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The President's Greatest Hits

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At some point in the future, after we all have had some rest, America will have to assess the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal of 1998. Perhaps it will be seen as the defining act of the late 20th century, the point when all the tawdriness of American culture reached a boiling point, threatening to topple our very government. Or perhaps it will be seen as ultimate proof that the Constitution can indeed withstand any crisis thrown its way. Most likely, it will be remembered fondly as a time we all came together to mercilessly mock our leader. And when that day arrives, BMG Special Products' The President's Greatest Hits will be a priceless artifact. Glancing over the ten titles, all the giddy good times come rushing back. Anyone who lived through the glory days of Monica, Ken Starr, David Kendall, Linda Tripp, Lucianne Goldberg, Matt Drudge, Ann Coulter, Bob Livingston, Betty Currie, Vernon Jordan, Sidney Blumenthal, Henry Hyde, Bill McCollum, Lindsey Graham, Asa Hutchinson, Charles Ruff, Tom Daschle, Bob Barr, Larry Flynt, and the blue dress, knows exactly what the compilers meant when they chose "Afternoon Delight," "Get Down Tonight, " "Hey Paula, " "Me and Mrs. Jones," "I Think We're Alone Now," "Slow Hand," "Young Girl" and "Go All the Way" -- and will also know that the First Philanderers didn't go all the way. But they'll get the joke, which is certainly the most important thing about the disc -- and I have a feeling that The President's Greatest Hits will simply get funnier (or at least more curious) as the years pass and sweet nostalgia swells.

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