Early Life of William Clinton
William Jefferson Blythe III, commonly known as William Clinton, was born on August 19, 194 in Hope, Arkansas. Four years after his birth, following the death of William’s biological father three months before he was born, his mother married Roger Clinton. He then adopted his paternal name.
As a student, William Clinton excelled both in academics and extra curricular activities. He also played the saxophone and even considered continuing it as a profession. However, meeting then President John Kennedy in the White House Rose Garden as part of the high school delegation to Boys Nation changed his mind and ignited his interest in public service.
William Clinton acquired an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. In 1968, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. He also proceeded to law and graduated from Yale University in 1973.
At law school, he met his wife Hillary Rodham. They have one daughter named Chelsea.
Clinton and his Early Steps in Politics
He started his political career with a defeat; he lost his congressional bid in the third district of Arkansas in 1974. Two years after, however, he was elected as Arkansas Attorney General. He became governor in 1978, lost reelection, but regained the office at 1982. For 10 years, he served the same position, only retiring at 1992 when he was elected president of the United States of America.
When William Clinton and running mate, Albert Gore Jr, defeated incumbent George Bush and Ross Perrot, it was the first time in twelve years that both the White House and Congress were led by the same party. This presented a new light on American politics, as people of the US believed that this will be a new generation of consensus and unity among legislators. Unfortunately, this leverage ended abruptly when the Republicans won the Congress in 1994.
Clinton’s Golden Era
The Clinton Administration brought peace and economic security among the American people. During Clinton’s time, America had the lowest unemployment rate, lowest inflation in 30 years, highest home ownership, decreasing crime rates, and reduced welfare rolls. He drafted a balanced budget, and became one of the few presidents who acquired a budget surplus. Human rights was also included in his platform, and by 2000, he initiated a nationwide campaign to end racial discrimination in America.
Personal Attacks against Clinton
Clinton’s political success was marred with personal issues concerning his extra marital affair with a White House intern. This resulted in an impeachment trial, which is only the second time in the entire American history. While he was not found guilty, his approval ratings continued to drop.
Clinton’s Mark in Politics
After the failure in his second year of a huge program of health care reform, Clinton shifted emphasis, declaring “the era of big government is over.” He sought legislation to upgrade education, to protect jobs of parents who must care for sick children, to restrict handgun sales, and to strengthen environmental rules.
In the world, he successfully dispatched peace keeping forces to war-torn Bosnia and bombed Iraq when Saddam Hussein stopped United Nations inspections for evidence of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. He became a global proponent for an expanded NATO, more open international trade, and a worldwide campaign against drug trafficking. He drew huge crowds when he traveled through South America, Europe, Russia, Africa, and China, advocating U.S. style freedom.: