29 Of The Most Scandalous Presidential Affairs In U.S. History!

Throughout the centuries, powerful men take on mistresses. U.S. presidents are no different. They just have much better Public Relations (PR) team to manage all the

fall-outs. (Or at least they care to hide the affairs.).

If I don’t have sex every day, I get a headache.

John F. Kennedy used to tell most people who would listen

We scour through American history to compile a list of known affairs of US presidents.

John F. Kennedy And Marilyn Monroe

The most famous actress to ever hit the silver screen was Marilyn Monroe and she is still unforgettable. Although she featured in many movies, when she reportedly became JFK’s mistress she played the most infamous role in Palm Springs where John F. Kennedy and Monroe spent the weekend at Bing Crosby’s California vacation home.

Marilyn told me that this night in March was the only time of her ‘affair’ with JFK,” Roberts said. “A great many people thought, after that weekend, that there was more to it. But Marilyn gave me the impression that it was not a major event for either of them: it happened once, that weekend, and that was that.”

Marilyn’s close friend and masseur Ralph Roberts

After spending time together, Monroe informed the first lady, Jackie Kennedy concerning the issue. However, the first lady was not shocked at all.

“Marilyn, you’ll marry Jack, that’s great . . . and you’ll move into the White House and you’ll assume the responsibilities of the first lady, and I’ll move out and you’ll have all the problems.”

Jackie Kennedy (allegedly) “These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie

She advised Monroe to wed Jack so she could manage the problems of the White House.

John F. Kennedy and Judith Campbell Exner

President Kennedy was known to associate with Hollywood stars. Even the legendary members of the Rat Pack were not excluded. Frank Sinatra allegedly acquainted Kennedy with Judith in Vegas after his show. Gradually the pair ended up in a romantic relationship and she become the liaison conduit between Kennedy and mobster Sam Giancana.

When you talked to Jack (John F. Kennedy), he talked just to you. He was endlessly curious about everything and everybody. He loved gossip. That night he did not want me to leave his side

Judith Exner

Later on, Judith Exner who was the first person to come out with her affair with John F. Kennedy aired out their dirty laundry to the press.

Jack never in a million years thought he was doing anything that would hurt me, but that’s the way he conducted himself; the Kennedys have their own set of rules.

“Jack was reckless, so reckless.”

Judith Exner

She portrayed the president as “reckless” and that after their 2 year affair that started in 1963, she had abortion that Jack Kennedy had fathered.

Donald Trump And Stormy Daniels

Donald Trump had an extramarital affair with the porn star Stormy Daniels in 2006. At that time, he had been married to Melania for a year and a half and Baron, Donald and Melania’s only child was just a newborn.

“He knows he has an unusual penis,” Daniels writes. “It has a huge mushroom head. Like a toadstool …

“I lay there, annoyed that I was getting fucked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart …

“It may have been the least impressive sex I’d ever had, but clearly, he didn’t share that opinion.”

Stormy Daniels in Full Disclosure

To bury the story, Trump’s lawyer paid Daniels $130,000 in October 2016 through his personal attorney at time (2006-2018) Michael Cohen who was later convicted of fraud and perjury and is now disbarred from practicing law.

Donald Trump And Karen McDougal

Ex-model of Playboy Karen McDougal claims that she and Trump were engaged in extramarital relations about 10 years back. The affair had lasted around 10 months. At that time, he was married to Melania. However, in 2007, Karen McDougal stated that she felt guilty and broke up with him.

After we had been intimate, he tried to pay me, and I actually didn’t know how to take that. I’ve never been offered money like that. I looked at him and said, ‘I’m not that type of girl. And he said, ‘Oh,’ and he said, ‘You’re really special. It hurt me that he saw me in that light. There was a real relationship there. There were real feelings. He would call me baby or he would call me beautiful Karen.

Just the day before the 2016 election, a $150,000 installment was made to her from the National Enquirer to “buy and bury” the story.

Bill Clinton and Paula Jones

In 1991, Clinton got involved in an extramarital entanglement with Paula Jones in a hotel room in Little Rock, Arkansas. Jones met with Clinton to talk about his campaign. At that meeting, Clinton attempt a pass at her, which didn’t go far. Jones was surprised by the event and sued him for sexual harassment.

If Bill Clinton could have taken care of this a long time ago with a quiet apology, it would have been all water under the bridge … He alone is responsible for the route it has taken.

I felt like all of the American people did not believe me because of the things that were said about me, and said that people would say that it was just for the money, and it wasn’t about the money. It was about what he did to me. And I knew I was telling the truth.

Paula Jones

In the end, Clinton paid Jones and her legal counselors $850,000 to drop the claim.

Bill Clinton and Gennifer Flowers

Ex-model and actress Gennifer Flowers professed that she had an extramarital entanglement with President Clinton before he entered office. She was working at a news station in Little Rock at the time Flowers met Bill and began their affair. Afterward, she claimed in a court statement that their affair lasted for an era.

I met Bill Clinton in 1977 while I was working as a news reporter for KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas. Shortly after we met, we began a sexual relationship that lasted for twelve years.

Gennifer Flowers

Flowers also said that even as late as 2005, Bill reached her.

On several occasions, I discussed with Bill Clinton the subject of inquiries by the media about our relationship. He told me to continue to deny our relationship, that if we would stick together, everything would be okay.

Gennifer Flowers

She described her experiences with Bill in her book, Passion and Betrayal.

Donald Trump And Rachel Crooks

Rachel Crooks also claimed that she had sexual relations with Trump. According to her, it was unsolicited. She said, “He started kissing me on one cheek, then the other cheek.”  She also mentioned,

He was talking to me in between kisses, asking where I was from, or if I wanted to be a model. He wouldn’t let go of my hand, and then he went right in and started kissing me on the lips.

I know there are many worse forms of sexual harassment, but doesn’t this still speak to character … I don’t want money. I don’t need a lawsuit. I just want people to listen. How many women have to come forward? What will it take to get a response?

Rachel Crooks

The incident may have lasted for a couple of minutes or less. Rachel Crooks ran and won the 2018 Ohio primary for a congressional seat but later lost the general election.

Bill Clinton and Markie Post

Markie Post was famous for her Hollywood act in the hit show Night Court in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1993, Markie got involved Bill Clinton to produce a Disney Channel production. Gradually she turned into a close friend of the Clintons and was even one of their first visitors at the White House. However, the gossips of their relationship started to twirl around Washington. It’s reported that they had secret meetings during his tour to California!

Bill Clinton and Elizabeth Gracen

Elizabeth Gracen was a young model and champion of Miss Arkansas in 1981before became an actress. Gradually when she went on to win the big role of Miss America, she caught the attention of Bill Clinton. Eventually, Clinton and Gracen crossed their paths as a state politician and superstar. He stayed in contact with her when she moved to New York for acting.

I had sex with Bill Clinton, but the important part to me is that I was never pressured,” she said. “We had an intimate evening. Nothing was ever forced. It was completely consensual. The lies gain credibility every day that I don’t address them. I had to put a stop to it. This is something I don’t want to talk about at all. It’s no one’s business.

Elizabeth Gracen

Later on, Gracen exposed that before he became president they had a one night stand during her time in NYC.

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky

The most notorious affair of Washington was the affair of President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Monica was a 21-year-old intern during their affair.

I did though at least expect him to correct the false statements he made when he was trying to protect the Presidency. Instead, he talked about it as though I had laid it all out there for the taking. I was the buffet and he just couldn’t resist the dessert.

I certainly know that this relationship could not have continued the way it did, when I was at the Pentagon and the president was obviously at the White House, without Betty.

In the beginning, Clinton denied the relationship however he had to admit to his lies after proof appeared during the Ken Star’s investigation which lead to Bill Clinton’s disgraceful presidential impeachment.

George H. W. Bush and Jennifer Fitzgerald

President Bush although considered as a clean family values president for most Republicans and the American people, had a few mysteries concealed in his presidency. He got involved with an intimate relationship with his chief deputy of the protocol in the Oval Office.

I don’t know what skills she brought to the job. She certainly couldn’t type“. Jennifer Fitzgerald arrived in Beijing on December 5th, 1974, and the following day, Bush took her for a 12 day “diplomatic conference” in Hawaii.

Please advise me as soon as you have completed office space arrangements for George Bush and Miss Fitzgerald.

A memo in Ford’s Presidential Library, dated November 23rd, 1975

Unlike many of his previous affairs, Barbara Bush had looked the other way but his affair with Jennifer sent her into a deep depression and to which she burned all the love letters George had written her and she had kept since WWII.

It wasn’t just another woman. It was a woman who came to exert enormous influence over George for many, many years. … She became in essence his other wife … his office wife.

Barbara’s close family friend

The relationship was rarely affirmed, yet numerous Washington insiders know about the record.

Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed

Abraham Lincoln is considered as the famous president according to United States history. Yet teachers overlook the tale of Lincoln and his roommate, Joshua Speed who owned the local general store back in Illinoise. They lived together for four years.

In his 1926 biography of Lincoln, alluded to the early relationship of Lincoln and his friend Joshua Fry Speed as having “a streak of lavender, and spots soft as May violets”. “Streak of lavender” was slang in the period for an effeminate man, and later connoted homosexuality.

Carl Sandburg

There were rumors about them being a couple. There was also a rumor that he has an affair with his bodyguard, David Derickson.

Bill Clinton and Elizabeth Hurley

Clinton reportedly had an affair with actress Liz Hurley that lasted for a year. Their affair began in 1998 after he sent a plane to pick her up and fly her to the White House.

Tom Sizemore says Clinton asked him if he had dated Hurley, and Sizemore said he had. Clinton asked for the actress’ number, and Sizemore resisted until the president said, “Give it to me. You dumb motherfucker, I’m the Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America. The buck stops here. Give me the damn number.” Sizemore gave him the number and Clinton called Hurley. “Listen Elizabeth, this is the President,” Clinton allegedly said. “‘I don’t have any time for this shit. I‘m keeping the world from nuclear war all the time. I’m sending a plane to pick you up.” Hurley acquiesced, and the two consummated their fledgling romance.

The Atlantic

She allegedly agreed and had a personal visit in Lincoln’s bedroom.

Bill Clinton and Sally Perdue Miller

When Clinton was the Governor of Arkansas he would serenade former Miss Arkansas Sally Perdue (also known as Sally Miller) by dancing around with his saxophone.

Sometimes, after making-love, we snuggled and indulged in pillow-talk. Bill and I seemed to cover every topic imaginable, from childhood fears, sexual turn-ons and old loves, to our impressions of various people, life’s every-day challenges, and our longtime wish lists. I was intrigued when Bill talked about his mother and the impact she had on his sexual fantasies. He talked about his mother coming home from work or a date, still wearing her high-heeled, ankle-strap shoes. He described his mother unhooking her garter belt, then sitting down and putting her feet on the bed. That’s when she motioned Bill to remove her shoes, her nylon stockings, and start rubbing her feet. Bill laughed about getting an erection each time he rubbed his mother’s feet, ankles, and legs. Bill confessed that sometimes, when he was younger and his mother wasn’t around, he would put his feet in her shoes and practice walking, swinging his hips, like her. It was a turn-on and made him feel powerful. I thought I’d heard everything until Bill said, “I may shock you but, you might enjoy hearing this one. I use to slip my mother’s bra off the hook behind the bathroom door and pull it over my bare chest. I’d fasten it in back then stuff some nylon hose in each breast cup. It was fun to look at my big breasts and stiff penis in the mirror”

Sally Perdue Miller

Sally said that during the 2016 Election, when Hillary was running for president she felt that she was being stalked so now she sleeps with a loaded semi-automatic gun next to her bed.

John F. Kennedy and Gunilla Von Post

In her memoir Love, Jack, Swedish socialite Gunilla Von Post claimed to have had a six-year affair with President John F. Kennedy beginning in 1953.

“He turned and kissed me tenderly and my breath was taken away. The brightness of the moon and stars made his eyes appear bluer than the ocean beneath us.”

Gunilla Von Post in Love, Jack

The young Swede socialite claimed that she was 21 years old when she first met with 36-year-old John F. Kennedy while they were both vacationing the French Riviera.

John F. Kennedy and Ellen Rometsch

Kennedy used to have intimate relations with Hollywood socialites or Washington co-workers. Yet he had the most reckless affair with Ellen Rometsch who was a 27 years old. Ellen was a German prostitute who looked like Elizabeth Taylor. She visited the White House for various events and joined scandalous pool parties in 1963. She used to create trouble for the president’s staff. Kennedy’s brother threatened to deport her.

Dwight D. Eisenhower and Kay Summersby

Kay Summersby was an ex-model and Ilk was 51 years old. 18 years her senior when the started their affair. During World War II she was the driver for President Eisenhower who was General at the time. While he was in Great Britain he first met Kay, whom he called his “Irish.”

But this was not what I had expected. Wearily, we slowly calmed down. He snuggled his face into the hollow of my neck and shoulder and said: “Oh God, Kay, I am not going to be any good for you.” ’

Kay described their mutual embarrassment as they struggled back into their clothes. ‘Finally we dressed. Ike looked troubled. “I don’t want to let you go,” he said. “God, I’m sorry.” ’

Later on, they got involved with an intimate relationship. Summersby exposed their relation in her book, Past Forgetting: My Love Affair With Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Bill Clinton and Eleanor Mondale

Bill Clinton feared nobody in case of his relationships. He even went behind Hillary’s back with Eleanor Mondale, the daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale. Eleanor allegedly wrote her romantic experiences with Bill in her journal.

“There before us was E! Network host Eleanor Mondale .?.?. and President Clinton in a compromising position, that is, making out on the Map Room table,” he claimed. This affair, he alleges, infuriated Monica Lewinsky, who’d thought she was Bill’s only mistress. He recalled a time when Lewinsky was forced to wait at the security booth as Bill finished up with Eleanor. “You have to wait. He’s with his other piece of a-. Wait till he’s finished,” an officer reportedly told Lewinsky.“What’s he want with her when he has this,” she allegedly responded, gesturing at her body.

George Byrne, Bill Clinton’s Secret Service

Hillary knew of Bill’s many affairs and hated his secret service for covering them up. She would allegedly replied to their hellos with “Go F–k Yourself.”

John. F. Kennedy and Pamela Turnure

Pamela Turnure Jackie Kennedy’s own press secretary. Turnure was just 21 year old when she and Jack had an ongoing relationship from 1961 to 1963, reportedly spending nights together when Jackie was out of town.

Originally the president’s secretary when he was a senator, Turnure got the White House gig thanks to JFK, who lobbied his wife to hire her.

The New York Post

Pamela bore an eerie resemblance to Jackie which must have been what attracted JFK to Pamela.

JFK and White House Interns: Priscilla Wear and Jill Cowan

Jill Cowan was nicknamed “Faddle” and Pricilla Wear, the press secretaries were known together as Fiddle and Faddle. They both had affairs with John F. Kennedy while he was President of the United States. Jackie Kennedy knew of her husband’s infidelity and his weakness for young pretty women who literally was at his disposal. Jackie was aware of his cheating with Pricilla Ware all too well.

According to Kennedy press aide Barbara Gamarekian,

This is the girl that’s sleeping with my husband.

Kennedy’s press aide Barbara Gamarekian, Jackie Kennedy said while speaking in French to a Paris-Match reporter.

While Jill Cowan never admitted her affair with JFK, she did later state that JFK was fond of his wife, Jackie.

[He was] very proud of the fact Mrs. Kennedy had kept a book of all the place settings and pictures of the flowers, the whole sort of personal touches in the White House.

Jill Cowan in a 1965 interview

John. F. Kennedy and Angie Dickinson

President Kennedy wasn’t only had extramarital affair with actress Marilyn Monroe. He also had an affair with actress Angie Dickinson during his time in the White House. They were introduce at Pat Kennedy’s party in Santa Monica before the 1960 Democratic convention. Although the affair was a secret and Dickson never admitted, Hollywood circles knew the matter and they gossip about it without fear.

Woodrow Wilson and Mary Peck

Woodrow Wilson and his wife, Ellen, felt troublesome after a death in the family in 1907. Woodrow traveled to Bermuda, he met Mary Peck there. They got involved in an intimate relationship. Later Ellen stated that the only misery her husband ever gave to her was the affair. As a result of Woodrow’s guilty feeling, he broke up. After his wife’s death, he tried to begin a new affair with Edith Galt.

George Washington and Venus

America’s first president wasn’t as noble as we think. There was a rumor about his affair with a slave, Venus. As a result of their relationship, a son, Wes Ford was born. Some historians backed the rumor. However, the decedents of Ford and Washington refused to take DNA tests.

John F. Kennedy and Mimi Alford

John F. Kennedy’s affairs are not considered as rumors nowadays. His entanglements with women are not secret anymore especially the affair with intern Mimi Alford that lasted 18 months. He allegedly was involved in an intimate relationship with a 19-year-old intern when he was in office. 

Jack was magnetic, However, he wasn’t looking for a relationship to replace his marriage.

Mimi Alford in Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath.

Although the relation lasted for 18 months that started in1962, Jack finally ended the relationship.

Lyndon B. Johnson and Madeleine Brown

The affair of President Lyndon B. Johnson and Madeleine Brown is a bit controversial since there were claims and counterclaims. Madeleine Brown was a businesswoman and worked for Glenn Advertising in Dallas. She claimed that she had an affair with U.S. President Lyndon Johnson. She also mentioned that she associated Johnson in a conspiracy to kill President John F. Kennedy.

After tomorrow those goddamn Kennedys will never embarrass me again – that’s no threat – that’s a promise

What Madeleine Brown heard LBJ say on 21st November, 1963

She claimed her affair publicly in 1997. At that time, it was “an open secret” in Texas. She also claimed that Steven Mark Brown was Johnson’s son.

Lyndon B. Johnson and Alice Glass

During Johnson’s campaign, his wife Lady Bird and Alice Glass worked together. At that time, although he had an extramarital affair with Madeline Brown, Johnson started a relationship with Glass that lasted for decades. Later on, Lady Bird caught the couple and threatened Glass. 

“Alice had a great presence, when she walked into a room, everyone looked at her. She was tall, slim, good-looking, and extremely smart. She had a voice that was both sexy and soothing.”

Frank Oltorf, a lobbyist for Brown and Root Construction who knew both the Johnsons and Alice

Lady Bird also confessed that she attacked Glass when she found out the relationship. She also admitted that she couldn’t take the lies anymore of Johnson’s years of adultery.

Lyndon B. Johnson and Helen G. Douglas

Before becoming President, Johnson achieved the reputation “womanizer.” His affairs that lasted for years were hidden from everyone except his wife. Helen G. Douglas was a former actress and later a California democratic congresswoman who Johnson got involved intimately with and her affair with LBJ was considered an “open secret” on Capitol Hill and Washington insiders.

Politics is a job that needs doing—by anyone who is interested enough to train for it and work at it. It’s like housekeeping; someone has to do it. Whether the job is done by men or women is not important—only whether the job is done well or badly.

Helen G. Douglas

Helen G. Douglas served for 6 years in the House of Representative. She later moved to New York City after her political career ended returned to the act in 2 plays, succumbing to cancer on June 28, 1980

Grover Cleveland and Maria Crofts Halpin

During the 1884 election, Grover Cleveland buried many secrets. At that time, as a result of his affair with Maria Crofts Halpin, they had a child. Halpin was a prostitute than. She frequently visited Cleveland’s law office. According to a story of Cleveland’s opponent, James Blane, there was a rumor that Halpin was confused about Cleveland being her child’s father.

Halpin said that Cleveland had pursued her relentlessly, and that she finally consented to join him for a meal at the Ocean Dining Hall & Oyster House. After dinner, Cleveland escorted her back to her boarding house. In an 1874 affidavit, Halpin strongly implied that Cleveland’s entry into her room and the incident that transpired there was not consensual—he was forceful and violent, she alleged, and later promised to ruin her if she went to the authorities.

However, later it was found that Cleveland supported Halpin to raise the child.

James Buchanan and William Rufus King

James Buchanan moved in his friend and future Vice President William Rufus King after his wife’s death. They stated that their affair was a “communion” when they appeared together in a social function. Andrew Jackson called them Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy reportedly.

I envy Colonel King the pleasure of meeting you & would give any thing in reason to be of the party for a single week. I am now “solitary & alone,” having no companion in the house with me. I have gone a wooing to several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any one of them. I feel that it is not good for man to be alone; and should not be astonished to find myself married to some old maid who can nurse me when I am sick, provide good dinners for me when I am well & not expect from me any very ardent or romantic affection.

Buchanan writes of his desire to be with the Roosevelts and with King:

Buchanan entered the white house after King died and recorded his service and personal life in a journal.

Warren G. Harding and Nan Britton

Similar to John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, President Harding had a reputation. He was in the office of Oval only for three years. He had numerous affairs within his short time. 

The affair of Harding and Nan Britton was the most infamous one. Even they had a child before he joined the office. However, it was a secret until his presidency in 1928.

Warren G. Harding and Carrie Fulton Phillips

Warren G. Harding and Carrie Fulton Phillips traveled Europe with their spouses. However, they got involved in an intimate relationship during the tour. The affair lasted for a long time until Carrie informed Harding’s wife. Florence Harding was not shocked, mentioning that it was not the first extramarital affair of her husband. Although Warren G. Harding tried to stay away from the relationship, Carrie didn’t get settled until making the affair public. In the end, she succeeded to blackmail him.

Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings

One of the most legendary affairs to hit Washington was, the affairs of Jefferson and Sally Hemings. When the interracial relationship was very uncommon, Hemings being a slave made the affair more scandalous. According to rumor, Hemings and Jefferson had six children. 

Among them, four children lived and later on, they became free from slavery. Although Jefferson owned slaves, he was against slavery.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lucy Mercer

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s wife Eleanor Roosevelt hired Lucy Mercer as a secretary. Mercer ended up having an affair with Franklin. In 1918, when the presidency was just a distant ambition, his wife found love letters of Franklin and Mercer. Franklin convinced his wife to stay married for the sake of his political career. He promised Eleanor that he would stop seeing Mercer and they would sleep in separate beds. However, Franklin didn’t do what he promised. He continued to meet Mercer with the help of his daughter. When Franklin died, mercer was in Springs, Ga..(Yet conspicuously Eleanor was not present.) Mercer died in 1948 in South Carolina.

James Garfield and Lucia Calhoun

James Garfield got involved in an extramarital relationship with Lucia Calhoun, an 18-year-old reporter. The president was a big fan of the reporter. Later on, they involved in an extramarital affair. However, when his wife found out about the affair, she gave Garfield a choice to pick one between his wife and mistress. In the end, he chose his wife and stayed married during his presidency.

John Tyler and the Majority of His Slaves

President John Tyler married twice in his career and fathered 15 legitimate children. He is the President who had the record of having the most children among the presidents of the United States. There was also a rumor that he had more illegitimate children. Besides, according to other rumors he was involved with several extramarital relations with his slaves. Since the slaves were sold, tracing his family tree is quite impossible. However, there is a long oral history about affairs.

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