Living With the Clintons: Bill’s Arkansas bodyguards tell the story the press missed.
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“He told me there are two kinds of f — -ing redheads,” Patterson said. “Beautiful f — -ing redheads and ugly f — -ing redheads.” About a local reporter (not the one with whom he was involved), Clinton told Patterson, “I bet she could give [good oral sex].” Complaining about the same woman, Clinton later said, “If you were a buddy you would f — - her and get her off my ass.”
Hillary apparently was aware of Bill’s hanky-panky, at least in general terms. Patterson recalled one Sunday afternoon in the late 1980s when he heard Hillary complain to Bill in highly colorful language about their inadequate sex life. Listening to the audio monitor at the rear porch of the main house, Patterson said he sat in the guard house and heard Hillary tell Bill, during an argument in the kitchen, “I need to be f — -ed more than twice a year.” When Clinton spent an inordinate amount of time speaking with an attractive woman at a public event — apparently a common occurrence — several troopers said they have heard Hillary complain bitterly. “She would say, ‘Come on Bill, put your dick up. You can’t f — - her here,’” as Patterson remembered the unforgettable phrasing.
“Even though she knew what was going on, he would hide it because he didn’t want the confrontation,” Perry said. Bill did get caught every once in a while. Generally a heavy sleeper, Hillary once woke up in the middle of the night, flicked on the bedroom light, and called down to the guard house looking for Bill. “The sorry damn son of a bitch!” she exclaimed when told the governor had gone out for a drive. Perry grabbed the cellular phone, turning Clinton up at one of the women’s homes, and told him to get back to the residence fast. “He started saying ‘Oh god, god, god. What did you tell her?’” Perry recalled. When Clinton arrived soon after, Hillary was waiting in the kitchen, where, not unexpectedly, a wild screaming match ensued. When Perry entered the kitchen after the dust had settled, the room was a wreck, with a cabinet door kicked off its hinges.
Another fight ensued on the Clintons’ final day in Little Rock, according to Patterson. Clinton asked him to bring one of his women friends to the send-off ceremony at the Little Rock airport before he departed for Washington. “When I got there with [the judge’s wife], Hillary turned to me and said, ‘What the f — - do you think you’re doing? I know who that whore is. I know what she’s doing here. Get her out of here.’ Clinton was standing right there. I looked at him and he just shrugged his shoulders, so I took her out of there and dropped her at the Holiday Inn Center City.”
The troopers speculated that Hillary tolerated this behavior much as eighteenth-century aristocrats maintained marriages of convenience to suit the social and material needs of both parties. Hillary herself was intimately involved with the late Vincent Foster, a partner at the Rose Law Firm and later deputy White House counsel. Foster killed himself in July under circumstances that remain murky. “It was common knowledge around the mansion that Hillary and Vince were having an affair,” said Larry Patterson, though he conceded that the evidence for this is more circumstantial than his first-hand knowledge of Clinton’s behavior.
According to all of the troopers, whenever Clinton left town, no sooner would he be out of the mansion gates than Foster would appear, often staying in the residence with Hillary into the wee hours of the morning. One of the off-the-record troopers drove Hillary and Foster to a mountain cabin in Heber Springs, maintained by the Rose firm as an out-of-town retreat for its lawyers, where the two spent significant amounts of time alone. Patterson and Perry were both aware of this at the time. On several chance occasions — at the Heber Springs retreat, and once stopped at a traffic light in Little Rock — troopers said they observed Foster and Hillary embracing and open-mouth kissing.
Patterson once saw the two in a compromising position at a birthday party for Hillary held at the Little Rock French restaurant Alouette’s. Bill also attended. While seated at the restaurant’s bar, outside the dining room, Patterson said he observed Hillary and another woman from the Rose firm, Carolyn Huber, come out to the bar for a private chat. Soon thereafter, Foster emerged from the dining room on his way to the men’s room. “He came up behind Hillary, and squeezed her rear end with both of his hands. Then he winked and gave me the ‘OK’ sign,” Patterson said. “On the way back, Huber was turned away, and Vince put his hand over one of Hillary’s breasts and made the same ‘OK’ sign to me. And she just stood there cooing, ‘Oh Vince. Oh Vince.’” Huber, now an assistant to the president, said she never attended such a party.
The only person Bill Clinton has specifically denied having an affair with is Gennifer Flowers, yet all of the troopers agreed that Clinton and Flowers were romantically involved for several years. [FOOTNOTE 5: It could be argued that Clinton did not categorically deny any romantic involvement with Flowers. For example, in the Kroft interview, Clinton was asked about Flowers’s allegations of a “12-year affair” and Clinton answered, “That allegation is false.” This could leave open the possibility that the affair lasted less than 12 years.] They said Flowers called the mansion regularly, asking to speak with “Bill.” As the troopers described the routine, when Hillary was not at home, Clinton generally took the calls. When she was, Clinton always instructed a trooper to tell Flowers that he would call her back. Soon thereafter, Clinton would trundle down to the troopers’ guard house and retreat to a private back room, where he would then get on the telephone — a line that Hillary could not pick up from inside the mansion. This is how he regularly handled personal calls from women.
Patterson said he often drove Clinton to the Quapaw Towers in Little Rock, where Flowers lived, late in the evening, waiting in the parking lot for as long as two hours for Clinton’s return. “Every place we ever went, even a private party, we would go in with him, except a woman’s house,” Patterson said. Perhaps because his relationship with Flowers began long before he began to acknowledge his behavior to the troopers, Clinton had a story to cover his tracks. Clinton told Patterson that he was visiting Maurice Smith, director of the state highway department, who lived in the same building, but Patterson believes that if this were true he would have gone into the building with Clinton, as was usual with business meetings. [FOOTNOTE 6: According to Flowers in a Penthouse interview in December 1992, Clinton often jogged over to her apartment from the nearby governor’s mansion, “arriving sweaty but eager.” On other occasions, Flowers said, Clinton’s driver sat in the car in the complex driveway and waited for two hours or so. In an interview with me, Flowers said she knew Larry Patterson and also knew that Clinton’s drivers waited for him in the parking lot. During the initial visits, Clinton entered the building through the lobby and was seen getting off the elevator at the second floor, where Flowers lived. Rumors soon circulated through the building. Thereafter, Flowers said, she waited on her balcony until she saw the governor’s Lincoln pull in and then went to the first floor to prop open a fire exit door with a newspaper so Clinton could enter the building undetected.]
Yet despite this cover story, Clinton evidently couldn’t resist bragging about his sexual exploits. On one occasion, Perry recalled, Clinton said that Gennifer Flowers “could suck a tennis ball through a garden hose.”
According to Patterson and Perry, in the late spring of 1991, as Clinton was seriously considering making a presidential run, Flowers began calling him incessantly, sometimes four or five times a week. Shortly after this spate of calls, Flowers got a job as an administrative assistant for the Arkansas Board of Review’s appeal tribunal, which hears unemployment cases. According to published news accounts, Flowers first asked Clinton about obtaining a state job in September 1990, and Clinton turned the request over to his special assistant Judy Gaddy. After applying for one position and being turned down, Flowers complained in a letter to Clinton the following January and mentioned allegations linking the two romantically. Shortly thereafter, Judy Gaddy inquired about a job opening at the Board of Review for Flowers. Flowers applied. Bill Gaddy, Judy’s husband and another Clinton appointee, is the director of the state’s Employment Security Division, which oversees the review board. According to a state committee which later investigated the matter, with Gaddy’s approval, Don K. Barnes, the chairman of the review board who hired Flowers, improperly waived certain hiring procedures, and Flowers got the job. Barnes later said that Gaddy had recommended Flowers for the job, but Gaddy has denied this. Flowers told the Star that Clinton “pulled strings” to secure the job for her, which Clinton has denied. Patterson, however, corroborated Flowers’s allegation. “I remember I was driving the car when Clinton got on the phone and discussed that particular job with Bill Gaddy. There is no doubt in my mind that he was asking Gaddy to give it to Gennifer,” Patterson said. Gaddy denied ever having a telephone conversation with Clinton about Flowers. (Flowers lost the job for failing to show up for work three days in a row, shortly after coming forward with her story in the Star. She is currently circulating a book proposal in New York.)
Even before the Flowers story broke, Clinton was aware that the issue of his womanizing would plague him in a presidential campaign. “He was walking along one day in 1991 with Bruce Lindsey [now a senior White House aide] and he said, ‘If I make the race, I’m going to keep Larry around to deal with all the women,’” Patterson said. (“That never happened,” Lindsey said.) According to Perry, Clinton told him in 1990 that he was considering not running for re-election in Arkansas because he feared his history of womanizing would be exposed. As it happened, during that year’s campaign, a disgruntled former state employee named Larry Nichols filed a lawsuit linking Clinton to five named women and making the unsubstantiated charge that he had been fired as part of an attempted cover-up involving a secret fund used to facilitate Clinton’s trysts. The suit was reported in Arkansas, but neither the precise nature of the allegations nor the women’s names were mentioned.
In 1992, the task of “dealing with the women” was ultimately assigned to Buddy Young, the supervisory trooper in governor’s security, the troopers said. “Buddy Young specifically told me that he was trying to keep a lid on the other women,” Patterson said. “If one more came out, they knew Gennifer would be credible. He said they could weather the storm on one, but not two. He told me he went to Texas to talk to Elizabeth Ward [a former Miss America named in the Nichols suit]. He said that she had told him that she didn’t need any money, but he said, ‘If the money’s right, I know she’ll keep her mouth shut.’”[FOOTNOTE 7: When Ward appeared in the May 1992 issue of Playboy, which did not mention the alleged affair, the Clinton campaign quickly circulated a written statement from Ward in which she denied any romantic involvement with Clinton.] Young denied this. “I’ve never spoken to Elizabeth Ward,” he said. Ward could not be reached for comment.
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