Bill Clinton: Remarks on Signing the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act

(1996)

About the Author

William Jefferson Blythe III was born in Hope, Arkansas, on August 19, 1946, three months after his father, William Jefferson Blythe, Jr., had died in an automobile accident. His mother, Virginia, remarried to a local automobile salesman, Roger Clinton, in 1950 and shortly thereafter changed young William's last name to Clinton. Bill Clinton graduated from Georgetown University in 1968 and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University; he earned a law degree from Yale University in 1973.

Clinton was elected attorney general of Arkansas in 1976 and became governor of the state two years later. Although he lost his reelection bid in 1980, he successfully regained the governorship in 1982, holding the position until his election to the presidency in 1992. Campaigning on a platform of change and optimism during a period of economic decline, public dissatisfaction with government, and an electoral shift toward the political center, Clinton defeated the...

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