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Bill Clinton has held the media spotlight quite often in the past
several years for the opening of his presidential
library in Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as for joining another
ex-president, George Bush, Sr., on trips to help raise funds for
Asian tsunami victims and victims of Hurricane Katrina.
has also hit the campaign trail in recent months urging for the
Democratic nomination of his wife, Hillary
Clinton, the first woman ever to run for the U.S. presidency.
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William Jefferson Blythe IV in Hope, Arkansas, on August 19, 1946,
the former U.S. president was named for his father, who was killed
in an automobile accident before Clinton's birth. His mother,
Virginia Kelley, later married Roger Clinton, whose surname the
future president later adopted.
in in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Clinton dreamed of becoming a doctor,
but switched his attention to politics after a meeting at the
White House with President John F. Kennedy on a Boys'
Nation trip. His college years - marked by active campaigning
for Arkansas senator J. William Fulbright - were spent at Georgetown
University where he received a BS in international affairs in
1968. A Rhodes scholar at Oxford between 1968-1970, Clinton later
attended Yale Law School where he met his future wife, Hillary
Clinton who later gave birth to a daughter, Chelsea.
After a short
teaching stint at the University of Arkansas, Clinton ran for
and won the office of state attorney general in 1976 and in 1979
he went on to win the Arkansas gubernatorial race - becoming the
nation's youngest governor. Defeated for reelection in 1980, two
years later his successful rebid for the governor's office taught
the young politician the benefit of appealing to both liberal
and conservative voters within the state. It was an education
that would stand Clinton in good stead for his national bid for
the presidency in 1992 and in 1996.
first term was marked by battles with a Republican-controlled
Congress over economic policy, and a much publicized compromise
with the miliary over his campaign pledge to allow homosexuals
to serve in the armed forces (resulting in a compromise "don't
ask, don't tell" policy). Most notably, a failed bid to introduce
healthcare policy - in a reform package crafted by his wife
Hillary - ultimately failed to gain congressional support.
victories during this time, however, included the passage of the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the Global Agreement
on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which would eventually lead to the
establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The administration
also fought for and won congressional approval for abortion counseling
in federally funded clinics, as well as a waiting period for handgun
purchases with the passage of the Brady
Bill Clinton plays the saxophone
presented to him by Russian
President Boris Yeltsin in 1994.
affairs, Clinton proved to be a deft diplomat when he presided
over an Israel-Jordan
peace agreement signed at the White House in 1994. He also
later succeeded in restoring to power Haiti's ousted president,
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and helped Russian president Boris Yeltsin's
flagging popularity with promises of economic aid.
Aided by a
booming economy, in 1996 Clinton won reelection to a second term
- the first Democratic president to do so since Franklin D. Roosevelt.
However, a number of scandals plagued his second term when independent
counsel Kenneth Starr, who investigated the Clinton's involvment
in the Whitewater land deal, also began investigations into the
death of White House lawyer Vincent Foster, along with headline-making
accusations of sexual misconduct by Paula Jones, and the Monica
Lewinsky scandal which almost ended his presidency.
personal failings, Clinton continued to enjoy widespread popularity
for his sound economic policies and expert skill in foreign affairs.
Clinton ended his presidency by reversing the national deficit
of $357 billion with an historic surplus of $39 billion.
quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery September 6, 2004 after
experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath. At the time,
he joked that his famous predilection for American fast food may
have been the cause of his ailment. On a more serious note, the
avid jogger also pointed to a family history of heart disease
that more likely may have been the cause.
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There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what
is right with America.
[George Bush, Sr.] has raised taxes on the people driving pickup
trucks and lowered taxes on the people riding in limousines. We
can do better.
When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or
two, and I didn't like it and didn't inhale and never tried it
"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is"
- excerpt from his grand jury testimony.
I did not have sex with that woman.
to Monica Lewinsky