by Lester Brathwaite on
Since our nation has turned a respectable 236 years old this week, we decided to dig through the vaults for a history lesson on the true spirit of America: illicit sexual affairs. And while Barack knows better than to cross Michelle — three words: White House fire — these former commanders-in-chief had no problem putting the O in Oval Office.
Thomas Jefferson — Founding Father Jungle Fever
Scandal broke out in 1802 when James T. Callendar, a political journalist, wrote in a Richmond newspaper that then-President Thomas Jefferson had not only had an affair with his slave, Sally Hemings, but also fathered “several” of her children. While the rumors had been circulating for years prior, Callendar’s article made it general knowledge. Jefferson’s policy, setting the benchmark for all future sex scandals, “was to offer no public response to personal attacks.” Today, however, it is widely-accepted that Jefferson was most likely the father of Hemings’s six children. [Monticello.org]