"Whatever Bill Clinton Did In The White House, He Wasn't The First Or The Worst"

"THERE'S A LONG HISTORY OF PRESIDENTIAL PECCADILLOES," Lynn University History Professor Robert Watson told his audience of 100 at Broward's Main Library about his latest book, "Affairs of State, The Untold History of Presidential Love, Sex and Scandal."

Watson discounted a notion widely publicized several years ago that Lincoln might have been gay. Lincoln shared a bed with a man but it didn't mean anything since the two men were poor and bed-sharing was common in those times.

However, he said, there are plenty of letters providing evidence that Lincoln's predecessor, James Buchanan, was gay. He lived for years with a senator from Alabama.

Watson has "doped" the playing-at-dating game within those capitol corridors, commencing with Abe Lincoln who visited a prostitute before he was married but fled before anything happened.

John F. Kennedy was a far different story, says Watson who rated him "the worst dog, I think, probably in history."

Watson said there are weeks when Kennedy was with three different women, not including his wife. He would occasionally have threesomes in the White House typing pool, even though, he said, "they did not type."

And Kennedy said he'd get headaches if he went more than two days without sex. There's also Grover Cleveland, who fathered a child out of wedlock before he became president. He later married a 21-year-old. And Thomas Jefferson had children with slave, Sally Hemmings.

Not all presidents are philanderers, Watson said. He said Harry Truman's wife Bess "was the love of his life."

Were we ever down when Harry was UP? He was the only president to drive his own car out of the White House to his house in Missouri. It was one that Bess inherited from her mother.