Open/Close All Full Name: William Jefferson Clinton Born: Aug. 19, 1946 in Hope, ArkansasBill Clinton is an American politician and Democrat who served two terms as the 42nd President of the United States (1993-2001), following two terms as Governor of Arkansas (1979-81, 1983-92). Inaugurated at 46, he was the third-youngest president.Extremely intelligent, politically savvy and charismatic, Clinton presided over the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in American history and left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. president since World War II, even though he became, in 1998, the second U.S. president to be impeached (he was acquitted by the Senate in 1999). Clinton was succeeded by George W. Bush, a corrupt buffoon and war criminal who is largely credited with wrecking the economy and trashing citizens’ civil liberties, making Clinton look still better in comparison.Yet Clinton is actually very corrupt himself. His failure to reform the electoral system helps explain the tragically flawed election that allowed George W. Bush to become “pResident.” Moreover, Clinton’s administration repealed part of the Glass-Steagall Act, making it easier for “banksters” to wreck the economy under Bush. Clinton also signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into law. Public education was increasingly exploited by corporate interests under Clinton. In fact, corruption was rampant in the U.S. under Clinton. Many observers have also commented on Clinton’s apparent friendship with George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and other unsavory people.Clinton’s wife, Hillary, served as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama until forced to retire because of health problems. She proved herself a warhawk and is often compared to her predecessor, Condoleeza Rice.U.S. Presidents Related Resources, Notes, Links, etc. See the Geopeda version of this article.