Bill Clinton turned 70 on August 19. Born in 1946 in Hope, Arkansas Bill Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States in 1992. He was 46 years old when elected, the second youngest person ever elected President.
First elected governor when 32 years old
The former President has been an essential part of the American political scene for nearly 40 years. Nicknamed the “Boy Governor, he was elected governor of Arkansas in 1978 when he was just 32 years old. Now, he hopes to continue his influence on the American political landscape by becoming the first former President to return to the White House as the spouse of America’s first woman President.
Never a stranger to controversy, the Big Dog has left an indelible mark on American politics. He has weathered scandals that would have caused a lesser man to retire into silence. Some eighteen years after he left the presidency, Bill Clinton is seen as a larger than life remembrance of better times. During the Clinton years the economy was booming, and America had yet to experience the terrorist attacks of 9/11 that ended the country’s innocence.
Bonded with former President George H.W. Bush
In 2004, Bill Clinton joined forces with his opponent in the 1992 election, former President George H.W. Bush. The two former Presidents’ spearheaded relief efforts for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake that killed 230,000 people in 14 countries. The two former presidents received widespread praise for their combined efforts and in 2006 they were jointly awarded the Philadelphia Liberty Medal.
"This note is to simply let you know that I so appreciated your words about our relationship, about our friendship. It was from your heart – and I hope you know I feel the same away. "— Former President George H.W. Bush
Following his departure from the White House in 2000, President Clinton committed himself to making the world a better place. Clinton had a vision of a non-governmental organization that could leverage the efforts of government, private enterprise, and individuals to improve people’s lives in developing countries. That led to the creation of the Clinton Foundation which has developed a number of initiatives such as the Clinton Health Initiative, the Clinton Climate Initiative and others that target underserved populations. The Clinton Foundation has raised nearly $2 billion to fund its various activities.
Will continue his influence on the American scene
If Hillary Clinton is elected President, the Clinton Foundation has announced that Bill Clinton will step down from the Foundation board, and it would cease accepting money from foreign and corporate sources. But, that doesn’t mean that Bill Clinton will be departing the American scene anytime soon. If Hillary Clinton is elected, the former President will no doubt take on a unique and pivotal role in her administration. If Donald Trump becomes President, Mr. Clinton will likely return to the Clinton Foundation and continue to speak out on the important issues facing the nation and the world.