Bill Clinton ‘Biscuit’ went missing for months, or so says retired Gen. Hugh Shelton in his new memoirs ‘Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior’. The ‘Biscuit’ refers to the Clinton launch codes used to order the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to proceed with an attack using nuclear weapons. The story about Clinton and launch codes is not new. Ret. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Patterson , former aid to President Clinton, also made the same claim in his memoirs ‘Dereliction of Duty’. But even this incident may not be unique as there has long been a rumor Jimmy Carter left his biscuit in a suit sent to the dry cleaners.
Clinton seemed to have the most trouble hanging on to his ‘biscuit’. In 1999, White House spokesman Joe Lockhart admitted that during a NATO summit, Clinton left his briefcase behind which contained his launch codes. In Patterson’s book, the other incident took place at the White House, which was searched thoroughly in vain to locate the missing codes.
Patterson wrote “He [Clinton] thought he just placed them upstairs. We called upstairs, we started a search around the White House for the codes, and finally he [Clinton] confessed that he in fact misplaced them. He couldn’t recall when he had last seen them.”
The ‘biscuit’ itself was probably best recreated in Tom Clancy’s ‘The Sum of All Fears’. Essentially, a plastic card carried by the president and other authorized cabinet members which has a series of numbers. Each government official only uses one line of numbers on the card to authenticate themselves during the procedure to authorize the launch codes and initiate a nuclear attack.
That Bill Clinton ‘Biscuit’ went missing for months is certainly a problem, Retired Gen. Hugh Shelton raises the story again in his new memoirs ‘Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior’. Shelton, a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is not the only person to write about Clinton launch codes being lost. Ret. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Patterson alleged President Clinton lost his biscuit, too. Another rumor Jimmy Carter left a biscuit in a suit sent to a dry cleaners has also floated around Washington for decades.