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Bill Clinton: A Life Of Controversy

1508 words - 6 pages

Clinton impressed people with the idea of a family man in office. He was focused and charismatic. Better economy was what the American people wanted so that is what his goal was. During his reign he went through more scandals and controversies than any other president. He was impeached, yet despite all, he was loved by America. Our economy prospered and we had better diplomatic relations. The American people wanted change for the better and so they elected William Jefferson Clinton for their forty-second president of the United States of America.
Unique Information about Election
Bill Clinton won his 1992 election campaign because he focused on the worsening economy while Bush ignored the problem. His campaign slogan was, “It’s the economy, stupid.” He won this election with only forty percent approval rating because the Republican vote was split between Bush and Ross Perot. He won reelection in 1996 because of his popularity with the people and for the way the economy improved while he served his first four years. In the election of 1996, there were not strong presidential candidates. Robert Dole, a WWII veteran, ran for the Republicans and Ross Perot ran for the Reform party (Independent).
In President Clinton’s first inaugural address, he pressed on the point of the economy. He spoke of failing business and stagnant wages. He pointed out the need for health care reform. Clinton also touched the problem of the crime problems. He wanted to “Renew America” and invest more in the people and their jobs. He planned to cut the massive national debt and be more involved with foreign affairs. Clinton lastly aspired to use Franklin D. Roosevelt’s approach on “bold, persistent experimentation”. He promised all of this to the American people.
Important Policies/Treaties Passed in Office
While in office President Clinton enacted some very influential and important policies. One of which is the Brady Bill. The Brady Bill forced a five-day waiting period on handgun purchases so that background checks could be done to help keep handguns away from criminals. That bill was passed to help with the crime rate that was steadily increasing. Another policy that went along with the Brady Bill was the Crime Bill. The Crime Bill put 100,000 new police officers out on the streets.
Very successful important foreign polices/treaties included NAFTA and GATT. Clinton forged a bipartisan coalition to pass North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which led to an increase in exports to Mexico by twenty-three percent in the first eleven months. He also led the fight to pass General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) which lowered tariffs worldwide by $744 billion over ten years.
Successes and Failures in Office
President Clinton was a man entangled in his own ruins. He went from one lie to another and eventually was so caught up in them, that he was trapped. These lies brought on his downfall as a great leader. He was flawed like everyone,...

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