Introduction - Bill ClintonOne of the more popular presidents in recent history, William Jefferson Clinton falls under the democratic president's list. What made Bill Clinton and his administration such a success was the fact that when he was president, the country enjoyed peace and prosperity with low unemployment, low inflation, high homeownership and a balanced budget for the first time in many years. Bill Clinton is a man who has dedicated his life to public service and even now, in his post- presidency years, continues to actively strive to make not only the United States, but the world a better place. Read more about why Bill Clinton was such a highly regarded president during both of his terms in office in the interesting facts and information about his life below, easily readable for both kids and adults.
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President Bill Clinton Quick Facts
- Bill Clinton was the 42nd U.S. President.
- He is a member of the Democratic Party.
- His term as president was January 20th 1993 through January 20th 2001.
- Bill Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas on August 19, 1946.
- Bill Clinton's vice president was Al Gore who served as vice-president from 1993 to 2001.
Bill Clinton Pre-Presidency Facts
- Clinton's education included Georgetown University, Oxford University (where he earned a Rhodes Scholarship), and Yale University.
- Clinton received a draft notice to serve in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. He enrolled in the ROTC at the University of Arkansas Law School to avoid active duty but failed to report there. Instead, he remained in England to finish school.
- Before becoming President, Clinton was elected and re-elected a total of five times as Governor of Arkansas beginning in 1978 when he was just thirty-two.
- In 1975, Bill Clinton married Hillary Rodham, whom he met at Yale Law School two years earlier. In 1980, they had their first and only child, Chelsea Clinton.
Bill Clinton's Presidency Facts
- Bill Clinton was the third youngest president of the United States.
- Under Bill Clinton's administration, the federal budget was balanced for the first time in many years.
- In December of 1998, Bill Clinton was impeached for obstruction of justice and perjury while being investigated in the Lewinsky Scandal, an affair between Clinton and White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. Before Clinton, only one other president in U.S. history, Andrew Johnson, had been impeached.
Bill Clinton Post Presidency Facts
- In 2001, when his wife was elected senator, Bill Clinton became the first ex-president to be married to a U.S. Senator.
- Clinton's time in office was marked by peace and prosperity so it is no surprise that he left office with an approval rating that trumped that of any other U.S. president since World War II.
- Although his presidency days are over, Clinton has remained active in the democratic party, taking part in the last six Democratic National Conventions.
- Since 2004, former Presidents Clinton and George W.H. Bush have worked together to address humanitarian issues. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. They have set up funds and encouraged the world to contribute to these causes.
- Since Bill Clinton left office, he has faced health concerns which include recovering from triple bypass surgery, published an autobiography, promoted international causes through public speaking, and supported his wife's political career.