William "Bill" Clinton was the 42nd President of The United States. Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas to William Jefferson Blythe, Jr., and Virginia Dell Cassidy. When Clinton was three months old, Clinton's grandparents, Eldridge and Edith Cassidy, assumed custody of Clinton following the death of his traveling salesman father in an automobile accident and the departure of his mother who moved to New Orleans to study nursing. Clinton's mother returned four years later and married Roger Clinton, an automobile dealership owner from Hot Springs, Arkansas. That year, the family relocated to Hot Springs.
Clinton's childhood was fraught with abuse due to his stepfather's alcoholism, gambling, and violence toward Clinton's mother and half brother Roger Clinton, Jr. Clinton often intervened to protect his mother and brother. Despite Clinton's unstable home environment, Clinton excelled in academics, extracurricular activities, arts, and music at St. John's Catholic Elementary School, Ramble Elementary School, and Hot Springs High School. By the age of sixteen, Clinton was an active student leader, avid reader, and saxophone musician with political aspirations. At the age of fourteen, Clinton formally adopted his stepfather's surname and propelled his political aspirations inspired by a visit to the White House as a Boys Nation Senator in 1963. Upon graduation from high school, Clinton enrolled in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC with the assistance of scholarships. Clinton earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown in 1968 and, upon receiving a Rhodes Scholarship, went on to study philosophy, politics, and economics at Oxford University College. Clinton changed majors and transferred to Yale where he received his law degree in 1973 and entered politics in Arkansas upon graduation. In 1974, Clinton was defeated in a campaign for Congress within Arkansas' Third
District. Despite Clinton's defeat in the political arena, his personal life flourished and in 1975, Clinton wed Hillary Rodham.
In 1976, Clinton was elected as the Arkansas Attorney General and two years later, won governorship for one term. In 1980, the Clinton's expanded their family with the birth of their only daughter, named Chelsea. Two years later Clinton reclaimed the governorship and served until the 1992 Presidential campaign when he defeated George Bush and Ross Perot. On January 20, 1993 Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd President of the U.S. with Tennessee Senator Albert Gore, Jr. as Vice President. During two terms as President, Clinton established deficit reducing policies, issued formal tax breaks, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy, launched the first official White House website, issued the Executive Order 13011 requiring all federal agencies to use information technology and the Worldwide Web to keep agency information accessible to the public, ratified the Brady Bill on handgun purchase waiting periods, enacted the Free Trade Agreement by the U.S. Senate, and launched programs devised toward health care reform which were later defeated by political disunity but Clinton's Children's Health Insurance Program was successful. Clinton also led the U.S. with many changes in foreign policy with his support of NATO, campaigns against world wide drug trafficking, support of the war torn Bosnia, and the bombing of Iraq following Saddam Hussein's refusal to cooperate with United Nations inspectors seeking evidence of chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons.
During 1998, Clinton's presidency was overshadowed by a personal relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern, and sexual misconduct charges filed by Paula Jones stemming from Clinton's term as Senator. Clinton's indiscretions led to an impeachment trial before the House of Representatives and was found not guilty of the charges. Clinton issued a public apology and the incident did very little to affect his unprecedented popularity. In 2001, Clinton left office with the highest end of office approval rating since World War II. Clinton went on to pursue public speaking and humanitarian work by founding the William J. Clinton Foundation to promote international issues like the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS as well as global warming. In 2004, Clinton penned an autobiography entitled "My Life." During the Presidential campaign of 2008, he supported his wife and later Barack Obama during the Democratic nomination and one year later was appointed to the United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti. Clinton and George W. Bush later formed the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund in response to supporting relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Clinton's impact on the U.S. during his presidency is often considered one of the most prosperous and peaceful. During Clinton's terms as President, the U.S. had the lowest unemployment rate in history, the lowest inflation rate in 30 years, the highest incidence of home ownership, decreased crime rates, and reduced welfare. Clinton's contributions as President and the years following his term outweigh some of the more scandalous aspects of his presidency. Here are the Best Bill Clinton Quotes:
1. "Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right in America."
2. "It depends on what the meaning of the words 'is' is."
3. "It depends on how you define alone..."
4. "There were a lot of times when we were alone, but I never really thought we were."
5. "What's a man got to do to get into the top fifty?"
6. "I don't know whether it's the finest public housing in America or the crown jewel of the American penal system."
7. "When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it. I didn't inhale and never tried it again."
8. "Politics gives guys so much power that they tend to behave badly around women. And I hope I never get into that."
9. "It was a real sort of Southern deal. I had AstroTurf in the back. You don't want to know why, but I did."
10. "You know, if I were a single man, I might ask that mummy out. That's a
11. "Being president is like running a cemetery: you've got a lot of people under you and nobody's listening."
12. "Last year, the vice president launched a new effort to help make communities more liberal."
13. "I asked him to do it because he was the only person that I could trust to read all 150,000 pages in the Code of Federal Regulations."
14. "I'm someone who had a deep emotional attachment to 'Starsky and Hutch.'"
15. "Sometimes I feel like the fire hydrant looking at a pack of dogs. For six years I had declined to tell those kinds of jokes, because I have been told it is not presidential. But I feel kind of outdoorsy today."
16. "Well, I don't have much job security."
17. "Usually briefs."
18. "Look, half the time when I see the evening news, I wouldn't be for me, either."
19. "There are always going to be people who want to be president, and some days I'd like to give it to them."
20. "The economy has produced 6.1 million jobs since I became president, and if Michael Jordan comes back to the Bulls, it will be 6,100,001 jobs."
21. "It wasn't my finest hour. It wasn't even my finest hour and a half."
22. "You'd think he was running for First Lady."
23. "If President Reagan could be an actor and become president, maybe I could become an actor. I've got a good pension. I can work for cheap."
24 "I may not have been the greatest president, but I've had the most fun eight
25. "If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit."
26. "Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to personal failure."
27. "The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the
28. "Democracies don't go to war against each other, and by and large they don't sponsor terrorism. They're more likely to respect the environment and human rights and social justice. It's no accident that most of the terrorists come from non-democratic countries."
29. "Never pick a fight with the people who buy ink in the barrel."
30. "Just as war is freedom's cost, disagreement is freedom's privilege."
31. "It's the economy, stupid."
32. "The world has never truly had to develop an ethic of interdependence rooted in our common humanity. And if we do it, the 21st century will be the most interesting, exciting, peaceful era in history."
33. "You live in the age of interdependence. Borders don't count for much or stop much, good or bad, anymore."
34. "Sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think, and it's the time when they most need to think."
35. "A lot of presidential memoirs, they say, are dull and self-serving. I hope mine is interesting and self-serving."
36. "America and Israel share a special bond. Our relationship is unique among all nations. Like America, Israel is a strong democracy, a symbol of freedom, and an oasis of liberty, a home to the oppressed and persecuted."
37. "Because primarily of the power of the Internet, people of modest means can band together and amass vast sums of money that can change the world for some public good if they all agree."
38. "I am in support of the NRA position on gun control."
39. "I believe I'm a better authority than anybody else in America on my own wife. I have never known a person with a stronger sense of right and wrong in my life ever."
40. "I don't believe you can find any evidence of the fact that I have changed government policy solely because of a contribution."
41. "I haven't eaten at a McDonald's since I became President."
42. "I like the job. That's what I'll miss the most...I'm not sure anybody ever liked this as much as I've liked it."
43. "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
44. "In a world with no systems, with chaos, everything becomes a guerilla struggle, and this predictability is not there. And it becomes almost impossible to save lives, educate kids, develop economies, whatever."
45. "In the new economy, information, education, and motivation are everything."
46. "In today's knowledge-based economy, what you earn depends on what you learn. Jobs in the information technology sector, for example, pay 85 percent more than the private sector average."
47. "Let me say this as clearly as I can: No matter how sharp a grievance or how deep a hurt, there is no justification for killing innocents."
48. "Let us all take more responsibility, not only for ourselves and our families but for our communities and our country."
50. "You can put wings on a pig, but you don't make it an eagle."