By Tam Martinides Gray, Daniel S. Levy and Michele Lynn Orecklin
"He did it with such passion and with his eyes locked on me... He's the third public man to do that--Nixon and Agnew lied to me, and now Clinton."
"I've seen a real change... He's gone from being angry at his accusers to being angry at himself."
"I have no one to blame but myself for my self-inflicted wounds. But that's not what America is about."
"The engines in Washington are melting! I can smell it! The energy level! The excitement! ... Something's going to happen. Is it impeachment? Resignation?"
Sources: New York Times (3); AP (Clinton)
Did Monica Study Lucianne Goldberg?
Lucianne Goldberg, the literary agent, provocateur and fairy godmother to the Ken Starr report, has often condemned Bill Clinton for preying on the naive intern Monica Lewinsky. But a younger Lucianne Goldberg--Goldberg the writer--is the author of a work that Lewinsky could easily have used as a guide in her frolicsome thong baring. The 1971 book, co-written with Jeannie Sakol, is a 174-page critique of feminism called Purr, Baby, Purr, in which the authors advise women to "Stop Bitching! Be a Pussycat!" by exulting in their feminine wiles.
Consider the Monica-relevance of this excerpt: "Flirting between men and women has been one of the most pleasant activities since Eve first peddled her fruit to Adam. And, as Eve found out, there's always an element of danger in flirting--which is what makes it exciting."
Another passage also resonates: "[Elizabeth] Taylor has softer skin. And rounder hips. And fuller lips. And, yes, of course, that magnificent bosom."
Purr, Baby, Purr originally sold for $5.95. In its review, the New York Times said, "Some women who feel threatened by the Libs' more outre manifestations may take comfort from the book, if they can stomach its breezy prose."
Once More, with Feeling
The Bill Clinton apology tour has kicked into high gear, yet some people remain unmoved. In the past, many famous figures underscored their contrition with a dramatic gesture. Should Clinton emulate them? Here are the pros and cons.
Yes. Submitting to Jay's jests in person would be punishment enough for any man.
HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR HENRY IV
While it would make a good photo op, bringing the snowmaking machinery to Washington could bust the budget.
KING HENRY II OF ENGLAND
No. The Lewinsky matter is too kinky already.
Not a good career move. Blind saxophone players are a dime a dozen.
No. He'd miss his comeback.
By the time you read this, he may have.
36 Boxes sent to Congress by independent counsel Kenneth Starr containing his report
445 Pages in his report
119,059 Words in his report
92 Times "oral sex" is mentioned
62 Times "breast" or "breasts" is mentioned
39 Times "genitalia" is mentioned
29 Times "phone sex" is mentioned
27 Times "cigar" is mentioned
19 Times "semen" is mentioned
8 Times "bra" is mentioned
6 Times "unzipped" is mentioned
4 Times "Whitewater" is mentioned
1 Times "thong" is mentioned
61,883 Number of Web pages of the report viewed on pathfinder.com as of midnight Friday
3,177 Number of Web pages of the President's prebuttal viewed
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