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1 President Bill Clinton
U.S. History Ms. Eraqi

2 The Clinton Administration
Essential Question: How should historians judge the impact, effectiveness, and legacy of the Clinton administration?


4 Clinton’s Early Years Bill Clinton meets President John F. Kennedy as a 16 year-old delegate of Boy’s Nation on June 6, 1963

5 Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham at Yale Law School, January 1972
Education Georgetown University, Oxford University, Yale Law School Early interest in politics Attorney general of Arkansas at 30 years of age Nation’s youngest governor at 32 years of age (Arkansas) Bill Clinton runs for Student Council President at Georgetown University Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham at Yale Law School, January 1972

6 Bill Clinton taking the Oath of Office as the Governor of Arkansas on January 9, 1979

7 1992 Presidential Election
Democratic nomination for the presidency in 1992 Pushed for middle-class tax cuts and a national health-care system Relied on his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, a top lawyer Clinton presented himself as the protector of the middle class. Clinton won 370 electoral votes to Bush’s 168, although Clinton won less than 50 percent of the popular vote. 1992 Presidential Debate: Video Clip Clinton 1992 Campaign Ad

8 1992 Election Results

9 Clinton’s Domestic Issues
Budget Deficit Campaigned on promise to reduce taxes for the middle class However, Clinton raised taxes. Critics complained that the tax increase would hurt the economy but this did not happen. Health Care Health care costs were rising and tens of millions of Americans had little or no health insurance. Hillary Clinton headed a special task force which proposed a government-sponsored program of health care. The plan was defeated after months of debate.

10 Clinton’s Domestic Issues Cont.
Worked to Develop NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) to eliminate barriers to trade and investment between the US, Canada and Mexico At $248.2 billion for Canada and $163.3 billion for Mexico, they were the top two purchasers of US exports in 2010 At $276.4 billion for Canada and $229.7 billion for Mexico, they were the second and third largest suppliers of goods imports to the United States in 2010

11 Other Domestic Challenges
Internet The internet emerged as a major means of communication and commerce. People were concerned about inappropriate material on the Internet. The White House tried to pass a law to limit sexually explicit material, but the Supreme Court ruled that it violated the right to freedom of speech.

12 Other Domestic Challenges
Terrorism Terrorists exploded a bomb in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were convicted of the crime.

13 The bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 killed168 and injured approximately 700. Timothy McVeigh


15 Re-election In 1996 Clinton defeated Bob Dole of Kansas.
The only Democrat to win reelection to a 2nd term of office as president since FDR

16 Foreign Policy Challenges
Oslo Accords 2nd U.S. Attempts Clinton hosted the signing of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Agreed to self-rule for Palestinians in return for the Palestinians recognizing Israel’s right to exist Never fully realized

17 Foreign Policy Challenges
Somalia Bush sent troops to help the UN distribute food to victims of the civil war. UN forces also worked to end the fighting. After a number of Americans died, Clinton withdrew the remaining soldiers. Stopped U.S. from sending help to Rwanda.

18 Foreign Policy Challenges
Haiti Clinton pledged the use of American troops to lead a UN mission to remove a military dictator. The presence of UN forces helped bring about a generally peaceful change in government.

19 Foreign Policy Challenges
Former Yugoslavia Violence raged between the new countries formed from the breakup of Yugoslavia. Clinton helped broker the Dayton Accords to end fighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He urged NATO to act against Serbia. The Serb army was forcing ethnic Albanians from the Serbian region of Kosovo.

20 What events led to scandal and impeachment proceedings during the Clinton presidency?
Whitewater real estate deal Kenneth Starr led an investigation into a failed real estate investment the Clintons were involved in during the 1970s. Paula Jones sexual harassment case Jones sued Clinton for sexual harassment while he was governor of Arkansas and she was a state employee. Information emerged suggesting that Clinton had an improper relationship with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. Monica Lewinsky case Clinton accused of lying under oath about Monica Lewinsky. House approved two articles of impeachment but the Senate did not have the two-thirds majority necessary to convict Clinton.

21 The Clinton Administration:
What do you feel was Bill Clinton’s greatest contribution as president? Why was it so important? (respond in 5 to 7 lines)

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