In 1987 we had Fatal Attraction convincing us of the crazed capabilities of the Other Woman. When Glenn Close’s character Alex said: “I won’t be ignored, Dan”, she made every philanderer’s old fella shrivel in fear.
Ten years later, Monica Lewinsky cemented the star status of the Other Woman by forcing a sitting president to admit he had an “improper relationship” with her.
Her trump card came in the form of a stained blue dress, but her triumph was short-lived. In time, the only stain that stuck was the one on Lewinsky’s character.
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Running for Governor of Arkansas in 1982, Bill Clinton had some folksy words to reassure voters he had learned from the mistakes of his disastrous first term which had seen him booted out after only two years.
“When I was a boy growing up,’’ Clinton said, ”my daddy never had to whip me twice for the same thing.’‘
If only one could be sure the same were true of some of the current crop federal Liberal MPs. But alas when it comes to industrial relations - their party’s Achilles’ heel - some of them want to make Captain & Tennille’s “Do That To Me One More Time’’ this year’s campaign song.
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The US election is going to be a squeaker. An absolute squeaker, if the presidential debate today (mostly about the US economy and the president’s health care reforms) was any indication.
Obama sounded like he needed a strong cup of coffee. Maybe with a double shot of something much stronger.
He was lethargic and mathematical - sometimes incomprehensibly so. That was particularly the case in the first half of the debate, which focused on the economy.
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Bill Clinton - the Big Dog - took to the stage at the Democrat convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, today and gave an unashamed display of conducting a crowd like a perfectly pitched cathedral choir.
It was almost a religious experience for the Democrats desperate for some sign from above that Barack Obama would defy a sick economy and trashed expectations to regain the presidency.
They looked up and there was Bill, 42nd president from 1993-2001, a man who is no saint, but whose confidence is always heading heavenwards and who can take people with him.
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We saw this photo pinging around the web yesterday. It’s of a young Bill Clinton, future US president, meeting John F. Kennedy.
So we were wondering - have you had any brushes with fame? Perhaps even before the famed were famous?
It’s Tuesday. REMINDER: It’s Valentine’s Day. What’s on your mind?
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“This is enough to choke a horse,” confided Bill Clinton - “this” being climate change, “one of the two or three biggest challenges in the world”. Clinton was speaking in April in a joint interview with New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Together, the “big dawg” former president and the diminutive, billionaire mayor have formed what amounts to an informal, two-man committee to save the world.
It’s not a new concept. The original ‘committee to save the world’ was conjured up in 1999 by the journalist Joshua Cooper Ramo, who appointed the then-Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, US Treasury secretary Robert Rubin and the man who would succeed him, Larry Summers.
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What do you think happened on Australia Day?
If you said it’s the day the First Fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour you would be right. But a few other things happened on this day as well.
In 1808 the Rum Rebellion occurred. In 1950 India became a republic. In 1998 President Clinton denied having “sexual relations with that woman”.
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Bill Clinton made an official visit to Vietnam today in 2000. It was the first trip made by a US president since 1969.
And it’s Tuesday at The Punch. What’s on your mind?
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Last week a woman fainted during a speech former President Bill Clinton was giving for a Democratic senate candidate in West Virginia. Clinton immediately demonstrated exactly why women still see him as the most rockstar-charming world leader in living memory. “I’m going to save her reputation,” he drawled as the woman was led away, his honeyed southern vowels slow and sweet like January molasses. “It was the sun and not me that made her faint.” Such a dude.
It’s no secret that power is sexy. Add a little Tabasco-splash of Arkansan charm (Clinton), a sprinkle of George Clooney salt-n-pepper (Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway) or some smouldering Latina sizzle (President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina) and you got yourself a recipe for hot that no ordinary civilian can match.
But there are a few world leaders that don’t fit the obvious parameters of sexy – yet are.
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Then United States President Bill Clinton admitted to having an “inappropriate relationship” with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky today in 1998.
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In news just in: Kevin Rudd’s been in an incident in New York involving a shower and a delegation from New Zealand. Apparently it also had something to do with a horse.
Things are definitely hotting up for the PM in the United States. As I write this Mr Rudd is addressing the United Nations General Assembly about his plan for world domination. There’s a lot of talk of a “grand bargain.”
In a brief moment of lucidity during his address Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appeared to endorse KRudd’s ambitions for the UN Security Council to be expanded.
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