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Mr. President

William Jefferson Clinton
Forty-Second President, 1993–2001

“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”

When he was in high school, Bill Clinton shook hands with President John F. Kennedy in the Rose Garden of the White House. This brief meeting, he said later, was an inspiration for a life in politics. In 1978, at the age of 32, he became Arkansas’s youngest governor. He was elected president in 1992, and four years later became the first Democrat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win a second term. Despite scandals and a vote for impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives, President Clinton enjoyed high approval ratings. The federal budget was balanced during his administration and the economy was generally strong. In 1998, he ordered bombings of military targets in Iraq when its president, Saddam Hussein, failed to cooperate with United Nations inspections for chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons. In 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton won a race for a Senate seat from New York. This was the first time in history that a first lady was elected to office.

Portrait by Nelson Shanks , 2005 . NPG.06.78 , Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery .

Fast Facts
Party: Democrat
Date of Birth: Monday, August 19, 1946
Date of Death:
Vice President: Albert Gore, Jr.
First Lady: Hillary Rodham Clinton

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