This Bill Clinton biography will cover the life of a charismatic leader widely known for dipping his willy in all the wrong places. Bill Clinton certainly had a life before his sexual adventures became subject to public scrutiny. Here, we'll look at the life of an Arkansan lawyer destined for the White House and beyond.
Bill Clinton was born under the name William Jefferson Blythe III in Hope, Arkansas, in August 1946. His last name came not from his father, but from his stepfather. Clinton's stepfather, William Jefferson Blythe Jr., died in a car accident three months later. His mother married Roger Clinton when Clinton was four years old, which changed his name to to William Jefferson Clinton.
Soon after the name change, Clinton went to school in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He attended Catholic elementary school and public schools in town. Clinton played the tenor saxophone and sat in first chair in the Arkansas state band. In his early teen years he thought about persuing a career in music.
Despite his extraordinary musical talent, Clinton changed his mind at age 16 when he decided that his path lied in public service. In 1963, he had the privilege of meeting President John F. Kennedy as a representative of Boys Nation. He was also heavily influenced by the life of Martin Luther King Jr., who delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech that same year.
Kennedy and King were not Clinton's only influences. All you conspiracy theorists out there will be happy to know that Bill Clinton spent some of his teenage and undergraduate years as a member of the Order of DeMolay, which is to the Freemasons what "Young Republicans" is to the Republican Party. May Day 1988 was the day Bill Clinton entered DeMolay's Hall of Fame, according to the organization's website. He joined the group in 1961, two years before he met Kennedy and before King became a household name.
Clinton received his bachelor of science degree in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1968. He became a Rhodes scholar upon graduation and received a scholarship to attend Oxford University. He received his law degree from Yale in 1973, married Hillary Clinton in 1975 and became attorney general of Arkansas in 1976. Clinton served one term as the governor beginning in 1978 and more terms beginning in 1982.
While governor, Clinton ran against presidential incumbent George Bush Sr. and billionair Ross Perot in 1992 and won the race as the 42nd president of the United States. He served two terms during the post-Cold War era and the early days of the internet. The internet era brought much prosperity to the United States and Bill Clinton was even able to boast a budget surplus during his tenure.
Bill Clinton is widely regarded as a peace time president. However, leaks of near-daily small scale bombings in Iraq and tight economic sanctions have some people referring to this "peace time" as a sick joke. The late 20th century was a time of many covert operations despite the lack of headlines illustrating this.
Bill Clinton tainted his biography by becoming the laughing stock of the world in 1998. This was the year it was revealed that he inappropriate relations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. After Clinton lied about relationship, his political opponents took full advantage with impeachment proceedings with charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Charges were eventually dropped before he finished his term in early 2001 with some of the highest approval ratings on record.