Letter to the Editor of Globe regarding coverage of Geffen comments

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23 February 2007

Coverage of the dustup between the Clinton and Obama campaigns over disparaging remarks David Geffen made about both Hillary and Bill Clinton (front page, Feb. 22) includes this comment from an Obama spokesman: "The Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when he was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln bedroom."

Geffen is reportedly the richest out gay man in America and scholars have made the case that Lincoln himself was gay. How unfortunate, then, that Geffen will no longer be able to commune with the spirit of the 16th president, should Hillary win the White House. One wonders: Did the Clintons allow Geffen to have company in the Lincoln bed, quite possibly the very bed that Lincoln shared with Captain David Derickson when Mary Lincoln was away on her frequent shopping sprees in Manhattan? How often have unrelated adult males shared a bed in the White House? There is precedent for such hospitality in ruling circles. According to a recent biography of the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli by William Kuhn (The Politics of Pleasure, Free Press UK, 2006), Queen Victoria winked when Disraeli's male paramour quartered with him during visits at the queen's residence on the Isle of Wight. Clearly, the question of beds in top places is of historical significance. Let us get to the bottom of it.

William A. Percy III

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