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The Comeback Kid

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The Comeback Kid: Presidency of William Jefferson Clinton [1992 to 2000]

 Clinton's domestic policies and scandal-ridden second term. From the military, to the economy, to the American people, to the country–

during Bill Clinton’s presidency, and how the decisions made during his tenure affect all of us today.


Georgetown University (BS)University College, Oxford;  Yale University (JD) 



Attorney General of Arkansas 
January 3, 1977 to January 9, 1979


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 Governor of Arkansas


Elected January 9, 1979 – January 19, 1981; Loses re-election bid;  Re-elected December 12, 1982 to January 11, 1993



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Launching the Clinton Presidency

President elect Clinton won the votes of under half (43%) the electorate, the lowest since Woodrow Wilson’s victory in 1912.


His "New Democrat" Party co-opted the Reagan appeal to law and order, individualism, and welfare reform, and made the party more attractive to white middle-class Americans. At the same time, the reborn party retained traditional Democratic commitments to providing for the disadvantaged, regulating the excesses of the private market place, supporting minorities and women, and using government to stimulate economic growth.


Republican leadership in Congress opposed president with unanimity on many issues.





1992 to 1994


1993 The Family Medical Leave Act was signed on February 5, 1993 that required companies to provide employees with up to 3 months unpaid leave for family and medical emergencies.



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1993 The World Trade Center Terrorist Bombing: The 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000, occurred on February 26, 1993 and was perpetrated by Ramzi Yousef who directed his terrorist cell in the organization and execution of the bombing.





1993  The North American Free Trade Association, 1994 (NAFTA)  Free trade expanded during Clinton's presidency with the passage of NAFTA. The North American Free Trade Association was created by the United StatesMexico, and Canada in 1993.  Its purpose was to provide free trade between the three nations, by eliminating trade barriers like tariffs.  Many feared a loss of America jobs as companies moved to Mexico where is is less expensive to do business.  Instead, Mexico has faced problems due to the influx of inexpensive American products.




President Clinton took over the presidency during an economic slump, but soon manage to climb out due to increased free trade through NAFTA and the bull markets of the 1990's caused in part by the start up of hundreds of .com businesses.  The economy took an upturn due in part to many companies starting a business on the internet.  Initial Public Offerings (IPO) of these company's stock sent the stock market higher than it had ever been.  Unfortunately, many of these companies not only had no market, but many had no product.  The .com bubble burst costing many investors millions of dollars.














1993 Battle of Mogadishu In August 1992, President George H.W. Bush started a humanitarian airlift of food and supplies to millions in Somalia who were facing starvation.  Forces of Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid to steal and sell food shipments on the black market resulting in the Battle of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down).





1994 The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi, was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. An estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from 7 April to mid-July 1994,[1] constituting as many as 70% of the Tutsi population. Additionally, 30% of the Pygmy Batwa were killed.[3][4] The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended when the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led by Paul Kagame took control of the country. An estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Hutus, were displaced and became refugees.







Flip this House: The 1994 Republican Revolution
Since childhood, Bill Paxon was a die hard Republican – a Nixon fanboy who watched House Republicans lose midterm elections for decades. Then he became a member of Congress. And he was finally in a position to help them get the 42 seats they needed to win













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