It’s pretty clear that being president of the United States is an awesome job — few people ever want to take on the responsibility because every administration brings its own set of scandals. We are being reminded of that right now with the premiere of American Crime Story: Impeachment on Sept. 7 on F/X. The Monica Lewinsky scandal, which really should be called the Bill Clinton scandal, has been seared into our brains over and over again.
But over 20 years later, we do look at things through a different perspective and Lewinsky is having the final word as an executive producer on the limited series. “This story has been told through a sexual lens,” she explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “I mean, sure, I was aware of those aspects, but that’s not what it was to me at that time.” The anti-bullying advocate is finally having a powerful voice in a narrative that she had no control over for years — and it impacted every aspect of her professional and personal life.
But Clinton isn’t the only one who has found himself in hot water for his sexual escapades, we can go back to our third president, Thomas Jefferson, and his long-debated involvement with his slave, Sally Hemings. Even the beauty of Camelot during the John F. Kennedy years was anything but perfect. And of course, other presidents found themselves deep in secret deals and diverted money that marred their administrations — it’s not just about sex. Read about some of the biggest presidential scandals over the centuries and decide for yourself who messed up the most.
A version of this story was originally published in 2021.