Warren Harding is typically remembered as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history. But a soon-to-be-released trove of love letters between the 29th president and his longtime mistress also reveal that he may have been one of the most passionate.
“Some of them are truly beautiful -- about what does it mean to be in love,” said James David Robenalt, the author of “The Harding Affair: Love and Espionage during the Great War.” “‘This is the big love,’ he says, ‘This is the surpassing love.’”
Some of the letters include soaring poetry and lurid sexual fantasies.
“Three weeks ago [this robe] touched and covered your beautiful form, and that made it hallowed to me, and I wanted contact with it, to make me seem nearer to you,” Warren wrote to his mistress Carrie Fulton Phillips in one letter. “And I wanted to sit before the fire afterward, in freedom of dress, and dream of you and of loving you, intimately.”
“It gets very explicit in there,” said Robenalt, who went onRead More »from Lust for power: Trove of President Warren Harding’s love letters reveal steamy affair