William Jefferson Clinton

Term: 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001)
Born: August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas
Known As: Bill Clinton
Education: Georgetown University (1968), attended Oxford University (1968-1970), Yale Law School (1973)
Religion: Baptist
Marriage: Hillary Rodham on October 11, 1975
Children: Chelsea Victoria (1980)
Career: Lawyer, public official
Political Party: Democrat
Offices Held: Arkansas Attorney General 1976-78, Governor of Arkansas 1978-80 and 1982-92
Age at Inauguration: 46
Terms Served: Two; (1993 - 1997), (1997 - 2001)
Vice Presidents: Albert Gore, Jr.
Campaign Slogans: Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow. Putting People First. Building A Bridge to the 21st Century.
Sport or Hobby: Jogging
Nickname: Bubba
(courtesy of http://millercenter.org/academic/americanpresident/clinton)


Clinton, the first democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to remain in office fore more than a single term, resided over the White House during one of the more peaceful times and prosperous times in American History. bill.jpgexternal image Bill_Clinton.jpg

Clinton was a successful lawyer and governor of Arkansas before achieving the high status of President of the United States. He won is first term over George Bush, and then he defeated Bob Dole for a second term. His second term was riddled with accusations and problems concerning an affair with a white house intern.

Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas in 1946 and became the first president born after World War II.
He grew up with out knowing his father, and his mother married an alcoholic car salesman. Bill vowed at a young age to protect him mother from his step fathers attacks. During his senior year, Clinton was involved with the Boys Nation group which visited the White House and allowed him to shake hands with President Kennedy. This visit shaped Clinton's goal and interest in politics.

After going through Georgetown, Oxford, and Yale School of Law, Clinton moved back to Arkansas to teach at the University of Arkansas. He eventually ran for Attorney General which led to becoming the Governor of Arkansas. Then he became the National Governors Association chairman. "As a Democratic presidential candidate in 1991-92, Clinton successfully fended off nagging allegations of marital infidelity, pot smoking, and draft dodging. He was elected President with 43 percent of the popular vote, becoming, at age 46, the youngest President since John F. Kennedy. After his election, Clinton promised to lead "the most ethical administration in history.""(http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/impeachments/clinton.htm).

Clinton in Office
"By the end of his first year, Clinton had battled Congress to secure adoption of an economic package that combined tax increases (which fell mainly on the upper class) and spending cuts (which hurt mainly impoverished Americans). His 1993 economic package passed without a single Republican vote in either chamber of Congress, and despite that party's dire predictions that it would result in economic chaos. This economic policy lowered the deficit from $290 billion in 1992 to $203 billion by 1994. By 1999, surging tax revenues from a booming economy had generated a surplus of $124 billion -- a development few would have thought possible in 1992. Surpluses amounting to $1.5 trillion were then projected for the first decade of the 21st century. Equally important were the pace of economic growth and low inflation. Combined with historically low interest and unemployment rates, these factors positioned the American economy as the world's strongest and most robust."(http://millercenter.org/academic/americanpresident/clinton/essays/biography/4)

Clinton was very pro-health reform and more or less went with the republican ideals on well fare. He also started a campaign on ending the ban of homosexuality in the military. He eventually abandoned this campaign for the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" method for the problem.

For more information on Clinton's domestic affairs,Clinton's Domestic Affairs

For a list of Clinton's accomplishments, Clinton's Accomplishments

Scandals

Clinton's presidential career was speculated and investigated heavily for both terms. On and off, Clinton was criticized for the constant problems which plagued his career. The most famous was his out of marital affair with Monica Lewisnsky. January 26, Clinton attempted to quell all of the speculation. Standing alongside First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vice President Al Gore in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Clinton waged his finger at news cameras and declared: "But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time -- never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people." http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/impeachments/clinton.htm

"The next month, September 1998, would be worse for Clinton. On September 9, Ken Starr delivered his 453-page report and 36 boxes of evidence to the House of Representatives, citing 11 impeachable offenses allegedly committed by the President." (http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/impeachments/clinton.htm)11 Offenses

"On Friday, February 12, television cameras were once again turned on inside the chamber and senators gathered in open session for the final roll call. With the whole world watching, senators stood up one by one to vote "guilty" or "not guilty." On Article 1, the charge of perjury, 55 senators, including 10 Republicans and all 45 Democrats voted not guilty. On Article 3, obstruction of justice, the Senate split evenly, 50 for and 50 against the President.
With the necessary two-thirds majority not having been achieved, the President was thus acquitted on both charges and would serve out the remainder of his term of office lasting through January 20, 2001."(http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/impeachments/clinton.htm)

Post Presidency

After his presidency, Clinton is now a famous public speaker and published author of "My Life". He resides in New York and is involved in politics in the city. He also campaigned with his wife, Hilary, during her presidential campaign in 2008. He also has a presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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