"a Clintonesque formula"
Official White House Photo of Bill Clinton, President of the United States 1 January 1993
Public DomainOfficial White House Photo of Bill Clinton, President of the United States 1 January 1993 - Credit: Bob McNeely, The White House

William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton (19 August 1945-) was 42nd President of the United State of America from 1993-2001. 

The term 'Clintonesque' refers to a scandal involving a member of the White House Staff, Monica Lewinsky and Clinton's subsequent impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with the scandal. Under oath, Clinton denied having had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky, as he did in a nationally televised interview on 26 January 1998.  The story was taken up in a huge way by the media and Lewinsky spent some weeks in hiding as a result.  Later that same year, Clinton, when faced with evidence that he did have a sexual relationship with Lewinsky, denied perjury because, when asked, the present tense 'is' was used and at the time of being asked, he was not in a relationship with her.  Also, the legal definition of oral sex was not covered by the word sex per se and that the definition did not include acts performed on him, as opposed to by him.  Lewinsky testified that Clinton was not merely a passive partner.  Both were called to give evidence before a grand jury.


Bill Clinton's statement on his testimony before the Grand Jury, 17th August 1998 in which he  makes a public apology, admitting that while his initial replies were "legally accurate", he did not "volunteer information". 

Clinton was subsequently acquitted by the U.S. Senate and left office in 2001 with the highest end of presidential term rating for any president since the end of World War II.