POLITICS: The Private Affairs of Presidents

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posted on Feb, 17 2004 @ 08:58 AM
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With the recent allegations that Senator John Kerry had a two year affair with reporter Alex Polier (which the 24 year old recently denied) you have to ask yourself, can any President actually keep his pants on?

Although some more public than the others, it seems that many Presidents have been involved in sex scandals, most notable being Bill “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” Clinton. The Mirror.co.uk have done a list of all the Presidents known…infidelities…

 


GEORGE WASHINGTON (President 1789-97)

AMERICA'S first president, George Washington set the standard. On the eve of his wedding to Martha Dandridge Custis in 1759, he confessed to his best friend's wife, Sally Fairfax, that he was really in love with her. After his marriage he was linked to a woman named Mary Gibbons.

THOMAS JEFFERSON (1801-09)

LIKE his namesake, William Jefferson Clinton, Thomas Jefferson's love life came under scrutiny while he was in office.
After the death of his wife, he had a long affair with his black slave, Sally Hemings, which began when she was 14 and was rumoured to have lasted 36 years. It is likely he fathered several of her children.

ANDREW JACKSON (1829-1837)

YOU couldn't make it up. When the seventh President wed lover Rachel Donelson in 1791, he was apparently unaware she was still married. It was two years before the horrified couple realised she had filed only for permission to divorce - not for the divorce itself.

JAMES GARFIELD (1881)

GARFIELD had an affair with an 18-year-old reporter on the New York Times, Lucia Calhoun. His wife, Lucretia, discovered the liaison but forgave Garfield when he gave her up.

GROVER CLEVELAND (1885-1889 and 1893-1897)

CLEVELAND was a bachelor, but his approach to family values caused a scandal after he admitted an affair out of wedlock with Maria Halpin in the early 1870s.
The widow gave birth to a son she named Oscar Cleveland and, though Cleveland was never sure if the child was his, he initially supported them financially.
Later he had Maria committed to a lunatic asylum and the boy sent to an orphanage.

Rest of list here: Mirror.co.uk

I know most of this wont come as news to most of you, it’s more of a “did you know…”. However, after looking down the list you have to ask yourself, is having a secret affair part of the job description of being President?


[Edited on 17-2-2004 by John Nada]




posted on Feb, 17 2004 @ 09:37 AM
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I think it's more like something that half of all humans engage in at one time or another, not just Presidents.

Reagen did it...he just happened to marry his Mistress. Dole did it, and his affair with his future wife Libby Dole was quite scandalous, only forgiven once he got a divorce and married his mistress. Now he stumps for Viagra as some icon of geriatric manhood.

All we can say for sure is Carter DIDN'T do it, though he paid dearly for being honest about having "lusted in his heart".

What strikes me though is given the relatively LOW number of addict/alcoholics in the country (around 10% of the population), just how many of the most powerful leaders in history have been among this little club.

Alcoholism among Presidents used to be a given, not the exception. But it wasn't seen as a shortcoming then. Now it is. There may have been a few others, but in modern times only one President has ever banned any alcohol from the White House having never been a drinker himself... again Jimmy Carter.

People love to hate him, but the man was a true moral beacon. And ridiculed for it accordingly.



posted on Feb, 17 2004 @ 10:25 AM
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Originally posted by RANT
What strikes me though is given the relatively LOW number of addict/alcoholics in the country (around 10% of the population), just how many of the most powerful leaders in history have been among this little club.


That's an interesting topic I hadn't thought of before. Another one is the number of First Ladies that also enjoyed belting a few down.

lupec.org...


I wonder how many of them also did "the deed" behind their husbands back!

[Edited on 2/17/2004 by Venus]



posted on Feb, 17 2004 @ 10:38 AM
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VENUS -


I also have often wondered about the first ladies and their "affairs".

the first one that comes to my mind is Hillary ! You know that if she wasn't doing anything before the "scandal" she was afterwords... IMO anyway !



posted on Feb, 17 2004 @ 11:00 AM
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Originally posted by elevatedone
VENUS -


I also have often wondered about the first ladies and their "affairs".

the first one that comes to my mind is Hillary ! You know that if she wasn't doing anything before the "scandal" she was afterwords... IMO anyway !



I would have done Al Gore on the roof top of the whitehouse if I was her. How HUMILIATED she must have been. But IMO....she likes GIRLS





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