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Joe's Daily U.S. History Lesson -- August 19
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AUGUST 19 – Happy birthday #42 Bill Slick Willy Clinton. ...William Jefferson Blythe was born August 19 1946 in Hope Arkansas to William Jefferson and Virginia Blythe. Just before Bill Clinton was born, his father died in an auto accident, so Virginia moved to New Orleans where Bill would stay with his strict grandparents. When Bill was four years old, Virginia met and married Roger Clinton, a car salesman, and the family moved to Hot Springs AK. When he was a teen, Bill assumed the family name, and though he wasn’t brought up in a religious family, he became a devoted Baptist. After high school, Bill attended Georgetown University, then attended Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship before moving onto Yale Law school where he earned a degree, and thus began his political career. At Yale, he met and began dating Hillary Rodham. He was defeated in his campaign for Congress in the Third District of AK in 1974. On October 11 1975, Bill and Hillary got married, and in 1980 daughter and only child Chelsea was born. After serving as attorney general, Bill ran and was elected governor of AK, becoming one of the youngest governors in American history. He lost the bid for a second term, but was reelected governor in 1982, and served in that office until 1992. That’s when he ran for President with Al Gore on his ticket and defeated current president George HW Bush and 3rd party candidate Ross Perot in the election. During his first term, Bill was successful in enacting the Family and Medical Leave Act, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the ratification of NAFTA. However, his attempt to pass a major universal health care system, spearheaded by Hillary, was defeated in Congress. During the mid-term elections in 1994, the Republicans captured both houses. Despite his unpopularity, the Clinton Comeback came in the election of 1996 where he easily defeated Republican Bob Dole, thus making Bill the first Democratic president since FDR to serve two terms. He began his second term by passing the Welfare Reform and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program which provided health coverage for children. In 1998, his legacy was clouded by Monica Lewinsky. White House intern. He famously committed perjury by saying he did not have sexual relations with Monica, and was impeached. He was tried by the Senate and found not guilty. Bill set the record straight to the American people by admitting he lied about his infidelities. Overall, unde