Awkward! Monica Lewinsky’s Former Rabbi Delivering Benediction After Bill Clinton Speaks

September 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm (Bill Clinton, David Wolpe, Democratic National Convention, Is, Monica Lewinsky)

This should be interesting viewing.  You bring the popcorn, I’ll bring the cig … er … nevermind.

Via ABC News:

This could get awkward.

Rabbi David Wolpe of Los Angeles’ Sinai Temple, where Monica Lewinsky and her family were congregation members for decades and where Lewinsky attended religious school, is scheduled to deliver the benediction at the Democratic National Convention tonight — not long after Bill Clinton speaks.

Not only was Wolpe the Lewinsky family’s rabbi, he also sharply condemned President Clinton at the time his sexual relationship with Lewinsky, then a 24-year-old White House intern, was dominating national headlines.

“He was a brilliant, talented, extraordinary child, and for the leader of the United States we need an adult,” Rabbi Wolpe told his temple, according to a 1998 Associated Press account. He said Clinton needed to “cleanse his soul.”

And other news reports from the time noted that Wolpe accused Clinton of hiding behind a “flinty legalistic apology,” for his romantic dalliances with the young intern.

Is this a potentially awkward situation developing for the pair back stage?  Depends on what your definition of the word “is” is.

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