1998 Woman of the Year
Humbly, on her knees, and in a non-violent, non-confrontational manner that makes M.K. Gandhi look like O.J. Simpson, Monica Lewinsky has thrown all three branches of the U.S. government off the track of their normal boot-stomping-on-a-human-face processes.
Originally dismissed by the media as a ditsy, star-struck aide trying to boink her way up the primate male dominance hierarchy, Lewinsky's cover story is now blown, so to speak - and it is as one of the Disumbrationist League's brightest stars that she is now recognized.
After the December 1998 bombing of Iraq, legislators in Moscow heard a resolution by Alexander Filatov: "The State Duma appeals to Ms. Lewinsky to undertake corresponding measures to restrain the emotions of Bill Clinton." She is the first open Disumbrationist League member to be recognized in this way by the Russian legislature.
From the Independent Counsel's report:
Ms. Lewinsky testified that she and the President had a sexual encounter during this visit. They kissed, and the President touched Ms. Lewinsky's bare breasts with his hands and mouth. At some point, Ms. Currie approached the door leading to the hallway, which was ajar, and said that the President had a telephone call. Ms. Lewinsky recalled that the caller was a Member of Congress with a nickname. While the President was on the telephone, according to Ms. Lewinsky, "he unzipped his pants and exposed himself," and she performed oral sex....
Records corroborate Ms. Lewinsky's recollection that the President took a call from a Member of Congress with a nickname. While Ms. Lewinsky was at the White House that evening (9:38 to 10:39 p.m.), the President had one telephone conversation with a Member of Congress: From 9:53 to 10:14 p.m., he spoke with Rep. H.L. "Sonny" Callahan.
Afterward, she and the President moved to the Oval Office and talked. According to Ms. Lewinsky: "[H]e was chewing on a cigar. And then he had the cigar in his hand and he was kind of looking at the cigar in... sort of a naughty way. And so... I looked at the cigar and I looked at him and I said, we can do that, too, some time."
In the hallway by the study, the President and Ms. Lewinsky kissed. On this occasion, according to Ms. Lewinsky, "he focused on me pretty exclusively," kissing her bare breasts and fondling her genitals. At one point, the President inserted a cigar into Ms. Lewinsky's vagina, then put the cigar in his mouth and said: "It tastes good." After they were finished, Ms. Lewinsky left the Oval Office and walked through the Rose Garden.
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- Herbert Hoover