52 Facts About President Clinton

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

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

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5. In 2016, Forbes reported Bill and Hillary President Clinton made about $240 million in the 15 years from January 2001 to December 2015.

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

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7. President 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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8. In 2009, President Clinton travelled to North Korea on behalf of two American journalists imprisoned there.

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

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

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11. In 2005, President 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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12. President Clinton has spoken in prime time at every Democratic National Convention since 1988.

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13. President 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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14. President 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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15. President Clinton appointed two justices to the Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993 and Stephen Breyer in 1994.

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16. On October 10, 2000, President 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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17. President 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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18. In 1994 President Clinton angered London by granting a visa to Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, the IRA's political arm.

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

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

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21. In 1999 President 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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22. President Clinton negotiated the passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 by the Republican Congress.

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

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24. President 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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25. On September 21, 1996, President 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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26. President Clinton expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit, a subsidy for low-income workers.

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27. On November 30, 1993, President 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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28. On September 22, 1993, President 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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29. On May 19, 1993, President 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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30. On February 15, 1993, President Clinton made his first address to the nation, announcing his plan to raise taxes to close a budget deficit.

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

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

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

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34. President 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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35. President Clinton decided to remain as Arkansas governor.

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36. In 1987, the media speculated that President 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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37. President 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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38. President 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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39. President 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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40. President Clinton was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1978, having defeated the Republican candidate Lynn Lowe, a farmer from Texarkana.

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

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

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43. President 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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44. President Clinton is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity.

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45. President 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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46. President 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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47. President Clinton created the William J Clinton Foundation to address international causes such as the prevention of AIDS and global warming.

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48. President 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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49. President Clinton is only the second US president to ever be impeached, the first being Andrew Johnson.

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

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51. President 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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52. President Clinton met Hillary Rodham at Yale and married her in 1975.

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