Bill Clinton

42nd president of the United States

 

Bill Clinton was the president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Today, he continues to be active in public life as a veteran politician and democrat.

Born in 1946 in Hope, Arkansas, Clinton realized he would study law after a mock trial debate in his Latin class. He attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a scholarship, where he was elected class president in 1964 and 1965. Upon graduating, Clinton won a Rhodes Scholarship and studied politics at Oxford, where he participated in protests against the Vietnam War and organized a Moratorium to End the War event.

He earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, where he met his future partner, Hillary Rodham. Briefly serving as a law professor at the University of Arkansas, Clinton decided to run for Arkansas Attorney General in 1976 and was elected. Two years later, he was elected governor of Arkansas, becoming the youngest governor to be elected in 40 years. He served two terms in the position.

In 1992, Clinton ran for president, and won against George H. W. Bush. While Clinton was in office, the nation enjoyed the lowest unemployment rates in recent times, the lowest inflation rate in decades, and the highest homeownership rates in American history. Clinton’s term improved economic equality for Americans, and he benefited from high approval ratings in his final term.

When it came to foreign policy, Clinton acted as a diplomat and peacemaker. He presided over the 1993 signing of the Oslo ACcords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, the representative of the Palestinian territories at the time, during which the famous handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat occurred. He also helped stabilize war-torn Bosnia through the Dayton Peace Accords, which ended ethnic cleansing of Albanians in Kosovo.

President Clinton gave a keynote speech at the Opening Ceremony of One Young World 2012 Pittsburgh.