Former President Bill Clinton was reportedly hospitalized in Southern California on Thursday with a noncontagious gastroenteritis. Clinton served as the 43rd president of the United States between 1993 and 2021, and thus is the first generation of baby boomers to occupy the White House. The former president is not expected to hold any campaign events during this period, and has already taken some time off his campaign schedule to recover from his latest health problem. Many people have been expressing doubts about the veracity of former First Lady Hillary Clinton’s absence from the campaign trail due to hernia, however leaks from anonymous sources have indicated that the campaign is indeed taking place while Clinton is recuperating at home. In a news conference on Thursday afternoon, campaign aide Press secretary Michael Douglas indicated that Clinton was “taking herself off the campaign trail.”
When asked if the former first lady intends to run for president in the future, Clinton responded, “No.” He went on to note that he looked forward to future participation in the democratic nomination process, but declined to say if he thinks he has the qualifications for the job. According to The Hill newspaper, Clinton told reporters that he and his wife, former president Clinton, are undergoing therapy and are “working very well.” He refused to answer when asked if he believes the U.S. Senator from Illinois is a good candidate for president in 2021.
Speaking about the current state of the U.S. economy, Clinton indicated that the Republican field is “the worst set of candidates to ever compete against a president’s agenda for higher income tax cuts, economic stimulus, and reining in the out of control Federal Reserve.” However, the former president went on to criticize Republicans for “playing the victim card” and said that their recent political victories are caused by one fact: the public has “made a lot of sense” about the deficit and debt. In addition to blaming the Bush administration and its appointees for the problems facing the U.S. economy, Clinton also took some criticism of the Tea Party for negatively affecting U.S. politics. The former president did not offer a specific alternative to the Republican plan for higher taxes, although he did opine that it was “time for leadership” in the U.S. Senate. The Democratic presidential candidate was criticized by a group of conservative members of Congress, who said that the former president’s comments prove the fact that the Democrats have “zero plan to increase your wages.”
The former president also addressed the widening gap between rich and poor in the U.S., saying that “both wings of our party have become synonymous with corruption and gridlock.” He went on to say that “no one can be too rich or too poor” as a matter of fact, and he added that “no man is an island.” The former president emphasized the need to bring the country closer together, especially in the areas of race, gender, economic status, immigration, health care, education and religion. He also pointed out that ” polarization of our politics has led to a historic crisis with severe negative consequences for America.”
As a junior Senator from New York, Clinton also served as a representative for New York in the Senate, having previously been a attorney general of New York. During this time, he also gained a reputation as a “maverick,” frequently disagreeing with Republicans and voting against their legislation. According to political researchers, Clinton may have been one of the first politicians to use “seventh wheel” or the Latin phrase, “sextarius manus.” This term referred to an act of “careing for himself” as opposed to acting like a state politician. Some political pundits have claimed that this role may have been the precursor of his later work as a governor.
As a U.S. senator, Clinton also made efforts to become more closely identified with the cultural values of his home state of Arkansas, while keeping in mind that much of the Rust Belt is Democratic territory. When elected to the governorship of Arkansas, he ran against incumbent Republican Bob Blaney. The outcome of this contest can be seen as one of the turning points in the history of the two parties in the U.S. presidential election.
Two years later, Clinton was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives and after being cleared by the U.S. Senate, left the governorship. Although Clinton later insisted that he thought it was best that he leave the governorship because he was eligible to be impeached, by the end of his term as attorney general he was clear that he wanted to run for president again. Despite this, Clinton instead ran for the U.S. Senate against now president George Allen (R-VA). It was widely believed at the time that Clinton’s decision to seek the second term would hurt his chances of winning the election to become president. However, Clinton did win the election and later became the first man to be elected president of the United States of America.
One of the reasons that Clinton was considered such a formidable candidate for president in the later years of his administration is that there was a lot of doubt surrounding him both during and after his election as president. Americans had never felt that they had an honest and trustworthy president and many were fearful that Clinton might not be able to lead the country into war if necessary. Clinton won the election and in his second term as president he was able to lead the nation into two world wars. During his last term as president he faced a lot of scandals regarding Whitewater, the controversy that followed him around for over a year.