|William Jefferson Clinton|
“We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs.”
|Alma mater:||Georgetown University
University College, Oxford Yale Law School
|Religion||Baptist (formerly Southern Baptist)|
|Born||August 19, 1946|
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."- The start of a meme
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton, born in Hope, Arkansas  was the forty-second President of the United States. He led the United States to peace and prosperity for eight years, Conservatives keep their mouths shut when someone starts to talk about how the American economy flourished during the Clinton presidency while Bush got America and the World into the worst economic depression since World War II.
After Reagan and George H. W. Bush kept exploding the national debt, Clinton brought it down. Had his plan been followed, the USA would have been debt-free by 2006. George W. Bush decided to Balloon the debt with tax cuts for fat cats and wars instead. Conservatives conveniently forget this when they talk about Fiscal Responsibility.
Bill Clinton was born on August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas as William Jefferson Blythe III. His father, William Blythe II, had died in a car accident a few months before he was born. After his mother remarried, Bill took the name Clinton from his stepfather.
By the time 1992 came around, the Democrats had only taken the White House once since 1968. The Democrats then were between a rock and a hard place. Despite economic hardships caused by Reaganomics, the victory of the Persian Gulf War had lead to 90%+ popularity of incumbent President George H. W. Bush. He feared no one. A lot of Democrats decided to not to throw their hats into the ring and wait until 1996. People were so sure of Bush' re-election, SNL did a skit of Democrats competing to not be the guy to lose to Bush.
But Bill Clinton decided to challenge Bush. After winning five terms as the Governor of Arkansas, he wanted to ascend to the White House. However, he was essentially a dark horse candidate and had little political backing. In 1991, he flew to California to speak to his campaign chairman, Mickey Kantor, about his chances. After getting his support, Clinton also hired James Carville and Paul Begala. Back in Washington, Clinton met with Carville and Begala drinking ice tea. Clinton discussed about what he envisioned for America, especially since his daughter Chelsea was gonna become an adult in 1998. On October 3, 1991, Clinton announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President.
"The country is headed in the wrong direction fast, slipping behind, losing our way," Clinton said during his announcement. "And all we have out of Washington is status quo paralysis. No vision, no action. Just neglect, selfishness, and division."
Clinton faced primary competition mainly from Paul Tsongas and California Governor Jerry Brown. On January 18, 1992, Clinton traveled to New Hampshire for the primary. He shook hands with people, even attending a pig roast. He knew how to talk to people and not seen like the out-of-touch rich elites like the Republicans. While he managed to get ahead of Tsongas and Brown, Clinton's past threatened his presidential chances.
Former nightclub singer Gennifer Flowers came out and claimed she was Bill Clinton's lover for 12 years. Bill Clinton denied this. Both were lying, as they had only one sexual encounter in 1977. This was during the 1990s were Christian Americans, both left and right, were still puritanical. Even though the Constitution doesn't disqualify a presidential candidate for adultery, this damaged Clinton. To refute the charges, Bill and Hillary went on 60 Minutes on January 24, 1992. Bill and Hillary expressed that they loved each other and that their personal lives was no one's business. Hillary even said "I'm not sitting here as some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette. I'm sitting here because I love him and I respect him and I honor what he's been through and what we've been through together. And if that's not enough for people, than heck, don't for him". Just then, one of the lights crashed around them. Bill scooped Hillary off that sofa and held her close. This showed that while Bill may not have been able to keep it in his pants, he did love her. For some reason, 60 Minutes cut that genuine moment off the segment.
After the segment, 4 out of 5 Americans thought Bill Clinton stay in the race, showing that most Democratic voters thought Clinton's personal life was none of their business. But then Bill Clinton found himself in trouble again, this time being accused of being a draft dodger during the disastrous Vietnam War. To be a extramarital ladies man was one thing, but to voters, dodging the draft was viewed as shameful and disgraceful. Clinton dropped in percentage points after this accusation.
But Clinton didn't back down. He defended his decision to not fight in the Vietnam War. Not using some bogus "bone spur" medial issue, Clinton claimed he was morally opposed to the war. In a meeting with his staff, Clinton took responsibility for any possible chance he would lose the primary.
To compensate, Bill Clinton did what he did best: Connecting with people and showed the people that he was one of them. He went to shopping malls, bowling alleys, and other public events. James Carville said he was "fighting for his political life".
On February 18, 1992, the New Hampshire Primary commenced. The first exit poll shocked the Clinton campaign, having Clinton at 25%. Not necessarily a win, but Bill Clinton took advantage of the situation. Paul Begala issued a statement, calling Governor Clinton the "ComeBack Kid". Clinton himself said, "I think we know enough today to say with some certainty, that New Hampshire tonight has made Bill Clinton 'The Comeback Kid'.
Two days after President Bush and Governor Clinton secured their respective nominations, both men suddenly faced an Independent competition from billionaire Ross Perot. He attracted voters from both Clinton and Bush. Before the conventions, both men lagged behind Perot in the polls, with Perot at 38%, Bush at 31% and Clinton at 25%.
Hillary suggested Bill go on The Arsenio Hall Show, a popular show among the young Americans, mostly at the time the Gen Xers, run by Arsenio Hall. Sitting in his dressing room, Paul Begala pulled out his sunglasses and recommended Bill wear them. Skeptically, Bill asked Carville if he should wear sunglasses indoors. Carville said, "Governor, everything before the Beatles, I decide. Everything after the Beatles, Paul decide. And this is definitely a Post-Beatles call." So he wore them when he played Elvis' "Heartbreak Hotel" on the saxophone.
Arsenio Hall said "It's nice to see a Democrat blow something besides the election!" His performance and subsequent interview attracted many young people to his campaign.
The Clinton campaign released ads that correctly portrayed him as born the common man. He was born without a father (having died in a car accident before he was born), he grew up poor and that he knew what it was like to struggle.
On July 16, 1992, Clinton accepted the Democratic Party's nomination at the Democratic National Convention. In his speech, he called out President Bush for continuing Reaganomics. "I have news for the forces of greed and the defenders of the status quo: Your time has come and gone. It's time for a change for America!" He told Americans that the Cold War was over and it was time for Americans to look inward. "Now that we have changed the world, it's time to change America."
For his running mate, he chose Tennessee Senator Al Gore. After the convention, Ross Perot briefly dropped out.
Even after the conventions, Bush was still behind Clinton. President Bush called upon Secretary of State James Baker to be his Chief of Staff on August 23, 1992. This sent chills down the spines of Clinton's campaign staff. Baker had been the chief architect of Reagan's 1984 landslide victory. Baker took over the campaign and brought it around. Bush tore into Clinton, claiming he was putting America down. Bush seemed more confident and ready. Bush would accuse Clinton wanting to raise everybody's taxes and increase government spending, followed by Clinton saying he was making stuff up.
Bush attended a town hall debate with Clinton in Richmond, Virginia on October 15, 1992. Clinton strategically made sure it was a town hall sort of debate, as it played to Clinton's strength of connecting with people and took advantage of Bush's weaknesses. People would ask questions and presumably would catch Bush off guard. Ross Perot had rejoined the race and also attended the debate.
Before the debate, the Clinton team practiced debates, even picking out particular stools to sit on. Clinton practiced sitting on the stools after he was about to literally run a race, ready to jump off the stool and answer questions immediately. Bergala and the team literally stole the comfy stools they practiced with so that's Clinton's rear end would be comfortable. 70 million Americans tuned in to watch. Bush made one mistake after another. He was fidgety, he was caught looking at his watch and when asked a question about how the national debt personally affected him, Bush fumbled with the question and got confused. Clinton, however, sprang out of his chair and directly engaged the woman who asked the question to the point where the audience applauded.
Bush tried one last attempt at chipping away at Clinton. They launched an ad that claimed that Clinton had doubled Arkansas' debt, doubled state government and signed the largest tax increase in Arkansas history, labeling him as untrustworthy for America. They questioned Clinton's judgement as well. Clinton ignored his adviser's advice and retaliated by calling Bush himself untrustworthy. What followed was a back and forth of political attacks.
A NBC News poll before the election showed Bill Clinton at 43%, Bush at 38% and Perot at 11%. The night before the election, it was tied.
On October 30, 1992, Bush suffered a tremendous setback. Reports were leaked that disputed Bush's assertion that, as Vice President, he was not involved in the 1986 Iran-Contra Affair that nearly toppled the Reagan administration. Clinton jumped at this and challenged Bush's trustworthiness and credibility. Bush lashed out, claiming that having his character challenged by Clinton was like "being called ugly by a frog".
On November 3, 1992, Americans cast their votes. Clinton won 370 electoral college votes (out of 270 needed) to Bush's 168. Bush conceded the race gracefully. Until 2020, Bush was the last incumbent President to be defeated in a Presidential election.
Clinton cheated on his wife so Conservatives don't think that he was good a President. He is Married to former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who forgave him for being unfaithful
for political reasons. Conservatives, who since the time of Reagan have madly Divorced their wives right and left] (mostly right), seem to think she should have divorced her husband.
Clinton also spent a ton of extra money building outhouses in Glacier National Park and such. Which is better than a bomb in my book. Thanks Bill.
Liberals regret that Clinton had some bad points, like deregulating the banks, and slashing maternity benefits, but perhaps he did as much as is realistic in the United States or what was best for the time. Walter Mondale campaigned for European style welfare provision but lost the election and gave Ronald Reagan a second term.
One of the best things to come out of his Presidency was the phrase "vast Right Wing conspiracy." It had been around for a long time but no one knew what to call it.
He's still awesome
Pros and Cons
- Ended 12 years of Republican rule
- Raised taxes on the rich (Up to 39.6%)
- Ended the deficit
- Brought the first federal budget surplus since 1969 ($127 billion in 2001)
- Kept us out of boots-on-ground war.
- Crime rate was at an all-time low when he left office
- 22.5 million new jobs created
- Escaped the witch hunt of his impeachment
- Instrumental in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement
- Helped get former Soviet nations to give up their nuclear arsenals and improve their control of nuclear materials.
- Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act of 1996, allowing women to stay in the hospital for 48 to 96 hours after giving birth instead of being kicked out in less than 24 hours.
- Put Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Well he nominated her, 96 Senators confirmed his nomination. Only 3 Republicans dared vote against her.
- Limited the ability of corporations to claim deductions for entertainment expenses
- Attempted treaty with Israel and Palestine at the 2000 Camp David summit
- 1993 Brady Bill
- Improving America’s School Act
- Preserved 4.6 million acres of land in national monuments
- Strengthened the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act
- Enacted tougher emissions and energy efficiency standards.
- Increase funding for AIDS-related programs by 150%
- Federal Assault Weapons Ban Act of 1994 (should've been permanent)
- Defense of Marriage Act
- Don't ask, don't tell
- Monica Lewinsky Scandal, which resulted in him getting impeached, but acquitted by the Senate
- Imperialistic cruise missile strikes on Iraq
- 1994 Crime bill
- The number of federal prisoners doubled under Clinton, and 58 percent of them were serving time for non-violent drug-related offenses.
- Failed to pass healthcare reform
- Failed to stop the Rwandan genocide
- Failed to kill Osama bin Laden
- Telecommunications Act of 1996 allows news stations like Fox News to lie with impunity.
- Linked with Jeffrey Epstein.
- Repealed Glass–Steagall (got rid of the wall of separation between commerical banking and investment banking)
- Deregulated the banks and TeleComm
- Welfare reform gutted welfare
- Helped balance the budget by cutting social spending
- Didn't make the Federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent
- Before Clinton, the Democrats mostly took campaign donations from decent/honest/hard-working labor unions, teachers and lawyers. After Clinton, now the Democrats take money from big business/corporations