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Geburtstag: 19. August 1946

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William Jefferson „Bill“ Clinton ist ein US-amerikanischer Politiker der Demokratischen Partei und war von 1993 bis 2001 der 42. Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten. Von 1979 bis 1981 sowie nochmals von 1983 bis 1992 bekleidete er das Amt des Gouverneurs von Arkansas.

Clinton gehört dem Flügel der New Democrats an, die für einen Dritten Weg zwischen Politischer Mitte und Neoliberalismus stehen. Er war der Nachfolger von George Bush und Vorgänger von dessen Sohn George W. Bush. Seit dem Jahr 1975 ist er mit Hillary Clinton verheiratet, mit der er die gemeinsame Tochter Chelsea hat.

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„Das kommt darauf an, was die Bedeutung des Wortes 'ist' ist.“

— Bill Clinton
1998 auf die Frage, ob er über seine Affäre mit Monica Lewinsky gelogen habe, Spiegel Online, 28. Januar 2008

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„Amerika steht an Ihrer Seite, jetzt und für immer.“

— Bill Clinton
Rede in Berlin am Brandenburger Tor, 12. Juli 1994, usa. usembassy. de, spiegel. de

„I don't care how precise your bombs and your weapons are, when you set them off, innocent people will die.“

— Bill Clinton
Context: A preemptive action today, however well-justified, may come back with unwelcome consequences in the future. And because … I've done this. I've ordered these kinds of actions — I don't care how precise your bombs and your weapons are, when you set them off, innocent people will die. At a Labour Party conference in the UK, quoted in [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/clinton-urges-caution-over-iraq-as-bush-is-granted-war-powers-607775.html The Independent. "Clinton urges caution over Iraq as Bush is granted war powers" (3 October 2002)]

„Criticism is part of the lifeblood of democracy. No one is right all the time. But we should remember that there is a big difference between criticizing a policy or a politician and demonizing the government that guarantees our freedoms and the public servants who enforce our laws.“

— Bill Clinton
Context: p>Americans have more freedom and broader rights than citizens of almost any other nation in the world, including the capacity to criticize their government and their elected officials. But we do not have the right to resort to violence — or the threat of violence — when we don’t get our way. Our founders constructed a system of government so that reason could prevail over fear. Oklahoma City proved once again that without the law there is no freedom.Criticism is part of the lifeblood of democracy. No one is right all the time. But we should remember that there is a big difference between criticizing a policy or a politician and demonizing the government that guarantees our freedoms and the public servants who enforce our laws.</p Writing on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing

„A preemptive action today, however well-justified, may come back with unwelcome consequences in the future.“

— Bill Clinton
Context: A preemptive action today, however well-justified, may come back with unwelcome consequences in the future. And because … I've done this. I've ordered these kinds of actions — I don't care how precise your bombs and your weapons are, when you set them off, innocent people will die. At a Labour Party conference in the UK, quoted in [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/clinton-urges-caution-over-iraq-as-bush-is-granted-war-powers-607775.html The Independent. "Clinton urges caution over Iraq as Bush is granted war powers" (3 October 2002)]

„We need each other. All of us, we need each other. We don't have a person to waste.“

— Bill Clinton
Context: 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 "them"ed ourselves to death. Them and them and them. But this is America. There is no them; there's only us. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice, for all. "A Place Called Hope" (July 16, 1992)

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„I still believe in a place called Hope.“

— Bill Clinton
Context: I end tonight where it all began for me: I still believe in a place called Hope. "A Place Called Hope" (July 16, 1992)

„There is no real difference between selfish and selfless“

— Bill Clinton
Context: I want to leave my daughter, and my grandchildren I hope to have and all these young people, a better world. And I think the reason you should do things for other people at bottom is selfish. There is no real difference between selfish and selfless if you understand how the world works. We all tied together. [... ] Everytime you cut off somebody else's opportunity you shrink your own horizon. [http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/z4m9xu/colbert-galactic-initiative---bill-clinton-pt--1 Bill Clinton on why he helps other people.], August 2013

„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.“

— Bill Clinton
Context: 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. That is, when we set up this country, abuse of people by Government was a big problem. So if you read the Constitution, it's rooted in the desire to limit the ability of — Government's ability to mess with you, because that was a huge problem. It can still be a huge problem. But it assumed that people would basically be raised in coherent families, in coherent communities, and they would work for the common good, as well as for the individual welfare. [http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=49995 Television interview on MTV's Enough is Enough (19 April 1994)]

„We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.“

— Bill Clinton
Context: All Americans, not only in the States most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That's why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens. In the budget I will present to you, we will try to do more to speed the deportation of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes, to better identify illegal aliens in the workplace as recommended by the commission headed by former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it. [http://millercenter.org/president/clinton/speeches/speech-3440 State of the Union address] (24 January 1995)

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„Everytime you cut off somebody else's opportunity you shrink your own horizon“

— Bill Clinton
Context: I want to leave my daughter, and my grandchildren I hope to have and all these young people, a better world. And I think the reason you should do things for other people at bottom is selfish. There is no real difference between selfish and selfless if you understand how the world works. We all tied together. [... ] Everytime you cut off somebody else's opportunity you shrink your own horizon. [http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/z4m9xu/colbert-galactic-initiative---bill-clinton-pt--1 Bill Clinton on why he helps other people.], August 2013

„But this is America. There is no them; there's only us. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice, for all.“

— Bill Clinton
Context: 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 "them"ed ourselves to death. Them and them and them. But this is America. There is no them; there's only us. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice, for all. "A Place Called Hope" (July 16, 1992)

„It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is.“

— Bill Clinton
Context: 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. Grand jury testimony (August 17, 1998), answering questions about his attorney's description of an affidavit by Monica Lewinsky

„Great rewards will come to those who can live together, learn together, work together, forge new ties that bind together.“

— Bill Clinton
Context: 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. Second inaugural address (January 20, 1997)

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