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Bill Clinton’s White House doctor writes about getting his DNA sample

Bill Clinton’s White House physician has written a memoir in which she describes her reluctant involvement in procuring a DNA sample from the president during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. In the new book The White House Doctor, Connie Mariano writes: “I was stunned by the indignity of it.… Not only did Ken Starr order Clinton ...

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Bill Clinton’s White House physician has written a memoir in which she describes her reluctant involvement in procuring a DNA sample from the president during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. In the new book The White House Doctor, Connie Mariano writes:

“I was stunned by the indignity of it.… Not only did Ken Starr order Clinton to turn over his DNA in the form of a blood sample, but he picked me, the President’s personal physician, to draw the blood.”

In the memoir of her nine years in the White House, she goes on to state:

“I was also a military officer who had sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Starr took advantage of my duty as a Naval officer … to perform this odious task.”

How does Bill Clinton feel about the book? Well, he wrote its forward, so he must be approving.

Update, June 28, 2010:  In the book, Mariano also mentions how she treated then-first lady Hillary Clinton for a blood clot.

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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