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Bill Clinton

Geburtstag: 19. August 1946

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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„Wir machen Schluss mit der Sozialhilfe, wie wir sie kennen. […] Sozialhilfe dient als zweite Chance. Sie darf niemals zu einem Lebensstil werden.“

—  Bill Clinton

Rede vom 23.10.1991, zitiert nach Welt.de http://www.welt.de/welt_print/article892619/Nachwuchs_als_Einkommensquelle.html
Original engl.: "Welfare should be a second chance, not a way of life. In my administration we're going to put an end to welfare as we have come to know it." - Remarks to Students at Georgetown University, October 23, 1991. clintonpresidentialcenter.org http://clintonpresidentialcenter.org/georgetown/speech_newcovenant1.php

„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 http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,531380,00.html, 28. Januar 2008
"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is. If the [...] '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." - President Clinton's Aug. 17 [1998] Grand Jury Testimony. Anlage zum Starr Report. www.washingtonpost.com http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/stories/bctest092198_4.htm

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

—  Bill Clinton

Rede in Berlin am Brandenburger Tor, 12. Juli 1994, usa.usembassy.de http://usa.usembassy.de/etexts/ga6-940712.htm, spiegel.de http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/0,1518,342313,00.html

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

—  Bill Clinton

At a Labour Party conference in the UK, quoted in The Independent. "Clinton urges caution over Iraq as Bush is granted war powers" (3 October 2002) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/clinton-urges-caution-over-iraq-as-bush-is-granted-war-powers-607775.html
2000s
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Bill Clinton

Grand jury testimony (August 17, 1998), answering questions about his attorney's description of an affidavit by Monica Lewinsky
1990s
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Bill Clinton

At a Labour Party conference in the UK, quoted in The Independent. "Clinton urges caution over Iraq as Bush is granted war powers" (3 October 2002) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/clinton-urges-caution-over-iraq-as-bush-is-granted-war-powers-607775.html
2000s
Kontext: 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.

„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

Writing on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing

2010s
Kontext: 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

„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

State of the Union address http://millercenter.org/president/clinton/speeches/speech-3440 (24 January 1995)
1990s
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Bill Clinton

Second inaugural address (January 20, 1997)
1990s
Kontext: 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.

„I end tonight where it all began for me: I still believe in a place called Hope.“

—  Bill Clinton

"A Place Called Hope" (July 16, 1992)
1990s, A Place Called Hope (16 July 1992)

„I just love that rug.“

—  Bill Clinton

Small chatter with George W. Bush in the Oval Office
Newsweek magazine
2000s

„There is no real difference between selfish and selfless“

—  Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton on why he helps other people. http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/z4m9xu/colbert-galactic-initiative---bill-clinton-pt--1, August 2013
2010s
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Bill Clinton

"A Place Called Hope" (July 16, 1992)
1990s, A Place Called Hope (16 July 1992)
Kontext: 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.

„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

"A Place Called Hope" (July 16, 1992)
1990s, A Place Called Hope (16 July 1992)
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton on why he helps other people. http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/z4m9xu/colbert-galactic-initiative---bill-clinton-pt--1, August 2013
2010s
Kontext: 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.

„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

Television interview on MTV's Enough is Enough (19 April 1994) http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=49995
1990s
Kontext: 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.

„I feel your pain.“

—  Bill Clinton

Response to AIDS activist Bob Rafsky at the Laura Belle nightclub in Manhattan (March 27, 1992)
1990s

„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.“

—  Bill Clinton

While touring tsunami-devastated areas with his presidential predecessor, George H. W. Bush, February 2005[citation needed]
2000s

„Yesterday is yesterday. If we try to recapture it, we will only lose tomorrow.“

—  Bill Clinton

President Clinton's speech at the 200th anniversary of the University of North Carolina.
This quote was later used as a sample by electronic duo Cosmic Gate in their track "Tomorrow"
2000s

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