The Presidency: Upstairs at the White House

Upstairs at the White House

Sex -- real or imagined -- is far more hazardous to the political health of a presidential candidate than to a sitting President. The man in the White House has a meticulous security system that regulates comings and goings and the witnesses thereof. The lips of the securers are sealed until death. After that, of course, the President is always exposed in memoirs and diaries. But that just spices history.

Presidential aspirants are unprotected. And sometimes suspected. It is probably fair to say that John Kennedy's legendary White House athletics (including a rumored romp on the Lincoln bed with a National...

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