‘An internship at the White House will look amazing’: Monica Lewinsky jokes about bad career advice 20 years after Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about their affair
- Monica Lewinsky responded to a tweet asking people on the social media platform to share the worst career advice they had ever received
- ‘An internship at the White House will look amazing on your resume,’ wrote Lewinsky
- Lewinsky’s internship resulted in her being hired as an aide at the White House Office of Legislative Affairs in December 1995
- One month prior to taking that job, she began a sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton after the two grew close during a government shutdown
- The affair would later become public, at which point the Clintons left Lewinsky, who was 22 when the affair started, to fend for herself
- Clinton was later impeached by the House for lying about the affair, and both he and his wife Hillary have made no secret of their contempt for Lewinsky
Monica Lewinsky continues to show a sense of humor about her affair with her former boss Bill Clinton, two decades after the president was impeached by the House for lying about their relationship.
As is usually the case, Lewinsky found a way to joke about her Oval Office rendezvouses on social media as she responded to a tweet posted bt organizational psychologist and fellow Ted-talker Adam Grant.
‘What’s the worst career advice you’ve ever received?’ Grant asked his followers.
More than 700 people responded to the tweet in the 24 hours after it was posted, but Lewinsky provided what was by far the most amusing, and specific, response to that question.
‘An internship at the White House will look amazing on your resume,’ wrote Lewinsky.
She then added an emoji of a blushing face.
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I’m with her: Monica Lewinsky (above with Bill Clinton in the Oval Office after he delivered his weekly radio address in 1997) responded to a tweet asking people on the social media platform to share the worst career advice they had ever received
Oh-well office: Lewinsky’s internship resulted in her being hired as an aide at the White House Office of Legislative Affairs in December 1995 (tweet above)
Thousands of people retweeted and liked Lewinsky’s tweet, while many of the comments noted how incredible it is that she maintains her sense of humor about the affair.
The Clintons do not feel the same, and have continued to publicly dismiss Lewinsky on the few occasions when they are asked about the relationship.
In June of last year, Clinton was asked by Craig Melvin if he ever apologized to Lewinsky, and if he felt that he needed to apologize to the former staff member he engaged in sex acts with at their place of employment.
‘No, I do—I do not. I’ve never talked to her,’ said Clinton.
‘But I did say, publicly, on more than one occasion, that I was sorry. That’s very different. The apology was public.’
Hillary is similarly not with her, and said it was ‘absolutely not’ an abuse of power when the leader of the free world began having a affair with an aide on CBS Sunday Morning last year.
She then explained that the reason it was not an abuse of power was because Lewinsky ‘was an adult.’
Despite that open contempt, Lewinsky has said that she wishes she could offer both Hillary and her daughter Chelsea an apology in person.
Lewinsky has become increasingly comfortable discussing the affair in the past few years, and in the wake of the #MeToo movement many have identified the dynamic between herself and Clinton as a clear abuse of power.
At the same time, she has also turned the personal hell she was forced to endure when news of the affair was leaked into a anti-bullying rally cry.
Tears of a clown: Clinton was later impeached by the House for lying about the affair (above in 1999 after the Senate voted not to impeach), and both he and his wife Hillary have made no secret of their contempt for Lewinsky
That pathos was on display back in December, when Lewinsky spoke at the annual Women in Entertainment breakfast in Los Angeles.
The focus of that speech was the fact that every single person will make a mistake at some point in their career.
She joked early on that her most notable mistake was probably a bit more serious than every single other person in the room, a line that drew laughter from those in attendance.
Lewinsky also had some fun introducing herself to the young woman in the mentorship program that the annual event benefits, finding a way to introduce herself to the future female leaders who were born after her Oval Office liaisons were front page news.
‘Some of you — if you know the music of Eminem, Kid Cudi, G-Eazy and, of course, Beyonce — may have probably heard of me in a couple of their songs,’ noted Lewinsky.
Prior to that she gave a more concise overview, summarizing her fame by stating: ‘I am a former beret model who is also a lyric in songs.’
Turning serious, the former intern-turned-White-House-aide then explained to the young women that every person in the room has ‘made a mistake in our career that has come with consequence.’
She continued: ‘Like breathing and change, mistakes are a guaranteed part of life. They can be found in the history of every successful person, and they are often the seed of every downfall.’
Lewinsky then added however that mistakes ‘can be rich with learning and growth, even when they are painful and devastating.’
As an example, Lewinsky shared a story about her time testifying in front of a grand jury.
‘At the conclusion of my second or third time there, the foreperson of the grand jury, who was actually a stranger to me, said: “Monica, none of us in this room is perfect, we all fall and we fall several times a day. The only difference between your age and my age, is now, I get up faster,”‘ said Lewinsky.
‘I have now lived long enough to know that she was 100 percent right.’
In closing out, Lewinsky also quoted a line from comedian Hannah Gadsby, saying: ‘There is nothing more powerful than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.’
That is exactly how Lewinsky was described that day when introduced at the event by Lena Dunham.
‘Let’s give a hand for a woman who rises again and again, who refuses to allow labels and preconceptions to prevent her from using her big beautiful voice,’ said Dunham.
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