On August 19 Bill Clinton was born…

On August 19, 1946 Bill Clinton was born. He was the 42nd president of the United States, whose presidency dominated the 90s. He was the second president to be impeached (due to the Monica Lewinsky scandal), as well as oversaw the country’s longest peacetime economic expansion.

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Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky talk outside the Oval Office of the White House on November 17, 1995. AP Photo

Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky talk outside the Oval Office of the White House on November 17, 1995.
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Here are some 10 Fun Facts regarding Clinton:

” 1. Presidents Clinton and George H.W. Bush are the only consecutive presidents who were left handed.

2. Another connection between President Clinton and George H.W. Bush: They are both 6 feet 2 inches and tied for fourth place among the listing of tallest presidents.

3. In 1996, President Clinton became the first Democrat to be elected to a second term since Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1936. (President Barack Obama repeated the task in 2012.)

4. A cat named “Socks” was one of the most famous of all presidential pets as part of the Clinton family’s stay in the White House. But President Clinton was also reportedly allergic to cat dander.

5. Clinton is the only president who was a Rhodes Scholar. Other people at Oxford in 1968 as scholars with Clinton were Strobe Talbott and Robert Reich.

6. Clinton was just 16 years old when he shook hands with President John F. Kennedy in 1963, just four months before Kennedy’s death.  Clinton later said he “muscled” his way through the line to meet JFK at the Boys Nation event.

7. Clinton was known as the “Boy Governor” when he won election in 1978 at the age of just 32. He lost his next election in 1980, but then he won three consecutive elections.

8. Clinton excelled as a saxophone player in high school, even earning first chair in a state band of students. But the future president made a career change after meeting Kennedy—and deciding he couldn’t be as good as John Coltrane.

9. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech so impressed a teenaged Clinton that he memorized the entire speech right after it was given.

10. Clinton moved to Dallas in 1972 to work on George McGovern’s presidential campaign. Another young mover-and-shaker who worked with Clinton on the McGovern campaign was Steven Spielberg. “ via Yahoo! News

For more information: 10 fun facts about the 42nd President, Bill Clinton

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