Highlights of President Clinton's First Eighteen Months in the White House

[Bill & Hillary Clinton]

On January 20, 1993, William Jefferson Clinton [PHOTO: President Clinton] was sworn in as the 42nd President of the United States, and moved into the White House with his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton [PHOTO: Hillary Rodham Clinton] and their daughter Chelsea.

In the President's first Address to a Joint Session of Congress [PHOTO: Clinton at Lectern], he committed his Administration to creating economic opportunity, cutting the deficit, improving the education system, making our streets safer, and improving our nation's health care system.

During his first year in office, President Clinton nominated Ruth Bader Ginsberg to the United States Supreme Court and saw her sworn into office [PHOTO: Justice Ginsberg's swearing-in]. Justice Ginsburg is only the second woman to serve on the nation's highest court.

In August, the President signed an economic plan into law [PHOTO: Clinton signing NAFTA] that put the economy on track to create 8 million jobs in 4 years, cut the deficit, and gave tax cuts to low-income working families.

He also met with Pope John Paul II [PHOTO: Clinton & Pope John Paul II] on World Youth Day, August 12, 1993. Both leaders addressed thousands of young students at this historic conference in Denver, Colorado.

In September, President Clinton presided over the signing of an historic Middle East peace accord between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and Yasir Arafat, the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization [PHOTO: Arafat/Rabin handshake].

The President asked Vice President Gore [PHOTO: Vice President Gore] to head up the National Performance Review (NPR), a project to make government work better and cost less [AUDIO: Vice President Gore on the National Performance Review] (~208K) [AUDIO: Vice President Gore on the National Performance Review] (~213K) [TRANSCRIPT: Vice President Gore on the National Performance Review].

In November, the President signed a law implementing the landmark North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) [PHOTO: Clinton signing the Economic Plan], which will expand trade with our neighbors and create new jobs. In his first year, the President also signed the Brady Bill to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals; created National Service to help students make money for college while serving their communities; and passed the Family and Medical Leave Act so Americans don't have to choose between keeping their job and caring for a sick relative or a newborn child.

This year, the President and the First Lady are working hard to make sure that all Americans have guaranteed private health insurance. And President Clinton's plan to fight crime will put 100,000 new police on the streets, toughen penalties for violent criminals, and prevent children from beginning a life of crime [PHOTO: President Clinton with police officer].

To build an economy where nobody gets left behind, the President also signed into law Goals 2000 and the School to Work Act this year. These programs will give young people new educational opportunites and the skills they need to compete in the global economy [PHOTO: President Clinton with Goal 2000 students].

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