Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Presidents Day y'all!

When I was in 6th grade, Bill Clinton's face was everywhere because of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. I was not old enough to know anything about lust, but I did know that he was attractive and a captivating speaker. He left office but the jokes did not die down quickly and I continued to see his face for some time. Hillary Clinton announced in January of 2007 that she planned to run for president. This was to be my first time voting in a presidential election and I was very keen to stay up on the candidates. This once again, brought Bill to the forefront of my mind. Though the focus was mostly on his wife, I used this nudge to research my favorite president a little more. I bought his audio book My Life on iTunes and was thrilled to hear it was him reading. I could literally listen to him speak all day.

Bill was our 42nd President, the third youngest president, inaugurated at age 46. He served at the governor of Arkansas for twelve years before becoming president. He's always had a love of reading, learning to do so at age three! He met John F Kennedy at a tour of the White House and after shaking his hand, knew he wanted a career in public service and eventually run for an office. He jogs almost every day and plays golf whenever possible. His favorite color is blue. I know, real hard hitting facts.
Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any US president since World War II.

Since then, he has been involved in humanitarian work and public speaking. He created the William J Clinton Foundation, which addressed issues of global importance. This foundation includes the Clinton Foundation HIV and AIDS Initiative (CHAI), which strives to combat that disease, and has worked with the Australian government toward that end. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), begun by the Clinton Foundation in 2005, attempts to address world problems such as global public health, poverty alleviation and religious and ethnic conflict. In 2005, Clinton announced through his foundation an agreement with manufacturers to stop selling sugared drinks in schools.

He's authored four books, three of which I have yet to listen to. I can fully recommend My Life though and for any one who works in an office like me, I push for you to get the audio version. I love hearing someone tell their own story and Clinton does it like no one else. From 2001 to 2013 that man could say anything and I would just sit back and listen. I don't know why, but his voice calms me. Also, I know he's 66, but I still think he's pretty fucking sexy.

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