Fun Facts About Bill Clinton
President William J. Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States. Elected in 1992, he began his first term in 1993 and was re-elected in 1996 for a second term, leaving office in January 2001. Bill Clinton served as Governor of Arkansas and stood beside his wife Hilary Clinton as she competed for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2008. She went on to serve as Secretary of State for 44th President Barack Obama.
Fun Facts about President Clinton
- Born in 1946, President Clinton was a member of the Baby Boomer generation.
- Growing up, President Clinton's nickname was Bubba.
- He was part of a Jazz trio in high school called Three Blind Mice. Clinton's affinity for the saxophone continued throughout his adult life.
- Clinton attended Georgetown University and later Yale University Law School.
- He was the youngest governor ever elected when he became governor of Arkansas in 1978 at the age of 32.
- He lost his re-election in 1982, but took the Governor's house again in 1986.
Presidential Fun Facts
- President Clinton led a prosperous country amidst many personal scandals. Among the personal scandals marring his Presidential legacy were infidelity and an independent congressional investigation into the President and First Lady's Whitewater business investments.
- Clinton was Governor of Arkansas when he ran for President in 1992.
- He is the first democratic president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to be elected to a second term.
- President Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky made national headlines.
- In 1998, he was the second U.S. President to face impeachment with regard to his indiscretions.
- The Senate acquitted him on all charges and he later made a formal apology to the nation. Despite public fascination with the scandal, his approval ratings stayed high.
- He issued 140 pardons as president and appointed Ruth Bader Ginsberg as a Supreme Court Justice.
- President Clinton sent several peacekeeping forces into Bosnia.
- His greatest successes in the White House included welfare reform and a budget surplus during his final years in office. His greatest failure was the collapse of the health care initiative.
Post White House Facts
- President Clinton moved to New York with wife Hilary after leaving the White House.
- First Lady Hilary Clinton ran for the U.S. Senate and became the first former-First Lady to serve in Congress.
- Clinton was supportive of his wife's senate career, but continued his own charitable works.
- President Clinton joined former President George H.W. Bush to raise money and awareness for victims in Haiti and post-Katrina New Orleans.
- In 2007, Clinton stood next to his wife when she announced her intentions to seek the Democratic Presidential nomination.
- He stumped for Senator Clinton around the world, especially in the south.
- In 2008, the Clintons threw their support behind then-future President Obama when he won the Democratic nomination.
- In 2009, Senator Clinton accepted President Obama's appointment as Secretary of State.
Still in the public eye, former President Clinton continues to devote time and effort to his charities and causes, traveling across the United States and around the world.