147 Facts About President Bill Clinton


William Jefferson Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd president of the United States from 1993 to 2001.

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President Bill Clinton previously served as governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1992, and as attorney general of Arkansas from 1977 to 1979.

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President Bill Clinton is the husband of Hillary Clinton, who was a senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 and the Democratic nominee for president in the 2016 presidential election.

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President Bill Clinton was born and raised in Arkansas and attended Georgetown University.

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President Bill Clinton received a Rhodes Scholarship to study at University College, Oxford and later graduated from Yale Law School.

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

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President Bill Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, but failed to pass his plan for national health care reform.

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The Republican Party won unified control of Congress for the first time in 40 years in the 1994 elections, but Clinton was still comfortably re-elected in 1996, becoming the first Democrat since Franklin D Roosevelt to win a second full term.

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President Bill Clinton appointed Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer to the US Supreme Court.

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In foreign policy, President Bill Clinton ordered US military intervention in the Bosnian and Kosovo wars, eventually signing the Dayton Peace agreement.

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President Bill Clinton called for the expansion of NATO in Eastern Europe and many former Warsaw Pact members joined NATO during his presidency.

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President Bill Clinton participated in the Oslo I Accord and Camp David Summit to advance the Israeli–Palestinian peace process, and assisted the Northern Ireland peace process.

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President Bill Clinton was acquitted on both charges as the Senate failed to cast 67 votes against him, the conviction threshold.

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President Bill Clinton's presidency has been ranked among the upper tier in historical rankings of US presidents.

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President Bill Clinton has remained active in Democratic Party politics, campaigning for his wife's 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns.

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President Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19,1946, at Julia Chester Hospital in Hope, Arkansas.

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President Bill Clinton's parents had married on September 4,1943, but this union later proved to be bigamous, as Blythe was still married to his third wife.

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Virginia traveled to New Orleans to study nursing soon after President Bill Clinton was born, leaving him in Hope with her parents Eldridge and Edith Cassidy, who owned and ran a small grocery store.

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At a time when the southern United States was racially segregated, President Bill Clinton's grandparents sold goods on credit to people of all races.

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President Bill Clinton has described his stepfather as a gambler and an alcoholic who regularly abused his mother and half-brother, Roger President Bill Clinton Jr.

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President Bill Clinton threatened his stepfather with violence multiple times to protect them.

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In Hot Springs, President Bill Clinton attended St John's Catholic Elementary School, Ramble Elementary School, and whites only Hot Springs High School, where he was an active student leader, avid reader, and musician.

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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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In 1961, President Bill Clinton became a member of the Hot Springs Chapter of the Order of DeMolay, a youth group affiliated with Freemasonry, but he never became a Freemason.

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President Bill Clinton briefly considered dedicating his life to music, but as he noted in his autobiography My Life:.

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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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President Bill Clinton has identified two influential moments in his life, both occurring in 1963, that contributed to his decision to become a public figure.

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President Bill Clinton is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity.

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President Bill Clinton did not expect to return for the second year because of the draft and so he switched programs; this type of activity was common among other Rhodes Scholars from his cohort.

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President Bill Clinton had received an offer to study at Yale Law School, Yale University, and so he left early to return to the United States and did not receive a degree from Oxford.

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President Bill Clinton was a member of the Oxford University Basketball Club and played for Oxford University's rugby union team.

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President Bill Clinton was planning to attend law school in the US and knew he might lose his deferment.

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

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President Bill Clinton 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.

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President Bill Clinton 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".

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President Bill Clinton registered for the draft and received a high number, meaning that those whose birthdays had been drawn as numbers1 to 310 would be drafted before him, making it unlikely he would be called up.

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President Bill Clinton issued a notarized statement during the 1992 presidential campaign:.

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

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President Bill Clinton spent considerable time in Dallas, at the campaign's local headquarters on Lemmon Avenue, where he had an office.

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

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President Bill Clinton was only 32 years old when he took office, the youngest governor in the country at the time and the second youngest governor in the history of Arkansas.

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President Bill Clinton worked on educational reform and directed the maintenance of Arkansas's roads, with wife Hillary leading a successful committee on urban health care reform.

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President Bill Clinton joined friend Bruce Lindsey's Little Rock law firm of Wright, Lindsey and Jennings.

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President Bill Clinton became a leading figure among the New Democrats, a group of Democrats who advocated welfare reform, smaller government, and other policies not supported by liberals.

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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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The Arkansas Education Standards Committee was chaired by President Bill Clinton's wife Hillary, who was an attorney as well as the chair of the Legal Services Corporation.

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The reforms passed in September 1983 after President Bill Clinton called a special legislative session—the longest in Arkansas history.

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President Bill Clinton defeated four Republican candidates for governor: Lowe, White, Jonesboro businessmen Woody Freeman, and Sheffield Nelson of Little Rock.

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However he might have felt previously, by 1992, President Bill Clinton was insisting that Democrats "should no longer feel guilty about protecting the innocent".

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In 1987, the media speculated that 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 multiple marital infidelities.

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President Bill Clinton gave the nationally televised opening night address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, but his speech, which was 33 minutes long and twice the length it was expected to be, was criticized for being too long and poorly delivered.

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President Bill Clinton presented himself both as a moderate and as 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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President Bill Clinton fell far behind former Massachusetts senator Paul Tsongas in the New Hampshire polls.

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President Bill Clinton finished second to Tsongas in the New Hampshire primary, but after trailing badly in the polls and coming within single digits of winning, the media viewed it as a victory.

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However, former California governor Jerry Brown was scoring victories and President Bill Clinton had yet to win a significant contest outside his native South.

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President Bill Clinton scored a resounding victory in New York City, shedding his image as a regional candidate.

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

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President Bill Clinton then pointed to his moderate, "New Democrat" record as governor of Arkansas, though some on the more liberal side of the party remained suspicious.

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The chief factor was President Bill Clinton's uniting his party, and winning over a number of heterogeneous groups.

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President Bill Clinton received 379 of the Electoral College votes, with Dole receiving 159 electoral votes.

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

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President Bill Clinton was physically exhausted at the time, and had an inexperienced staff.

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President Bill Clinton had repeatedly promised to encourage gays in the military service, despite what he knew to be the strong opposition of the military leadership.

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President Bill Clinton tried anyway, and was publicly opposed by the top generals, and forced by Congress to a compromise position of "Don't ask, don't tell" whereby gays could serve if and only if they kept it secret.

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President Bill Clinton devised a $16-billion stimulus package primarily to aid inner-city programs desired by liberals, but it was defeated by a Republican filibuster in the Senate.

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Public opinion did support one liberal program, and President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, which required large employers to allow employees to take unpaid leave for pregnancy or a serious medical condition.

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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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President Bill Clinton's advisers pressured him to raise taxes, based on the theory that a smaller federal budget deficit would reduce bond interest rates.

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On May 19,1993, President Bill Clinton fired seven employees of the White House Travel Office.

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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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On November 30,1993, 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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President Bill Clinton expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit, a subsidy for low-income workers.

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Brock later apologized to President Bill Clinton, saying the article was politically motivated "bad journalism", and that "the troopers were greedy and had slimy motives".

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President Bill Clinton's defenders argued that an executive order might have prompted the Senate to write the exclusion of gays into law, potentially making it harder to integrate the military in the future.

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Later in his presidency, in 1999, President Bill Clinton criticized the way the policy was implemented, saying he did not think any serious person could say it was not "out of whack".

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On January 1,1994, President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law.

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On July 29,1994, the President Bill Clinton administration launched the first official White House website, whitehouse.

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On July 17,1996, President Bill Clinton issued Executive Order 13011—Federal Information Technology, ordering the heads of all federal agencies to utilize information technology fully to make the information of the agency easily accessible to the public.

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Omnibus Crime Bill, which Clinton signed into law in September 1994, made many changes to US crime and law enforcement legislation including the expansion of the death penalty to include crimes not resulting in death, such as running a large-scale drug enterprise.

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The President Bill Clinton focused on his administration's accomplishments and efforts related to the epidemic, including an accelerated drug-approval process.

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President Bill Clinton condemned homophobia and discrimination against people with HIV.

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President Bill Clinton announced three new initiatives: creating a special working group to coordinate AIDS research throughout the federal government; convening public health experts to develop an action plan that integrates HIV prevention with substance abuse prevention; and launching a new effort by the Department of Justice to ensure that health care facilities provide equal access to people with HIV and AIDS.

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

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Paul Yandura, speaking for the White House gay and lesbian liaison office, said President Bill Clinton's signing DOMA "was a political decision that they made at the time of a re-election".

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In defense of his actions, President Bill Clinton has said that DOMA was intended to "head off an attempt to send a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to the states", a possibility he described as highly likely in the context of a "very reactionary Congress".

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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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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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President Bill Clinton was later honored by GLAAD for his prior pro-gay stances and his reversal on DOMA.

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President Bill Clinton was very angry, as he was already late for the meeting, but following the advice of the secret service possibly saved his life.

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That year, Hillary President Bill Clinton shepherded through Congress the Adoption and Safe Families Act and two years later she succeeded in helping pass the Foster Care Independence Act.

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Bill Clinton negotiated the passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 by the Republican Congress.

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Impeachment proceedings were based on allegations that President Bill Clinton had illegally lied about and covered up his relationship with 22-year-old White House employee Monica Lewinsky.

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President Bill Clinton issued 141 pardons and 36 commutations on his last day in office on January 20,2001.

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In 1993 and 1994, President Bill Clinton pressured Western European leaders to adopt a strong military policy against Bosnian Serbs during the Bosnian War.

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

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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 British government.

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In November 1995, in a ceasefire during the Troubles, Clinton became the first president to visit Northern Ireland, examining both of the two divided communities of Belfast.

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President Bill Clinton sought to continue the Bush administration's policy of limiting Iranian influence in the Middle East, which he laid out in the dual containment strategy.

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President Bill Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 on October 31,1998, which instituted a policy of "regime change" against Iraq, though it explicitly stated it did not provide for direct intervention on the part of American military forces.

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President Bill Clinton aimed to increase trade with China, minimizing import tariffs and offering the country most favoured nation status in 1993, his administration minimized tariff levels in Chinese imports.

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President Bill Clinton initially conditioned extension of this status on human rights reforms, but ultimately decided to extend the status despite a lack of reform in the specified areas, including free emigration, treatment of prisoners in terms of international human rights, and observation of human rights specified by UN resolutions, among others.

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On October 10,2000, President Bill Clinton signed into law the United States–China Relations Act of 2000, which granted permanent normal trade relations trade status to China.

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President Bill Clinton brought Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat together at Camp David for the 2000 Camp David Summit, which lasted 14 days in July.

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

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In May 2006, a CNN poll comparing Clinton's job performance with that of his successor, George W Bush, found that a strong majority of respondents said Clinton outperformed Bush in six different areas questioned.

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Gallup polls in 2007 and 2011 showed that Clinton was regarded by 13 percent of Americans as the greatest president in US history.

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When Clinton played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show, he was described by some religious conservatives as "the MTV president".

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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; Greenberg believed that President Bill Clinton was abandoning the progressive policies of previous Arkansas Governors such as Winthrop Rockefeller, Dale Bumpers and David Pryor.

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President Bill Clinton drew strong support from the African American community and insisted that the improvement of race relations would be a major theme of his presidency.

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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".

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President Bill Clinton later agreed to an out-of-court settlement and paid Jones $850,000.

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

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President Bill Clinton admitted to having extramarital affairs with singer Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky.

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Bill Clinton has continued to be active in public life since leaving office in 2001, giving speeches, fundraising, and founding charitable organizations, and has spoken in prime time at every Democratic National Convention.

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In 2002, President Bill Clinton warned that pre-emptive military action against Iraq would have unwelcome consequences, and later claimed to have opposed the Iraq War from the start.

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

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President Bill Clinton's foundation joined with the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group in 2006 to improve cooperation among those cities, and he met with foreign leaders to promote this initiative.

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

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In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took four trips on Jeffrey Epstein's airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation.

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Fears were allayed August 27,2008, when Clinton enthusiastically endorsed Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, saying all his experience as president assures him that Obama is "ready to lead".

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

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President Bill Clinton organized a conference with the Inter-American Development Bank, where a new industrial park was discussed in an effort to "build back better".

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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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At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, President Bill Clinton gave a widely praised speech nominating Barack Obama.

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President Bill Clinton served as a member of the electoral college for the state of New York.

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President Bill Clinton voted for the Democratic ticket consisting of his wife Hillary and her running-mate Tim Kaine.

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In 2020, President Bill Clinton again served as a member of the United States Electoral College from New York, casting his vote for the successful Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

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In October 2021, President Bill Clinton was treated for sepsis at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center.

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Bill and Hillary Clinton have each earned millions of dollars from book publishing.

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

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In June 2014, ABC News and The Washington Post reported that Bill Clinton has made more than $100million giving paid speeches since leaving public office, and in 2008, The New York Times reported that the Clintons' income tax returns show they made $109million in the eight years from January 1,2000, to December 31,2007, including almost $92million from his speaking and book-writing.

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Bill Clinton has given dozens of paid speeches each year since leaving office in 2001, mostly to corporations and philanthropic groups in North America and Europe; he often earned $100,000 to $300,000 per speech.

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Hillary Clinton said she and Bill came out of the White House financially "broke" and in debt, especially due to large legal fees incurred during their years in the White House.

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President Bill Clinton is the maternal grandfather to Chelsea's three children.

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President Bill Clinton received an honorary degree from Georgetown University, his alma mater, and was the commencement speaker in 1980.

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President Bill Clinton is an honorary fellow of University College, Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, although he did not complete his studies there.

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President Bill Clinton was presented with the Medal for Distinguished Public Service by Secretary of Defense William Cohen in 2001.

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President Bill Clinton has been honored in various other ways, in countries that include the Czech Republic, Papua New Guinea, Germany, and Kosovo.

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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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From a poll conducted of the American people in December 1999, President Bill Clinton was among eighteen included in Gallup's List of Widely Admired People of the 20th century.

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President Bill Clinton has been honored with a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, a J William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding, a TED Prize, and was named as an Honorary GLAAD Media Award recipient for his work as an advocate for the LGBT community.

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Former President Bill Clinton is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then president Barack Obama.

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Bill Clinton is one of the narrators on Wolf Tracks and Peter and the Wolf, a 2003 recording of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf performed by the Russian National Orchestra, on Pentatone, together with Mikhail Gorbachev and Sophia Loren.

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Audiobook edition of his autobiography, My Life, read by President Bill Clinton himself, won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album as well as the Audie Award as the Audiobook of the Year.

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President Bill Clinton has two more Grammy nominations for his audiobooks: Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World in 2007 and Back to Work in 2012.

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