|The Roaring Twenties Presents:|
|or: Monica the copycat.|
|President Bill Clinton's affair with the
White House intern Monica Lewinsky quickly became the focus of attention
when it became publicly known. It may be argued that the media attention
and press coverage blew this affair way out of proportion, but the consequences
of absolute misbehaviour by the president of the United States, a role
model to many, should not be underestimated.
Many people today are unaware of the fact that President Clinton's encounter with Monica Lewinsky was not a first, but merely a repetition of history.
During U.S. president Warren G. Harding's term in the Oval Office a similar situation had taken place. The Monica Lewinsky back then was NANA BRITTON.
When the affair began, Nana Britton was 20 and Harding was in his fifties. Britton eventually gave birth to a daughter in 1919 - Harding took up his responsibility as the father and began to pay child support.
When Harding moved to Washington to take is seat in the senate, Britton soon followed and the affair continued. Before Harding ran for the Presidency, Britton gave birth to a baby girl. Nana Britton claimed that Harding was the father.
After Harding won the presidential election in a landslide victory, the affair continued in the White House with the help of Secret Service agents. Hardings wife however got suspicious and made arrangements to send Britton off to Europe, away from Warren Harding.
In 1923, scandals were breaking out all around Warren Harding. The president fled the tense athmosphere of Washington on a trip to the West. Without warning, he died in his hotel room in San Fransisco. The official cause of death was a stroke. However, some believed that his wife poisened him.
After the presidents death, the Harding family refused to have anything to do with Nan Britton. As a result, she published the book "The Presidents Daughter" which was soon to become a best seller.
Hardings wife Florence remained by his side,
even though she must have known about his
inappropriate behavior. Interestingly enough this could
be seen as a parallel to Hillary Clinton - Mrs. Clinton too
chose the road of forgiving her husband.
Both Mrs. Clinton and Florence Harding gave excuses
and chose to remain by their husbands sides
became publicly known when both were almost
literally caught in the act. Nan Britton wasn't Harding's
only affair to become known publically:
He had also been romantically involved with Carrie
Phillips. To 'get rid' of Philips, Harding supported
her financially and sent her off on a round-the-world
trip with her husband.
|President Harding and his
wife Florence. It is oftentimes
suggested that their
relationship was one more of
power and influence than of
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