How did these wild tales end up in a tell-all book?
Did George W. Bush regularly smoke marijuana in the White House? Did Bill Clinton request a “seductive” meal for two the night of the famed blue-dress incident involving Monica Lewinsky?
Those are just two of the outlandish stories from White House chef Ronnie Seaton, who says he served U.S. presidents for 32 years, beginning with Ronald Reagan.
In his new book, “Sir White House Chef,” Seaton dishes up some startling revelations about many of the occupants at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, according to the New York Post — particularly about Bush 43.
Revelations like Bush had a one night stand with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — not only that, but that first lady Laura Bush knew about the dalliance and “told Dr. Rice she needed to think about leaving her post.”
Seaton claims he overheard the president and first lady discussing the alleged affair, telling the Post he was “trusted” by the family.
“They trusted me to be close to them,” he said. “That’s all I can say. It wasn’t loud, but it was something you could hear. Once the family came into the room, everybody was just smiling at each other.”
As salacious as that is, the whoppers go on and on.
There’s only one problem with all the juicy tittle-tattle — the White House has no record of Seaton ever working there, according to the Post.
Be that as it may, Seaton convinced a small Christian press, Heritage Builders, to publish his book and has repeated many of the stories in the local press in New Orleans, the newspaper reported.
Seaton’s spotty resume lists other jobs during the time he says he worked at the White House, and while he seems to have a ready explanation, the credibility factor plummets with each account.
But boy, does he have some entertaining tales.
George W. Bush, who quit drinking at the age of 40, shared his struggles with alcohol abuse with the nation, but Seaton says the former president drank and smoked pot regularly, writing that “he loved bourbon and beer.”
Seaton wrote that they’d find “marijuana butts” when they cleaned up after Bush — it’s not clear why a chef would be cleaning up after a president.
“I saw him drinking some bourbon, champagne and some wine,” he told the Post. “When you work there, you see a lot, and you don’t say too much. The Secret Service is very close. They let you know whatever you see, you keep it to yourself if you wanna keep working there.”
As for the infamous blue dress, Seaton claims that he saw it on its way out to the cleaners.
“‘Yeah, we have to take it to the cleaners, it’s got a stain on the chest,'” a Secret Service agent allegedly told him when he commented on the dress.
“‘A stain?’ I didn’t think much about it,” Seaton wrote.
The Post expands further on the incident:
In his chapter on Clinton, Seaton recalls a special request for a dinner for two and describes what he calls “one of the most seductive meals I’ve ever helped make,” including chocolate-covered strawberries, caviar and “a very expensive bottle of Champagne.”
The president’s guest that night, he writes, was Lewinsky.
The next morning, he says, the room they ate in looked like “a wild party went on in there.” Then, he says, “one of the Secret Service men walked out with a dress on a hanger wrapped in a cleaners bag. It was a dark blue garment.
And did I tell you about the Queen of England, who loved Seaton’s culinary skills so much that he ended up cooking at Buckingham Palace? In fact, he says he’s the only American chef ever knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
Just one more of the entertaining yarn that Seaton spins.
Perhaps the book should be in the fiction section?
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