Bill Clinton: First Inaugural Address

(1993)

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Clinton's victory in the 1992 presidential election was noteworthy in that he both defeated an incumbent and ended twelve years of Republican domination of the White House. Although in early 1991 George H. W. Bush had led the successful effort to repel Iraq's invasion of neighboring Kuwait, while the decades-long cold war had ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in late 1991, the American public was pessimistic about the future of the...