When Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for bowing to America’s enemies and making our country more susceptible to terrorists, the thought that came immediately to mind was: either this is a bad joke or the members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee had been drinking when they voted. After President Obama’s acceptance speech in Oslo—a speech practically dripping with false humility and arrogance—I thought nothing would ever surprise or shock me again. Boy was I wrong!
The National Father’s Day Council has selected former president Bill Clinton as America’s “Father of the Year.” If Obama’s Nobel Prize threw me for a loop, Clinton’s selection as Father of the Year absolutely floored me. Naming Bill Clinton Father of the Year is like naming Jeffrey Dahmer Mr. Congeniality. Clinton is deservedly known as the comeback kid, but naming the man who went on national television and falsely claimed, “I did not have sex with that woman,” as a model father is a bit much.
Understanding that I might be accused of being just another conservative who likes to pick on poor “Bubba,” I went to two unbiased, third-party sources to make sure that my perception of what makes a good father is accurate. Here is what Children & Parenting magazine lists as the first characteristic of a good father: “Good husbands are inclined to be good fathers. Someone has said that the greatest gift a father can give to his children is to love their mom. But how frequently do children watch their father opposing, criticizing, and belittling their mom (they might have included cheating on mom)? When a husband and wife become protected in their love, both can simultaneously do a better job of ‘parenting.’ After all, how can children learn to strive for a happy marriage when they have never seen one?” Good question. Here is what eHow says a man should do to be a good father to a daughter—a father like Clinton whose only child is a daughter: “Set a good example. Treat her mother well…It is important for her to see a man behave in a way that is respectful and kind toward women so she gets a sense of a healthy dynamic between partners.”
A couple of pertinent principles stand out in these two statements about being a good father. First, there is the principle that a father must set a good example for his children or, in Clinton’s case his daughter. Second, there is the principle of treating the child’s mother well. Based on Bill Clinton’s widely-known record as a philanderer, one can’t help but wonder what criteria the National Father’s Day Council applied in choosing him as Father of the year for 2013. Perhaps the National Father’s Day Council asked the Norwegian Nobel Committee to choose this year’s designated dad.
A quick review of the facts is in order since much time has elapsed since Bill Clinton’s extra-curricular activities were the talk of the town. Most of the publicity concerning Clinton’s dalliances related to two women: Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky. Paula Jones brought a sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton claiming he tried to force her to have sex with him. The case was originally dismissed but later settled when Clinton agreed to pay Jones $850,000. Monica Lewinsky was the young graduate of Lewis & Clark College who “interned” with Clinton and, as it turned out, got to know him better than one might expect of an intern. Their affair eventually led to Clinton’s impeachment in 1998 by the U.S. House of Representatives. However, Democrats were able to cobble together enough votes to ensure his acquittal in the Senate. At the time, many thought having to face up to Hillary was punishment enough for poor Bubba.
Clinton admitted to a sexual encounter with a nude model named Gennifer Flowers who claimed to have had an on-going relationship with him that lasted from 1980 to 1992. Kathleen Willey alleged that Clinton groped her in a hallway in 1993.
In 1998 Juanita Broaddrick alleged that Clinton had raped her. Also in 1998, Elizabeth Ward Gracen claimed she had had a one-night stand with Clinton. There may or may not be any credence to the various claims made against Bill Clinton, other than those made by Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, and Gennifer Flowers. However, what is widely known and even admitted to by Clinton in these cases should be sufficient evidence that Clinton is hardly a model father by even the most lax standards. I think the National Father’s Day Council has some explaining to do.