Was Bill Clinton a Good President? Pro and Con Analysis Puts President Clinton in New Light

Oct 18, 2010, 10:15 ET from ProCon.org

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ProCon.org researched the pros and cons of Bill Clinton's presidency and presented its authoritative findings in a new publicly accessible resource. ProCon.org is 501(c)(3) nonpartisan public charity which provides millions of readers with free research on important debated issues in order to stimulate critical thinking and educate without bias.

Clinton ProCon.org (http://www.clinton.procon.org), the 39th ProCon.org issue website, presents 24 compelling pro and con arguments related to the question "Was Bill Clinton a good president?" In its exploration of the 42nd US President,  the website includes several little known "Did You Know?" facts about Bill Clinton, a 1,500+ word "Background" article, video clips, photographs, citations for all sources used, readers' comments, and more. The website also tracks budget deficits, Dow Jones averages, gold prices, unemployment rates, GDP, inflation, and other metrics from 1961-2009 so readers can see what happened before, during, and after a president's term. The findings should help readers think critically about Bill Clinton's presidency and get facts about his accomplishments and failures without any spin.

The website investigating Bill Clinton was launched simultaneously with a website investigating Ronald Reagan (www.reagan.procon.org). Kamy Akhavan, Managing Editor of ProCon.org, remarked on the project: "We didn't want to create even a perception of bias by focusing on one president alone, so we picked two from opposite parties. Why these two presidents? Both Clinton and Reagan served two relatively recent terms, remain very popular within their parties, and are relevant in today's politics. Our researchers are fantastic. The results of their work will help a lot of people understand and evaluate these iconic presidents."

For much more information, visit www.clinton.procon.org.

Did You Know?

* Clinton, age 46 when he was elected, was the youngest US president since John F. Kennedy and the third-youngest ever.

* During Clinton's presidency, 22.5 million new jobs were created and unemployment dropped from 7.5% when he took office to 4.0% by the end of his second term, the lowest in 30 years.

* When Paula Jones sued him for sexual harassment, Clinton became the first sitting president to testify before a grand jury investigating his own conduct.

* Clinton was the second president in US history to be impeached. The first was Andrew Johnson in 1868.

* A Sep. 22, 2010 poll conducted by NBC and the Wall Street Journal found that Clinton was more popular than President Obama. Clinton had a 55 percent approval rating compared to Obama's 46 percent approval rating.

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