Bill Clinton: A Biography Table of Contents

Bill Clinton: A Biography Table of Contents

Table of Contents

I. Background and Basics
Who is Bill Clinton?

High Highs and Low Lows

Early Life and Upbringing

The Making of a Leader

Perseverance: the Act of Never Giving Up

Making History

II. Bill Clinton the President
Major Work and Accomplishments

III. Personal Life
The Perfect Match: Hillary Clinton

Values, Hobbies, Personality

The Clinton Scandals

Public Statements and Attributed Quotes

Conclusion

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IV. Extras
Quick Facts About Bill Clinton

Sources

Further Reading

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I.

Background and
Basics

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Who is Bill Clinton?

"If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a
better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is
never quit, never quit, never quit."

For the Arkansas native who would one day hold the most powerful position in the world,
giving in to failure was never an option. Starting with the words above, let us take a look
at the life of a man who has embodied what it means to fail and, after hard work, to rise
again.

William “Bill” Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States of America, led one of the
most celebrated, candid, and colorful tenures in the White House. Serving the country as
its commander-in-chief for two terms from 1993 to 2001, Clinton is a man whose
successes and failures were witnessed close-up by the entire world.

Best known for governing the country through its longest, most stable economic growth
that led to low unemployment rates and budget surpluses, Clinton also focused on
improving the quality of public education, upholding family time during times of illness,
and promoting equal treatment towards people of different races and sexual
preferences.

The bright and charismatic leader is truly a history-maker — he is one of the youngest
governors to be elected in America, the second Democratic President since Franklin
Roosevelt to be elected a second term, and, more infamously, the first ever elected
president to be impeached by the House of Representatives.

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High Highs and Low Lows

While the Clinton Administration enjoyed many highs with the introduction of the Family
Medical Leave Act and the implementation of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy," it also
suffered plenty of lows with failed medical reforms and extra-marital affairs. From
Travelgate to the Whitewater controversy, the world watched as the most powerful man
in the world was tried and found guilty for his alleged wrongdoings by the Congress, only
then to be acquitted by the Senate.

Perhaps the dirtiest, most controversial of all scandals that hit the President was his affair
with White house intern Monica Lewinsky. After a series of denials and a later confession
to some of the allegations, Clinton was held in civil contempt of court for lying under oath,
which would eventually cost him his license to practice law.

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Early Life and Upbringing

Born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946, Clinton is a Hope, Arkansas native.
Having grown up with his grandparents, he never had the chance to meet his paternal
father, William Blythe II, as he died in a car accident a few months before Clinton was
born. His mother, Virginia Cassidy Blythe, had to make ends meet by moving to New
Orleans, Louisiana to enroll in a two-year nursing school. According to the former
president, his grandparents shaped him to appreciate the value of education: "My
grandparents had a lot to do with my early commitment to learning. They taught me to
count and read. I was reading little books when I was three."

When his mother moved back to Arkansas after receiving a nursing degree, she met and
married an automobile salesman named Roger Clinton, from whom he adapted his last
name. Unfortunately, the marriage of his mother and stepfather did not last long since
his Roger had serious drinking problems and abused his mother and half-brother, George.

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The Making of a Leader

His potential for public service was honed in high school, when he attended the Arkansas
Boys State civics program and was elected the state representative to the American
Legion's Boy Nation. From this event came the famous photo of a young Bill Clinton
shaking hands with then President Kennedy, a symbolic image of modern Democratic
leadership being passed from one to another.

In college, Clinton studied International Affairs in Georgetown University beginning in
1964. Wasting no time, he joined the university's political scene as president of the
freshman and sophomore classes. In his junior year however, he lost the election but
found himself working for Senator Fulbright, one of his political heroes, on the Foreign
Relations Committee. Both Clinton and Fulbright shared the same opinions against war,
viewing it as immoral and, in every sense, a contradiction to what the United States
stands for.

With his commitment to a life in politics very clearly staked out, Clinton won a Rhodes
scholarship to study for two years at Oxford University following his graduation from
Georgetown in 1968. He then studied law at Yale, where he met his future wife, Hillary
Rodham, who shared the same political ambitions as he. They eventually married in
1975, two years after they graduated from law school. The year was 1973. After Yale,
the Clintons moved back to Bill's hometown in Arkansas, where he taught classes at the
Fayetteville Law School.

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Perseverance: the Act of Never
Giving Up

Although a born leader with so much political potential, he lost his first bid for a local
government seat as he faced the Republican incumbent John Paul Hammerschmidt in the
House of Representatives. His perseverance never waning, he became the State’s
Attorney General and eventually made history as one of the youngest governors in
American history when he defeated Republican Lynn Lowe at the age of 32.

Side by side with his wife Hillary, his platform focused on changing the state's education
and health systems. However, his historical win as a young governor took its toll when he
encountered hurdles with riots and price hikes, which cost him his seat when he ran for
reelection in 1980. His determination once again paid off when he regained the
governorship and stayed in office for four more terms. During this period, the governor
launched himself into the National scene as he led the National Governors Association in
1986 and joined the Democratic Leadership Council in the early '90s.

Of note at this stage of Clinton’s journey is the way he turned a serious mishap around in
his favor: almost losing the opportunity to present himself as a competent presidential
candidate after delivering a painfully long and uninteresting speech, Clinton turned things
around by making fun of his own faults on late night talk shows.

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Making History

Here is a short distillation about what made Clinton’s presidency unique.

Democrats Win Again After 12 Years of Republican Presidency

Leaning on more trendy campaign strategies that easily related to the voting public, Bill
Clinton was elected the 42nd president of the United States of America, defeating the
Republican candidate George Bush in his push for reelection. He made another mark in
history as the youngest President to be elected, after John F. Kennedy. His leadership was
a breath of fresh air, and for the first time in 12 years, a Democrat in the White House
accompanied a Democrat-controlled Congress.

Advocating for Peace

In September 1993, only a few months in the presidency, Clinton mediated a peace
treaty between the perpetually warring countries Israel and Palestine. Hosting the
momentous event at the White House, the President, a peace advocate, applauded the
leaders of both nations for their "brave gamble that the future can be better than the
past."

According to BBC correspondent Nick Bryant, "Mr. Clinton has visited more foreign
countries than any other president, and displayed a more sophisticated understanding of
international affairs than most of his predecessors." True enough, his days at Georgetown
as an International Affairs major surely built strong foundations of globalization that
defined how he would handle such crises as President.

Leading Economic Growth

Throughout his tenure, the economy expanded by 50%. It resulted in halving the
unemployment rate to 4%, leading to the creation of around 15 million jobs. By the end of
his second term, one fourth of the world's income came from America.

Taking Second Chances

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him a second term in office in 1997, making him the second Democrat to be reelected
(the first was Franklin Roosevelt).

Post-White House

Despite the numerous political and personal tensions of his presidency, Clinton still ended
his tenure with one of the highest approval ratings of any president.

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II.

Bill Clinton the
President

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Major Work and Accomplishments

When Clinton served as President, he was not just a political leader. He led various causes
pertaining to underdeveloped countries and violence against women, among others.
When his term ended, his activities as an advocate did not.

Lobbying for lower prices on medication and treatment for AIDS in numerous countries,
the President was awarded the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Award for Humanitarian
Contributions in 2005. During the event, he criticized how little the first and second world
countries are contributing to helping prevent the spread of the deadly infectious diseases
in underdeveloped countries.

Consistent with his advocacy towards peace, he has also earned the Champion of Peace
Award from Women for Women International, an organization that focuses on female
war survivors and how they can start new lives. Clinton received the award for his
initiative to build ways to increase financial independence for women in less developed
countries.

He has also received several honorary degrees from different colleges and universities,
some of which include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of
Michigan, both awarding him LL.D. (Doctor of Laws) degrees.

A sign of his overall popularity, Clinton was named Time Magazine's Man of the Year in
1993, the first year of his Presidency as he shook the political arena by snatching the
presidency from the Republican Party, a post that they had held for more than a decade.
He was again given the same honor in 1998, this time sharing it with Kenneth Starr, his
prosecutor on the Lewinsky case.

Just recently, Clinton decided to take a healthy step forward, going vegan and promoting
the benefits of a plant-based diet. Besides the fitter frame, he also received PETA's 2010
Person of the Year Award. In February of 2012, Clinton was also included among the 231
nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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III.

Personal Life

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The Perfect Match: Hillary Clinton

At the mention of the name Bill Clinton, the name "Hillary Clinton" is likely to be
mentioned as well. The former first lady, and now the Obama Administration's Secretary
of State, was within arm's reach of making history on her own as the first woman
President of the United States. However, she lost the Democratic spot to Obama in the
pivotal 2008 election.

During the Lewinsky scandals, the world witnessed the strength of Hillary as she stood by
her husband through the denials and the confessions. Together, they survived the storm,
remaining a strong combined presence in the public sphere despite Bill’s betrayal and
their personal struggles that ensued.

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Values, Hobbies, Personality

Having grown up surrounded by his grandparents and relatives who instilled in him that
color, race, and gender do not make one superior to another, Clinton embraced these
values. They stuck with him as he grew up, becoming evident in the programs he
promoted later on during his presidency. Inspired by political leaders at such a young
age, he pushed himself towards academic and extracurricular excellence to become one
of them.

A devoted Baptist, he has attended church services on Sunday mornings on his own,
although his neither parents nor grandparents were religious. There, he helped raise
funds and organized charity events. Clinton loves to read, and his favorite books include
The Silver Chalice, The Last of the Mohicans, The Robe, and Black Beauty. Over time,
Clinton has pursued his interest in music, playing the saxophone and receiving an
assortment of musical scholarships.

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The Clinton Scandals

Whitewater

Along with economic prosperity, Clinton’s administration is known for its scandals. The
administration went under public scrutiny with the Whitewater drama, a long-standing
controversy that rooted back in 1978. It started with a real estate deal, when Bill and
Hillary Clinton purchased over 200 acres of land with James and Susan McDougal, aimed
to develop the area for vacation homes. The partnership then formed the Whitewater
Development Corporation. Over the years, a series of fraudulent transactions, delinquent
tax filings and missing billing documents sparked an investigation into the development.
The controversy reached greater heights when seven members of the White House
Travel Office were fired, allegedly to make way for the Clintons' friends. A few months
after the firings, Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster was found dead, confirmed
by the police as suicide. Just a month prior to his death, he filed against the Whitewater
Development Corporation three years of inaccurate tax filings.

The Lewinsky Affair

In 1998, the biggest scandal to ever hit Clinton’s political and personal life was his extra-
marital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The then 22-year-old Lewinsky
would confide to a friend also working in the White House about her relationship with the
President. The conversations were recorded, and produced 37 recordings from over 22
hours of confessions from the intern. To others, this would have been a scandal that
would hamper their credibility and personal integrity. But to the President of the United
States, it was an ethical time bomb that could cost him the presidency, shake his
marriage and his family, and jeopardize over 50 years of hard-earned respectability.

When the scandal first broke, Clinton flat out denied that he had ever had sexual relations
with Lewinsky. However, the release of the taped conversations on top of numerous
incriminating evidences pushed the President to admit the affair. The President was
impeached by the House of Representatives for perjury and obstruction of justice. A
rather bitter historic moment, he became the first elected President to be impeached.
Not resolving to resign, retaining his seat of power depended on the Senate, which

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acquitted him of all charges. However, his license to practice law was revoked.

The Rwandan Genocide

Strangely, the least known scandal of the Clinton years is his inactive and overly slow
response to the Rwandan Genocide. Despite informed reports about the killing taking
place in the country, Clinton did not act until it was too late, and has made public
apologies for the way he handled the situation.

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Public Statements and Attributed
Quotes

"The first duty of a government is to win the support and respect of those it represents,
and then to represent them. Words alone will not do."

One of the manifestations of his impending political career, a young Bill Clinton appealed
to the student body of Georgetown University as he ran for student council president.
Although he lost the elections, the flame of public service and the idea of what a
government should do was already burning inside him, preparing him for the many
successes and failures of a political career that was waiting for him in the coming years.

"I end tonight where it all began for me. I still believe in a place called Hope."

Drawn from one of his campaign speeches, Clinton here affirms his belief that hope is
more than the small town in Arkansas where he grew up in; for him, hope also means
giving his best to allow every American to live his or her dream.

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to
lie, not a single time — never. These allegations are false."

This January, 1998 statement will most likely go down as one of the most publicly
declared lies in history; the President outright denied allegations of having a sexual
relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, something that he later admitted
to after it had been proven in great detail.

"I did have a relationship with Ms. Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was
wrong. It constituted a critical lapse in judgment and a personal failure on my part for
which I am solely and completely responsible."

Turning the tables around after 7 months of trial, in August 1998 the President made an
announcement on National TV, confirming that the allegations had been true all along.
Admitting his mistakes, his wife Hillary stood by him through the trial, earning her the
respect of many.

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"Even presidents have private lives. It is time to stop the pursuit of personal destruction
and the prying into private lives and get on with our national life. Our country has been
distracted by this matter for too long, and I take my responsibility for my part in all of
this. That is all I can do… Now it is time — in fact, it is past time to move on."

These were the last parts of Clinton’s confession about the Lewinsky affair. After months
of trial where graphic details had been released about the affair, nobody else had been
more hurt than his family. He pleaded to the public to move on from the scandals of his
personal life and focus instead on national issues.

"If you live in an interdependent world where you cannot kill, jail, or occupy all your
enemies, you had better spend some of that money to make a world with more friends
and fewer enemies."

Clinton used clever means to urge wealthier countries to lend a helping hand to Africa
and other poverty-stricken regions where maladies like HIV and AIDS are rampant.

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Conclusion

The life of Bill Clinton is just like any of ours — full of hopes, dreams, and aspirations for a
better and brighter future. There will be successes and failures that will ultimately define
any public figure. Clinton's career to the presidency was not a smooth, wide road to be
traveled. There were boulders that seemed impossible to surpass, but his perseverance
prevailed and got him to the presidency. Yet it doesn't end there; the presidency was only
the beginning of his bid to change the world. And he did that in so many ways, both by
the changes he implemented and by the public humiliation he endured, underscoring for
the world why it is so catastrophically wrong to make a mistake and then lie about it;
what it means to act too slow; the effects of being unorganized; what it means to admit
failure and defeat; and finally, what it means to move on.

As he himself said, "We should, all of us, be filled with gratitude and humility for our
present progress and prosperity. We should be filled with awe and joy at what lies over
the horizon. And we should be filled with absolute determination to make the most of it,
let us take the time to appreciate the present – what we have right now, be it good or
bad, and cherish it. Do not fret over tomorrow – let tomorrow worry for itself."

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IV.

Extras

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Quick Facts About Bill Clinton

Clinton has won 2 Grammy Awards, the latest for his memoir "My Life" for the Best
Spoken Word Album category in 2005.

When he was still a young teenager in Arkansas, he frequented a restaurant called
The Polar Bar, where, along with his friends, he would order a chili-cheeseburger with
a Grapette, a locally produced soft drink.

Clinton learned to read at the age of three through his grandparents.

Clinton maintained his physical health with regular jogs and plays golf whenever
possible.

His favorite color is blue, and he loves chicken enchiladas, bananas, apples and
vegetable beef soup.

Clinton has written four books, most of which are New York Times Best Sellers.

Under his administration, Clinton launched the first official White House website,
whitehouse.gov.

In October 2002, he was given an honorary induction into the Arkansas Black Hall of
Fame, becoming the first white person in the hall.

Clinton asked the already disbanded Fleetwood Mac to reunite for a special
performance of his campaign song "Don't Stop" in his 1993 inauguration.

Clinton is allergic to house dust, mold, weed pollens, cat, grass pollens, even milk and
beef.

He is the first baby boomer president.

More than 10 years after leaving the White House, Clinton still engages in political and
social affairs, raising awareness for issues not only in the United States, but across the
globe too.

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He established the Clinton Foundation, focused on improving health, stimulating
economies, saving the environment, and linking governments and business together
to achieve common goals. The foundation also supports the former President's fight
against HIV and AIDS.

Clinton supports over 40 charities and foundations.

The former President has recently been working with President Barack Obama to
appear in a series of campaign fundraisers in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.

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Sources

Biography.com, Bill Clinton Biography

The New York Times, Rabin and Arafat Seal Their Accord as Clinton Applauds 'Brave
Gamble'

BBC News, How History Will Judge Bill Clinton

BBC News, Bill Clinton's Economic Legacy

The William J. Clinton Presidential Library, William J. Clinton

University of North Carolina, Honorary Degrees

University of Michigan, Clinton, Four More to Receive Honorary Degrees at
Commencement

Time Magazine, Bill Clinton, Man of the Year — Jan. 4, 1993

Time Magazine, Kenneth Starr & Bill Clinton, Men of the Year — Dec. 28, 1998

PETA, Bill Clinton Named PETA's 2010 Person of the Year

YAHOO! News, Bill Clinton, Kohl, EU among 231 Nobel Candidates

The Washington Post, Whitewater Time Line (1995-1998)

BBC News, Clinton Under Fire

Look to the Stars, Bill Clinton: Charity Work, Events and Giving

Bloomberg, Bill Clinton Said to Agree to Join Obama at Campaign Fundraisers

The New York Times, Young President Clinton

The New York Times, THE PARTY'S OVER — BILL CLINTON; Democratic Team Opens by
Appealing to Middle Class

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The White House, Biography of the President: It All Began in a Place Called Hope

BBC News, The Clinton Presidency – in Quotes

BBC News, The President's Address – Full Text

The Washington Post, Fitter, Well-Rested Clinton Receives Humanitarian Award

The New Zealand Herald, Bill Clinton Wins Second Grammy

The White House, Bill Clinton

The New York Times, Best Sellers: Hard Cover Non-Fiction

Whitehouse.gov, Welcome to the White House

Fox News, Clinton Inducted into Arkansas Black Hall of Fame

Time Magazine, TIME Specials: A Brief History of Campaign Songs

The New York Times: Health: No Headline

The San Francisco Chronicle, Clinton Era Marked by Scandal, Prosperity

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Further Reading

The Washington Post, William J. Clinton

The Guardian, The Next World Bank President: Bill Clinton?

USA-Presidents, Bill Clinton: State of the Union Address, 27 January 2000

William J. Clinton Foundation

Clinton Global Initiative

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