Papa Bill, Mama Linda, Baby Monica

The dysfunctional family at the heart of the scandal

When Monica Lewinsky went to Washington, her first thrilling foray into independence and adult responsibility, she did what so many young people do when they leave the nest: she assembled a surrogate family for herself. She chose her father figure, Bill Clinton, even before she got to town, it seems, and won him over in a panty-flash. But finding a stand-in mother took a while. For a time Betty Currie, the President's secretary, seemed to fill the role, but when Lewinsky was transferred from the White House to the Pentagon, she apparently found a new mama: Linda Tripp. Lewinsky's dysfunctional household...

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