The scandal that broke more than a decade ago is back.
Details of the entire affair involving former U.S. President Bill Clinton and the woman he had an affair with, Monica Lewinsky, will be part of a Public Broadcasting Service (PCS) documentary to be aired both in the U.S. and the UK, on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21. The two-part documentary is expected to throw light into the affair between Clinton and Lewinsky, then a 23-year-old White House intern.
The four-hour documentary will focus on Clinton's personal and professional life and will contain interviews with staffers who felt betrayed by the scandal. It will also show Clinton's struggle with the decision over the affair going public.
In an article written by The Telegraph, Dick Morris, the former President's adviser, described the moment Clinton called him... just before evidence of the affair was made public.
Morris said Clinton had told him: "Ever since I got to the White House I have had to shut down my body". Moreover, Morris also said Clinton had told him he had been weak in the case of the intern and had done enough with her to be in serious trouble.
The documentary then goes on to note that Clinton had asked Morris to conduct polls on how to handle the crisis. Apparently Morris initially suggested the former President tell the truth. That advice was rejected by Clinton, who tried to cover the affair for as long as he could, much to the eventual anger and disgust of his supporters.
Morris did conduct a poll later, in which he found that the electors would actually have been willing to forgive the affair but not the fact that they were lied to.
The documentary will also show that legal expert, Ken Gormley, who was working in the White House at the time supposedly recalling the sexual tension between the President and Lewinsky.
Meanwhile, it is now apparent that Clinton's trusted political aide, Betsey Wright, tried to convince Clinton not to run for the post of President because of past affairs. Clinton spurned the advice and did run... he won in 1992 and was actually one of the more loved Presidents, until the Lewinsky scandal in 1998 ended his political career.
The documentary is also expected to admit that Clinton was always admired by women. Paul Fray, Clinton's former campaign manager explained the difficulties, in an interview, of keeping women away. A post in Daily Gossip suggests Fray had to turn away as many as 25 women a day from Clinton's campaign offices.
However, it wasn't all those 25 women a day that finally caught up with Clinton. It was just one... Monica Lewinksy.
Does anyone know where she is now?
Well... according to a Daily Mail report, published late last year, Lewinsky, now a lonely and reclusive woman of 38, is still struggling to forget that episode of her life... to forget Bill Clinton... and to re-establish herself, both professionally and personally.
She has apparently little professional prospects... which includes a line of designer handbags gone wrong and a public relations company that just won't get off the ground. Her personal life consists of shuttling between homes, in Los Angeles, owned by her mother, her father and her brother, as well as an apartment in New York City (also owned by the Lewinsky family). Meanwhile, a source who claimed to be a close associate told the Enquirer that Lewinsky's self-esteem was at an all time low.
"She said she's been doing some freelance work for a friend who has a public relations company. And she's got some family money, so that keeps her going," the source said.
Finally, in what must surely be the perfectly tragic end to her sordid life-story, the same source as above confirmed Lewinksy has completely given up on the idea of romance in her life.
"Monica still feels like she's the punchline to a dirty joke," the source said, "The publicity over her affair with Clinton ruined her chances of ever finding a decent guy."
There can be no denying that the Clinton-Lewinsky affair was wrong and that both parties ought to have been appropriately censured, both by law and society. However, and even if time and the association of Valentine's Day has softened our stand, one cannot but feel that Monica Lewinsky has borne the harsher brunt of an affair that had two equally responsible adults involved.
Meanwhile, according to The Christian Post, the PBS Web site states the documentary is "the biography of a President who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage."