- By the end of his Presidency, unemployment was down, spending was up, and business profits were at all-time highs; the federal budget was enjoying a surplus for the first time in years
- Clinton became subject to a major scandal when an independent prosecutor, investigating Clinton’s personal finances, uncovered a sexual affair between Clinton and a White House intern
- After finding Clinton had lied about the affair under oath, the prosecutor recommended impeachment; voting along party lines, the House impeached the President but in the Senate, Republicans fell short of the required two-thirds vote needed to remove the President
- After years of fighting among Bosnian Muslims, Croats, and Serbs, Clinton intervened to force a compromise peace; when Serb nationalists began persecuting Muslims in Kosovo, Clinton spearheaded the use of NATO forces, which bombarded Serbia and forced an end to the bloodshed in Kosovo
- At first, President Clinton tried to protect human rights in China by threatening to link U.S. trade to China with the promotion of human rights; he soon abandoned this policy
- In 1999, U.S. missiles accidentally hit the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia; U.S. – Chinese relations suffered a setback, but there was no attempt to halt U.S. – Chinese trade
Describe Clinton’s relations with China. ________________________________________________________________________
What did Clinton try to protect in China? ________________________________________________________________________
Define human rights. ________________________________________________________________________
Why do you think Clinton decided to not link trade relations to human rights in China? ________________________________________________________________________
What did the U.S. help China join? ________________________________________________________________________
Primary Source: Excerpt from President Bill Clinton’s Speech, Aug. 17, 1998 This afternoon in this room, from this chair, I testified before the Office of Independent Counsel and the grand jury. I answered their questions truthfully, including questions about my private life, questions no American citizen would ever want to answer.
Still, I must take complete responsibility for all my actions, both public and private. And that is why I am speaking to you tonight. As you know, in a deposition in January, I was asked questions about my relationship with Monica Lewinsky. While my answers were legally accurate, I did not volunteer information. Indeed, I did have a relationship with Miss Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong. It constituted a critical lapse in judgment and a personal failure on my part for which I am solely and completely responsible. But I told the grand jury today and I say to you now that at no time did I ask anyone to lie, to hide or destroy evidence or to take any other unlawful action. I know that my public comments and my silence about this matter gave a false impression. I misled people, including even my wife. I deeply regret that. I can only tell you I was motivated by many factors. First, by a desire to protect myself from the embarrassment of my own conduct. I was also very concerned about protecting my family. The fact that these questions were being asked in a politically inspired lawsuit, which has since been dismissed, was a consideration, too. In addition, I had real and serious concerns about an independent counsel investigation that began with private business dealings 20 years ago, dealings I might add about which an independent federal agency found no evidence of any wrongdoing by me or my wife over two years ago. The independent counsel investigation moved on to my staff and friends, then into my private life. And now the investigation itself is under investigation.
Identify seven significant points made by President Clinton: