Bill Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States and he was in office in the period 1993 – 2001. During his presidency, the U.S. enjoyed a time of serious economic expansion, and he also signed NAFTA (The North American Free Trade Agreement). After he stepped down as president, Bill Clinton set up the William J. Clinton Foundation, aiming to improve health globally.
But before his fame:
- Bill Clinton was born on the 19th of August, 1946
- He was born in the city of Hope, Arkansas
- Clinton lived with his family in Little Rock, Arkansas
- He was baptized at Park Place Baptist Church in Bryant, a Little Rock suburb
- He never knew his father who was killed in a car accident just 3 months before his birth
- Bill Clinton’s original last name was Blythe.
- The full name of Bill is William Jefferson Clinton.
- He changed his name to Clinton while being in high school as his stepfather’s name was Roger Clinton
- Bill’s mother was a nurse, and named Virginia Dell Cassidy
- Bill Clinton has one brother named Roger Jr., who was pardoned for several crimes while Bill was in office
While attending high school, Bill was playing the saxophone, and he did so pretty well. He was playing in a jazz combo called “Three Blind Mice”, and until today, Bill is continuing to play the saxophone, and he loves it.
Bill Clinton was really an outstanding student. First, he went to Georgetown University where he graduated in 1968. He subsequently attended Yale Law School, and in 1973, he graduated from this prestigious school. He then became a Rhodes Scholar to Oxford University, and in 1974, Bill was, at a very young age, a 1st year law professor at Oxford.
Some Interesting Bill Clinton Facts:
-> Bill Clinton first met John F. Kennedy when he was only 16 years old. He shook the president’s hands in 1963, only 4 months before Kennedy was killed. Clinton said later that he had to “muscle” his way through the crowd to be able to shake JFK’ hands at the Boys Nation event.
-> Bill Clinton was also named the “Boy Governor.” He won the 1978 election when he was just 32, and subsequently lost the 1980 election, but only to come back and win the next 3 consecutive elections.
->Bill Clinton was an outstanding saxophone player in his high school years, and he even earned first chair in a state students band. He switched careers, though, after he met the Kennedys. He decided he could never be as great as John Coltrane anyway.
-> The “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King made such an enormous impression on young Bill Clinton that he was could memorize MLK’s entire speech immediately after it was delivered.
->In 1972, Clinton went to Dallas to be able to contribute to the presidential campaign of George McGovern. Guess what other interesting young mover-and-shaker was working with Bill on the McGovern campaign? Well, this was Steven Spielberg.
Bill Clinton was the 2nd American president to get impeached by the House. Word had gotten out about Bill’s affair with a White House intern (the Monica Lewinsky affair), but Clinton was acquitted by the Senate, so he remained in office.
In 1975, Bill Clinton married Hillary Rodham, and in 1980 they had a daughter that they named Chelsea. Bill’s wife Hillary went on and has had an impressive political career herself.
Who is Bill associated with
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, his predecessor, were fighting in fierce completion in the presidential campaign of 1992, but they later were developing a pretty close “father-son”-like bond when they started to raise money for all the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2014.
In the early 2000’s, Chelsea was working for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, and she also was employed by the Avenue Capital Group. In 2010, Chelsea married Marc Mezvinsky, and the young couple had a beautiful daughter named Charlotte on September 27, 2014.
Hilary was America’s First Lady in the period 1992-2000 and went on to become a New York Senator from 2001 till 2009. Later she served as President Barack Obama administration’s Secretary of State in the period 2009 – 2013. She now is one of the top Democratic candidates for the 2016 U.S. President elections.
Overview of the 1996 Election
Electoral Votes: 379
Popular Votes: 47,402,357 (49.2%)
Electoral Votes: 159
Popular Votes: 39,198,755 (40.7%)
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Popular Votes: 8,085,402 (8.4%)