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THE DAILY GLOBE, Ironwood, Ml — pinion •J^BHBMHHHBOriHBHHHBBIMI Saturday, Sept. 12,1998 Page 6 Starr report reveals a starstruck Monica By CONNIE CASS AP Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — She loved him, nicknamed him "Handsome," thought maybe someday he would marry her. Monica Lewinsky's version of her relationship with the president reads like the gushy diary of a starstruck 22-year-old. Which is what she was. Laying her love life bare for prosecutors, Ms. Lewinsky described not just sex with President Clinton but long talks about their childhoods. Shared jokes, frequent hugs, the way the president "always used to push the hair out of my face." . • - "I never expected to fall in love with the president. I was surprised that I did," she said. At times, she believed that he loved her, too. But the relationship was often frustrating, and eventually turned sour. By her own account, Ms. Lewinsky was emotional and insecure, capable of tears and tantrums, and deeply frustrated when Clinton stopped seeing her. A few weeks after the president broke up with her, on May 24, 1997, she wrote a "peevish" letter obliquely threatening to reveal their relationship if he didn't help her get- another White House job, prosecutors said in the report released Friday. In his grand jury testimony, the president testi- Throw Eckel out of there! Who is Sara Eckel and why does she have a column in your paper? In her column in your Sept. 2 paper in which ' she is writing about Clinton's sleazy conduct, she shows just how stupid she and about 60 percent of the polled American public is. fied that he feared she would disclose their relationship if he broke it off, the report said. In the months after their breakup, as the Paula Jones lawsuit against the president raised the possibility that Ms. Lewinsky might be asked to testify, she grew more demanding. She pressed Clinton to find her a challenging, well-paying job in New York City, the report indicates. With friends, she began referring to him as "the " creep." But that was at the end. It had all begun, she told prosecutors, shortly after her internship started in the summer of 1995. She would try to make eye contact and told her aunt "the president seemed attracted to her or interested in her or something." Then, during the government shutdown in November, she got a chance to be alone with him in a White House office and coyly lifted the back of her jacket, revealing the top of her thong panties peeking out above her pants. That night, in a dimly lit White House office, Ms. Lewinsky told.Clinton she had a crush on him. He asked if he could kiss her, leading to their first sexual encounter. In December, after other such encounters, "I asked him why he doesn't ask me any questions about myself, and ... is this just about sex?" The president, Ms. Lewinsky said, assured her that he cherished their time together. At times her description of the relationship that followed sounds like two teen-agers in puppy love: They held hands, exchanged token gifts, talked on the telephone for hours, engaged in heavy petting. He called her "Sweetie" and "Baby." In a Valentine's Day ad for "Handsome" in The Washington Post, she quoted from "P.omeo and Juliet." But other details make clear this was the dalliance of an older man — the nation's most powerful male — with a wide-eyed intern. The 10 sexual acts she described were noticeably one-sided. He told her the two of them were "full of fire" and she made him feel young. But one night, as they chatted after telephone sex, the president dozed off, still on the line. Although she knew the president wanted their affair to be secret, Ms. Lewinsky told at least 11 people, including her mother and Linda Tripp, the friend who secretly tape-recorded her conversations and turned them over to prosecutors. Ms. Lewinsky, now 25, also saved the most conclusive evidence of their trysts — a semen-stained dress — for almost a year and a half, even after signing an affidavit for the Jones lawsuit denying the affair. She told prosecutors that she meant to have the dress cleaned but never got around to it. Soon after the affair began, Ms. Lewinsky began calling her psychotherapist from the White House to reel off details of their sexual encounters. According to one of the friends Ms. Lewinsky confided in, Neysa Erbland, the president told her that "he was uncertain that he would remain married after he left the White House." "Ms. Lewinsky thought, according to Ms. Erbland, that Tvfaybe she (Lewinsky) will be his wife,"* prosecutors reported. There is no other indication Clinton ever contemplated anything like that. Aides who were worried that Ms. Lewinsky was hanging around the president too much arranged to transfer her from her White House job to the Pentagon in April 1996. Ms. Lewinsky considered that a demotion but said Clinton promised to bring her back right after he was re-elected in November. It didn't happen. "I was so sure that the weekend after the election you would call me to come visit and you would kiss me passionately and tell me you couldn't wait to come back," she wrote in a letter to the president she never sent. She poured out her heart in another unsent letter, written last October. "Any normal person would have walked away from this and said he doesn't call me, he doesn't want to see me — screw it. It doesn't matter," she wrote. But, "I can't let go of you, I want to be a source of pleasure and laughter and energy to you. I want to make you smile." Letters ' She says, "Now that the bubble has. burst, I feel resentful. But my anger is directed more toward those who forced the president to reveal embarrassing details about his private life than it is toward Clinton himself. No good comes from this knowledge, but-> quite a bit of evil does. Thanks to Kenneth Starr and his cronies, the office of the president will never be the same." The only thing she is right about is that it will never be the same. Instead of blaming the person who has been lying to everybody since before the media had him elected, she blames the messenger. Did she ever think (probably not) that since the liar has been lying to us all along, he might be lying about much more important thines? Things like selling our children's security out to the Chinese or about the timing of the bombing of the alleged nerve gas factory and terrorist camps. And who knows what else. I don't believe a thing this scumbag or his professional liars say about anything. . I would think that a feminist such as Ms. Eckel would be outraged at the conduct of our dope smoking, draft dodging, womanizing Commander In Chief. He has used women like her all along and will continue to do so. Here we have the most powerful man in the world, the leader of the free world, in charge of the greatest nuclear arsenal, and he thinks with his glands. What are you people thinking? I feel the world has too many editorials now, with too many editors giving their views with their spin on things. Instead of just reporting all the facts, we get what the editors want us to get. The media, TV, and print has become a joke. It's time to clean up and enforce a higher standard, A higher standard from the media, your president and ourselves. A good place to start would be with the Sara Eckel column in The Globe. Throw it out with the re-rit of the trash. Randall R. Baldauf, Mercer, Wis. DATE BOOK Sept. 13, 1998 AT THE BANKRUPTCY SUMMIT: nA ".it; Can anybody figure out modem day economics? Today is the 256th day of J998 and the 8:',th day of summer. TODAY'S HISTORY: On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the words to "The Star Spangled Banner." On this day in 1939, Igor Sikorsky m;i(ie the first helicopter flight. On this day in 1965, the Beatles released the American single of "Yesterday." TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Walter Reed (1851 1902). bacteriologist; John J. I'ershing (18(iO-1948), U.S. Army general; Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941), writer; . Koald Dahl (1916-1990), writer I don't get economics, I just don't. Maybe you can explain it to me. People always talk about units of currency as being "strong" or "weak," What determines the value of a piece of currency? If there are so many rubles to a dollar, who decides if it's going to be seven (as it waa last week) or 90 trillion (aa it is this week?) Why isn't there a czar (so to speak), who can step up to the plate (so to sp«ak) and say, "Okay, it's gonna be six rubles to the dollar from now on forever. Get used to it!" What is this "international contagion" the pundits keep raying about? If the yen gets a fever and spots, does that automatically mean that the rupee should get inoculated? Is international contagion simitar to the Hong Kong flu? Does the International Monetary Fund have a medical degree? '. What is an "economic indicator," exactly? As I understand it, it's a kind of signpost by which one can predict which way the economy is going to go. If sales of non-caffeinated soft drinks are up, for instance, it can cause CEOs at Starbucks to gxilp mochas nervously, making company meetings edgy and terse. Stocks could plummet. I can understand that. But most indicators are more mysterious than that. Anything can indicate anything. The shoe ' sizes of supermodels may be closely watched, or the amount of teeth shown in a grocer's smile. Hemlines rise, stock-brokers panic. President Clinton sneezes, dry cleaners go out of business. A butterfly flaps its wings in Asia, hot air issues from the mouths of spin doctors in America. Boris Yeltsin takes a swig, the U.S. Treasury gets drunk. What is "consumer confidence?" I gather that spending is somehow related to your mood. If you're depressed, you will only spend money on used Joni Mitchell records and TV dinners. The economy is not stimulated. If you're elated, on the other hand, you'll go out and immediately buy an IMac, new Volkswagen and starter home. Jobs are created, corporations grow, causing the eventual layoff of millions, leading to a Joni Mitchell glut. It's a vicious cycle, and I'll bet that Prozac and Viagra sales are leading indicators of where we are in that cycle at any given time. And what about the currency of fame, which also sometimes has a subtle effect on the economy? (President Clinton lies, Joni Mitchell sales rise.) Princess Diana has not been devalued, but it could be thai she is somewhat inflated. If she should fall, what effect will have on the posthumous reputation of Mother Theresa? What about the fame of those, like J.D. Salinger or Thomas Pynchon, that seems to grow through a kind of miserliness? By not spending it, sometimes fame increases. (And some, like Joyce Maynard, try to increase the value of their own fame by spending the fame of J.D. Salinger.) Other celebrities, like Jayne Mansfield, only maintained their fame by constant and desperate courting of it. Still others, like the guy who played Murray on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," or Pauly Shore, are famous for no apparent reason. • Again, I'm not sure, but I think fame may be related to consumer confidence. Russia is more famous than Indonesia, which is why we may be more inclined to throw money at Russia's economy than at Indonesia's. After all, it's not as if Russia is a model for late-20th century.capitalism. It doesn't even make anything except those little babushka dolls that nestle inside each other. I hope I've exposed my ignorance sufficiently. Any economists out there who can explain it all to me. stop on by. I've always got the coffee going, and I'm always tickled pink when I can share my misery with others. Come on over, and take a gander at my bank account while you're at it. In fact, take as many ganders as you want. I'm getting kind of tired, frankly, of having these ganders clutter up the house. If you can take them off my hands, I'll be grateful. They're just not. worth the upkeep, not in today's dollars. Whatever those are. Doonesbury YOUK MOW... AKY PLAY/NO FORWJAHP THB8I6 SUQOSH TWSFAU! \ DAILY WISCONSIN NEWSPAPER ASSN MICHIGAN PflESS ASSOCIATION ASSOCIATED PflfSS Gary Lamberg Editor/General Manager Andy Hill Managing Editor Ralph Ansami News Editor Views around the U.S.: Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times, on Vice President Al Gore: Attorney General Janet Reno has launched a 90-day investigation to see if she should seek still another independent counsel, this time to check into the truthful- r-ness of Vice President Gore. ... Might the investigation be more a means of dealing with political pressure than of enforcing the law? This case, it's pointed out, is a narrow one and the evidence seems far less than conclusive. In 1995, Gore solicited money over a White House phone. That wasn't in contravention of federal law, Reno previously said, because he was raising soft money for Democratic Party activities instead of hard money as direct campaign contributions. Recently, a memo turned up concerning a meeting Gore attended before the calls were made. It indicated participants discussed spending both hard and soft money on ads. ... But it's difficult to fathom how the memo could prove intentional falsehood, no matter what he said. Republicans have pointed out to the press that this probe won't be finished until after the November elections. ... Meanwhile, it might look like Reno is being responsive to evidence of campaign-finance abuses in the 1996 election. . Almanac and Datebook Sept. 12, 1998 Today is the 255th day of 1998 and the 84tn day of summer. TODAY'S HISTORY: On this day in 1953, Sen. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I. On this day in 1977, South African student leader Stephen Biko died while in police custody, setting off an international outcry. On this day in 1992, space-shuttle astronauts Jan Davis and Mark Lee became the first married couple in space. TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: H.L. Menck- en (1880-1956), journalist; Maurice' Chevalier (1888-1972), singer-actor;! Alfred A. Knopf (1892-1984), publisher;; Irene Joliot-Curie (1897-1956), physi-' cist; Ben Shahn (1898-1969), artist;' Jesse Owens (1913-1980), track-and- field great; Linda Gray (19-40-), actress, is 58; Tim Hardaway (I96fi-), basketball player, is 32. TODAY'S SPORTS: On this day in 1962, Washington's Tom Cheney- struck out 21 batters — a major-league record — in a ^ame against Baltimore. TODAY'S QUOTE: "Injustice is relatively easy,to bear; what stings is justice." •— H.L. Mencken TODAY'S WEATHER: On this day in 1857, the S.S. Central America sank in the midst of a hurricane off the North Carolina coast. Four hundred people were lost. BY GARRY TRUDEAU THATZFUNNY-I f&CKUlTtNG'i'OU. YDUPtPNTH'MA

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