The Real Meaning of Tricky Dick

According to One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies and Their Lovers Changed the Course of American History by Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach, American politicians are and have always been a bunch of filthy perverts. The book, which both authors will discuss and sign tonight, exposes sex scandals going as far back as the founding of our country, from Thomas Jefferson's secret teenage love slave Sally Hemings, to Alexander Hamilton paying to have sex with another man's wife, to Abraham Lincoln's beard (literal and figurative), to Bill Clinton's cigar inside Monica Lewinsky. True to the Hustler publisher's style, chapter subheadings are prurient puns: "The Pink Scare" for the Hoover administration's Cold War days, "Came-a-lot" in the JFK era, and "Follow the Honey" under Clinton. The book's ultimate message and Flynt's long-held philosophy: "We, the people, need to grow up and understand that our politicians are adults with intense sex drives. We need to be more like the Europeans, who just assume their leaders are promiscuous." Or perhaps more like the Philippines, whose notoriously philandering president Joseph Estrada once said: "Clinton and I both have sex scandals — he has the scandals and I just have the sex."
Wed., May 4, 7 p.m., 2011