Bill Clinton

"People First"

Humble Beginnings

August 19th of 1946 Bill Clinton was born and raised in the state of Arkansas as William Jefferson Blythe III by his single mother Virginia Dell Cassidy. Clinton's mother left him with his grandparents to study nursing in New Orleans. Upon her return she remarried to Roger Clinton and moved the family to Hot Springs in 1950.

Early Career

Clinton's keen interest in law was sparked during an activity in his Latin class where the class participated in a mock trial arguing the defense of the ancient Roman Senator Catiline. During his junior year in high school Clinton worked for a U.S. Foreign Relations Committee which greatly shaped his outlook on war. After graduating from Yale Law School, Clinton became a law professor at the University of Arkansas followed by running for a seat in the House of Representatives which he lost to incumbent John Paul Hammerschmidt. This marked Clinton as a rising political star. Subsequently, Clinton ran governor, won in a landslide, and became the nation's youngest governor. Despite a rough and inefficient opening term, Clinton was reelected and focused on important issues helping him gain national recognition.

The Nation's New Executive

Although faced with lots of criticism and scrutiny of his private life during his campaign, Clinton won more than twice the number of electoral votes than his opponent, Bush. Clinton's first term nearly ruined his chance for reelection with his plan for health care reform was defeated by two republican-controlled houses. Also, Clinton's effort on behalf of NAFTA decreased his democratic proponents because of fear for the jobs to foreigners. Not to mention the countless personal scandals and affairs that the former president faced. On the other hand Clinton managed to speak on health care aiming for universal coverage and became the last president to have a budget surplus. Clinton won the electoral vote of his 2nd term by a large majority but got off to rough start after the senate tried to impeach him on alleged acts of perjury and obstruction of justice. Nonetheless, the president was proven non guilty and focused the rest of his 2nd term on foreign affairs from capturing Osama Bin Laden to keeping a close watch on Saddam Hussein's pursuit for nuclear weapons.

Post-Presidency

After Clinton's rather successful Presidency he still remained active in the public eye making charitable donations and speaking at Democratic National Conventions. He has released numerous books including an best-selling autobiography in '04. Clinton's name also makes another appearance in the presidential campaign, but this time following his wife's name, Hillary as she decided to participate in the 2008 campaign. He has since then made trips to North Korea to pardon American journalist, and continues to visit Haiti to aid in their earthquake rebuilding.

"It's the economy, stupid."

Clinton's campaign was led by none other than political strategist James Carville who summarized Clinton's campaign into the eye-opening phrase "It's the economy, stupid.".

Popularity

Looking at the numbers Clinton did not dominate the popular vote whatsoever, relying on the electoral votes to bring him to the promise land. Although the alleged involvement in personal affairs did hurt him, I believe that President Clinton did have a a generally positive image during and after his Presidency, Despite his low approval rating in the beginning of his presidency, Clinton did prove himself as his ratings sky rocketed during his second term post-impeachment.

A 3rd Term for Bill?

Looking back on Clinton's presidency and considering what he had to deal with including the republican dominated houses and personal scrutiny I believe that Clinton was well cut out for this position. He's shown superb perseverance and exceptional focus on the the important issues. I feel that his view on war may be the only thing that would decrease his popularity if he were to run for a "3rd term" today, but if he had the ability to bring us to another budget surplus we may just need someone like him.