New Book: Clinton Aides Shocked by Lewinsky Affair

McCurry says the former intern used to flirt with George Stephanopoulos.

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Another fascinating book about the Clinton years is soon to hit the streets, this one built on interviews with 150 of Bubba's friends, allies, and enemies. A Complicated Man: The Life of Bill Clinton as Told by Those Who Know Him, by historian Michael Takiff, reveals just how shocked top aides were by the Monica Lewinsky scandal. In the galley of the book, spokesman Mike McCurry recalls talking to former Washington Post reporter Peter Baker about his breaking story the night it went to press. "That Monica? That can't be right," McCurry says. He recalls how Lewinsky's focus was on communications boss George Stephanopoulos. "We knew who she was because she used to flirt excessively with Stephanopoulos," he says. And Clinton fooling around made no sense, he adds. "He's got Secret Service guys here all the time. Even if he wanted to, there's no way he could pull anything off." Political aide Paul Begala simply called the report "dizzying and awful."

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