The card with the nuclear launch codes on it that is always supposed to be near the president is referred to as “the biscuit.”

The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs claims then President Clinton lost it, and for several weeks. Gee, he wouldn’t have been distracted by anything else, would he?

Gen. Hugh Shelton, who served under Clinton as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells the story in his just-published memoir, “Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior.”

At one point during the Clinton administration,” Shelton writes, “the codes were actually missing for months. [...] That’s a big deal — a gargantuan deal.”

Shelton claims the story has never been released before, but Ret. Air Force Lt. Col Robert Patterson told a very similar account in his own book, published seven years ago.

Patterson was one of the men who carried the football, and he says it was literally the morning after the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke that he made a routine request of the president to present the card so that he could swap it out for an updated version.

“He thought he just placed them upstairs,” Patterson recalled. “We called upstairs, we started a search around the White House for the codes, and he finally confessed that he in fact misplaced them. He couldn’t recall when he had last seen them.”

Somewhere there’s a copy of “Leaves of Grass” with the world’s most potentially dangerous bookmark in it.

I can see where there might have been a misunderstanding. Shelton or Patterson might have asked through a locked Oval Office door, “Mr. President, do you have your hands on the biscuit?” Bill would have said back, “Um, as a matter of fact, yes.”

If he’d have been asked to recite the numeric code, it would have been “oh oh oh oh oh oh!”

Clinton might not have been the first to misplace the nuke codes though:

Consider the old story that Jimmy Carter left his biscuit in a suit that got sent to the dry cleaners. Today, no one will confirm the story, but no one will deny it either.

We can be fairly certain that if the Clinton launch codes ended up where I think they might have, they did not go to the dry cleaners.

The story from ABC News:


17 Responses to “Former Chairman of Joint Chiefs: President Clinton Lost Launch Codes, With One Glaring Exception of Course”

  1. Marshall_Will on October 21st, 2010 5:57 pm

    "it would have been oh oh oh oh…" ( Snicker, snicker )

    Are you writing this DOWN man!

    Yep, Stand By for launch indeed. If the intent of the article was to show his general contempt for the responsibilities of the office.., point taken. Besides, all of our external threats were just part of the vast right-wing conspiracy and purely imaginary, right?

  2. nannykins on October 21st, 2010 6:17 pm

    At least according to Hillary then and now. What a chump!

  3. Blackrep on October 21st, 2010 7:07 pm

    That even one democrat shows up for this man as he stumps around the country for candidates shows that they are total and complete tools. Like every trapping of his office, he has total contempt for voters and obviously, for the safety of his country. Yet, they love him. Like a beaten wife, they keep going back for more abuse. That's mental illness – being addicted to the things that ultimately hurt you.

  4. SignPainterGuy on October 21st, 2010 7:38 pm

    Yep, yep and YEP !! Willie was in Asheville,NC today stumping for Heath Shuler (D-Rep., NC-11), Pelosi loyalist when it counts – I remained safely west of Av`l …

    As if one needed anything else to convence him/her of der Schlickmeister`s phoney concern for America, this is/was indeed gargantuan !! I personally dispise all things Clinton !!

  5. Marshall_Will on October 21st, 2010 7:51 pm


    Well said. Not sure if it's just a product of the silly season, but I've done a lot of thinking about abusive relationships lately. On a number levels.

    We've all been told "Never assume conspiracy ( when simple incompetence suffices as an explanation )" and by and large, that's true. Unless of course we're talking about Bill Clinton ( or more recently, BO ) There are no 'coincidences' where these two are concerned.

    "He couldn't recall when he'd last seen them" Pffftt, 'sure'. Fetch boy! Fetch.

  6. Marshall_Will on October 21st, 2010 8:17 pm

    "I personally dispise all things Clinton"

    Oh c'mon SPG, don't be wishy-washy, tell us how you 'really' feel!

    OT Warning: I hope all will forgive, I've been volunteering for this campaign, well several TP Seal of Approval Candidates so if Ed Morrisey says it's noteworthy I thought some of Doug's Pac. NW readers might as well?

  7. OK_Loyalist on October 21st, 2010 9:41 pm

    After where he put cigars, no telling where the Biscuit was !

  8. SignPainterGuy on October 21st, 2010 10:05 pm

    If I step on it , can I get it off my shoe ?!

  9. OK_Loyalist on October 21st, 2010 11:10 pm


  10. Doug on October 22nd, 2010 12:36 am

    If she did, given their falling approval rating in Illinois, I think she might nuke those ungrateful bastards in Chicago.

  11. OK_Loyalist on October 22nd, 2010 1:06 am

    Or just use her Oprah and sit on them

  12. SignPainterGuy on October 22nd, 2010 1:10 am

    This is no time to find out the accuracy of that old addage, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scourned !"

  13. sizemorew on October 22nd, 2010 12:28 pm

    I no longer need caffeine to wake me up. That thought is going to keep me awake until January 2012.

  14. Scott B on October 22nd, 2010 8:45 pm

    He was obviously more worried about handling another biscuit.

  15. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi on October 25th, 2010 10:00 am

    Who are the Puppeteers?
    President Clinton lost his nuclear codes.
    President Bush lost his nuclear warheads.

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