Bill Clinton

A former voice of the American people

A little about the politician

William Jefferson Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States who served from 1993 to 2001. Inaugurated at age 46, Bill became the third youngest president in history. Born on August 19th, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas, Clinton spent the first six years of his life in Hope. His father passed away after an auto accident just several months before the future president was born. He was raised in the home of his grandmother for a few years before his mother married Roger Clinton, a car dealer and abusive alcoholic. Quickly the family packed their bags and moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas where Bill spent most of his years. As a teenager he had to intervene in some violent arguments between his parents but did not let his home troubles affect his school work. He was an active member in the community and was widely recognized as a young man of rare talent and ambition. In 1970, Clinton entered Yale law school, earning his degree in 1973 and met his future wife Hillary Rodham, whom he married in 1975. After graduation, Clinton moved back to Arkansas with a job teaching law at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Almost right upon returning home, Clinton threw himself into politics.

Political career before the Presidency

In 1974, Clinton ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives against incumbent Republican John Paul Hammerschmidt. Although he lost the race, it was the closest of races for Hammerschmidt in his twenty-six years in Congress, marking Clinton as a rising political star. Two years later Bill was elected state attorney general and in 1978 the governor of Arkansas, becoming the nations youngest governor ever, 32. He made many beginner mistakes resulting in voters putting him out of office. Fortunately he owned up to his mistakes and was reelected in 1982 and served until 1990. He pushed strongly for educational reform and welfare programs which made a huge positive impact throughout all of Arkansas. In 1991, Democratic nominee Clinton declared he was running for president during his fifth term as governor of Arkansas and named Al Gore, Democrat from Tennessee his running mate.

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What did Clinton accomplish but fail to do?


Accomplishments:


  • Longest economic expansion in American History

-The President's idea of fiscal discipline, open foreign markets and investments in the American people created record numbers of 115 months of economic expansion.

  • More than 22 million new jobs

-All of these jobs were created in eight years, more than were created in the previous twelve years. The surplus of jobs created the lowest unemployment in thirty years, just 4.0 percent by 2000.

  • Lowest crime rate in 26 years

-tough penalties, more police and gun safety laws dropped the crime rate for eight consecutive years. Clinton's 1994 Crime Bill added 100,000 police officers to the streets.

  • Paid off over $360 billion of the national debt

-the largest three-year debt pay down in American History, $363 billion.


Failures:


  • Osama Bin Laden was not killed

-Clinton claimed persistent efforts to find the terrorist but failed to do so.

  • Genocide in Rawanda

-in 1994, Clinton disregarded the genocide in Rawanda and acknowledges his failure to take action as "one of the greatest regrets of my presidency."

  • Health Security Act failure

-message was unclear to the public so they saw no true benefit. Also many Democrats in Congress were not behind Clinton's proposal and saw their own ideas about what needed to be done. Lobbying groups also helped put the bill down in ads and by September 1994 the bill was dead.


After reelection, Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on two charges, one of perjury and one on obstruction of justice on December 19th, 1998.

Members of Clinton's Cabinet

Secretary of State: Warren M. Christopher, 1993
Madeleine Albright, 1996

Secretary of the Treasury: Lloyd Bentsen, 1993
Robert E. Rubin, 1995–1999
Lawrence H. Summers, 1999

Secretary of Defense: Les Aspin, 1993
William J. Perry, 1994
William S. Cohen, 1997

Attorney General: Janet Reno, 1993

Secretary of the Interior: Bruce Babbitt, 1993

Secretary of Agriculture: Mike Espy, 1993
Dan Glickman, 1995

Secretary of Commerce: Ronald H. Brown, 1993
Mickey Kantor, 1996
William M. Daley, 1997
Norman Y. Mineta, 2000

Secretary of Labor: Robert B. Reich, 1993
Alexis Herman, 1997

Secretary of Health and Human Services: Donna E. Shalala, 1993

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Henry G. Cisneros, 1993
Andrew M. Cuomo, 1997

Secretary of Transportation: Federico F. Pena, 1993
Rodney Slater, 1997

Secretary of Energy: Hazel R. O'Leary, 1993
Frederico F. Pena, 1997
Bill Richardson, 1998

Secretary of Education: Richard W. Riley, 1993

Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Jesse Brown, 1993
Togo D. West, Jr., 1998

Some quotes said by Mr. Clinton

"We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more."


"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."


"When our memories outweigh our dreams, it is then that we become old."

I believe Bill Clinton is electable today because of his popularity among the American people. The man had some blunders but he did good things as well such as creating jobs and reducing unemployment and reducing the national debt which is at an all time high now. In my opinion, Hilary ruins his image because she is not a likable woman.

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