PHILADELPHIA — Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMueller’s probe doesn't end with a bang, but with a whimper Mark Mellman: History’s judgment Congress should massively ramp up funding for the NIH MORE delivered a lengthy stemwinder at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, fondly recounting the story of his 41-year marriage to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE

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But he largely skipped over the late 1990s — the most tumultuous period of his White House tenure and a time that put his relationship with his wife to the test. 

He recalled 1997, when his daughter, Chelsea, went off to college. And he spoke about how his wife worked with Republican leaders in Congress to pass a child healthcare proposal. 

But he did not mention his affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky and his subsequent impeachment, which made headlines in 1998 and 1999. 

The ex-president’s decision to gloss over those years could have been an effort to place the focus on his wife instead of his own presidency. 

After all, dredging up the darkest time of their marriage could have humiliated Hillary Clinton on the same day she became the first woman to become a major party presidential nominee. 

But Bill Clinton’s omission caught the attention of reporters and political junkies on Twitter, who noted it took the focus off the scandals that rocked his presidency and his marriage. 

 

 

 

 

Hillary Clinton was deeply hurt by her husband's affair with Lewinsky, whom she called a "loony toon" to her longtime friend Diane Blair, according to papers released in 2014. 

She also told Blair why she decided to forgive her husband. 

“It was a lapse, but she says to his credit, he tried to break it off, tried to pull away, tried to manage someone who was clearly a 'narcissistic loony toon' but it was beyond control," Blair wrote in her notes about a September 1998 conversation with Hillary Clinton.