by Ruth Riddle:
Power. Money. Politics. Sex. These elements are explosive. Remember the Profumo affair?
The Profumo affair was THE British political scandal of the sixties. In 1961, John Profumo, the Secretary of State for War in Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government, began an affair with Christine Keeler, a 19-year-old would-be model. The scandal was heightened by reports that Keeler was simultaneously involved with Captain Yevgeny Ivanov, a Soviet naval attaché, thereby creating a possible security risk.
In March 1963, Profumo resigned from the government and from Parliament. Subsequently, Macmillan resigned as Prime Minister on health grounds in October 1963. His Conservative Party was marked by the scandal, which may have contributed to its defeat by the Labour Party in 1964.
The British have long been perceived by Americans as sexually perverted and closeted — proper in public, but oh so deviant in private. However, since Bill Clinton’s sexual dalliances were exposed, the alleged sexual peccadilloes of past presidents have been more publicized, albeit not taught in American history classes. Just some of our other past presidents’ sexual escapades.
1. Thomas Jefferson
He was rumored as a young man to have tried to seduce his best friend’s wife, Betsy Walker. In Paris, as America’s ambassador to France, he had an affair with a married woman, Maria Cosway. Jefferson also shared his bed with his half-black slave, Sally Hemings, by whom he fathered six children.
2. James Buchanan
He lived with William Rufus King, a former vice-president under Millard Fillmore, for 10 years. Buchanan and King were apparently the talk of the town. Andrew Jackson referred to them as Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy (a term at the time for a man with effeminate qualities).
3. Warren Harding
He had a long affair with Carrie Fulton Phillips, the wife of a friend. In addition, he had a daughter by a woman 30 years his junior. He also carried on with myriad women in the White House.
4. Grover Cleveland
He had a romance with a young woman named Maria Crofts Halpin, who accused him of fathering a son. Cleveland did not deny it, and while never admitting paternity, did send her child support.
5. Franklin Roosevelt
He had a lifelong affair with Lucy Mercer, his wife’s social secretary. Other rumored affairs included his secretary, Missy LeHand, and another with the Crown Princess Marta of Norway.
6. John F. Kennedy
His dalliances included Marilyn Monroe, Angie Dickinson, Blaze Starr, Judith Exner (Mobster Sam Giancana’s girlfriend), Priscilla Weir and Jill Cowan (White House secretaries).
7. Lyndon Johnson
He had a 20-year affair with Madeline Brown, which produced a son. He also had a 30-year affair with Alice Glass, wife of a newspaper magnate.
8. Barack Obama
He had a history in the 1990s and early 2000s of frequenting gay bathhouses in Chicago. During his presidency, he was rumored to have gay lovers (e.g., Reggie Love, Deputy Political Director, and Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group).
“Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” The words of Henry Kissinger (Secretary of State under Nixon). Kissinger was the powerful D.C. bachelor of the 70s, sought by Hollywood starlets, and caught by philanthropist Nancy Maginnes.
Today’s liberal media and Democrat politicians pursue ratings and votes by giving life and legs to these stories. Our current president is the powerful and wealthy Manhattan playboy. Having added politics to his resume, the perfect explosive mix has been achieved.