Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Obama is thinking about offering Lewinsky a position

... in his administration, that is.

At the same time he is thinking of offering Hillary a position too. If the above news is true, I wonder what it is: twisted sense of humor (having both working for him at the same time), a way to stick it to Hillary (or just provide a hint not to get ahead of herself too much) or just to follow stupidly the whole process of rehiring as much of Clinton’s administration as possible to the end. Whether it’s the second or the third, it says a lot about the new President.

The Clintons themselves have not commented on the possibility of a Lewinsky appointment though people close to her have said that Sen. Clinton was shocked and appalled by the idea. “It’s a non-starter for her,” said Philippe Raines, a longtime aide to Sen. Clinton. “She doesn't want to run into Monica in the West Wing ladies’ room,” he added. [No kidding.]


Since the scandal, in addition to her status as a pop culture icon of sorts, Lewinsky has had a brief career as a handbag designer and then attended the London School of Economics where she received a master's degree in Social Psychology. Her thesis was titled "In Search of the Impartial Juror: An Exploration of the Third Person Effect and Pre-Trial Publicity."

No decision has been reached as to exactly what sort of job Lewinsky might be offered. "With her background, I could imagine her doing something on either the jurisprudence side at the Department of Justice or on the handbag side, at either the Department of Commerce or the Department of Agriculture," said Deborah Kaye, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who studies the Executive Branch.

Monica Lewinsky was not available for comment. Through her attorney, William Ginsburg, she released a statement, which read, in part, “I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve my country again at this crucial juncture in our history.”
Well, being a President of the US is a stressful job — I am sure there will be a demand for Ms. Lewinsky’s service at this crucial juncture.

Is this man going to have anything original in his term? Perhaps he exhausted all potential for originality by the fact that he is the first Black President.

I guess history teaches political leaders nothing. Had Bill Clinton known the story of Emperor Xuanzong, perhaps he could’ve avoided a lot of trouble for himself.

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