Thursday, July 30, 1998 Published at 12:57 GMT 13:57 UK
'Get it over with'
Commentators in the American media, who have followed every twist and turn in the Monica Lewinsky affair, have responded to the news that President Clinton is to testify in the investigation next month with what sounds almost like relief.
President Clinton has prolonged the affair with "one timeout after another," the paper argues, urging him to come clean.
"Do it, Mr President: Get this thing over with so we can all move on. The IMF is bleeding, Japan is sinking, Russia is going broke, and Social Security needs fixing.
"We cannot approve, but we can all understand."
But the Times says the videotaped testimony he is due to give on 17 August should only be the first step in telling the truth to the American people.
"The desire for a president who can be believed and who can govern in an undistracted way is growing," says the Times, citing a panel discussion on the ABC Nightline programme.
Panellists on the programme, who included former colleagues of the president, were unanimous about the need for him to come forward and tell the truth, says the paper.
Neither handlers nor skilled lawyers can relieve President Clinton of the burden of his contract with the American people, warns the Times. "As his former colleagues said, it is past time for Bill Clinton to pick it up."
It says that if it emerges that Mr Clinton has lied, the public could turn on him with a vengeance, and his presidency and legacy would be "tarnished beyond respect".