Bill Clinton's Popularity Despite The Scandals

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The name William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton either creates a negative image or a positive image in the minds of most Americans. Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States of America and served two consecutive terms. He is one of the most popular presidents in history – right up there with Kennedy and even Abraham Lincoln. Nevertheless, there are a group of Americans that remember President Clinton in a negative light. These Americans could be described as the “moral majority” or the “Christian right.” These Americans remember the disgrace and shame that the office of the presidency suffered throughout the sex scandal and impeachment of President Clinton. Did the sex scandal and ...view middle of the document...

A large number of Americans now believe that a political figure such as a president, senator, judge, etc. has a right to their own private life; and that immoral behavior does not reflect on how they govern or perform their job duties. President Clinton’s approval rating did go down for a short time during the impeachment but it went up very quickly – above 70 percent – which indicates the public did not believe the scandal would impair President Clinton’s abilities to govern. Well, he is just human and no one is perfect.
President Clinton is certainly human and makes mistakes, just like all of us do. But he has this ability to reach out to the common man and woman. He is very likable and is probably one of the greatest speakers in America. When he was President of the United States he would be seen in the media doing everyday things like jogging around the neighborhood, eating at fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s, appearing on talk shows, and playing the saxophone. He seems common enough; and these qualities make him more acceptable to the American voters. The people feel he is just like us, which is true as far as being a human. But he does have a wee bit more power and influence than most common Americans. Yes, these attributes helped to keep his ratings high during the scandals he faced while in the White House. ABC News put forward this statement concerning Clinton in reference to a poll they conducted in January 2001:
You can’t trust him, he’s got weak morals and ethics – and he’s done a heck of a good job. That’s the public consensus on Bill Clinton Despite his prevaricating, his sexual misadventures and his impeachment by Congress, a remarkable 65 percent of Americans approve of the way Clinton has done his job — the best end-of-career rating of any postwar president (one point ahead of Ronald Reagan). (abcnews.go)
President Clinton has such a contagious personality that people are just drawn to him. He came from the baby-boomer generation and was gifted with a charisma that few presidents have ever possessed. Even those that didn’t vote for him had a hard time “not liking” him as a person. His high public approval ratings have shown how popular he is with a majority of American voters. Needless to say, Bill Clinton’s moral deficiencies did not seem to alter his public approval ratings. Another area that contributed to Bill Clinton’s long-term popularity would have to be his non-partisan ability to meet in the middle.
When Bill Clinton became the President of the United States he was depicted as a New Democrat – also known as centrism. This type of politics involves meeting somewhere in the middle between the far right-wing politics and the far left-wing politics. The idea is to support a little of both sides. Bill Clinton came into the Presidential campaign with promises of welfare reform and tax cuts for the middle class. These are not ideas that a far left-wing politician might propose; but Bill Clinton did just that. He...

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