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Harding, Clinton, and the Oval Office

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Warren G. Harding was never known for his dedication to principle. His administration has been characterized as a series of moral failures, the most notorious of which was the Tea Pot Dome Scandal.

In addition to this national disgrace, President Harding is also remembered for his marital infidelity, and in this he anticipated the antics of one who would follow him to the White House, proving once again that history does repeat itself, even in the Oval Office.

Harding was considered to be quite a handsome man, and more than a few Republicans thought that his good looks and charm would prove to be a political asset. However, as much as Harding sought the female vote, he longed for their companionship even more, notwithstanding the fact that he was a married man.

In his first known dalliance, Harding engaged the affections of Carrie Phillips, the wife of one of his good friends. This romance continued for 15 years, until Carrie insisted that they both obtain divorces and put their relationship on a respectable footing. This Harding was unwilling to do, so he dumped her and found a new object for his affections, a pretty 20-year-old blonde by the name of Nan Britton...


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