(As I listened to Clinton's discussion of global issues and social philanthropy a few nights ago, I attempted to imagine what George W. Bush was going to be like as a former president... while this is from 2006 it is very important to listen to our previous president, in the context of our present president, as we attempt to choose the next president.)
Bill Clinton in conversation with moderator James Fallows at the Aspen Institute's 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. Clinton served five terms as the Governor of Arkansas. His wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is currently the junior U.S. Senator from New York.
During his tenure as president, his domestic priorities included efforts to create a universal healthcare system, to improve education, to restrict handgun sales, to balance the federal budget, to strengthen environmental regulations, to improve race relations, and to protect the jobs of workers during pregnancy or medical emergency. His domestic agenda also included other themes such as reforming welfare programs, expanding the "War on Drugs", and increasing law enforcement funding. Internationally, his priorities included reducing trade barriers, preventing nuclear proliferation, and mediating the Northern Ireland peace process and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.
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