Bill Clinton Oval Office Analysis

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William Jefferson Blythe III came into the world as a fatherless child on August 19, 1946. He was the only son of Virginia Dell Blythe and lived with his grandparents, Edith and James Cassidy in Hope, Arkansas. After four years, Virginia married Roger Clinton, and moved to Hot Springs with Bill, who attended a Catholic School in the city. After graduating high school, he became a student politician in Georgetown and won their presidential election in his freshman year. As a result of his skills, Bill qualified for a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, and later arrived at Yale to practice law in the state of Arkansas. By 1979, he became one of the youngest governors in the state due to his ability to influence people and win their confidence. …show more content…

One of his most notable characteristics as soon as he took seat in the Oval Office was his undeniable open-mindedness. On January 21st, the first official day of Bill Clinton’s presidency one of his first words to the public were, “‘I ask for...your support and your friendship, which means your constructive criticism...know that the door is open and when you think we’re veering wrong, walk through it and say so.’” (Harris, 39) Clinton showed an understanding that his decisions may not be desirable by everyone, and he should hear out other opinions before acting. Not only was he open minded when it came to compromises, Bill Clinton exuded intellectuality when making vital decisions. Wisconsin senate member, Scott Fitzgerald expressed his views by explaining that “‘The test of a first rate intelligence...is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind and still retain the ability to function.’” (Harris, 45) According to him, Candidate Clinton proved his skills throughout his years in office. His platform included helping the poor, reducing the deficit, and taking the tax load off the middle class. Bill Clinton’s presidency needed yet another trait to supplement his platform and carry out his original plans. Perseverance. The endless determination that he could make the country better, even with 43 percent of the electoral colleges’

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