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Debater Profile: US President and High School Debater, Bill Clinton

by The New York City Urban Debate League | Aug 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM |

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"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America." - Bill Clinton, President of the United States, Debate Team Member 

 

 

Some people have said he was America's greatest Democratic president of the modern era. Those who share his opposite ideology conveniently chide him for his imperfections. However, there is no denying that on August 19, 1946, a future U.S. president born in Hope, Arkansas would live out a legacy built on the namesake of the hometown he was born in.

 

William Jefferson Clinton is best known for being the 42nd President of the United States of America. But prior to his meteoric rise on the political ladder, Clinton was a small town boy with big dreams. While he was still a teen student at Arkansas' Hot Springs High School, he honed his debating skills in a Latin class defending Roman Senator Catiline in a mock trial.

 

Clinton's aggressive and sharp defense tactics during the mock trial were observed admirably by his Latin teacher Elizabeth Buck. Clinton himself would later say that this experience as a teen debater helped him see he was fit to be a great attorney one day.

 

"Clinton has named two influential moments in his life that contributed to his decision to become a public figure, both occurring in 1963. One was his visit as a Boys Nation senator to the White House to meet President John F. Kennedy.[2][6] The other was watching Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1963 I Have a Dream speech on TV, which impressed him enough that he later memorized it."  (Wikpedia)

 

After attending both Georgetown and later Oxford University, Clinton was accepted into Yale Law School where he graduated in 1973. Clinton became Governor of Arkansas and was later elected as the third youngest President of the United States. 

 

"Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. president since World War II. Since then, Clinton has been involved in public speaking and humanitarian work. He created the William J. Clinton Foundation to address international causes, such as the prevention of AIDS and global warming. In 2004, Clinton published his autobiography, My Life. He has remained active in politics by campaigning for Democratic candidates, including his wife's campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 and 2016, and Barack Obama's presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012." (Wikipedia)

 

Clinton's ascension to the uppermost echelon of America's political world is proof that youths who participate in debate-centered activities can accomplish anything they put their minds too. The freedom to engage in healthy debate is one of the main things that is right in America despite the things that are wrong.

 

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