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Bill Clinton Quotes

Birth Date: 1946-08-19 (Monday, August 19th, 1946)


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U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the Brady Bill) into law.Tuesday, November 30th, 1993
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is signed into law by US President Bill Clinton.Wednesday, December 8th, 1993
Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones files suit against President Bill Clinton, alleging that he had sexually harassed her in 1991.Friday, May 6th, 1994
Francisco Martin Duran fires over two dozen shots at the White House (Duran was later convicted of trying to kill US President Bill Clinton).Saturday, October 29th, 1994
President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.Tuesday, January 31st, 1995
U.S. President Bill Clinton became the first President to visit Northern Ireland.Sunday, April 30th, 1995
Whitewater controversy: Bill Clinton gives a 4? hour videotaped testimony for the defense.Sunday, April 28th, 1996
U.S. President Bill Clinton s former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.Tuesday, May 28th, 1996
Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in US welfare policyMonday, August 26th, 1996
U.S. President Bill Clinton signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.Tuesday, September 24th, 1996
The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments are signed by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.Wednesday, October 2nd, 1996
US President Bill Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research.Tuesday, March 4th, 1997
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Paula Jones can pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he is in office.Tuesday, May 27th, 1997
Paula Jones accuses President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment.Saturday, January 17th, 1998
Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair story on his website The Drudge Report.Sunday, January 18th, 1998
Lewinsky scandal: On American television, U.S. President Bill Clinton denies having had "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.Monday, January 26th, 1998
Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton.Friday, May 22nd, 1998
Monica Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On the same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about his relationship.Monday, August 17th, 1998
Independent counsel Kenneth Starr sends a report to the U.S. Congress accusing President Bill Clinton of 11 possible impeachable offenses.Friday, September 11th, 1998
Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.Thursday, November 19th, 1998
Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.Saturday, December 19th, 1998
The impeachment of President Bill Clinton begins.Thursday, January 7th, 1999
President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.Friday, February 12th, 1999
US President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.Monday, April 12th, 1999
President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.Tuesday, May 2nd, 2000
Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.Thursday, November 16th, 2000
President Bill Clinton posthumously raises Meriwether Lewis rank from Lieutenant to Captain.Wednesday, January 17th, 2001


    • He won't take the lead in protecting the environment and creating new jobs in environmental technologies for the 21st century, but I will. And you know what else? He doesn't have Al Gore, and I do.
    • It is time to heal America. And so we must say to every American: Look beyond the stereotypes that blind us. We need each other. All of us-we need each other. We don't have a person to waste. And yet for too long politicians have told the most of us that are doing all right that what's really wrong with America is the rest of us. Them. Them, the minorities. Them, the liberals. Them, the poor. Them, the homeless. Them, the people with disabilities. Them, the gays. We've gotten to where we've nearly themed ourselves to death. Them and them and them. But this is America. There is no them; there's only us.
    • End welfare as we know it.
    • When I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two-and didn't like it-and didn't inhale and never tried inhaling again.
    • There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
    • Posterity is the world to come; the world for whom we hold our ideals, from whom we have borrowed our planet, and to whom we bear sacred responsibility. We must do what America does best: offer more opportunity to all and demand responsibility from all.
    • You know, we can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans to legitimately own handguns and rifles-it's something I strongly support-we can't be so fixated on that that we are unable to think about the reality of life that millions of Americans face on streets that are unsafe, under conditions that no other nation-no other nations-has permitted to exist. And at some point, I still hope that the leadership of the National Rifle Association will go back to doing what it did when I was a boy and which made me want to be a lifetime member because they put out valuable information about hunting and marksmanship and safe use of guns. But just to know of the conditions we face today in a lot of our cities and other places in this country and the enormous threat to public safety is amazing.
    • Let me tell you something-wait a minute. You know one thing that's wrong with this country? Everybody gets a chance to have their fair say-my budget did more to fight AIDS than any in history, and we're having to put up with this. Tell them to let me talk. If you want to give a speech-go out there and raise your own crowd. We'll be glad to listen to you. So there were those-I'll make you a deal. I'll ignore them if you will.
    • Briefs.
    • African-Americans watch the same news at night that ordinary Americans do.
    • Shalom haver. Goodbye friend.
    • Our rich texture of racial, religious and political diversity will be a Godsend in the 21st century. Great rewards will come to those who can live together, learn together, work together, forge new ties that bind together.
    • Abigail, do you favor the U.S. Army abolishing the affirmative action program that produced Colin Powell? Yes or no? Yes or no?
    • I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm gonna say this again. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinski. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time, never. These allegations are false, and I need to go back to work for the American people.
    • Next, we must help parents protect their children from the gravest health threat that they face -- an epidemic of teen smoking, spread by multimillion dollar marketing campaigns. I challenge Congress -- let's pass bipartisan, comprehensive legislation that will improve public health, protect our tobacco farmers and change the way tobacco companies do business forever. Let's do what it takes to bring teen smoking down. Let's raise the price of cigarettes by up to $1.50 a pack over the next 10 years with penalties on the tobacco industry if it keeps marketing to our children.
    • No one wants to get this matter behind us more than I do-except maybe all the rest of the American people.
    • It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is. If the-if he-if 'is' means is and never has been, that is not-that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement. : Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.
    • Indeed, I did have a relationship with Miss Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong. It constituted a critical lapse in judgment and a personal failure on my part for which I am solely and completely responsible. But I told the grand jury today and I say to you now that at no time did I ask anyone to lie, to hide or destroy evidence or to take any other unlawful action.
    • Whether our ancestors came here on the Mayflower, on slave ships, whether they came to Ellis Island or LAX in Los Angeles, whether they came yesterday or walked this land a thousand years ago our great challenge for the 21st century is to find a way to be One America. We can meet all the other challenges if we can go forward as One America.
    • A hundred years from tonight, another American President will stand in this place and report on the State of the Union. He-or she-(applause)-he or she will look back on a 21st century shaped in so many ways by the decisions we make here and now. So let it be said of us then that we were thinking not only of our time, but of their time; that we reached as high as our ideals; that we put aside our divisions and found a new hour of healing and hopefulness; that we joined together to serve and strengthen the land we love.
    • We want to live forever, and we're getting there.
    • You know, if I were a single man, I might ask that mummy out. That's a good-looking mummy.
    • Yesterday is yesterday. If we try to recapture it, we will only lose tomorrow.
    • When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly:
    • History has shown us, that you can't allow the mass extermination of people, and just sit by and watch it happen.
    • Because Israel believes, when it comes right down to it America is the only big country that cares whether they live or die. That's why I can say, give up the West Bank, because the Israelis knew that if the Iraqi or the Iranian army came across the Jordan rival, I would personally grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die, and I would.
    • You should have disagreements with your leaders and your colleagues, but if it becomes immediately a question of questioning people's motives, and if immediately you decide that somebody who sees a whole new situation differently than you must be a bad person and somehow twisted inside, we are not going to get very far in forming a more perfect union.
    • And I think America, if we're ever going to truly defeat terror without changing the character of our own country or compromising the future of our children, has got to not only say, 'Okay, I want to shoulder my responsibilities, I want to create my share of opportunities' but we have to find a way to define the future in terms of a humanity that goes beyond our country, that goes beyond any particular race, that goes beyond any particular religion.
    • I felt like a pickle stepping into history.
    • People like you always help the far-right, because you like to hurt people, and you like to talk about how bad people are and all their personal failings.
    • Strength and wisdom are not opposing values.
    • What are the needs of the world? What can I do that won't be done if I don't do it?
    • What we have to do now is not to forget these people and places when all the cameras are not there. I think that's the most important message I can say to the American people right now.
    • We need a steady stream of cash. The American people have been uncommonly generous.
    • [Iraq is] not Vietnam, we have a government that has a support of the majority of the people.
    • If ever there comes a time when everyone you vote for wins and they do everything you think they should do, there will still be a gap between what is and what ought to be.
    • So I tried and failed. When I failed, I left a comprehensive anti-terror strategy and the best guy in the country, Dick Clarke, who got demoted. So you did Fox's bidding on this show. You did your nice little conservative hit job on me. ... And you've got that little smirk on your face and you think you're so clever. But I had responsibility for trying to protect this country. I tried and I failed to get bin Laden. I regret it. But I did try. And I did everything I thought I responsibly could.
    • The problem with ideology is, if you've got an ideology, you've already got your mind made up. You know all the answers and that makes evidence irrelevant and arguments a waste of time. You tend to govern by assertion and attacks.
    • I learned a lot from the stories my uncle, aunts, and grandparents told me: that no one is perfect but most people are good; that people can't be judged only by their worst or weakest moments; that harsh judgements make hypocrites of us all; that a lot of life is just showing up and hanging on; that laughter is often the best, and sometimes only response to pain.
    • I have met all the most gifted people in our generation and you're the best.
    • I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country. And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics.
    • If a politician doesn't wanna get beat up, he shouldn't run for office. If a football player doesn't want to get tackled or want the risk of an a occasional clip he shouldn't put the pads on.
    • Webb, if I put you over at Justice I want you to find the answers to two questions for me. One, who killed JFK? And two, are there UFOs?
    • If I did, I wouldn't tell you.
    • I think the country could be spared a lot of agony and the government could worry about inflation and a lot of other problems if [Nixon would] go on and resign. [There is] no question that an admission of making false statements to government officials and interfering with the FBI and the CIA is an impeachable offense.
    • Today, future belongs to freedom, not to fear.
    • It didn't happen under my administration. It happened under me.
    • Bill Clinton is generally viewed as one smart politician, having been twice elected the President, helped by lackluster Robert Dole, having survived the Lewinsky sex scandal, lying under oath about sex, and impeachment. When is it all about himself, he is cunningly smart.
    • The idea of Bill Clinton back in the White House with nothing to do is something I just can't imagine.
    • Then the big white whale, Clinton. What about someone who is a war criminal, a taker of bribes from foreign dictatorships, almost certainly a rapist (plausibly accused, anyway, by three believable women, of rape), executed a black man (Ricky Ray Rector) who was so mentally retarded that he was unable to plead or to understand the charges - You're against all that, right? But you're for it when it's someone who you think is a 'New Democrat'.
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