As Donald Trump prepares to be presidential, he brings a reputation as an unfaithful husband. Married three times, in his book, The Art of the Deal, he brags about cheating on his wives. You can be sure more randy romance rumors will fly during the next four years.
Of course, he’s not alone in Presidential bed-hopping history. A look back reveals similar behavior:
There are DNA and other records that prove Tom Jefferson fathered as many as six children with his slave, Sally Hemmings. He’s still honored today as author of the Declaration of Independence and one of the greatest Presidents. For various reasons, Tom’s called a Founding Father.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the only President to be elected to four terms, died in 1945. At the time he was vacationing in Georgia with his longtime mistress, Lucy Mercer. The two had managed to get away secretly from spouses many times during their 30-year relationship.
Before General Dwight D. Eisenhower became President in 1953, he led the Allies to victory over Germany in World War II. One of Ike’s wartime conquests was Kay Summersby, former Brit fashion model, and then his private … er … chauffeur. According to reports, when Ike returned home, he was taken aside by Army Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall.
Marshall warned Ike to end the extramarital affair or he could be court-martialed and drummed out of the Army in disgrace. When Kay came to the U.S. to see him, Ike refused to meet with her, and went on to become a two-time … er … term President.
Young, handsome John F. Kennedy Young was rumored to have had many extramarital affairs, from movie stars to socialites to White House interns. Through the years, many books have been written about his conquests, included in a tell-all one in 2012 by a former teenage associate named Mimi Alford.
For his many sexual indiscretions in the White House, Bill Clinton survived an impeachment trial by the Senate. The names of Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones followed him throughout his two-term Presidency and in later years. Some historians insist Bill’s misbehavior was one of the reasons Hillary lost her opportunity to become the first woman President in U.S. history.