WASHINGTON: Best-selling author James Patterson is known for rendering over-the-top, sadistic villains. One he calls “The Wolf” manages to gain possession of nuclear weapons, then threatens to annihilate London, Paris and New York City. Ironically, though, Patterson’s gift for creating miscreants doesn’t make him capable of recognizing the lowlife sitting right next to him. Or his co-writer in The President’s Missing.
The villain at my side
The creep in question is Patterson’s co-author and former President Bill “Bubba” Clinton. Their literary endeavor is titled “The President is Missing.”
A legend in his own mind
As The President’s Missing opens, the fictional President Duncan is about to testify before a House select committee, which his enemies hope will lead to his impeachment.
Clinton’s alter ego is a military veteran and not the lucky recipient of a draft deferment. He remains devoted to his late wife and has never remarried, unlike reality’s habitual womanizer and alleged rapist. And this imaginary version of himself is something of a superhero, who aims to single-handedly stop a crippling terrorist cyber-attack on America.
But there’s that ugly reality again. According to The Los Angeles Times, Clinton gave a speech before a group of Australian businessmen on Sept. 10, 2001, in which he said:
“I could have killed him [Osama bin Laden], but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children.”
The very next day, 3,000 innocent American men, women and children died in New York City, victims of bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terrorist network.
The Monica Lewinsky in the room
But NBC’s Craig Melvin had bigger fish to fry during his interview with authors Clinton and Patterson, which had little to do with the duo’s The President’s Missing thriller and more to do with former White House intern and presidential mistress, Monica Lewinsky.
“Looking back on what happened then,” asked Melvin, “through the lens of #MeToo now, do you think differently? Or do you feel more responsibility?
Clinton looked visibly surprised and shaken,
“No, I felt terrible then. And I came to grips with it. And…”
“Did you ever apologize?” Melvin interrupted.
“Not… yes,” stammered Clinton. “And nobody believes that I got out of that for free. I left the White House $16 million in debt. You are giving one side and only one side and omitting facts.”
Melvin was dogged,
“But you did not apologize to her [Monica Lewinsky].”
“I have not talked to her,” said Clinton, his eyes shooting lightning bolts, his gnarled finger jabbing at his media inquisitor.
Melvin would not yield.
“Do you feel you owe her an apology?”
Exasperated, Clinton said,
“I have never talked to her, but I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry.”
It was clear Melvin was enjoying making Clinton squirm,
“And you don’t think a private apology is owed?”
At this point a horrified Patterson, seeing his book royalties glowing red hot in the bonfire of his mind’s eye, broke the cardinal rule of writers, reached into his rhetorical bag of tricks, and pulled out press clichés recently used to defend the depraved husband of the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.
“I think this thing… it’s 20 years ago. Come on. Let’s talk about JFK. Let’s talk about, you know, LBJ. Stop already.”
At this lowest of low points, Clinton used the martyred Kennedy and the Great Society’s Johnson like human shields.
“Do you think President Kennedy should have resigned? Do you believe President Johnson should have resigned?”
Sensing he had Melvin on the ropes, the smug Clinton, a glint in his eye, said through a sly grin and clinched teeth,
“Somebody should ask you these questions because of the way you formulate the questions.”
Doesn’t that sound familiar?
The “is” that was
I recall Clinton defended his perjury in a sworn deposition by contending that when he was questioned, there was…
“…nothing going on between us [himself and Lewinsky] … It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not – that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement… Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.”
NBC’s Craig Melvin stammered because the media once offered the same tortured, rhetorical twists to cover Bill Clinton’s evil lies. And modern feminist Gloria Steinem was no better when defending Clinton in a 1998 New York Times essay,
“Commentators might stop puzzling over the president’s favorable poll ratings, especially among women, if they understood the common-sense guideline to sexual behavior that came out of the women’s movement 30 years ago: no means no; yes means yes.”
Steinem didn’t bother to mention Juanita Broaddrick, also a recent author, who has maintained for 30 years that she was brutally raped by Bill Clinton.
“He [Clinton] bit my lip to keep me quiet,” Broaddrick recalled to Fox’s Sean Hannity, “By the time he was leaving the room, he calmly puts on his sunglasses and motions to my lip and says, ‘You better put some ice on that,’ and coldly walks out the door.”
The President’s Missing and Tainted ladies
Today’s feminist movement would have more credibility, and atone for its past support of Bill Clinton, by making Juanita Broaddrick the face of its #MeToo movement and not the villain’s willing mistress.
Which also happens to be the embarrassing position author James Patterson now finds himself.
Top Image: Former President Bill Clinton and author James Patterson discus their new book on NBC’s Today.