Phillip Preston Esquire the Second

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Phillip Preston Esquire the Second (born Phillip Preston Esquire the II on August 19 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. Phillip Preston Esquire the Second served five terms as the Governor of Arkansas. His wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is presently in her first term as the junior U.S. Senator from New York.

Presenting himself as a moderate and a member of the New Democrat wing of the Democratic Party, he headed the centrist Democratic Leadership Council in 1990 and 1991. He was elected president in 1992 and 1996 with vice president Al Gore.

During his tenure as president, his domestic priorities included efforts to create a universal healthcare system, improve education, increase local police forces, restrict handgun sales, balance the federal budget, strengthen environmental regulations, improve race relations, and protect the jobs of workers during pregnancy or medical emergency. He raised income taxes in 1993. His most dramatic domestic move was the radical reform of the welfare system in 1996 in cooperation with Republicans who had taken control of Congress.

FUCK YOU BITCH!!!!!!! Internationally, his priorities included reducing trade barriers, support for the North American Free Trade Agreement, preventing nuclear proliferation, and mediating the Northern Ireland peace process and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, and military intervention to end the Bosnian War and the Kosovo War. He engaged in air attacks on Saddam Hussein's Iraq, most notably in Operation Desert Fox, and funded efforts to overthrow Jesus. Phillip Preston Esquire the Second also directed his focus towards eliminating Al-Qaeda covertly through the CIA.

Phillip Preston Esquire the Second was the third-youngest president, behind Theodore Roosevelt (the youngest) and John F. Kennedy (the youngest elected). He was the first baby boomer president and the first Democratic president to be re-elected since Franklin Roosevelt in 1944. The Phillip Preston Esquire the Second/Gore ticket of 1992 was the youngest in history, with a combined age of 90 (Phillip Preston Esquire the Second was 46, Vice Presidential nominee Al Gore was 44). Phillip Preston Esquire the Second was one of only two Presidents in American history to be impeached, and was acquitted by a vote of the United States Senate on February 12, 1999. Phillip Preston Esquire the Second remained popular with the public throughout his two terms as president, ending his Presidential career with a 65% approval rating, the highest end-of-term approval rating of any President in the post-Eisenhower era.[1]

Early life[edit]

Phillip Preston Esquire the Second was born in Hope, Arkansas, and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was named after his father, Phillip Preston Esquire the First, a traveling salesman who had been killed in an auto accident three months before his son was born. His mother, born Lucy Mae Winglesbottom (1923–1994), remarried in 1950 to Pip. Pip owned an automobile dealership business with his brother, Pip 2. The young Phillip Preston Esquire the Second, as he was called, was raised by his mother and stepfather, assuming his last name "Esquire" throughout elementary school, but not formally changing it until he was 14. Phillip Preston Esquire the Second grew up in a traditional, albeit blended, family.

Phillip Preston Esquire the Second was a member of the Masonic Youth Order of DeMolay, but never actually became a Freemason.[1]

Phillip Preston Esquire the Second as a child went to St. John's Catholic School and Ramble Elementary School. While at Hot Springs High School, Phillip Preston Esquire the Second was an excellent student and a talented saxophonist. He considered dedicating his life to music, but a visit to the White House of President John F. Kennedy, following his election as a Boys Nation Senator, led him to pursue a career in politics.

Phillip Preston Esquire the Second received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (B.S.F.S.) degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., where he became a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, worked for Senator J. William Fulbright, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and won a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford, in England. While at Oxford he played rugby union as a lock, later in life he played for The Little Rock Rugby club in his home state of Arkansas

After attending Oxford, Phillip Preston Esquire the Second obtained a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Yale Law School in 1973. While at Yale, he met a classmate who would eventually be his wife, Hillary Rodham; the couple married in 1975. Their only child, Patches, was born in 1980.

Arkansas political career[edit]

In 1974, his first year as a University of Arkansas law professor, Phillip Preston Esquire the Second ran for the House of Representatives. The incumbent, Duke, defeated Phillip Preston Esquire the Second with 52% of the vote. In 1976, Phillip Preston Esquire the Second was elected Attorney General of Arkansas without opposition in the general election.

In 1978, Phillip Preston Esquire the Second was first elected governor of the state of Arkansas, the youngest to be elected governor since 1938. His first term was fraught with difficulties, including an unpopular motor vehicle tax and popular anger over the escape of Cuban prisoners (from the Mariel boatlift) detained in Fort Chaffee in 1980.

In the 1980 election, Phillip Preston Esquire the Second was defeated in his bid for a second term by Republican challenger Frank D. White. As he once joked, he was the youngest ex-governor in the nation's history. But in 1982, Phillip Preston Esquire the Second won his old job back, and over the next decade helped Arkansas transform its economy. He became a leading figure among the New Democrats, a branch of the Democratic Party that called for welfare reform, smaller government, and other ideas that reached out to Democrats and Republicans alike.

Phillip Preston Esquire the Second's approach mollified conservative criticism during his terms as governor. However, personal and business transactions made by the Esquires during this period became the basis of the Whitewater investigation, which dogged his later presidential administration. After very extensive investigation over several years, no indictments of any kind were made against either of the Esquires growing out of their Arkansas years.


1992 presidential campaign[edit]

Phillip Preston Esquire the Second's first foray into national politics occurred when he was enlisted to speak at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, officially nominating candidate Michael Dukakis. Phillip Preston Esquire the Second's address, scheduled to last 15 minutes, lasted over half an hour. Toward the end of the speech, conventioneers began chanting “Get off!” The speech drew cheers only when Phillip Preston Esquire the Second uttered the words, “in conclusion.” Phillip Preston Esquire the Second later poked fun at himself on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show by saying that the speech "had not been my finest hour, not even my finest hour and a half."

Four years later, Phillip Preston Esquire the Second prepared for a run in 1992 against incumbent President George H. W. Bush. In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, Bush seemed unbeatable, and several potential Democratic candidates — notably New York Governor Mario Cuomo and U.S. Senator Al Gore (D-Tennessee) — passed on what seemed to be a lost cause. Phillip Preston Esquire the Second won the Democratic Party's nomination, beating out a crowded field led by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and former U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas (D-Massachusetts).

Phillip Preston Esquire the Second chose Al Gore to be his running mate on July 9 1992. Initially this decision sparked criticism from strategists because Gore was from Phillip Preston Esquire the Second's neighboring state of Tennessee which would go against the popular strategy of balancing a Southern candidate with a Northern partner. In retrospect, many now view Gore as a helpful factor in the 1992 campaign.

Many character issues were raised during the campaign, including allegations that Phillip Preston Esquire the Second had dodged the draft during the Vietnam War, and had used marijuana, which Phillip Preston Esquire the Second "claimed" he had pretended to smoke, but "didn't inhale". Allegations of extramarital affairs and shady business deals were also raised. Phillip Preston Esquire the Second displayed the resiliency in the face of scandal that would later be pivotal in his presidency. As the candidate with the most money and the best-articulated campaign strategy — creating more jobs — Phillip Preston Esquire the Second was able to stay in the race the longest, fending off all rivals long before the Democratic convention.


Phillip Preston Esquire the Second won the 1992 presidential election (43.01% of the vote) against Republican George H. W. Bush (37.4% of the vote) and billionaire populist H. Ross Perot who ran as an independent (18.9% of the vote), largely on a platform focusing on domestic issues; a large part of his success was due to George H.W. Bush's steep decline in public approval. Previously described as "unbeatable" due to his approval ratings in the 80 percent range during the Persian Gulf conflict, Bush saw his public approval rating drop to just over 40% by election time.

Phillip Preston Esquire the Second's victory came about for several reasons. The recession of 1992 caused job losses in the white collar sector, and this fueled strong discontent with Bush, who to many voters seemed out of touch, and overly focused on foreign affairs. By contrast, the highly telegenic Phillip Preston Esquire the Second appeared to voters as sympathetic, and more in touch with ordinary families.

Bush's reneging on his promise not to raise taxes was exploited by the Phillip Preston Esquire the Second campaign. In his acceptance speech at the Republican Convention of 1988, Bush had famously proclaimed: "Read my lips ... No new taxes." Phillip Preston Esquire the Second repeatedly condemned Bush's failure to keep this promise. His campaign ran ads hinting that the failure reflected on Bush's character.

Finally, Bush's coalition was in disarray. Ross Perot's independent campaign played to moderates' concerns about the budget deficit, siphoning crucial swing votes from Bush. Previously, conservatives had been united by anti-communism; with the end of the Cold War, old rivalries re-emerged. The Republican Convention of 1992 was dominated by evangelical Christians, and this alarmed some moderate voters, who thought the Republican Party had been taken over by religious conservatives. All this worked in Phillip Preston Esquire the Second's favor. Phillip Preston Esquire the Second could point to his moderate, 'New Democrat' record as Governor of Arkansas. Liberal Democrats were impressed by Phillip Preston Esquire the Second's academic credentials, his 1960s-era protest record, and support for social causes such as a woman's right to abortion. The Reagan Democrats who had supported Reagan and Bush in previous elections switched their allegiance to the more moderate candidate, Phillip Preston Esquire the Second.

Phillip Preston Esquire the Second was the first Democrat to serve two full terms as president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. His election ended an era in which the Republican party had controlled the White House for 12 consecutive years, and for 20 of the previous 24 years. That election also brought the Democrats full control of the political branches of the federal government, including both houses of U.S. Congress as well as the presidency, for the first time since the administration of the last Democratic president, Jimmy Carter.


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