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Does Hillary Clinton Have A Camille Cosby Problem?
Call it The Tale of Two Bills: Clinton and Cosby, whose wives have stood by them through thick and thin.
Camille Cosby, 71, reportedly believes the women who accused her husband Bill Cosby, 78, of rape consented to being drugged and had consensual sex with him.
Her comments surfaced earlier this week in the New York Post, after Cosby admitted in a newly-released deposition from 2005 that he obtained a powerful sedative so he could drug women with whom he wished to have sex.
However stunning, Camille is not the first famous wife to stand by her man during trying times, and she likely will not be the last.
Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, famously stood by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who cheated on her with 22-year-old intern Monica Lewinsky in an explosive sex scandal that came to light in 1998.
Before that, amid charges of Bill Clinton’s philandering, Hillary Clinton came under fire in 1992 for famously saying in an interview, “I’m not sitting here, some little woman standing by her man. I’m sitting here because I love him and I respect him.”
Now, two things have happened that could spur competitors to revisit Hillary Clinton’s marriage scandals as the presidential election heats up: Camille Cosby’s reported comments and President Obama’s remarks yesterday about “rape” and the possibility of revoking Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom — remarks which pull the topic into the political arena. For now, Clinton outstrips Republicans in opinion polls.
But the one thing Hillary has in her favor, “one was always able to detect a bubbling rage under the surface of her forced smile,” notes Lacey Langley at WebProNews.
It’s difficult to detect what’s going on under Camille’s smile, but she is experiencing significant backlash from men and women for her decision to stand by her husband in the face of the growing scandal. The question is will her decision rekindle the debate about Hillary’s decision to stand by her man? What do you think about women who stand by their men through thick and thin? Sound off in comments.
Why Congressional Leaders Are Wearing Red On Wednesdays
— Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) July 15, 2015
In support of Nigeria’s effort to rescue the Chibok girls and to end Boko Haram’s reign of terror, congressional leaders have launched a weekly Wear Something Red Wednesdays campaign to #BringBackOurGirls. This week’s effort, undeterred by inclement weather, is shown in the tweet above.
Led by Florida Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, Democratic Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi, Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, the weekly campaign hopes to ensure that Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram are not forgotten. The leaders also hope to maintain pressure on the Nigerian government to triumph over the terrorists.
“Next week, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will be in the U.S. to meet with President Obama and other leaders,” Rep. Wilson, who traveled to Nigeria in June, said in a statement. “Let’s show him and the world that we support his new administration’s efforts to rescue the Chibok girls and to end Boko Haram’s reign.”
PHOTO CREDITS: Twitter, Getty