Lewinsky, Clinton, White House discussed on American Scandal


Forced out of The White House. But any moment now, Clinton's secretary will appear and take Lewinsky back to the president. And soon the door creaks open and curry enters the office. Without making eye contact, she tells Lewinsky to follow her. So Lewinsky walks behind curry, and when the secretary opens the door to the inner office, Lewinsky sees him. President Clinton, leaning against the desk like James Dean. It's almost like there's a glow all around him. Lewinsky can't look away, even when his secretary clears her throat and slams the door shut. It doesn't seem real. Lewinsky has daydreamed about this moment for the past ten months. She's imagined a deep and passionate kiss with Clinton, that he'll take her face in his hands, tell her that her days in exile are over, that she's coming home to The White House. And with Clinton, now standing in front of her, Lewinsky can't wait a second longer. She stretches out her arms back in the president to come toward her to kiss her. But Clinton appears reluctant and Lewinsky's heart starts racing even faster. Is he about to end the relationship? But then Clinton turns and grabs a pair of gifts in wrapping paper. He smiles and explains that their Christmas presents. The minsky's breathing slows down. As she opens the gifts, one is a blue hat pin. The other is a copy of Walt Whitman's leaves of grass. Lewinsky looks back up, her chin quivering. These presence are sweet. They're a reminder that this man understands her that what they have is real. And then, finally, they kiss. It's hard and passionate, just like she dreamed about. But suddenly Clinton pulls back, cutting the kiss short, and playing the part of the father figure once again, he puts his hands on her shoulders and tells her they have to be very, very careful. Lewinsky doesn't understand they have been careful. That's why she's been working at The Pentagon. That's why she hasn't seen him in almost a year. They waited, he won reelection there in the clear. But Clinton shakes his head, explaining that he's under even more of a microscope than ever. The Republicans are out for blood, and the situation is too serious to ignore. Then it hits with stunning force. After all the waiting, all the months at The Pentagon, he's not bringing her back to The White House. The lenski shakes her head. She can't go on living like this. But she knows that words aren't strong enough. She needs to take action. So she kneels down and starts to unzip his pants. Minutes later, Clinton finishes and drops of his semen land on her navy blue dress. It's a new dress, and this will leave a stain, but Lewinsky is not upset, because in all of their times together, Clinton has never once finished. Today is a first. And for Lewinsky, it's a sign. Their relationship has reached a new level. Clinton has given her his trust, and while she'll still have to go back to The Pentagon, she sure that any day now, she'll get noticed that there are orders from above that she's being transferred out of The Pentagon, and back to The White House. It's the spring of 1997 in Arlington, Virginia. In the food court of The Pentagon city mall, Linda Tripp sits eating lunch with Monica Lewinsky, her coworker at The Pentagon. Trip is trying to talk about an antique shop that she recently discovered, but Lewinsky looks sullen, and withdrawn. She doesn't seem to be listening. And then, in like almost every one of their conversations in the last four months, the Wednesday begins talking about Bill Clinton, and her feelings of being rejected. Trip manages a sympathetic nod, but inside she wants to scream. She and Lewinsky used to have a good friendship. They had lively conversations about fashion and celebrities. Trip thought she can rekindle that friendship. Go out to launch. Talk about something fun, like furniture. But Lewinsky is clearly too hung up. She continues harping on Bill Clinton's rejection and the fact that he won't bring her back to The White House. Lewinsky is pouting. Trip gazes at her, thinking back to the day when her young friend first confided in her about her affair with the president. It was shortly after Clinton won reelection in November. At the time, shrimp was hardly surprised. She'd heard plenty of stories about Clinton's womanizing. She even witnessed it when she worked at The White House. Lewinsky's revelation only confirmed everything trip had already felt about Clinton. Man's a selfish creep. Trip is a proud conservative. And while she disagrees with Clinton's policies, the issue runs deeper, trip is a longtime civil servant. She spent some 20 years working secretarial jobs at army bases, where her husband at the time was stationed. She went on to find a job as a White House secretary under president George H. W. Bush. Trip established herself as a hard worker, and when Bill Clinton was elected president, she remained working at The White House before transferring to The Pentagon. With her long career as a civil servant, trip has an abiding respect for American democracy. And that's a large part of why she has so much trouble with Bill Clinton. Trip doesn't think someone so crass and immoral should be running the country. She hated how Clinton and his buddies from Arkansas would sit around in their shirt sleeves and drink beer in the Oval Office. They treated it like a frat house. While Lewinsky is hung up on the president, trip doesn't believe that Clinton ever cared much about other people. He's fired long-standing civil servants on a whim. He flirts with anyone wearing a skirt. The president just seems to think the rules don't apply to him. It's galling to say the least, and last year trip almost wrote a book about her experiences. She even found an agent, not wanting to lose her job, trip changed her mind at the last minute, but Clinton's affair with Lewinsky crosses the line. She's young enough to be his daughter. So in the food court, as she watches Lewinsky fall apart yet again, trip starts to come up with a plan. It could stop Clinton from abusing his office and taking advantage of young women. Maybe it could even generate a hefty paycheck for a book deal. So keeping her voice casual, trick reminds Lewinsky about her date book, the one where she recorded all of her encounters with Clinton. What if Lewinsky started cataloging those entries, detailing everything in a spreadsheet? Trip could help her with all the work. The wins he raises an eyebrow, asking why she would start cataloging her private records, putting them in a spreadsheet. Trip doesn't tell Lewinsky the real reason because the truth is if she's going to write a book that takes down the president, she needs proof, concrete details about his affair with Lewinsky. So trip gives her friend a different explanation. She says that if Lewinsky starts organizing her records, she might see patterns she hasn't noticed before. When Clinton is loving, and when he's more distant, it could help her navigate the relationship going forward. When she frowns, says it would be too painful to go back through the affair. She doesn't want to do it. But trip isn't ready to give up. She tells Lewinsky that it might be painful, but it could also be empowering. Reviewing the events of the past could give Lewinsky a sense of control, and a feeling of resolution. Lewinsky is silent for a moment. But then she nods her head. Okay, she'll look at the records of all her meetings with Clinton, and she'll start cataloguing them. Trip can even help. Maybe she'll see something that Lewinsky missed. The two then rise and begin making their way out of the food court. As they walk back to The Pentagon, Linda trip sneaks a private grin. She can already picture the president's misdeeds, typed out in black and white. Incontrovertible facts about his abuses of power, his mishandling of the presidency. And if all goes according to plan, these records will take him down. It's September 1997 in Columbia, Maryland. Linda trip sits on a large sofa in her living room, holding her phone in her lap. She's about to call lucianne Goldberg, a book agent in New York, but the call could be tense. Last year, trip wrote a book proposal about what she'd seen inside The White House. President Clinton's flirting with women, his unpresidential conduct. She'd worked with Goldberg the agent to sell the pitch. But at the last minute trip backed out. She was nervous about money. If the book were published, she would almost certainly lose her job. And trip worried that the proceeds from book sales wouldn't be enough. So now trip hopes that Goldberg isn't still mad at her for backing out. And that the agent is willing to collaborate again. Trip dials Goldberg's number, and a familiar nasal voice answers on the other line. This is Lucian. Lucy, hi, it's Linda trip. Linda. To what do I owe the pleasure? Well, first off, I want to acknowledge that we left things in an uncomfortable place. And I feel bad about that. But look, I've something new has come up, and I think you'll be interested in it. Okay. Last fall, a young lady who will remain nameless for the time being, took me in as a confidant. And as it turns out, she became a girlfriend of the president. Okay. And she still is. And she was only 21 when it started. What they do is they meet in the Oval Office,.

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