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Bill Clinton Presidential Performance Report Card
Transcript of Bill Clinton Presidential Performance Report Card
Was raised by two strong female figures, his mother and grandmother
Excelled in school and showed a passion for politics
Attended Georgetown University to study international affairs
Won a Rhodes Scholarship to University College, Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
After Oxford, Clinton attended Yale Law School and obtained a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.
After graduating from Yale Law School, Clinton returned to Arkansas and became a law professor at the University of Arkansas.
A year later, he ran for the House of Representatives in 1974, he was defeated by an incumbent.
Clinton was elected Arkansas Attorney General in 1976.
Clinton was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1978. Presenting himself as a moderate and a member of the New Democrat wing of the Democratic Party, he headed the moderate Democratic Leadership Council in 1990 and 1991.
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton served as the 42nd President of the United States (1993–2001).
Bill Clinton Before Taking Office
Head of State
Attended many ceremonial functions
Speaking style was his own
The president met the needs of his people, rich and the poor were both happy.
He offered numerous tax cuts, there was economic prosperity and this was even the time when long absences from work came with pay, such as paternity leave
He spoke very often to the public and the press.
Clinton's overall public approval rating was high due to the good economy but went downward when word got out over the Monica Lewinsky Scandal.
Promoted national social programs and environmental regulation
Passed the North American Free Trade Agreement which created a free-trade zone for the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
His Cabinet was seen as dominated by the elite of society and many of the appointees appeared misplaced
He invited Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Ysir ‘Araft to Washington to sign a historic agreement that granted limited Palestinian self- rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
Replacement of staff occurred after the Monica Lewinsky scandal
Even with the democrats being the majority of congress, the health care reform could not be passed
Allowed gay men and lesbians to serve in the armed forces
Raised taxes to capture budget deficit
Clinton was successful in helping win Senate approval for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.
He protected jobs of those who must care for their sick children.
Twice vetoed welfare reform before signing
He sought legislation to upgrade education.
By: Cindy Fuentes
Bill Clinton Report Card
Guardian of the Economy
6 million new jobs were created in total.
Clinton expanded Earned Income Tax Credit
Introduced the Work and Responsibility Act.
Strong economic growth continued during Clinton's second term, eventually setting a record for the country's longest peacetime expansion.
300 trade agreements were established
Economy also produced historically high levels of home ownership and the lowest unemployment rate in nearly 30 years.
Students were given more financial aid
Under Clinton, the United States had a projected federal budget surplus for the first time since 1969.
Proposed the first balanced budget in decades.
US troops participated in a UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia beginning in 1992
By 1993 the US troops were augmented with Rangers and special forces with the aim of capturing warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid
Created the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” phrase fulfilling a promise to end discrimination against gay persons in the military.
Ordered a four day bombing campaign against Iraq in December of 1998 in response to Iraq’s failure to cooperate fully with the United Nation’s weapons inspectors.
In his last weeks he was unsuccessful in his efforts to broker a final peace agreement between Israelis and the Palestinians.
Chief of Party
In Clinton’s 1996 election, he advocated that he was a more moderate Democrat leaning towards the center rather than the left.
Held one of the best public images: well liked, not only by his constituents, but by the other world leaders as well.
Upset his party by adopting Republican welfare reforms and a harsh immigration bill.
He recommended for more lenient laws on abortion which he was able to accomplish by the end of his two terms.
Reflected the ideologies of the centrist Democrats within his party and he even was a founding member of the Democratic Leadership Council.
He drew huge crowds when he traveled through South America, Europe, Russia, Africa, and China, advocating U.S. style freedom.
Clinton’s Doctrine of Enlargement of Foreign Policies
July 11, 1995- The U.S. extended full diplomatic recognition of Vietnam, twenty-two years after the U.S. withdrew military forces from that country.
He successfully made negotiations with other countries and was open to more international trade
Became a global proponent to expanded NATO
Did a worldwide campaign against drug trafficking.
Presidents Overall Grade
Other questions to consider
Bill Clinton was a good president due to the fact that he kept a great economy, represented the United States of America very well and remained one of the only president’s to have a high public approval rating at the end of his term.
Was the President qualified to take office? What were his qualifications? Prior resume?
Yes, Bill Clinton was well qualified to attain office because he earned a law degree and entered politics as Arkansas Attorney General and he was governor of Arkansas before being elected as President of the United States.
Did the President continue to lead and seek a positive impact after the Presidency?
Bill Clinton is still actively involved in issues of public concern, especially through the work of the Clinton Presidential Foundation.
Any other questions ?