My Celebrity Crush – Bill Clinton


In February of 2006 my husband and I went with another couple to see Billy Crystal’s brilliant and funny one-man show, 700 Sundays. At the end of the show, which I found particularly entertaining because it felt as though he had been living with my family while I was growing up (we weren’t the only people that  were crazy!), Mr. Crystal returned to the stage with a large cardboard check in his hand. I can’t remember what the amount was, but it was for money he had raised to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina – and it was a big six-figure number. Then he said he had a special guest to invite on the stage to accept the check – and out walked Bill Clinton.

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I screamed. Seriously, screamed like a teeny-bopper. I even went a little weak in the knees, and tears came to my eyes. There I was in row P, acting like a 12 year old seeing Justin Bieber. I honestly felt his energy reaching me, 21 rows back. The other couple that was with us thought I had lost my mind. Not my husband, though – he knew.

Bill Clinton is my dreamboat. My celebrity crush. My hall pass to end all hall passes. He just does it for me.

Why? Many have questioned my adoration of a cheating, womanizing, sleazy guy who just happened to be one of the most effective and charismatic leaders we’ve seen in this country in decades (especially republicans). Why indeed.

It begins, of course, with power. No one is more powerful than the president – except possibly a man who has been president, and then gone on to do incredible things to help heal the world and promote peace and health in places most of us will never visit. He’s reinvented himself as no other recent past-president has done – and he’s restored his health, raised a beautiful and talented daughter, and supported Hillary in her endeavors all at the same time.

His charisma is magical, and his ability to speak – as he did at the democratic convention last year – is mesmerizing. Plus, he’s hot. He’s got a twinkle in his eye and a devilish sexuality that has bewitched many before me. I can understand why Monica Lewinsky did what she did, trashy and creepy and immoral as it may have been. Who could resist? Not me, probably.

I have heard, from people who know people who have met Mr. Clinton, that his magnetism in person is indescribable – and I’m sure that’s true. I can sense it through the tv screen. He was born for politics, for the job of persuading others to think as he thinks. You can’t learn that or teach that. It’s something innate, something natural.

So take your movie stars, televison stars, sports stars and rock stars. I’ll take Bill. He’s the one.

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35 Responses to My Celebrity Crush – Bill Clinton
  1. D. A. Wolf
    February 11, 2013 | 7:24 am

    There is, absolutely, the power issue when it comes to charisma. But there is also brains, brains, brains – and the ability to use them persuasively and effectively.

    Smart is sexy. Very sexy.

    All his human failings aside, love your choice!
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  2. Brenda @ MyMidlifeProject
    February 11, 2013 | 7:25 am

    Living in Arkansas, I have friends who know Clinton personally. Some were in his classes when he was a law school professor. You’re right — you definitely can’t learn that kind of charm or magnetism. It’s a gift.
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  3. Haralee
    February 11, 2013 | 7:41 am

    Charisma is Bill. I have seen him in speeches and more recently when he was out for Hil, and he just exudes it!
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  4. Bonnie
    February 11, 2013 | 9:01 am

    He is undeniably charismatic.
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  5. Ginger Kay
    February 11, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Sharon, your choice is inexplicable to me, but you made me laugh, admitting your teeny-bopper reaction to seeing him onstage.
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  6. enchantedseashells
    February 11, 2013 | 9:21 am

    He is totes doable. He’s not even my “type” and I’d do him. In a heartbeat. Poor Hills, what she’s had to put up with.
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  7. Shannon Bradley-Colleary
    February 11, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Hi Sharon — Charisma goes a loooong way toward melting the hearts of even the most upstanding citizen and Bill has got charisma in spades. But I think it’s that “twinkle in his eye” that you mentioned that really does it for me. Smart, with a secret joke. Mmmm.
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  8. Karen D. Austin
    February 11, 2013 | 10:12 am

    Fun fangirly post. That speech at the 2012 DNC was magic. I find him frustrating at times for abusing that charisma, but I voted for him. Twice. And I have to admit that he has great gifts as a statesman. It will be interesting watching him (some more) in his post-presidency life.
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  9. Sue
    February 11, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    I am enjoying reading about all the celebrity heart-throbs in this blog hop. Mine were Robert Redford, Richard Hatch whom I got a kiss from, and Omar Sharif.
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  10. Donna Highfill
    February 11, 2013 | 12:15 pm

    My husband was the speaker right before Bill Clinton when President Clinton was Governor of Arkansas. He spoke with my husband, thanking him, and he said the charisma was just unreal. I think he is brilliant beyond words. It’s a good thing I was never in the same room with him. I don’t blame you for screaming!
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  11. Connie McLeod
    February 11, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    I’m one degree of separation from people who know him. They agree that his charisma is off the chart.

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  13. Carpool Goddess
    February 11, 2013 | 1:25 pm

    He does it for me too! Can we share?
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    • Sharon Greenthal
      February 11, 2013 | 6:47 pm

      Yes, I’ll share with you, but you have to share Sean Connery with me :)

  14. Joy Weese Moll
    February 11, 2013 | 2:18 pm

    We vacationed in Arkansas last fall. You can get this passport to be stamped at all the Clinton sites in the state — a “Billgrimage.” LOL. We were in Fayetteville, so we got to see the little house where they plotted the first political campaign.
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  15. Kathy Marris
    February 11, 2013 | 3:00 pm

    Well Bill doesn’t do it for me, but if George Clooney entered the room I would scream like a teeny bopper too! George just keeps getting better and better with age (or is it my failing eye sight?)

    • Sharon Greenthal
      February 11, 2013 | 6:46 pm

      I like George too, but he’s gotten so darn skinny~

  16. Renee Baribeau (@PracticalShaman)
    February 11, 2013 | 6:11 pm

    He does have Charisma. I agree sometimes we shoot the messenger taking down the message.
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  17. Janie Emaus
    February 11, 2013 | 6:18 pm

    He’s a great guy to have a crush on. I’d love to spend some time with him. Talking, that is.

  18. Raquel @ Organized Island
    February 11, 2013 | 6:30 pm

    Well, Bill does not do it for me, but I would love to be in the same room as a President (before or after their term). I think many of them have charisma. LOL, I have actually met Billy Crystal …he doesn’t do it for me either, but he is amazingly talented!
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  19. Grown and Flown
    February 11, 2013 | 7:10 pm

    Sharon I think it says so much about you that your crush is a man of such substance, charisma and humor. A man with high ideals who is very human. Knowing you it does not surprise me that these are the things you would admire.
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  20. Barbara
    February 11, 2013 | 7:37 pm

    Just watching him on television, you can sense his charisma!
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  21. Florinda
    February 11, 2013 | 10:08 pm

    I totally get this, although I wish I didn’t–I actually wouldn’t ever want to meet him, because I would melt into a puddle!

  22. Amy Ruhlin
    February 12, 2013 | 11:21 am

    Big Dog’s got it for sure. So. Damn. Smart. Just like his can tell they’ve been terrific parents.
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  23. Yvonne Wray
    February 12, 2013 | 12:54 pm

    Great choice and in the video of his speech where he says “burns on the inside for America” I felt the heat rise in the pause that followed.

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    • Sharon Greenthal
      February 12, 2013 | 1:20 pm

      He’s very good with pauses, isn’t he – such an amazing speaker.

  24. Kate
    February 12, 2013 | 5:27 pm

    Ok. I admit. I don’t see the attraction (i.e. “crush”) on Bill. But that’s ok. It’s all a personal thing. I find myself crushing on guys that are like “whoa!….why?…what am i thinking?” and I can’t even figure it out for myself!
    It’s all good!
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  25. Helene Bludman
    February 12, 2013 | 5:39 pm

    Great post! I had heard about his charisma and magnetism from someone who met him. She said even from across the room you could just feel it. Well, when Hillary was running for the Democratic nomination Bill visited my campus and I was about 10 feet away. I can attest to the truth of what everyone says. He is bewitching!
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