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bill clinton (a short bio of the fine man and his great life)


During the administration of William Jefferson Clinton, the U.S. enjoyed more peace and economic well being than at any time in its history. He was the first Democratic president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win a second term. He could point to the lowest unemployment rate in modern times, the lowest inflation in 30 years, the highest home ownership in the country's history, dropping crime rates in many places, and reduced welfare rolls. He proposed the first balanced budget in decades and achieved a budget surplus. As part of a plan to celebrate the millennium in 2000, Clinton called for a great national initiative to end racial discrimination.

After the failure in his second year of a huge program of health care reform, Clinton shifted emphasis, declaring "the era of big government is over." He sought legislation to upgrade education, to protect jobs of parents who must care for sick children, to restrict handgun sales, and to strengthen environmental rules.

President Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas, three months after his father died in a traffic accident. When he was four years old, his mother wed Roger Clinton, of Hot Springs, Arkansas. In high school, he took the family name.

He excelled as a student and as a saxophone player and once considered becoming a professional musician. As a delegate to Boys Nation while in high school, he met President John Kennedy in the White House Rose Garden. The encounter led him to enter a life of public service.

Clinton was graduated from Georgetown University and in 1968 won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. He received a law degree from Yale University in 1973, and entered politics in Arkansas.

He was defeated in his campaign for Congress in Arkansas's Third District in 1974. The next year he married Hillary Rodham, a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School. In 1980, Chelsea, their only child, was born.

Clinton was elected Arkansas Attorney General in 1976, and won the governorship in 1978. After losing a bid for a second term, he regained the office four years later, and served until he defeated incumbent George Bush and third party candidate Ross Perot in the 1992 presidential race.

Clinton and his running mate, Tennessee's Senator Albert Gore Jr., then 44, represented a new generation in American political leadership. For the first time in 12 years both the White House and Congress were held by the same party. But that political edge was brief; the Republicans won both houses of Congress in 1994.

In 1998, as a result of issues surrounding personal indiscretions with a young woman White House intern, Clinton was the second U.S. president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. He was tried in the Senate and found not guilty of the charges brought against him. He apologized to the nation for his actions and continued to have unprecedented popular approval ratings for his job as president.

In the world, he successfully dispatched peace keeping forces to war-torn Bosnia and bombed Iraq when Saddam Hussein stopped United Nations inspections for evidence of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. He became a global proponent for an expanded NATO, more open international trade, and a worldwide campaign against drug trafficking. He drew huge crowds when he traveled through South America, Europe, Russia, Africa, and China, advocating U.S. style freedom.


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Comment by LOTTOMIKE - October 15, 2006, 4:04 pm
back in '98 tennessee and arkansas played one of the best college football games ever which tennessee finally won.then tennessee went on to win the national championship in football.arkansas also won a college basketball championship when bill was president.clinton-gore brought good luck and great things to all.
justxploringComment by justxploring - October 15, 2006, 4:06 pm
Bill Clinton was far from perfect. However, the way people feel is a good way to assess an administration and I remember everyone singing "Don't stop thinking about tomorrow, don't stop it will soon be here...." With the people now running the country, I often wonder if there will even be a tomorrow.
Comment by LOTTOMIKE - October 15, 2006, 4:09 pm
there is a feeling of helplessness among most people right now.that is unless your in the upper tax bracket.boy those rich people love bush and they don't know what its like to have to suffer and do without.the well off do tend to vote republican.
justxploringComment by justxploring - October 15, 2006, 5:13 pm
True, but not so sure about the numbers, Mike. I know that the Republican party often favors the wealthy, but there is a lot of money supporting Democrats as well. Look at Hollywood and the Rock Stars who are multi-millionaires and also Democrats. Ed Asner, George Clooney, Alec Baldwin, Barbra Streisand, Martin & Charlie Sheen. I also know many Republicans and devout Christians who are very successful business people who don't like the way our country has been run during the Bush regime. Our country has been so divided that it's no longer a fight between Republicans and Democrats, but for freedom and our unalienable rights! It is ironic that a man who preaches and campaigned for a strong morality wants to take away that very thing. What could be more immoral than to violate someone's right to privacy, right to choose and right to live without fear?
emilygComment by emilyg - October 15, 2006, 6:06 pm

Maybe this administration was the kick in the ass the people of this country needed to get involved and stop being lazy on election day.
Comment by shalini - October 16, 2006, 3:10 am
All I can say, as a foreigner, is that Bill Clinton is still a very respected and tremendously popular ex- president abroad.
justxploringComment by justxploring - October 16, 2006, 4:01 am
Your comment touched me in a strange way, Shalini. I started to think about what John Lennon wrote. "Imagine there's no country...nothing to live or die for...." When you used the word "foreigner" I thought "but she's not a foreigner...she is part of us, a member of LP."
ToddComment by Todd - October 16, 2006, 6:59 pm
This sounds like a liberal lover-fest -- a Lottery Post Woodstock moment? Too bad Janis Joplin isn't still around...

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