Scandals before the American electorate

One of my guilty pleasures is following Presidential scandals (I’m talking real scandals not this crap about Petraeus [even thought the tabloids have came out with great headlines]). I was just informed that today is the 39th anniversary of this speech.

I decided that based on that I would make a list of the most entertaining/important Presidential scandals ever. I only did my top three (hell, I might read this on Monday and think I made a horrible mistake). I would love to extend this list but couldn’t decide if the Teapot Dome scandal was really about Warren Harding or Albert Fall and stuff like that. Maybe later I will expand this to all political scandals.

3. Where’s my pa? Grover Cleveland had an affair and fathered a son! But this was probably the highest profile best handled thing ever. Every politician that gets caught needs to reference what Cleveland did. In the campaign against Cleveland the slogan came out “Ma, Ma, where’s my Pa? Gone to the White House, ha, ha, ha!” That is a fucking awesome slogan but Cleveland was completely honest, paid child support and then went on to win the presidency — like a boss.

2. Monica: Clinton had sex with an intern and left evidence… the DNA way. This left us with two absolutely awesome video clips:

For some reason I never get applauded (seriously, not even a golf clap) for not having sex with interns… such a low standard for our presidents.

How could these moments be beat… it led to impeachment proceedings?

1. Watergate. Duh. The break-in at the Democratic National Headquarters in the Watergate hotel is the biggest scandal and inspired some awesome coverage. This is what everyone thinks of when they think of investigative journalism or presidential scandals.

Also this clip:

Sometimes I wish that our Presidents made more awesome quotes like this one.


~ by realfactsandbeer on November 17, 2012.

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