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Clinton Cornered

On Aug. 17 at exactly 1 p.m. local time in Washington D.C., the President of the United States of America William Jefferson Clinton laid his hand on a Bible and swore to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Then he added the traditional phrase, "So help me God." Indeed, only God Almighty could save the American president.

A day earlier, Clinton took brief leave of the lawyers who had been coaching him and decided to attend Sunday services at the United Methodist church located near the White House. After the service ended, Clinton went out onto the street but said nothing. He just waved the Bible he was holding in his left hand. His right arm was wrapped around Hillary. Both were dressed in black, as they were on the evening they met the coffins of the diplomats who had died in the blasts at American embassies in Nairobi and Dar es- Salaam. But on that occasion, Clinton's eyes were filled with tears. He had been crying. This time, the president's eyes glared with the desperate determination of a cornered beast of prey. In his authoritative study "The American Presidency," the famous historian Clinton Rossiter compared the inhabitants of the White House with majestic lions capable of doing great things. The sex scandal christened Zipper-gate or Monica-gate has reduced this majestic lion to the level of a befuddled cat in heat, hardly capable of doing anything.

Moskovsky Komsomolets, Aug. 19

Americans Appalled

For the last few days, newspapers have been reproaching Clinton for preparing poorly for his upcoming execution. On Thursday, he forced his entire team of lawyers to wait for him until evening. Friday evening, he played cards for a few hours with friends, met for some time with aids and then disappeared to take his dog Buddy for a walk.

At first glance, it appeared that the rest of the nation was equally as light-minded in its behavior. Over the past seven months, from one day to the next, morning until evening, the Americans have been sucking up all the details of a possible sexual relationship between Clinton and a White House intern. The Americans, it seemed to me, remembered what was happening only on the eve of that historical day. And then they were appalled. This is their president, after all. The leader of the planet's only superpower. The leader of the entire civilized world. What a disgrace ... .

Just a week ago, the favorite expression among Americans was, "We didn't elect the pope." They were saying if Hillary had gotten through it, then who were they to judge her husband?

Only now have the Americans begun to understand that the president publicly deceived the nation in January. It wasn't important that he had deceived them under oath, nor was the talk that he had been cavorting with a young girl or that the constitution had been violated. They had been deceived by a man twice awarded the nation's highest trust. A man they had elected president. A man who had always banked on his honesty and integrity.

"Our democracy will not survive this!" a television round-table participant exclaimed in desperation.

Izvestia, Aug. 19