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President's Report Card: Bill Clinton

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Transcript of President's Report Card: Bill Clinton

Clinton as Chief Legislator The Clinton Administration had a rocky relationship with Congress. During his two terms as president, Congress was predominately Republican, making it hard for Clinton to pass legislation. He frequently found himself involved in fights- particularly budget fights- with the Republicans. In addition to these budget fights, the Republicans turned down a health care reform that would've helped many Americans.

He did, however pass very influential legislation legislation including:
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (required large corporations to grant unpaid leave to employees that were pregnant or suffering from a serious medical condition)
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (dealt with openly gay military personnel)

Early Life Table of Contents 1. Background
2. Chief Legislator
3.Commander-in-Chief
4. Chief Executive
5. Head of State
6. Chief of Party
7. Guardian of the Economy
8. Chief Diplomat
9. Report Card

Clinton as Chief Legislator cont'd. Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1993 (raised income tax rates)
Created AmeriCorps volunteer program
Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (a welfare reform bill)
Minimum wage Increase Act
Defense of Marriage Act (allowed states to refuse recognition of same-sex marriages and defined marriage as between a male and female for lawful purposes)
Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 Major Military Events:
June of 1993, President Clinton ordered 23 missiles to be used by the U.S. Navy to attack Iraqi intelligence operations after learning that Iraqis had plotted to kill former President Bush. Reportedly killed 8 people.
Operation Desert Fox (1998 bombing of Iraq) four-day bombing campaign on Iraqi targets by the United States and United Kingdom. The justification for the strikes was Iraq's failure to comply with United Nations Security Council resolutions and their interference with United Nations Special Commission inspectors.
Downsized military by 30% as a part of the post Cold-War "peace dividend" President Clinton was very organized and had a vision for a more thriving, successful America. However, a majority of all his attempts to achieve it was blocked by the Republicans.
As a result of conflict between President Clinton and the Republican Congress, The US government shutdown in 1995 and 1996. A majority of the conflict involved funding for Medicare, education, the environment, and public health in the '96 federal budget.

He proposed the first balanced budget in decades and achieved a budget surplus. Clinton also called for a great national initiative to end racial discrimination.

Bill Clinton appointed two people to the Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. To what extent does Bill Clinton embody ideal Presidential leadership? President's Report Card: Wiliam J. Clinton William Jefferson Blythe IV was born August 14, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas. After his father's deadly traffic accident, "Billy" was raised by his mother and stepfather. At the age of 15, he acquired his stepfather's last name of Clinton. Excelling as a student and saxophone player, he once considered becoming a professional musician.
However, meeting President John F. Kennedy during his teenage years led him to enter a life of public service. He graduated Georgetown University with a degree in International Affairs and in 1968 won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. He received a law degree from Yale University in 1973, and entered politics in Arkansas. Clinton left office with the highest end of office approval rating of any U.S. president since World War II.
Founded the William J. Clinton Foundation to promote and address international causes such as prevention of AIDS and global warming.
Impeached for perjury because of the Monica Lewinsky cheating scandal.
The US government shut down in 1995 and 1996 as a result of conflict between Republicans and Clinton.
He proposed the first balanced budget in decades and achieved a budget surplus.
He set the record for the country's longest peacetime expansion Chief Diplomat Commander-in-Chief Chief Executive Head of State Chief of Party Bill Clinton is a member of the Democratic party and served as the 42nd President from January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001. He was the first Democratic president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win a second term. Bill Clinton most recently served as a spokesperson for Barack Obama's campaign for reelection. Guardian of the Economy Clinton focused on foreign affairs and periodically visited African countries
He negotiated with the President of Haiti to send US troops to restore the country
Signed Israel-Jordan Treaty to help settle territorial issues
Met with the Russian President in 1995 to discuss plans to improve relations between the two nations, particularly on the subject of nuclear weapons
Clinton signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Hungary , reducing 9000 warheads in 1994
Created the Clinton doctrine to justify America's involvement in Yugoslav wars
B + C B- B- A+ C+ A+ Final Report Card GPA: 3.0 I believe Bill Clinton deserves a 3.0 (B average) as President because he did everything in his power to successfully maintain and improve our economy, uphold and create new positive relations with foreign countries, and transform the lives of all Americans for the better. Even when all of his attempts to help the people of our nation were blocked by the Republican Congress, he never stopped trying. However, with all of this said, he still made mistakes as the leader of our nation, but what President hasn't? The American people's approval rating is enough proof of William J Clinton's success as President of the United States of America. QUESTIONS? Works Cited "American History: Bill Clinton's First Term as President." VOA. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2013.
"Bill Clinton." Bill Clinton. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2013.
"William J. Clinton." The White House. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2013.
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