Bill Clinton is an American politician who serced as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about him!
1.His full name is William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton.
2. He was born on August 19, 1946 is an American politician.
3. Bill Clinton was the 40th Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 42nd Governor from 1983 to 1992, and Arkansas Attorney General from 1977 to 1979.
4. A member of the Democratic Party, ideologically Clinton was a New Democrat, and many of his policies reflected a centrist “Third Way” political philosophy.
5. Bill Clinton was born and raised in Arkansas and is an alumnus of Georgetown University, where he was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Phi Beta Kappa Society and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to attend the University of Oxford.
6. Bill Clinton is married to Hillary Clinton, who served as United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, who was a Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, and who was the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 2016.
7. Both Clintons earned law degrees from Yale Law School, where they met and began dating. As Governor of Arkansas, Clinton overhauled the state’s education system, and served as chairman of the National Governors Association.
8. Bill Clinton was elected President in 1992, defeating incumbent George H. W. Bush. At age 46, Clinton was the third-youngest president, and the first from the Baby Boomer generation. Clinton presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history, and signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement. After failing to pass national health care reform, the Democratic House was ousted when the Republican Party won control of the Congress in 1994, for the first time in 40 years.
9. Two years later, in 1996, Clinton became the first Democrat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to be elected to a second term. Clinton passed welfare reform and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, providing health coverage for millions of children.
10. In 1998, Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for perjury before a grand jury and obstruction of justice during a lawsuit against him, both related to a scandal involving White House (and later Department of Defense) employee Monica Lewinsky.
11. Clinton was acquitted by the U.S. Senate in 1999, and served his complete term of office. The Congressional Budget Office reported a budget surplus between the years 1998 and 2000, the last three years of Clinton’s presidency.
12. In foreign policy, Clinton ordered U.S. military intervention in the Bosnia and Kosovo wars, signed the Iraq Liberation Act in opposition to Saddam Hussein, and participated in the 2000 Camp David Summit to advance the Israeli–Palestinian peace process.
13. Bill Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. President since World War II. Since then, Clinton has been involved in public speaking and humanitarian work. Clinton created the William J. Clinton Foundation to address international causes, such as the prevention of AIDS and global warming.
14. In 2004, Clinton published his autobiography My Life. Clinton has remained active in politics by campaigning for Democratic candidates, including his wife’s campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 and 2016, and Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.
15. In 2009, Clinton was named the United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti, and after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Clinton teamed with George W. Bush to form the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Since leaving office, Clinton has been rated highly in public opinion polls of U.S. Presidents.
16. Bil Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, at Julia Chester Hospital in Hope, Arkansas
17. His parents had been married on September 4, 1943, but this later proved to be bigamous, as Blythe was still married to a previous wife.
18. Soon after their son was born, his mother traveled to New Orleans to study nursing, leaving her son in Hope with her parents Eldridge and Edith Cassidy, who owned and ran a small grocery store.
19. At a time when the Southern United States was segregated racially, Clinton’s grandparents sold goods on credit to people of all races.
20. In 1950, Bill’s mother returned from nursing school and married Roger Clinton Sr., who owned an automobile dealership in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with his brother and Earl T. Ricks. The family moved to Hot Springs in 1950.
21. Bill Clinton’s job approval rating fluctuated in the 40s and 50s throughout his first term. In his second term, his rating consistently ranged from the high-50s to the high-60s.
22. After his impeachment proceedings in 1998 and 1999, Clinton’s rating reached its highest point.
23. According to a CBS News/New York Times poll, Clinton left office with an approval rating of 68 percent, which matched those of Ronald Reagan and Franklin D. Roosevelt as the highest ratings for departing presidents in the modern era.
24. Clinton’s average Gallup poll approval rating for his last quarter in office was 61%, the highest final quarter rating any president has received for fifty years.
25. Forty-seven percent of the respondents identified themselves as being Clinton supporters.
26. As the first baby boomer president, Clinton was the first president in more than half a century not to have been alive during World War II.
27. Authors Martin Walker and Bob Woodward state Clinton’s innovative use of sound bite-ready dialogue, personal charisma, and public perception-oriented campaigning was a major factor in his high public approval ratings.
28. When Clinton played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show, he was described by some religious conservatives as “the MTV president”.
29. Opponents sometimes referred to him as “Slick Willie”, a nickname which was first applied to him in 1980 by Pine Bluff Commercial journalist Paul Greenberg;
30. Greenberg believed that Clinton was abandoning the progressive policies of previous Arkansas Governors such as Winthrop Rockefeller, Dale Bumpers and David Pryor.
31. The claim “Slick Willie” would last throughout his presidency.
32. Standing at a height of 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), Clinton is tied with five others as the fourth-tallest president in the nation’s history.
33. His folksy manner led him to be nicknamed Bubba, especially in the South.
34. Since 2000, he has frequently been referred to as “The Big Dog” or “Big Dog”.
35. His prominent role in campaigning for President Obama during the 2012 presidential election and his widely publicized speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, where he officially nominated Obama and criticized Republican nominee Mitt Romney and Republican policies in detail, earned him the nickname “Explainer-in-Chief”.
36. Bill Clinton drew strong support from the African American community and made improving race relations a major theme of his presidency.
37. In 1998, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison called Clinton “the first Black president”, saying, “Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas”.
38. Noting that Clinton’s sex life was scrutinized more than his career accomplishments, Morrison compared this to the stereotyping and double standards that blacks typically endure, although many viewed this comparison as unfair and disparaging to both Clinton and the African-American community at large.
39. Shortly after he took office, conservative newspaper owner Richard Mellon Scaife organized a fundraising campaign to smear Clinton’s image in the media.
40. Leading the Arkansas Project, Scaife and other associates sought to find sources in Clinton’s home state of Arkansas who would be willing to dish out negative allegations against the President
41. Clinton was selected as Time’s “Man of the Year” in 1992, and again in 1998, along with Ken Starr
42. From a poll conducted of the American people in December 1999, Clinton was among eighteen included in Gallup’s List of Widely Admired People of the 20th century.
43. He was honored with a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, a J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding a TED Prize (named for the confluence of technology, entertainment and design),and was named as an Honorary GLAAD Media Award recipient for his work as an advocate for the LGBT community.
44. U.S. President Barack Obama awarded Clinton the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 20, 2013.
45. Though the improper relationship between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky was confirmed, Clinton’s marriage with his wife, Hillary Clinton, survived the scandal.Lewinsky stated that she had sexual encounters with Bill Clinton on nine occasions from November 1995 to March 1997. According to her published schedule, First Lady Hillary Clinton was at the White House for at least some portion of seven of those days.