Bill Clinton is an American politician and served as the 42 President of the United States of America from 1993 to 2001. Considered a New Democrat, he was the first president to come out of the baby boomer generation and one of the youngest people to ever serve as President. He is married to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who served as United States Secretary of State from 2009-2013.
Born and raised in Arkansas, Bill Clinton showed an aptitude for leadership and scholarship at an early age. He’s an alumni of Georgetown University, a Rhodes scholar, and attended Oxford. He met and married Hillary while both of them were studying law at Yale. Moving on from his student days, Clinton served as the Governor of Arkansas for a total of ten years. It was during this time that he completely overhauled the state’s educational system. Clinton defeated George H. Bush in 1992 and became President of the United States. His term as president witnessed the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history. He didn’t pass national healthcare reform as he intended, but he was responsible for massive welfare reform. He provided health coverage for millions of children with his State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Clinton administration also witnessed many military events, including, but not limited to, the Battle of Mogadishu, the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombing of U.S. Embassies in East Africa, and the ethnic cleansing of Albanians in Kosovo, which Clinton responded to with military force.
Despite his high approval rating of 65% when leaving office, Clinton’s presidency also suffered controversy. He was impeached in 1998 for attempting to lie about and cover up his relationship with 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. However, he was voted not guilty, and he was able to finish up his second term as president.
The years following his presidency have been kind to Bill Clinton. Working as a humanitarian, he’s been involved in topics ranging from AIDS to global warming.