William Jefferson Clinton
Bill Clinton was born in August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. Early on he showed an interest in—and a gift for—politics. Clinton became convinced he would pursue a political career in 1963, when, at the age of 17, he shook President John F. Kennedy’s hand in the Rose Garden.
Bill Clinton ent to Georgetown University and then to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He graduated from Yale Law School (1973) and married Hillary Rodham, a fellow law student (1975).
A year later he was elected Arkansas’ attorney general and won the governor’s seat in 1978. Defeated for re-election in 1980, he went through a period of soul-searching and made a comeback in 1982. He went on to re-election in 1984, 1986 and 1990, and was named “the most effective” by his fellow governors. On October 3, 1991, Clinton announced that he was a candidate for the presidency. He chose Senator Albert A. Gore, Jr. as his running mate.
By focusing on the economic plight of many Americans, he defeated incumbent George Bush in a three way presidential race, and became the third youngest and the first democrat since 1976 to be elected to the nation’s highest office. His inauguration was notable for the participation of rock stars, poets, and the public at large, all of which led many to see his administration as the passing of the torch to a new generation.
Clinton was a skilful public speaker known for his ability to seize the attention of a wide variety of audiences. Clinton’s positions included both traditional liberal and traditional conservative ideas. He once declared, “The change I seek…isn’t liberal or conservative. It’s different and it’s both.”
Through his speeches and public appearances, Clinton tried to involve all Americans. He invited the public to discuss the issues of their communities in Town Hall discussions and debates. He reintroduced a (weekly) radio broadcast from the Oval Office. He eagerly sought to involve the public and he rarely missed an opportunity to sway public opinion.
Clinton entered the office with an ambitious agenda to create a healthy economy and address domestic issues. His programs focused on everyday issues that appealed to many Americans. He presided over an increasing healthy economy during his first term. This led to his enormous popularity with the public.
In 1996, he easily defeated Senator Bob Dole for re-election to a second term. The economy continued to prosper at unprecedented levels. Despite allegations from the independent council’s office, the American public overwhelmingly sided with the President. He remains one of the most popular and productive Presidents in US history.
This new CD features highlights from these major speeches:
1. Dedication of the JFK Presidential Library
Steven E. Smith Center, Boston, MA, 10/23/93.
2. President’s Address at the US National Cemetery
Normandy, France, 6/6/94, 50 Year Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion
3. State of the Union
US Capitol, 1/24/95, Rethink Government; “New Covenant”
4. State of the Union
US Capitol, 1/23/96, Challenges – Children; families; education; economy
5. Inaugural Ceremony
US Capitol, 1/20/97, “Our greatest responsibility…,” New Promise
6. Balanced Budget Bill Signing
White House South Lawn, 8/5/97
7. State of the Union
US Capitol, 2/4/98, Strong Nation; “O” Deficit; Balanced Budget; Save Social Security First!; Education is our highest priority.
Run time a total of 61 minutes 12 seconds:
[Format: MP3 Digital Download]