaways of our society, I bought it all hook, line and sinker. I truly believe all this good stuff he said about his wife.
However, in hearing most of what Bill Clinton talked about Tuesday night, I really felt bad for the old guy. To be honest, I couldn't believe how old Bill Clinton looked as he spoke to an energetic and welcoming audience at the DNC. He looked to me to be more like 79 than 69.
Although I really shouldn't write this, Bill Clinton sort of looked like a stiff in a casket who was very animated and was moving around and flapping his lips with that distinct southern drawl of his, which I really do like. My own talking voice is filled with short vowels and hard consonants, and when Bill Clinton speaks with his soft voice, it is pleasant and soothing. And it's one of the only things about this man's persona that I've ever truly "liked". I've never been much of a fan of the 42nd President and where I live, his role with NAFTA really hurt the economies of the cities I've called home. And now in addition to being "First Gentleman" his significant other has gone on record of thinking of appointing Bill Clinton as the country's "Job Czar" or some such title?
Perhaps the saddest thing about it all is that yes, in Bill Clinton's sick way of rationalizing and seeing his life for what it really is not, he actually believes these lies. Oh, I have no doubt that every one of those biographical snippets he rattled off was a true as the Red, White, and Blue; but Bill, come on, man, you've been a serial philander and a horrible husband. You married a real fox way back when and you threw her under the bus for a whole car dealership filled with newer, better-looking models. Don't even pretend that your life with Hillary has been filled with domestic bliss. It hasn't. Numerous accounts in the mainstream national media have reported that your still very attractive and vivacious significant other was totally crushed by that affair you had with Monica Lewinsky. Not only did you ruin your wife's life, but you ruined that poor girl's life, too. Just think of all the shame and dishonor you bombarded that seemingly starstruck, young woman with -- she'll be haunted by that affair for the rest of her life, that fling which brought your entire Presidency to its knees. Besides, Bill, Hillary's 68 years is much more youthful than your sorry Ichabod Crane look. If anyone should be attracting extra-marital potentials, it should be Hillary and not you, Billy Boy. I hate to break the news to you, but that's just how I see it. But your wife's just not that kind of gal, now is she? She's been totally trustworthy in this regard, potential "First Gentleman".