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Lincoln Bedroom Scandal, The Sequel?

A couple of supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign seem to have forgotten that paying to sleep in the White House's Lincoln Bedroom is so outré these days.

If their provocative declaration as they entered a Clinton fundraiser in South Florida Tuesday night is any indication, the Lincoln Bedroom could make a return to front-page headlines ... that is, if the Clintons make a return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"We want to stay in the Lincoln Bedroom so we're giving her a big fat check," one of the two happy donors declared to the local NBC News affiliate camera as they drove up to the private event in Coconut Grove, Fla. (Click here to see footage of the potential future Lincoln Bedroom guest, who's identified as Bonnie Mueller; not a major donor as far as records indicate.)

The Clinton campaign ignored questions about whether the senator really is pulling the ultimate retro fundraising move of promising overnight stays in the White House to supporters who help pave her way to the Oval Office.

Talk about taking a page out of the Hubby's playbook! (Or, should we say, a lesson from Terry McAuliffe, the architect of the Lincoln Bedroom scheme who is now serving as chairman of Sen. Clinton's presidential campaign.)

Of course, a Lincoln Bedroom slumber party doesn't always instill lifelong goodwill. Just look at Barack Obama's new best friend, David Geffen, the Hollywood mogul who greased his way onto the Lincoln Bedroom guest list in 1997 and now, apparently, despises the Clintons.

Just think: The first knock-down brawl between the Clinton and Obama camps centers squarely on the shoulders of a former Lincoln Bedroom guest. Does Sen. Clinton dare open up that can of worms again?

An aide to one rival Democratic presidential campaign wonders, "Judging from the release today on Geffen, I'm guessing they'd have one less occupant in the Lincoln bedroom should the Clintons move back there."

UPDATE, 10:00 p.m. ET: The Clinton campaign, no doubt weary from its first real day of duking it out with Obama and Co., finally weighed in on the obscure donor's risque Lincoln Bedroom comment, assuring The Sleuth that in no way is Sen. Clinton promising overnight stays in the White House in exchange for contributions.

"While we're glad to have this person's support, we won't be hiring her comedy services any time soon," Clinton campaign spokesman Blake Zeff said. "Obviously, this is a bad joke and doesn't merit serious discussion."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 21, 2007; 5:55 PM ET
 
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The Dems are obviously not the disciplined attack dogs as their GOP brethren. They know, and the MSM should know the practice of paying for sleepovers in the Lincoln bedroom didn't end when W took office.

Check the records folks. then, compare to list of W donors. But, that might take initiative.

Duh.

Posted by: oarox | February 21, 2007 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Why is this being tagged or promoted before anything happens? Have you researched what is happening today in the White House?

Posted by: Curious | February 21, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Why is this being tagged or promoted before anything happens? Have you researched what is happening today in the White House?

Posted by: Curious | February 21, 2007 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Why is this being tagged or promoted before anything happens? Have you researched what is happening today in the White House?

Posted by: Curious | February 21, 2007 6:44 PM | Report abuse

This is only one of hundreds of skeleton-laden closets Hillary cannot keep hidden. When she gets the nomination, talk radio is going to have a field day.

Posted by: gitarre | February 21, 2007 6:47 PM | Report abuse

What kind of sleuth just parrots what the media prints. I would think you would at least check out what has happened over the past 6 years to see if we should be proud or not.

Posted by: Annoyed in LA | February 21, 2007 6:47 PM | Report abuse

A real SLEUTH would look into the Gannon/Guckert White House overnights, not replay a Lincoln Bedroom story from long ago.

Posted by: QuestionMan | February 21, 2007 7:26 PM | Report abuse

The late-night comedians have to be salivating over a Clinton candidacy. The jokes almost write themselves...

Posted by: gitarre | February 21, 2007 7:34 PM | Report abuse

That's what I like about Hillary. The more garbage they throw at her the harder she works. Yes, the Republicans and the talk show hosts have had a field day with her and she is still a front runner.
And don't forget the Geffen is a Republican. You don't suppose he might be part of the plot to weaken Hillary Clinton, the clear front runner. Naaah, Republicans wouldn't do that.

Posted by: Southern Girl | February 21, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

That's what I like about Hillary. The more garbage they throw at her the harder she works. Yes, the Republicans and the talk show hosts have had a field day with her and she is still a front runner.
And don't forget the Geffen is a Republican. You don't suppose he might be part of the plot to weaken Hillary Clinton, the clear front runner. Naaah, Republicans wouldn't do that.

Posted by: Southern Girl | February 21, 2007 7:49 PM | Report abuse

The Lincoln bedroom is off limits because Osama bin Laden has been getting kidney dialysis there. If the government could find Sadam in a pit, it certainly could find Osama bin Laden, but no one has bothered to look in Washington DC.

Posted by: jazzmom | February 21, 2007 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, you're a genius "sleuth" Akers. You think the Bushies don't have donors sleeping in the Lincoln bedroom?

Posted by: Joe | February 21, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that's news. Why not look into which Bush contributors have both stayed in the Lincoln bedroom and been charged with aiding terrorism?

Posted by: johng | February 21, 2007 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Bush is also having sleep-overs, but it looks like you can't give up your pre-set stories.

"CBS/AP) President Bush opened the White House and Camp David to dozens of overnight guests last year, including foreign dignitaries, family friends and at least nine of his biggest campaign fund-raisers, documents show."

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/03/10/politics/main605028.shtml

Posted by: Virginia | February 21, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

God, what a bunch of sad left wingnuts that stalk this blog. Shut the fup about Jeff Gannon already.

Posted by: Larry | February 21, 2007 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Bush offers donors free rides aboard Air Force One all the time. But that's different because ... well they're Republicans.

Posted by: Desert Leap | February 22, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Today is my first visit to this blog and being from NC I would want to be a supporter - but this is the third item I've read and the second I am compelled to post about the stupidity of. The women in the clip are OBVIOUSLY a) kidding, b) somewhat giddy with the event they are about to attend, and c) suffering from the common American disease, "yes I know that's a camera but who cares what I say, they'd never put ME on TV ...."

I must agree with those who point out that this is not very Sleutherly and urge you to do better. Are you being forced to make more posts than there is actual material to fill?

Posted by: Bella | February 24, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

There is no comparison, between Clinto's abuse of the Licoln bedroom and Bush. I'll take Bush's 270 (fully disclosed) overnighters anytime over Clinton's 978 unkowns(as of March 1997). http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/campfin/stories/clinfund.htm
I'm sure the number was well over a thousand before Clinton left office. Wow! we certainly have short memories in DC don't we?


Posted by: Mark | February 26, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I suppose all the comments prior to mine are written by folks who weren't alive during the Reagan administration. He introduced the Lincoln bedroom sleep over idea when he lived in the White House.

Posted by: lhotak | February 26, 2007 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Real murk-racking sleuths (coyotes sound better) cannot be trusted to parrot better than this; a true manifestation of truly short-memoried people!

As for Hilary, you cannot keep a stinking corpse in a closet and later fret that the foul smell won't go away. Sooner or later, expect it to boomerang on you.

Posted by: Herbert-Jean Awuor | February 27, 2007 2:51 AM | Report abuse

What does it matter who started it, who did it the most, who is still doing it or who might do it in the future? American politics and politicians ALL stink. Corruption is acceptable by both sides because everyone does it. Are there any honest politicians who can afford a Presidential campaign?

Posted by: rbingham | February 27, 2007 4:59 AM | Report abuse

What short memories we all have. Have we all forgotten how much Rush Limbaugh gushed on-air about his infamous Lincoln bedroom stay during the height of the 1992 Bush-Clinton presidential campaign? Limbaugh had used his daily radio show during that campaign to continously savage Bush each and every day for something Bush either did or did not do that wasn't conservatively "pure" enough for Limbaugh. It finally got so bad that Bush invited him for his overnighter. What a "shock" his glassy-eyed, brains-full-of-much listeners must have had the next day, however, when he explained how the scales magically fell from his eyes after he experienced his epiphany! Bush was really a "good guy" afterall. What supernatural charm that room must have!

Posted by: John C-M | February 28, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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