It probably wasn’t the clip Hillary Clinton was hoping would go viral from the forthcoming Hulu documentary, “Hillary,” but in an interview about his time in office, first reported by the Daily Mail, former president Bill Clinton admits to filmmakers that he had sex with Monica Lewinsky as a way of “managing his anxiety” over holding the nation’s highest office.
The former president does not comment, however, on how long he has had anxiety, or whether his many other alleged affairs related in any way to self-treatment for mental health issues.
Clinton tells the “Hillary” filmmakers that “the pressure of being in the White House made him feel like a boxer who had gone 30 rounds and his affair was ‘something that will take your mind off it for a while,’” according to the New York Post.
“Nobody thinks they’re taking a risk,” Clinton says in the documentary, which is supposed to drop on Hulu Friday at midnight. “That’s not why we do stupid things.”
The interview is actually a bit of “PR rehabilitation” for the former president, designed to make Hillary Clinton, who supported her husband during his own impeachment — a direct result of his affair with Lewinsky — into a hero for handling the incident with poise and grace.
Bill Clinton portrays himself as penitent in the film, recalling how he sheepishly admitted his affair to his wife after the Drudge Report broke news of his dalliances.
“I went and sat on the bed and talked to her. I told her exactly what happened, when it happened,” Clinton says. “I said I feel terrible about it.”
“We’ve been through quite a bit in the last few years,” he adds. “I said I have no defense, it’s inexcusable what I did.”
Hillary Clinton, in the documentary, claims she was taken by complete surprise, clearly unaware of he husband’s trail of alleged affairs — some which threatened to bubble to the surface during Clinton’s first campaign for president, according to accounts written at the time.
She was “devastated,” she tells interviewers. “I could not believe it. I was so personally just hurt and I can’t believe this, I can’t believe you lied,” she says she told the then-President.
She then says she demanded the pair enter marriage counseling and engaged in “painful, painful discussions.”
“She deserved it, Chelsea deserved it and I needed it,” Bill says of the counseling sessions.
Oddly enough, though, it appears Bill feels little for his former intern, who, according to her own recent admissions, has suffered greatly because of the incident, which saw her, a young intern, taken advantage of by a much older, powerful man.
“I feel terrible about the fact that Monica Lewinsky’s life was defined by it,” Bill Clinton says, quickly quantifying that Lewinsky suffered, “unfairly I think.”
“Over the years I’ve watched her trying to get a normal life back again, but you’ve got to decide how to define normal,” he says.
The “Hillary” documentary premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, but clips, released in the interim between its premiere and its addition to the Hulu catalog, show the former presidential candidate trying desperately to recraft her image yet again, excusing her loss to President Donald Trump, and re-imagining her public image, Bill Clinton’s story included.
Although Bill Clinton admits to the Lewinsky affair in the documentary, it’s not clear he is willing to also admit to what some believe are “dozens” of affairs over the course of decades, as well as a number of alleged rapes and sexual assaults. As far as Bill and Hillary Clinton are concerned, it seems, there was only a single incident.