Everything You Need to Know about Bill Clinton
William Jefferson Clinton, popularly known as Bill Clinton served as the 42nd President of the United States of America. He served for two terms starting from January 1993 to January 2001. From 1979 to 1981 and from 1983 to 1992, Bill Clinton served as the Governor of Arkansas.
Bill Clinton’s father William Jefferson Blythe had died three months before Mr. Clinton was born. So Bill Clinton had faced difficult times as a child. He grew up with his grandparents Eldridge and Edith Cassidy as a kid.
Bill Clinton was a brilliant student and graduated from Georgetown University in 1968. He also went to Oxford and Yale Law School. At Yale, Bill Clinton met Hillary Rodham. They fell in love and married in 1975.
Bill Clinton formally started his political career and fought for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974. Though he lost the elections, it highlighted him as a rising star of the Democratic Party.
In 1978 Bill Clinton was elected as the governor of Arkansas. In 1982 he was re-elected and held the office till 1992. As a governor Bill Clinton worked for the economic development of Arkansas and also reformed its education system.
In 1992 presidential elections, Bill Clinton defeated incumbent Republican President George W.H. Bush. As a President, he worked for health care reforms. But the success was limited. The North American Free Trade Agreement was signed by President Clinton. He had sent peacekeeping forces to war-ravaged Bosnia. Bill Clinton also ordered the bombing of Iraq when Saddam Hussein stopped United Nations inspections.
Major successes attributed to President Clinton are the economic expansion, highest home ownership, lowest unemployment, improved education standards, etc.
Throughout his career, Bill Clinton faced many controversies and scandals. Bill and Hillary Clinton had started an entrepreneurial venture Whitewater Development Corporation before Bill Clinton was elected as Arkansas governor. The venture failed, but it resurfaced with alleged financial misconduct by the Clintons. But the investigating agencies could not prove anything against the Clintons.
Monica Lewinsky, a former white house intern, admitted having an affair and sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton. The scandal led to his impeachment, but the Senate could not prove Bill Clinton guilty. He retained his office. Hillary Clinton supported her husband in public, but it is believed that privately she thought of ending her marriage following reports of the scandal.
Bill Clinton’s wife Hillary Clinton is well known in American politics. She held key government positions when Bill Clinton was the Governor of Arkansas and also when he was the President of the U.S. Hillary Clinton was also the Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. She got Democratic nomination to contest the 2016 presidential election but lost to Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Bill Clinton continues to be active in public life. He campaigns for Democratic candidates and also campaigned extensively for his wife. Bill Clinton tours across the world as a speaker on major issues. It is reported that the former President makes big money by way of public speaking.
In 1997 Bill Clinton founded the William J. Clinton Foundation. It is a not for profit organization and works for humanitarian causes. In 2006 Bill Clinton started a program called Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative to fight climate change. His other initiatives include the Clinton Development Initiative and The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. However, there are allegations of lack of transparency against the foundation.
Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea also worked for the Clinton Foundation. She is married to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky.
Bill Clinton has authored some books including “My Life,” “Gone,” and “Back to Work, Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy.”