Prior to the presidency, he was the Governor of Arkansas from toand again from to A member of the Democratic PartyClinton was ideologically a New Democrat and many of his policies reflected a centrist " Third Way " political philosophy.
He met Hillary Rodham at Yale and married her in After Loren lebeau wife sexual dysfunction, Clinton returned to Arkansas and won election as the Attorney General of Arkansasserving from to As Governor of Arkansas, he overhauled the state's education system and Loren lebeau wife sexual dysfunction as chairman of the National Governors Association.
Clinton was elected president Loren lebeau wife sexual dysfunctiondefeating incumbent Republican opponent George H. At age 46, he became 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 Agreementbut failed to pass his plan for national health care reform.
In the electionsthe Republican Party won unified control of Loren lebeau wife sexual dysfunction Congress for the first time in 40 years. InClinton became the first Democrat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to be elected to a second full term. InClinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for perjury and obstruction of justice following allegations that he committed perjury and obstructed justice to conceal an affair he had with Monica Lewinskya year old White House intern.
Clinton was acquitted by the Senate in and completed his term in office. He is only the second U. During the last three years of Clinton's presidency, the Congressional Budget Office reported a budget surplus, the first such surplus since In foreign policy, Clinton ordered U.
Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U. Since leaving office, he has been involved in public speaking and humanitarian work. He created the William J. Clinton Foundation to address international causes such as the prevention of AIDS and global warming.
He has remained active in politics by campaigning for Democratic candidates, including the presidential campaigns of his wife and Barack Obama. InClinton published his autobiography, My Life. Bush to form the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. In addition, he secured the release of two American journalists imprisoned by North Koreavisiting the capital Pyongyang and negotiating their release with Kim Jong-il. In Hot Springs, Clinton attended St. He briefly considered dedicating his life to music, but as he noted in his autobiography My Life:.
Clinton began an interest in law at Hot Springs High, when he took up the challenge to argue the defense of the ancient Roman Senator Catiline in a mock trial in his Latin class. Clinton has identified two influential moments in his life, both occurring inthat contributed to his decision to become a public figure.
In andClinton won elections for class president. Clinton was also a member of the Order of DeMolay a youth group affiliated with Freemasonry, but he never became a Freemason. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity.
He had received an offer to study at Yale Law SchoolYale Universitybut he left early to return to the United States and did not receive a degree from Oxford. InAller received a draft letter that mandated deployment to the Vietnam War. Aller's suicide had an influential impact on Clinton. I knew nothing about it, and when Frank began to describe the napalming of civilians I began to cry. Bill said that feeling bad wasn't good enough. That was the first time I encountered the idea Loren lebeau wife sexual dysfunction liberal sensitivities weren't enough and you had to do something about such things".
While Clinton was president inhe received an honorary degree and a fellowship from the University of Oxfordspecifically for being "a doughty and tireless champion of the cause of world peace", having "a powerful collaborator "Loren lebeau wife sexual dysfunction" his wife," and for winning "general applause for his achievement of resolving the gridlock that prevented an agreed budget".
During the Vietnam WarClinton received educational draft deferments while he was in England in and He subsequently decided not to join the ROTC, saying in a letter to the officer in charge of the program that he opposed the war, but did not think it was honorable to use ROTC, National Guard, or Reserve service to avoid serving in Vietnam.
He further stated that because he opposed the war, he would not volunteer to serve in uniform, but would subject himself to the draft, and would serve if selected only as a way "to maintain my political viability within the system". In fact, the highest number drafted was Colonel Eugene Holmes, the Army officer who had been involved with Clinton's ROTC application, suspected that Clinton attempted to manipulate the situation to avoid the draft and avoid serving in uniform.
He issued a notarized statement during the presidential campaign:. During the campaign, it was revealed that Clinton's uncle had attempted to secure him a position in the Navy Reservewhich would have prevented him from Loren lebeau wife sexual dysfunction deployed to Vietnam.
This effort was unsuccessful and Clinton said in that he had been unaware of it until then. After only about a month, Clinton postponed his plans to be a coordinator for the George McGovern campaign for the United States presidential election in order to move in with her in California. Clinton eventually moved to Texas with Rodham in to take a job leading McGovern's effort there. He spent considerable time in Dallasat the campaign's local headquarters on Lemmon Avenue, where he had an office.
Clinton worked with future two-term mayor of Dallas Ron Kirk future governor of Texas Ann Richards and then unknown television director and future filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
Bill married Hillary on October 11,and their only child, Chelseawas born on February 27, Inhe ran for the House of Representatives.
Running in a conservative district against incumbent Republican John Paul HammerschmidtClinton's campaign was bolstered by the anti-Republican and anti-incumbent mood resulting from the Watergate scandal.