10 years on, Hillary Clinton reveals anguish over Lewinsky saga
Hillary Clinton said in an soul baring interview aired Friday she
never doubted her husband's Bill Clinton's love for her, despite the
former president's infidelity with a White House intern.
Exactly a decade after the Monica Lewinsky affair was first reported,
the former first lady candidly revealed how she worked through the inner
torment it caused, as she battles Barack Obama for the Democratic White
"I really had to dig down deep and think hard about what was right
for me, what was right for my family," Clinton said on the Tyra Banks
talk show on Fox television.
"I never doubted Bill's love for me, ever, and I never doubted my
faith and my commitment to our daughter and our extended family.
"But I had to decide what I ought to do, I think it is so important
to be able to hear yourself at a moment when it is hard ... there are so
many times when you really have to listen to yourself."
Asked by Banks whether she was embarrassed by the public scrutiny of
Clinton's transgression, which eventually led to his impeachment, she
said "sure, all of that."
"The momentary feelings -- you are mad, you are really upset, you are
disappointed, all of that goes through your mind.
"I have found you really shouldn't make decisions in the heat of
Clinton also said she was asked by other women "all the time" about
what to do with unfaithful husbands.
"I say you have to be true to yourself, no one story is the same as
any other story," she said.
"'I don't know your reality. I cannot possibly substitute my judgment
for yours, but what I can tell you is you must be true to yourself, you
have to do what is right for you.'"
Clinton's comments, some of her most open and public on the Lewinsky
episode were broadcast 10 years and one day after news of the affair
broke on the Drudge Report website, and shocked the world.
A decade on from the scandal which tainted his legacy, former
president Clinton is now his wife's most outspoken campaign surrogate,
and a key behind-the-scenes strategist who has recently denounced what
he sees as an easy ride being given to Obama in the press.
Despite his impeachment, Clinton left office with approval ratings of
around 65 percent, and has since further bolstered his reputation by
working for his global foundation, on issues like AIDS relief.
The Lewinsky affair has never been mentioned directly by Clinton's
opponents, though some have indirectly made reference to the
hyper-partisanship and political scandals of his two terms in office.
Late last year Obama argued it would be better to elect a president
who was untainted with the political fights of the past.
"Because of the history of some of the battles that have taken place
back in the '90s, it is true that she tends to galvanise the other
side," he said on CBS television.
The more than year-long-battle by former president Bill Clinton to
stave off attempts by rivals to have him thrown out of office for lying
under oath about the affair consumed Washington in a poisonous political
He was acquitted in the Senate after the Republican-led House of
Representatives impeached him, but the battle, in which Hillary Clinton
played a key role, drained political capital at a key moment of his