Books, Eleanor Mondale, Gary J. Byrne, Hillary Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, Scandals, Secret Service, William Clinton
Apparently, Hillary wasn’t the only woman publicly humiliated by Bill Clinton’s philanderings.
[Bill Clinton’s] relationship [with former Vice President Mondale’s daughter Eleanor] really set Lewinsky off, making her jealous and reckless, he writes.
On Dec. 6, 1997, the former intern arrived at the White House gate under the pretense of visiting with the presidentâ€™s personal secretary. The Secret Service officers guarding the gate understood the special relationship the two had and that Lewinsky had arrived to see the president.
Only this time, Lewinsky was denied entry, according to Byrne, who was stationed elsewhere when she appeared but heard her arrival on his service radio.
â€œThe president is still with another appointment,â€ Clinton secretary Betty Currie told the gate officer, who relayed the message to Lewinsky.
â€œMonica, however, still regarded herself quite favorably as the presidentâ€™s singular mistress. So now she was pissed off. She pressed the officer about the delay and wanted to know why she was left standing in his security booth. He lashed back,â€ writes Byrne, who was later told of the exchange by a colleague.
â€œYou have to wait. Heâ€™s with his other piece of aâ€“. Wait till heâ€™s finished,â€ the officer told her.
It was clear to all, including Lewinsky, that the president was â€œscrewing with Eleanor in the Oval Office.â€
Irate, Lewinsky responded with an unseemly gesture, toward her body, â€œWhatâ€™s he want with her when he has this?â€
Meanwhile, as Hillary campaigns for the presidency with an emphasis on Gun Control, Byrne’s new Secret Service memoir reveals what no one would ever had guessed: Hillary likes shooting guns and can handle a Thompson sub-machine gun. (!)
What if [the first lady] ran into the president with Monica or with another mistress? Would I have to protect the president from his irate wife â€” or even from a mistress?â€ Byrne writes.
And dealing with the first ladyâ€™s anger was no small matter, according to Byrne, who describes her as a self-centered, tantrum-throwing, physical abuser.
She also knew how to handle a gun. Byrne found Hillary Clinton took a â€œsurprising liking to firearms, especially a Thompson submachine gun, an original and an American classic, Al Caponeâ€™s legendary â€˜Chicago typewriter.â€™â€
Sometime after Billâ€™s 1998 impeachment, and long after Byrne left the White House, the Clintons came by a Secret Service training center and Byrne saw â€œMrs. Clinton let loose a spray of man-stopping .45 -caliber rounds into the paper, dirt, and berms of our outdoor one-way range.â€ Smiling, she fired her next shots â€œright into the targetâ€™s crotch.â€
Byrne says the Secret Service discussed the potential for â€œdomestic violenceâ€ between the Clintons and worried frequently about how to protect the president from his volcanic â€” and occasionally violent â€” wife.