WASHINGTON (AP) -- Presidents and their wives have been an amorous lot, their White House years coming at the pinnacle of lives entwined. The men pursued and loved these women as intensely as they clawed to power and unleashed armies.
"Touch you I must or I'll burst," Ronald Reagan wrote to Nancy three years before he became California governor…
It's sweet, but pretty clunky and gross, not to mention it sounds like a horny Yoda wrote it. Also, again, that was his second wife, the one who gave the best head in Hollywood, by all accounts. No word on what he wrote to the wife he abandoned.
Presidents who were wild about their wives were not necessarily faithful to them -- not even close. Some wives knew it.
LBJ was a bull in the china shop when it came to women; Lady Bird once shrugged off his affairs as a "speck on a wedding cake."
Lucretia Rudolph was not so accommodating when she learned her fiance, James Garfield, had been stepping out. "James, to be an unloved wife, O Heavens," she wrote in 1857. They wed anyway; he was assassinated in 1881 just months after taking office.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, as allied commander for Europe in World War II, tried in several letters to his stateside wife, Mamie, to shoot down rumors he was involved with his driver, Kay Summersby, with whom he formed an intense friendship. "I've no emotional involvements and will have none," he told his wife.
Exchanges between one such woman, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Franklin were friendly but emotionally distant. Such was the lasting result, Gawalt said, of his wife discovering FDR's affair with her social secretary Lucy Mercer 15 years before he became president…
Good Golly! Are you trying to tell me Bill Clinton wasn't the first American president to cheat on his wife!!! That's amazing! Because that's what I was led to believe by Republican "pundits" and our "liberal" media for nearly a decade!
What will we tell the children?
Maybe we can put a sticker on every stupid book some right wing nut writes about Presidents identifying the contents within as only a "theory" and not necessarily the truth.
As far as I know or believe, just about every American president--maybe not Reagan, but he was like a hundred and twelve years old when he was in the White House. Erectile dysfunction is not something to brag about--got a little on the side. Including George Bush, Sr.!
You don't think so? Bush The Smarter ran about the nastiest campaign before his idiot son ran for the White House--Willy Horton ring a bell? And he never once said anything about Bill Clinton's alleged affairs--the codeword being "character". Hell, Bush senior went through Clinton's State Department file but he didn't mention Bill's stepping out?
You wonder why? He was too dignified? Puh-lease. You got a girlfriend and everybody knows about it, you can't accuse the other guy of having a girlfriend.
And speaking of Bush The Smarter:
Another no-nonsense woman, Barbara Bush, got a treacly note from her husband, George, asking her to show more affection for the television cameras in the 1988 campaign, like their opponents, the Dukakises.
"Sweetsie," he began. "Please look at how Mike and Kitty do it. Try to be closer in more -- well er romantic -- on camera. I am practicing the loving look, and the creeping hand. Yours for better TV and more demonstrable affection. Your sweetie pie coo coo.
"Love 'ya GB."
Christ, and Republicans accused the Clintons of having a marriage of convenience.