(West Palm Beach, Fla.) – On February 21, more than 230 people attended the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ first ArtSmart Lunch & Learn of the season in the Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion. It was fitting that the luncheon took place on Presidents Day, as the guests spent the afternoon listening to author Dr. Robert Watson discuss one of his many books, “Affairs of the State: The Untold History of Presidential Love, Sex and Scandal.”
Diane Quinn, Kravis Center CEO, introduced Dr. Watson and thanked the luncheon’s sponsors, Bonnie and Steven Stern. She also acknowledged the Board members in attendance, including Founding Board Chairman, Alexander Dreyfoos, past Board Chairs William Meyer and Jane Mitchell, and Board member Penny Bank.
“There is a long history of misbehavior in politics, including in the nation’s highest office,” said Dr. Watson. “Bill Clinton, it can safely be said, was not the first president to misbehave, nor was he the worst. In fact, there is a long history of presidential misbehavior.”
The audience enjoyed the luncheon, from Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center, while Dr. Watson went through many scandalous stories from past Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, and George Washington.
Dr. Watson is currently Distinguished Professor of American History at Lynn University and an award-winning author who has published over 40 books and roughly 200 scholarly articles, chapters, and essays on topics in history and politics. His books have received many awards and accolades, including the John Barry Book Award, John Lyman Book Award, and Independent Publishers’ Gold Medal in History. As a frequent media commentator, he’s been interviewed by CNN, MSNBC, USA Today, The New York Times, NPR and the BBC. He has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and C-SPAN’s American History TV, and Washington Journal.
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