Clinton, The Presidency, And American Opinion
I know why the American public doesn't seem to care about Bill Clinton's latest "scandal" ("How do we explain this to our children?" Editorials, Feb. 9). Clinton's jump in the polls is not an approval of Clinton. It is disgust with his enemies.
If asked to judge who committed the greater moral crime, Martin Luther King Jr. for having had sex outside marriage or J. Edgar Hoover for trying to destroy King by taping it, what would your answer be?
Did Dwight Eisenhower's affair with Kaye Sommersby render him unfit to lead the allies against Nazi Germany? Did we require him to pass the test of moral leadership? Or did we just want him to get the job done?
Americans are quite proud of their country's separation between church and state. They elect one kind of leader to sort out the business of government, and choose a different animal to deal with morality. The last thing I need as an American is a President who feels he has the right, by virtue of his own moral superiority, to tell me how to conduct my private life.
I find it disgraceful that a quality publication has made its own moral judgment about whether President Clinton is fit to govern. The American people have overwhelmingly decided that their President has done an O.K. job in managing the country. The people have decided that this is more important than any so-called moral leadership.
President Clinton is not the first President to have an affair. Have you condemned the Kennedy Administration in the past as well? I know Americans want government to butt out of most areas of the economy--so should BUSINESS WEEK when it comes to people's private lives.