President bill Clinton shows the sights to Pope John Paul II in 1995, (Catholic News Service)
President bill Clinton shows the sights to Pope John Paul II in 1995, (Catholic News Service)

It’s a sad commentary on the ethos the American public that we seem unsure about whether it makes a difference that a president is faithful his wife. . . . The media and polls tell us that Americans don’t really care a great deal about the nature of President Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky as long as the economy remains strong. 

From the beginning of this nation, Americans have taught their children that a president “cannot tell a lie” by relating the story of George Washington and the cherry tree. We believed that integrity and honesty were intrinsic to the office of the presidency. . . . If America has truly lost mythic innocence, we should mourn the loss.

— Editorial, Aug. 21, 1998