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The Bill Clinton – Monica Lewinsky Scandal:

He was one of the most popular departing Presidents of the 20th Century, with an approval rating of 68 percent when he left office in 2000, matching the ratings of Ronald Reagan and Franklin Roosevelt. However, he was an equally controversial figure – especially among his political foes, who tried but failed to remove him from office.

Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe on August, 19, 1946 – the first President of the baby boom generation and the first to be born after the end of World War II. His father died in a car crash three months before Bill was born and his mother married Roger Clinton in 1950. Young Bill assumed his set-dad's last name.

Bill Clinton when he was a toddler

It's not that he thought the world of Roger, remembering him as a gambler and a drinker who abused his mother and half-brother Roger. Bill says he had to step in to protect them several times, threatening violence in the process.

A good student, Clinton decided at 16 he wanted to become an elected officials. He even met President John F. Kennedy.

Bill Clinton meeting JFK

Helped with scholarships, he attended Georgetown University and then won a Rhodes scholarship.

Bill Clinton college photo

He also attended and graduated Yale Law School and began his political rise as governor of Arkansas.

Along the way, he met Hillary Rodham…

Bill Clinton and Hillary, early on in their relationship

As President...

Bill Clinton when he became president

…Clinton's remembered for signing the North American Free Trade Agreement and presiding over the longest peacetime economic expansion in American history. Critics also noted his failure to shepherd through a health care reform and his support for the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. A New York Times editorial called that one of his worst policy moments.

But he also had another trait that many felt was all wrong. He was a womanizer, despite his marriage to Hillary…

Bill Clinton with Hillary on their wedding day

…who bore him a daughter Chelsea and who later became a U.S. Senator and Secretary of state.

The list of alleged Clinton paramours, at least the ones who accused him, is long and varied. They include Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick.

Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick

But his carryings on with a white House intern named Monica Lewinsky …

Monica Lewinsky

…really stirred up a hornet's nest, especially when he denied having sexual relations with her.

It provided the basis for the perjury charges that led to impeachment proceedings against him in 1998. The House voted to impeach, in a Republican-led push. But the Senate voted to acquit and Clinton's last two years in the white House were secure.

In his final act, Clinton issued 141 Presidential pardons on his last day in office, including a controversial one of disgraced commodities trader Marc Rich and another for his brother in law, Hugh Rodham.

He continues to speak publicly…

Bill and Hillary, present day

…and remains among the most powerful and popular Democrats in the United States.

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