Two decades have passed since the infamous Ken Starr investigation into the sordid affairs of former President Bill Clinton occurred. Monica Lewinsky reminisced about her role in this regrettable episode in American history in an essay for Vanity Fair on February 25, 2018 — and the piece is stunning.
At the tender age of 24, the former White House intern was thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Now 44, Lewinsky revealed she was diagnosed several years ago with post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. She feels the “ordeal of having been publicly outed and ostracized” years ago is mostly to blame for her condition.
Due to her admission of having PTSD, one might assume Lewinsky would be bitter toward the entire Clinton family. However, the former White House intern managed to compliment former first lady Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton in the Vanity Fair piece. Lewinsky noted the pair handled the scandal “with grit and grace.” These remarks were high praise for someone who has belittled Lewinsky in the past. According to papers kept by deceased political science professor Diane Blair, a close friend of the Clinton’s, the former first lady referred to Lewinsky as a “narcissistic loony toon.” Allegedly, Hillary Clinton also credited her husband for attempting to break away from the former White House intern.
Lewinsky’s essay begins with the startling account of how she accidentally ran into Ken Starr at a restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village on Christmas Eve 2017. As she and her family were waiting to be seated, she noticed a man who looked familiar wearing a hat. The man, along with the small group of people with him, were leaving the main dining room of the restaurant. They were in the process of gathering their things. As she stepped towards the man, he ventured towards her. Unbelievably, Lewinsky recounted that the man stated, “Let me introduce myself. I’m Ken Starr.”
Lewinsky recounted how Starr repeatedly asked her if she was “doing O.K.” She remarked, “A stranger might have surmised from his tone that he had actually worried about me over the years. His demeanor, almost pastoral, was somewhere between avuncular and creepy. He kept touching my arm and elbow, which made me uncomfortable.”
Bill Clinton’s former mistress introduced her family to Starr. She commented that she did so to remind Starr that “he and his team of prosecutors hadn’t hounded and terrorized just me but also my family—threatening to prosecute my mom (if she didn’t disclose the private confidences I had shared with her), hinting that they would investigate my dad’s medical practice, and even deposing my aunt.”
The former White House intern said the upheaval in her life that occurred 20 years ago was because Starr “had decided that a frightened young woman could be useful in his larger case against the president of the United States.” Noticing that Starr appeared to be with his family, Lewinsky admitted she experienced difficulties seeing him as a human being.
After apparently giving herself a pep talk, Lewinsky told Starr, “Though I wish I had made different choices back then, I wish that you and your office had made different choices, too.”
Upon reflection, Bill Clinton’s former lover realized she was setting Starr up to apologize. Evidently, Starr didn’t fall for Lewinsky’s ploy. Bill Clinton’s former mistress remarked that he simply said with a smile, “I know. It was unfortunate.”
In her Vanity Fair diatribe, Lewinsky mentioned her strong support for the Time’s Up initiative and #MeToo movement to combat sexual harassment and assault. She called her affair with the former president a “gross abuse of power” on his part. She even went so far as to say, “the idea of consent might well be rendered moot.” Explaining her thoughts, the former White House intern stated, “I now see how problematic it was that the two of us even got to a place where there was a question of consent. Instead, the road that led there was littered with inappropriate abuse of authority, station, and privilege.”
In the years following the Clinton saga, Lewinsky developed a hand-bag line, was a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, and even served as a reality dating show hostess on Fox’s “Mr. Personality.” Lewinsky pursued a graduate degree in social psychology at the London School of Economics in 2005. In 2014, Bill Clinton’s former flame launched a campaign to end cyberbullying.
~ Conservative Zone