"I did not have sexual relations with that woman"today is a day that the Democrats would like to forget especially Bill Clinton.
15 years ago: Bill Clinton's historic denial
On January 26, 1998, President Bill Clinton took to the microphone, finger wagging, face red, and issued a denial that he would soon come to regret.
"I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," Clinton famously declared.
Clinton stood accused of fostering an extramarital affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, an accusation he denied repeatedly before finally owning up to the indiscretion roughly six months after his arch declaration of innocence.
"I did have a relationship with Miss Lewinsky that was not appropriate," Clinton said on August 27, 1998. "In fact, it was wrong."
Clinton's denial and subsequent admission of guilt were the nadir of a scandal that led to an impeachment trial and very nearly wrecked his second term in office.
But just fifteen years later, in defiance of the tired adage that "there are no second acts in American politics," Clinton is more popular than ever.
In a Gallup poll taken last August, Clinton registered a 69 percent favorability rating - a personal best for him and among the highest favorability ratings of any political figure in the country.
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He was referring to Hillary
signed P. the sailorman