55 Facts About President Bill Clinton

1. President Bill Clinton declared at the ceremony that "in the United States of America, I really don't believe former American presidents need awards anymore, but I am very honored by this one, I love Haiti, and I believe in its promise".

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2. President Bill Clinton was selected as Time "Man of the Year" in 1992, and again in 1998, along with Ken Starr.

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3. President Bill Clinton earned more than $104 million from paid speeches between 2001 and 2012.

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4. In 2010, President Bill Clinton announced support of, and delivered the keynote address for, the inauguration of NTR, Ireland's first environmental foundation.

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5. President Bill Clinton continues to visit Haiti to witness the inauguration of refugee villages, and to raise funds for victims of the earthquake.

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6. Since then, President Bill Clinton has been assigned a number of other diplomatic missions.

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7. In 2009, President Bill Clinton travelled to North Korea on behalf of two American journalists imprisoned there.

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8. President Bill Clinton spoke in favor of California Proposition 87 on alternative energy, which was voted down.

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9. In 2005, President Bill Clinton announced through his foundation an agreement with manufacturers to stop selling sugared drinks in schools.

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10. In 2005, President Bill Clinton criticized the Bush administration for its handling of emissions control, while speaking at the United Nations Climate Change conference in Montreal.

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11. President Bill Clinton has spoken in prime time at every Democratic National Convention since 1988.

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12. In 2018, President Bill Clinton was asked in several interviews about whether he should have resigned, and stated that he made the right decision in not resigning.

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13. In 1998, Kathleen Willey alleged that President Bill Clinton groped her in a hallway in 1993.

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14. President Bill Clinton appointed the nation's first openly gay or lesbian federal judge when he named Deborah Batts to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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15. President Bill Clinton experienced a number of judicial appointment controversies, as 69 nominees to federal judgeships did not receive a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee.

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16. President Bill Clinton appointed two justices to the Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993 and Stephen Breyer in 1994.

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17. In his autobiography, President Bill Clinton blames Arafat for the collapse of the summit.

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18. On October 10, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed into law the US–China Relations Act of 2000, which granted permanent normal trade relations trade status to People's Republic of China.

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19. At the end of this operation President Bill Clinton announced that "So long as Saddam remains in power, he will remain a threat to his people, his region, and the world.

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20. President Bill Clinton went on to play a key role in the peace talks, which eventually led to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

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21. In 1994 President Bill Clinton angered London by granting a visa to Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, the IRA's political arm.

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22. In 1992, before his presidency, President Bill Clinton proposed sending a peace envoy to Northern Ireland, but this was dropped to avoid tensions with the UK government.

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23. President Bill Clinton deployed US peacekeepers to Bosnia in late 1995, to uphold the subsequent Dayton Agreement.

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24. President Bill Clinton was only the second US president to be impeached, after Andrew Johnson.

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25. In 1999 President Bill Clinton signed into law the Financial Services Modernization Act known as the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act, which repealed the part of the Glass–Steagall Act that had prohibited a bank from offering a full range of investment, commercial banking, and insurance services since its enactment in 1933.

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26. President Bill Clinton came out for gay marriage in July 2009 and urged the Supreme Court to overturn DOMA in 2013.

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27. President Bill Clinton pushed for passing hate crimes laws for gays and for the private sector Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which, buoyed by his lobbying, failed to pass the Senate by a single vote in 1996.

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28. On September 21, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage for federal purposes as the legal union of one man and one woman, allowing individual states to refuse to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

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29. Throughout his first year in office, President Bill Clinton consistently supported ratification of the treaty by the US Senate.

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30. On November 30, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Brady Bill, which mandated federal background checks on people who purchase firearms in the United States.

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31. On September 22, 1993, President Bill Clinton made a major speech to Congress regarding a health care reform plan; the program aimed at achieving universal coverage through a national health care plan.

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32. On May 19, 1993, President Bill Clinton fired seven employees of the White House Travel Office, causing the White House travel office controversy even though the travel office staff served at the pleasure of the president and could be dismissed without cause.

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33. On February 15, 1993, President Bill Clinton made his first address to the nation, announcing his plan to raise taxes to close a budget deficit.

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34. President Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States on January 20, 1993.

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35. President Bill Clinton repeatedly condemned Bush for making a promise he failed to keep.

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36. President Bill Clinton argued the questions were moot because all transactions with the state had been deducted before determining Hillary's firm pay.

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37. President Bill Clinton presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history.

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38. President Bill Clinton presented himself as both a moderate and a member of the New Democrat wing of the Democratic Party, and he headed the moderate Democratic Leadership Council in 1990 and 1991.

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39. President Bill Clinton decided to remain as Arkansas governor.

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40. In 1987, the media speculated that President Bill Clinton would enter the Presidential race after incumbent New York Governor Mario Cuomo declined to run and Democratic front-runner Gary Hart withdrew owing to revelations of marital infidelity.

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41. In the early 1980s, President Bill Clinton made reform of the Arkansas education system a top priority of his gubernatorial administration.

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42. President Bill Clinton delivered the Democratic response to Reagan's 1985 State of the Union Address and served as chair of the National Governors Association from 1986 to 1987, bringing him to an audience beyond Arkansas.

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43. President Bill Clinton was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1978 at the age of 32, having defeated the Republican candidate Lynn Lowe, a farmer from Texarkana.

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44. President Bill Clinton married Hillary on October 11, 1975, and their only child, Chelsea, was born on February 27, 1980.

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45. President Bill Clinton eventually moved to Texas with Rodham in 1972 to take a job leading McGovern's effort there.

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46. President Bill Clinton tried unsuccessfully to obtain positions in the National Guard or Air Force, and he then made arrangements to join the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at the University of Arkansas.

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47. While at Oxford, President Bill Clinton participated in Vietnam War protests and organized an October 1969 Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam event.

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48. President Bill Clinton was a member of the Order of DeMolay, a youth group affiliated with Freemasonry, but he never became a Freemason.

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49. With the aid of scholarships, President Bill Clinton attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree in 1968.

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50. President Bill 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.

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51. President Bill Clinton was in the chorus and played the tenor saxophone, winning first chair in the state band's saxophone section.

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52. President Bill Clintoncreated the William J Clinton Foundation to address international causes such as the prevention of AIDS and global warming.

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53. President Bill Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any US president since World War II, and has continually scored high in the historical rankings of US presidents, consistently placing in the top third.

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54. President Bill Clinton was acquitted by the Senate in 1999 and completed his term in office.

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55. President Bill Clinton presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history and signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement, but failed to pass his plan for national health care reform.

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