As if his life couldn’t get any more absurd, former President Bill Clinton can now add novelist to his résumé.
He has been making the press rounds promoting a new thriller called “The President Is Missing,” which he co-authored with James Patterson, the well-known writer.
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The fictional work tells the story of the mysterious disappearance of a president of the United States — and the desperate search to find him and keep the government together.
Promotion of the book thus far has included ridiculously flattering stories about Clinton, along with embarrassing moments during which the former president has seemed to melt down and defend himself in the age of #MeToo.
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In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, Clinton even went out of his way to make himself appear the victim in his infamous Monica Lewinsky affair, after it was mentioned Lewinsky was one of many women to add her voice publicly to the #MeToo movement.
“Nobody believes that I got out of that for free. I left the White House $16 million in debt,” said Bill Clinton.
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He then touted his record of hiring women and accused the media of bias in their coverage of his impeachment.
Clinton’s standing with the general public is not exactly what it once was — as response to that recent interview shows.
I remember when I liked Bill Clinton
— Ben Shutman (@BEN_SHUTMAN) June 4, 2018
I swear I could swat down Bill Clinton defenders all day long. #NastyMan
— Mickey White (@BiasedGirl) June 4, 2018
Isn't it about time the left and right can agree that Bill Clinton is scum?
— Gary Figg (@gfigg42) June 4, 2018
Public reviews for “The President Is Missing” further show his fall from grace. Many people are flat-out refusing to consider even reading the book.
“I got as far as Chapter 7 and gave up on this loser of a novel! It is told from the perspective of a beleaguered first-term president who blathers on ceaselessly about how much he resents the opposing party and their politics. Give me a break!” read one Amazon review.
Another person said, “Bill isn’t missing, he’s just hiding somewhere with his cigar and a few interns.”
“I’m disappointed in James Patterson,” said one reader.
“I’ve read many of Patterson’s books. This book I will not read. Clinton is using Patterson. Using the Patterson name. I’m disappointed in James Patterson,” noted a review on Goodreads.
If you really have “Clinton on the brain” and are itching to read a book that has something to do with him or his family, skip the former president’s obvious cash grab and check out Joe Eszterhas’ “American Rhapsody,” a brilliant satirical look at Clinton’s infamous affair and his time in office.
PopZette editor Zachary Leeman can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter.
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