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Bill Clinton

Date de naissance: 19. août 1946

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William Jefferson Clinton — de son nom de naissance William Jefferson Blythe III, plus communément appelé Bill Clinton —, né le 19 août 1946 à Hope , est un juriste et homme d'État américain, 42e président des États-Unis en fonction de 1993 à 2001.

Membre du Parti démocrate, il est procureur général d'État en Arkansas de 1977 à 1979 puis gouverneur de 1979 à 1981 ainsi que de 1983 à 1992. Il est marié avec Hillary Rodham, future secrétaire d'État des États-Unis, en 1975, qu'il avait rencontrée pendant ses études à Yale.

Son mandat à la Maison-Blanche est marqué par la plus longue période d'expansion économique en temps de paix de l'histoire moderne américaine, par la ratification de l'ALENA , par l'intervention de l'armée américaine en Haïti, par les accords d'Oslo, par l'intervention des troupes de l'OTAN dans la guerre du Kosovo, par le premier attentat contre le World Trade Center à New York et par les attentats contre les ambassades américaines au Kenya et en Tanzanie. Il est aussi ponctué d'un certain nombre d'affaires comme le scandale du Whitewater et celui de l'affaire Lewinsky, qui lui vaut d'être l'objet devant le Congrès d'une procédure d'impeachment qui n'aboutit pas. Symbole des Nouveaux démocrates, il est ouvert à la déréglementation dans les secteurs de l'agriculture et des télécommunications. Sa présidence s'est déroulée avec un Congrès dominé par les démocrates puis les républicains à partir de 1995.

Le 19 mai 2009, il est nommé émissaire spécial de l'ONU pour Haïti par le secrétaire général Ban Ki-moon. Depuis 1997, il dirige en outre la Fondation Clinton.

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Citations Bill Clinton

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

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

„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)

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

„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)

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„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)

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

„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

„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 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

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„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)

„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 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

„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

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