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William Jefferson Clinton:
A Presidential Unit

William Jefferson Clinton, better known as Bill Clinton, was the 42nd President of the United States of America. He was born 19 August 1946 in Hope, Arkansas. He was initially a popular president but his second term in office was racked with scandal.

Political Party: Democratic
Years Served: 1993 - 2001
Vice President(s): Albert Gore Jr.
Name of his parents: Father: Willian Jefferson Blythe III and Stepfather: Roger Clinton and Mother: Virginia Divine Blythe Clinton
Wife's name: Hillary Rodham (1947- ), on October 11, 1975
Yearly Salary as President: $200,000/year + $50,000 expense account
State of Birth: Arkansas


"Bill Clinton was the first "baby boomer" -- a person born after WWII -- to become President. As a teenager, Bill Clinton met then President John Kennedy. This made such an impression on the young Clinton that he decided that he wanted to be President some day. He is the only President to be a Rhodes Scholar.

Once he had made up his mind, Clinton immediately started into politics, working his way into serving as State Attorney General and Governor of Arkansas. When he decided to run for President he was a "dark horse" candidate, being little known outside of Arkansas.

Defeating an older and less charismatic man, Clinton was at first a very popular President. He brought lots of young and enthusiastic people into the White House. Unfortunately, many of these young advisors were not ready for the challenges that would face the Presidency. Clinton also made many poor personal choices that nearly caused his impeachment and affected his ability to perform effectively in his leadership position.

Clinton ended his second term as President under a cloud of scandal.

On Line Lesson Plans:

Clinton from TeacherVision
Cloud
Presidential Thinkquest


Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie's Page
Clinton from Enchanted Learning


On Line Resources:

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/clinton/
http://www.whitehouse.gov/
http://www.zpub.com/un/un-bc.html
http://www.clintonpresidentialcenter.com/
http://gi.grolier.com/presidents/ea/bios/42pclin.html
http://www.americanpresident.org/KoTrain/Courses/BC/BC_In_Brief.htm
http://www.realchange.org/clinton.htm


Trivia Questions:

1. What were the name(s)s of Clinton's children? [Answer: Chelsea Victoria Clinton (1980 - )]

2. What other political positions did Clinton hold? [Answer: Arkansas Attorney General, 1976-78; Governor of Arkansas, 1978-80, 1982-92].

3. What did the "J" stand for in Clinton's name? [Answer: Jefferson]

Of Note:

Clinton plays blues and jazz on his saxophone and even played several times on television.

Clinton was known as a "Junk Food Junkie" prefering fast food like cheeseburgers and fries to healthier alternatives. This causes him to have occasional weight challenges.

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