US politics has seen its fair share of controversies over the years. The one thing that has stayed constant throughout these years is the controversial love affairs of the US presidents. From George Washington to Joe Biden, there have scarcely been a handful of presidents that have served their terms unscathed and free from scandals.
Let’s take a look at some of the most controversial love affairs of a few US presidents.
1. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt is regarded as one of the most celebrated presidents in the History of the United States who led them during the Great Depression and World War 2. FDR was known to have several mistresses and the most notable of them was Lucy Mercer, his wife Eleanor’s social secretary.
When Eleanor Roosevelt discovered their love letters, she became distant from her husband and their marriage became more of a political partnership. Eleanor Roosevelt was famous for having an aversion to sex and considering it an ‘ordeal.’ After discovering her husband’s affairs, she began courting women, and her relationship with journalist Lorena Hickock was widely known.
2. John F. Kennedy
JFK was the youngest president to be sworn in the history of the United States, and he racked up quite a reputation as a womanizer. His reputation is backed by his famous saying, “If I don’t have sex every day, I get a headache.” Kennedy had an affair with his secretaries, White House interns, and specially employed agents from the Secret Service to smuggle women in and out of his office and to stand guard while he concluded his business with women.
Perhaps JFK’s most defining moment as a womanizer was when Marilyn Monroe, the world-renowned sex symbol, sang the “Happy Birthday” song for him, which resulted in an eruption of rumors of their affair.
3. Warren Harding
Warren Harding was well known for his sexual appetite, and salacious pieces of evidence have surfaced which prove that. Harding’s long-term mistress Nan Britton wrote a book, which mentioned Harding’s inclination towards having sex in a closet. In addition to this, several love letters between him and Carrie Fulton Phillips, another mistress, were also revealed, which mentioned the nickname Harding gave to his genitals, ‘Jerry.’
Warren Harding also impregnated Nan Britton and had a daughter named Elizabeth Ann with her, which was later proved by a DNA test in 2015.
4. Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson was sexually involved with his slave and maid Sally Hemmings, a woman 30 years his junior working as a servant in his house. It was strongly rumored that he fathered six of her children, which was later proved by DNA results in 1998.
Although many people believe that they were involved in a relationship, recent studies believe that their affair could have been non-consensual since Hemmings was a slave woman.
5. Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson was openly involved with many women throughout his life and cared little about how his infidelities would affect his wife, Lady Bird. Johnson had a long-term mistress Alice Glass.
Johnson would also often publicly brag about having sex with more women than he could count and was well known for flashing his genitals too.
6. George H. W. Bush
Another political love affair that stirred up scandalous gossip was between George H. W. Bush and his assistant Jennifer Fitzgerald.
The scandal was reported by Hilary Clinton in her famous interview with Vanity Fair that cost Bush his presidential election to Bill Clinton.
Bush was also photographed inappropriately touching women many times that coupled with the rumors of an affair with his aide, drove his devoted wife Barbara to depression.
7. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Before becoming the president in 1953, Eisenhower served in the US military during World War 2. As Eisenhower rose through the ranks to succeed as Army chief of staff, the beautiful Kay Summersby was appointed to be his designated driver. The military life was hard and lonesome, and it is rumored that Eisenhower and Summersby developed a romantic relationship.
Although they both denied any such allegations, Kay Summersby wrote another book titled Past Forgetting while she was dying of cancer which later confirmed her romantic entanglement with Eisenhower.
8. Bill Clinton
Perhaps one of the most famous political sex scandals to exist in the history of the United States involved the then President, Bill Clinton. Clinton, a 49-year-old man, had an extramarital affair with a young, 22-year-old unpaid intern Monica Lewinsky at the White House.
Clinton famously denied having any sexual relations with ‘that woman’ Lewinsky while under federal oath, which turned out false and led to his impeachment in 1998.
9. Donald Trump
Donald Trump is perhaps one of the only handful of presidents that have had failed marriages, having been married thrice.
However, that is not the reason Trump makes an appearance on our list. He has had many affairs, most notably to model Marla Maples, which resulted in his divorce from his first wife, Ivana. Trump later married Maples.
Multiple cases of sexual misconduct have also been filed against Donald Trump, which includes allegations that Trump nonconsensually kissed, rubbed his genitals and raped women on many different occasions. Perhaps the most controversial and notable affair that Trump has been involved in is the Stormy Daniels case. Stormy Daniels is an adult film actress who alleged that she was involved with Donald Trump in 2006 when he was married to his current wife, Melania Trump.
10. George Washington
This may come as a surprise to many of our readers, but even the Founding Father of the United States has been found to be involved in such controversies. Although he was engaged to be married to Martha Dandridge Custis then, a letter dated 1758 surfaced, which was written by Washington to Sally Fairfax. Sarah (Sally) Fairfax was the wife of George Washington’s close friend George William Fairfax.
Sally Fairfax was a married woman and the letter contained back and forth flirtatious exchanges and sexual innuendos that were quite uncommon and scandalous at that time. However, George Washington later married Martha Curtis, who remained his loyal wife and friend for forty years.