Originally created 08/29/98

Sad for innocent bystanders 082998 - The Augusta Chronicle



... I have been watching with interest the reaction of the American people to the revelation that our president has been lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky for the last seven months. What surprises me is that anybody would admit to being surprised.

I am saddened, however, and I mean that sincerely. I am sad for President Bill Clinton, sadder for Hillary Rodham Clinton and sadder still for Chelsea Clinton. If there is an innocent bystander in this whole mess, it has to be Chelsea.

But what saddens me most of all is that so many Americans seem to want to sweep this under the rug and allow Mr. Clinton to continue to be our president.

I cannot agree. A man who would use the power of his position to engage in sexual acts with a 21-year-old government intern, lie about it repeatedly, employ his staff and his Cabinet to unknowingly lie for him and then make a half-hearted confession only when cornered, does not deserve to be the president of the United States.

I am embarrassed and ashamed that our society has reached the point where such a man would not be expected to resign from office immediately. Any other man in a position of authority, from a first-line supervisor at a manufacturing plant to the CEO of a major corporation, would be terminated without question for this kind of behavior. ...

Mike Mobley, Aiken