It was 26 January 1998 when then US President William J. Clinton made his now-famous "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" address to the nation, coming under fire from appointed special investigator Kenneth Starr who uncovered the affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
While many people felt that this initial denial, which was then somewhat retracted by the President, constituted perjury and obstruction of justice, I always disagreed with that assessment. When it comes to the job of being President of the United States of America, one's personal affairs are really non-relevant. Had it not been for publicly anti-Clinton Starr, the affair would likely had never surfaced to the point it did, debunking many Republicans' statements that his actions were a disgrace and a bad image to be sending to the children of America. Clinton was not advertising it, it was a private act brought out into the public eye by Starr. The only indictment for impeachment that should have come down upon Clinton was a personal one issued by wife Hillary, who showed significant restraint and support during this entire ordeal. Who would not have loved to have been a fly on the wall at their dinner table?
Addressing specifically the matter of lying under oath, I feel that Clinton should have never been asked those questions to begin with. Under law, I am protected from having to answer questions like those posed to him from my employer. It could be considered sexual harassment. Why is the President exempt from a policy against making private business public?
If anyone here is a disgrace it is Starr for looking for any excuse to get Clinton removed from office. I had no problems with the investigations into the other matters (real estate debauchery, payment for Presidential pardons and more), but this affair was truly non-relevant. I would expect any public official, Republican or Democrat, to come under scrutiny for alleged misuse of power or other illegal activities. Should President George W. Bush be removed from office because of his DUI? Of course not. Every major player, political or otherwise, was so quick to point out Clinton's faults, whilst having their very own skeletons that would be later uncovered (see Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Schlessinger, Dick Armey, Randy Cunningham, Ed Rollins and countless others).
Just because I agree with a majority of the policy brought forth by the Clinton administration does not mean I automatically will come to his defence. In this case, I really feel strongly against the very accusations coming to fruition. A man was impeached because he got a blow job from a willing, non-coerced and non-paid adult. And we the people spent millions of dollars to investigate it.