On August 17, 1998, President Bill Clinton underwent grand jury questioning in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. We figured that made today as good a day as any to test your trivia knowledge about the affair that rocked the nation...
According to the Man Who Painted Bill Clinton's Portrait, What is Casting a Shadow in his Painting?
Nelson Shanks was tasked with painting Bill Clinton's portrait for the National Portrait Gallery, the famous art museum in Washington, D.C. And he apparently couldn't help himself. He painted a tiny shadow from a mannequin wearing a blue dress onto the mantelpiece (staging the mannequin there when the President was out of the room).
That is meant to reference Monica Lewinsky's blue dress found to have Clinton's semen on it and submitted as evidence of Clinton's affair. In other words, the blue dress is casting a shadow on Clinton's presidency in his portrait. Said Shanks, "He and his administration did some very good things, of course, but I could never get this Monica thing completely out of my mind and it is subtly incorporated in the painting." According to Shanks, the Clintons are trying to get the painting removed from the museum.
What News Aggregator Got Its Big Break from the Clinton-Lewisnky Scandal?
Nowadays, Drudge Report is one of the biggest websites on the planet. According to a 2011 Pew Research Center study, it was, after people going to the website on their own and going there through Google, the number one way people ended up at a given news site.
Business Insider pegs Drudge Report's current worth at hundreds of millions of dollars, and it gets over a billion page views per month. All this despite looking like it was designed by a 12-year-old on geocities. But once upon a time, nobody had heard of Drudge Report. Then in January 1998, they reported that Newsweek was sitting on a story detailing Clinton's affair with an intern named Monica Lewinsky. You can see why it started getting a few more page views after that.
Why Was Kenneth Starr Originally Appointed to Investigate the Clintons? Obviously, we all love a good sex scandal, but when independent counsel Kenneth Starr first set out to investigate Clinton, he was looking into something different: a real estate venture started by the Clintons called Whitewater. The investigation of this matter slowly led to more and more scandal being uncovered, including accusations of fraudulent loans, records disappearing, people being fired from the travel office to give positions to friends, possible links to a mysterious suicide and FBI files being kept on prominent Republicans.** But eventually Starr's investigation came to also include Monica Lewinsky, and as far as public interest is concerned, you ain't topping that.
Besides Bill Clinton, Who is the Only Other U.S. President to be Impeached?
The Grand Jury Investigation paved the way for the impeaching of Bill Clinton, making him the second U.S. President to receive such a fate. Who was the first? If you guessed Richard Nixon ... you're wrong. Nixon resigned before he could be impeached. The ignominious honor goes to Andrew Johnson who barely evaded actual conviction by only one vote. Obviously, Clinton also avoided conviction, but not before angering quite a few Americans. As Clinton once put it, "I'm having to become quite an expert in this business of asking for forgiveness."
**We emphasize the phrase "accused of." Trivia Today is in no way commenting on the ultimate veracity or lack thereof of these accusations.