Millenium Countdown: 1992
What’s in the news:
President Clinton in the news
Vince Foster suicide
Missing Whitewater billing files found in White House
Campaigning from federal buildings
Lincoln Bedroom Fund raisers
White House Coffee breaks
Chinese campaign contributions
Kenneth Star’s right-wing conspiracy
Military technology sold to China
Politically planned military attacks
Alleged rape of Juanita Broaddrick
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Clinton administration: a procession of scandal
By Kelli Du Fresne
President William Jefferson Clinton – oh how the man can get his name in the news.
Elected Nov. 3, 1992, at the age of 46, he’s as familiar to American households as peanut butter and jelly to a first-grader, and despite a long line of “dispicabilities” is almost as well liked.
Luckily for our country’s reputation, our founding fathers limited presidential terms to two.
The aftermath of Clinton, is seen best in the 2000 campaign for president where the moral substance of those seeking a room in the White House is in the press more so than the issues.
In less than a decade, Clinton caused America to examine what it takes to be a leader. He has affronted us with his seeming lack of morality while walking down the steps of the church he attends each Sunday – his wife and daughter at his side.
Yet America and Congress have said it is not for us to call on the leader of the free world to behave like the married man that he is only for him to lead.
Forgiveness is a divine trait that shows its face in most Americans as a mix of forgetfulness and apathy.
Clinton’s list of crimes is long and spans the gamut of his career from his stint as an Arkansas governor to his time as leader of the most powerful nation in the world.
His wrong doings include Monica Lewinsky and the oval office -“I did not have sexual relations with that woman” – “I did indeed have sexual relations and it was wrong,” – a haircut aboard Air Force One that delayed traffic at LAX for hours, perjury and some from the right speculate murder.
He is the second U.S. president to have been impeached, yet the $11.9 million investigation did not result in a conviction during his trial in the Senate.
He may still face criminal prosecution outside of Capitol Hill at the end of his presidency, but that is dependent on whether and how fast a presidential pardon is handed down by his successor.
Former President Gerald Ford pardoned former President Nixon for his Watergate crimes within a month of taking the oval office after Nixon’s resignation.
In June 1992, Clinton’s campaign had already had its share of scandal attached to it.
Scandal has been synonymous with Clinton, but voters chose him twice.
On the upside, the economy has thrived under his leadership, the federal deficit no longer would reach two hundred and sixty-seven miles if the dollar bills were stacked as they would have during Reagan’s term in office.
Closer to home, $900 million was given to solve pollution problems at Lake Tahoe.
In his Feb. 17, 1993, State of the Union Address, Clinton told the nation, “We have always been a people of youthful energy and daring spirit. And at this historic moment, as communism has fallen, as freedom is spreading around the world, as a global economy is taking shape before our eyes. Americans have called for change – and now it is up to those of us in this room to deliver.”
Describing his comprehensive plan to set the nation on a new course, Clinton said “I believe we will find our new direction in the basic values that brought us here: opportunity, individual responsibility, community, work, family and faith.”
Clinton also called for Congress to enact real campaign reform, to create jobs, reform the health care system and strengthen families.
Today as Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns for the U.S. Senate and daughter Chelsea takes over her mother’s responsibilities as hostess at the White House – in the wake of Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones and Gennifer Flowers much speculation is flying about the strength of the Clinton family unit?
In his 1999 State of the Union Address Clinton said he had created a balanced budget for the first time in 30 years. Taking the $290 billion deficit of 1992 and changing it to a surplus of $70 billion.
“Tonight I stand before you to report that America has created the longest peacetime economic expansion in our history. With nearly 18 million new jobs, wages rising at more than twice the rate of inflation, the highest home ownership in history, the smallest welfare rolls in 30 years, and the lowest peacetime unemployment since 1957.”
With the balanced budget teetering on the shoulders of social security, Clinton continued saying we must save Social Security for the 21st century.
Gone were his postulations on individual responsibility, family and faith – replaced by some lofty self appreciations: “Yet perhaps in the daily press of events, in the clash of controversy, we don’t see our own time for what it truly is – a new dawn for America.
“A hundred years from tonight, another American president will stand in this place and report on the State of the Union. He – or she – will look back on the 21st century shaped in so may ways by the decisions we make here and now.
“So let it be said of us then that we were thinking not only of our time, but of their time; that we reached as high a our ideals; that we put aside our divisions and found a new hour of healing and hopefulness, that we joined together to serve and strengthen the land we love.
“My fellow Americans, this is our moment. Let us lift our eyes as one nation and from the mountaintop of this American century, look ahead to the next one – asking God’s blessing on our endeavors and on our beloved country.”