MSN News | 17/08/2010
Before her affair with Bill Clinton, which nearly brought down his presidency more than 13 years ago, Monica Lewinsky had set her eyes on Clinton’s aide George Stephanopoulos, now the host of a popular TV show ‘Good Morning America’, a new book has claimed. In the book, ‘A Complicated Man: The Life of Bill Clinton as Told by Those Who Know Him’, US historian Michael Takiff claims top White House aides were shocked to learn that Clinton was having sex with Lewinsky as she had been seen constantly flirting with Stephanopoulos, then communications director in the White House.
“She used to flirt excessively with Stephanopoulos. She would hang around George’s office all the time, asking if she could go to Starbucks for him,” the book quotes Clinton’s former Press Secretary Mike McCurry as saying.When the ‘New York Post’ asked about the book’s account, Stephanopoulos responded: “No comment”. But he had a more modest recollection of his relationship with Lewinsky in his 2000 memoir “All Too Human.” “I vaguely remembered her as a pretty, busty, flirty intern I’d pass in the halls or see hanging out at Starbucks on weekends. A few times at work, she had tried to surprise me with a double tall latte, but my assistant, Laura Capps, would stop her at the door,” he wrote. In 1999, Stephanopoulos had quipped to a student group that he experienced more than just friendly advances from Lewinsky. “Lewinsky was after me,” he said then.