Last updated on: 6/29/2017 2:51:55 PM PST


Was Bill Clinton a Good President?

What do you think? Share your pro or con views and help us foster civil, intelligent discussion on important social issues. If you're looking to attack, harass, demean, or impersonate others, please go elsewhere. Read the rules on submitting comments at ProCon.org. Please note that the pro and con comments and thumbs up/down votes reflect the views of ProCon.org readers and not necessarily of ProCon.org or society in general. Remember to enter your email address so we can notify you if your comment gets posted. Thank you!

PRO (yes) Comments (17)

1,250 characters left

Notify me by email when someone replies to my comments
Also sign up for our free e-newsletters

Sort by: Best | Newest | Oldest

  • +25 +42 -17 Johnny Mar. 24, 2011
    "While I can fault him for his handling of national security and foreign affairs, his centrist domestic policy was solid. His administration guided through important reforms and reflected the views of the American people."
    1250 characters left
    • -6 +3 -9 Lee Quinn Mar. 24, 2011
      "I'd love for you to comment on how he handled the Lewinsky scandal, Johnny!"
  • +16 +32 -16 Andrew Mar. 24, 2011
    "It seems to me Clinton left the country in much better shape at the end of his Presidency than it had been eight years earlier. How much of that was due to his direct actions is debatable, of course, but it's hard to believe his leadership played no significant role. I don't think the discussion is enriched when it becomes clouded by an unpleasant but, in my opinion, relatively unimportant incident (i.e. the Lewinsky scandal)."
    1250 characters left
  • +10 +26 -16 Warren Binder Mar. 24, 2011
    "I wouldn't want to marry this guy, but as a president he sure did many many things right. Our economy was better than ever (remember our huge surplus?), our international reputation was excellent, our domestic problems (crime, unemployment, poverty) were lower than ever, and all this while battling the Republicans who tried to stall our nation over the president's personal issues. Impressive! Clinton was easily one of our 10 most effective presidents."
    1250 characters left
  • +8 +22 -14 Bob, college professor of business Apr. 27, 2011
    "Despite all of his faults, I believe that Bill Clinton was indeed, a good president. It is easy for his detractors to say that the cyclical economy (on the upswing), not anything that he did, was the cause of the prosperity and budget surpluses during his presidency. Considering the subsequent 8 years of his successor, President Clinton's time in office should be looked back on as positive for the country - the sign of a good president."
    1250 characters left
  • +3 +18 -15 Gav-Man Dec. 1, 2011
    "My mom worked under Clinton for years while he was the governor of Arkansas. He was a great person and had fantastic intentions for our nation. He was unable to fullfill these intentions because his run in office was interrupted by a misunderstood "scandal"."
    1250 characters left
    • +1 +1 0 Chuntley Oct. 3, 2012
      "Misunderstood scandal??? He had oral sex in the oval office...cheated on his wife and lied about it. How is that misunderstood."
  • +2 +10 -8 jaquese n. Oct. 15, 2013
    "i beileve that bil was a great president, americans can not look at him as bad president because of his affair. you have to judge him as a good president becuase of what he did to help change our great country we like to call merica. i thik that he made the idea to make a nam wall. he was one of the greatest leaders our country has ever had. in fact i feel so strongly that he is so great, he should have his own memorial in washington dc. when he passes away. rip great president clinton. i love you"
    1250 characters left
  • +2 +20 -18 Delgado Apr. 27, 2011
    ""Crime down. Deficit gone. Economy strong. Terrorists in check. If not for the Republican obsession with his sex life and all the division and ugliness it created, Clinton would go down as one of our all time greats.""
    1250 characters left
    • +1 +1 0 Mel McCoy Jun. 20, 2014
      "I thumbs upped your comment. The President of the United States should be held to a higher standard. When the scandal hit, it was embarrassing for the country, even more embarrassing when he lied about it. Not just republicans were obsessed with the scandal, everyone was."
    • 0 0 0 Ashley Sep. 18, 2015
      "He balanced the budget by clearing out social security. That will have a great impact on the country as the years pass...a negative impact."
  • +1 +1 0 BELUGAWHALE Feb. 1, 2017
    "He was okay i guess"
    1250 characters left
  • 0 0 0 Justin May. 17, 2017
    "Yes Bill Clinton was a great president. YES he did do some questionable things as president but which president hasn't done questionable things all the president's we've ever had has done questionable things. when Bill Clinton was president he succeeded at taking us out of debt and then when Bush became president he put us into 16 trillion dollars in debt."
    1250 characters left
  • 0 0 0 Sandra Nov. 6, 2016
    "True facts. Proven that he worked, economy was better, welfare rules were better, peace over wars...."
    1250 characters left
  • 0 0 0 MeredithM May. 14, 2016
    "Overall Clinton wasn't perfect, but I think what made him a commendable president was that he focused on the bigger picture. He put great thought into America's future, instead of merely worrying about America's tomorrow. He established the World Trade Organization in 1995 and lead with the "doctrine of enlargement" which aimed to create a more peaceful and interconnected world in the 21st century. Although Clinton received a lot of criticism for his inaction regarding the Rwandan Genocide, in his defense he said that "we cannot, indeed, we should not, do everything or be everywhere." Clinton believed that it was not America's place to be a global police force, bullying other countries into submission. Although what happened in Rwanda was tragic, it did not really involve the United States and if Clinton had taken the action needed to fully end the dispute countless numbers of U.S soldiers' lives would have been lost. All in all Clinton did the best he could in the face of adversity, and will forever be remembered as one of the greatest presidents of the modern era."
    1250 characters left
  • -1 +10 -11 jaquese n. Oct. 15, 2013
    "i believe that bill was not a bad president. the people of america can not judge him because of his affair, they have to judge him on what he did to change the great country we like to call merica. he did a lot of great things to improve upon our country. we all make mistakes, some peole more than others. bill made a mistake and we should have just forgive him for that mistake and forget about it. i think that bill had the idea to create the nam wall memorial, which is a genius idea. he was one of the greatest presidents of all time, and when he kicks the bucket someday, there should be a memorial for bill the washington dc. clinton was a great president and will always be in my heart. i love you bill"
    1250 characters left
  • -1 +13 -14 Robert Phillips Apr. 21, 2012
    "My Father and I were both working and earning good money.
    Although my Father is Republican, bless his soul, he still sees President Clinton's Presidency as scandalous and wasteful. We argue often and I can only use the work President Clinton accomplished."
    1250 characters left
  • -2 +1 -3 Jacob Garrity Mar. 9, 2016
    "Bill Clinton was an importent president like Obama,Roosevelt and Kenndy and more.That Bill Clinton Helped us back in the 90's and helping us in peaceful ways and creating a better future for us."
    1250 characters left
  • -5 +9 -14 Pat Aug. 17, 2012
    "Best since FDR since he promoted no unnecessary wars, moral beyond a doubt where morality is measured cradle to grave as related to human dignity and value of life, environmentally conscious, mindful of economics, and dedicated to his job as President. All in all, few Presidents can be said to have been so successful on so many levels important to the American republic."
    1250 characters left
  • -8 +13 -21 ANTHONY CANCHOLA J.R Jan. 30, 2012
    "HE TOOK CARE OF AMERICA AND OUR OWN PROBLEMS
    HERE AT HOME. UNEMPLOYMENT, ECONOMY, AT HOME ISSUES.. SO HE IS NOT PERFECT, WHO OF US IS? NEWT? GEORGE J.R.? C'MON NOW PEOPLE.."
    1250 characters left
  • -11 +9 -20 Randall Scott Sep. 6, 2012
    "Yes, Bill Clinton was a good president. I simply ponder if he is truly aware of the goings on regarding global warming, and how it could either ruin or bulster world economies, depending on how it is delt with."
    1250 characters left

CON (no) Comments (16)


1,250 characters left

Notify me by email when someone replies to my comments
Also sign up for our free e-newsletters

Sort by: Best | Newest | Oldest

  • +5 +21 -16 john Mar. 19, 2012
    "Where is it mentioned how he took money from China for BOTH his campaigns, and removed the technology export bans we had in place, to help China with their ICBM and space program? How is this little factoid not even mentioned? He essentially armed the largest communist country in the world with the ability to nuke at will - where they did not have this ability previous to 1992"
    1250 characters left
  • +3 +17 -14 Dr. T. E. Davis, Col Dec. 7, 2012
    "An intelligent man who disgraced the office of the President"
    1250 characters left
  • +2 +2 0 jim Apr. 8, 2016
    "Im still waiting for someone to tell me what Clinton actually did to make the economy so good and what Bush did before he was elected to cause the economy to start its tumble. Bush never had a chance to pass anything in congress before it was clear that the economy was seriously declining. Yet he gets all the blame for it. Thats the democratic blame game."
    1250 characters left
  • +1 +2 -1 Ashley Sep. 18, 2015
    "The NAFTA bill Clinton signed into law has devastated our country. Most of our manufacturing jobs have gone elsewhere. I don't understand how he thought this would be a good thing for us. Not only that, he stole from Peter to pay Paul. What I mean by that is he balanced the budget with a surplus by taking funds from social security. Considering people who work live longer now than ever before, they should expect to get back what they put in which may not be possible now because of his budget plan."
    1250 characters left
  • 0 0 0 Jonah f May. 9, 2017
    "No he was a horrible president he did have an affair with Monica lawinske or however you say it no good president should be cheating it is disgusting"
    1250 characters left
  • 0 0 0 Grace Jun. 17, 2016
    "I think you need to research about Osama Bin Laden. They actually informed the Bush Admin about this. It was Bush who ignored it. They were very clear that something was going to happen."
    1250 characters left
  • 0 +1 -1 nick May. 10, 2016
    "monica wasn't mentioed"
    1250 characters left
    • -1 0 -1 irina Jul. 27, 2016
      "he did not mention his impeachment also. His speech on DNC was weak, flat and deceptive. He looks sick and old."
  • -1 +2 -3 toni Mar. 2, 2016
    "he was a derelict i don't care about his private sex capades either BUT,supposedly i pay his salary he works for me, and I'll be damned if i would hire a sex abuser, to say the least. he couldn't keep his penise in his pants?? and LIE on the stand mocking the whole process!! accused of RAPE!before gov.!!?taking monies from foreign countries for elections!! wake up people!!! if any man did what he did on the JOB he'd be fired first then arrested on sex. charges , indecent exposure, and if that woman would have come forward way back and reported his possible rape attempt that regular man's life would be OVER!but not CLINTON we were PICKING on him, conspiracy!!"
    1250 characters left
  • -1 +2 -3 Ashley Sep. 18, 2015
    "He should never have given the OK for immigrants to receive public welfare. That should be entitled to natural born US citizens. Our tax dollars should not fund those who were not born in the United States of America."
    1250 characters left
  • -1 +3 -4 Ernie Nov. 18, 2014
    "Clinton signed NAFTA and with it , millions of jobs.!!!"
    1250 characters left
  • -3 +8 -11 Trevor Dec. 12, 2013
    "I have no reson to ever think this man was a good president, I will never think he is a good president he put this country in great danger because of his lack of responsability."
    1250 characters left
  • -5 +1 -6 Marvin Hemmel Jun. 20, 2014
    "I think that Clinton was, outside of the scandal, a good president. We had a large surplus of money at the end of his presidency and a booming economy. whether the economy was a result of his presidency is still argued, but I think that if he didn't have the scandal, more people would favor him."
    1250 characters left
  • -5 +16 -21 Sorana Apr. 27, 2011
    "Despite all of the good things Clinton did as President, his personal conduct in things like the Monica Lewinsky scandal and lack of morals caused some moderates/conservative democrats to flee the Democratic party. Because of this, Gore narrowly lost the 2000 election and by extension it's Clinton's fault that Bush had the chance to ruin this country for 8 years. That makes him a bad president."
    1250 characters left
    • +3 +3 0 Seth Jul. 17, 2011
      "in my opinion what makes him a bad president is kosovo. thousands of innocents dead, to help muslim extremists with ties to the al qaeda, all for ethnic cleansing that never happened"
  • -6 +3 -9 barbara ann winton Feb. 12, 2014
    "William Jefferson Clinton demise is his own to bear why burden the people with his foolishness??he did enough damage in the oval office..and with his wife running around doing nothing but more damage since his term in office stopped...what more can be said about the character of these two lost and pathetic individuals.????"
    1250 characters left
  • -9 +12 -21 Seth McAvoy Jul. 17, 2011
    "your sight says that clinton helped bomb serbia to end miloshevic's ethnic cleansing. obviously you didnt do very much research on that. first of all this ethnic cleansing thing: ill admit miloshevic was pretty bad, but serbia had a revolution and overthrew him, so obviously they didnt like him very much, also the KLA that we took the side of were religious extremeists with ties to al qaeda, who used terrorist tactics. and the ethnic cleansing from serbia? never happened. now the KLA was huge on ethnic cleansing, of course some individual soldiers killed albanians for being albanian, and now theyre being punished. the serbian military (not including militias with no ties to the actual military) never endorsed ethnic cleansing. also our military targeted civilians instead of military targets. schools and hospitals were bombed, 5000 innocents died. and the massacre that started US involvment? turns out it was a hoax, dead KLA fighters, not civies. the forensics doctors who said they were massacred went back and said they were forced to say that and all the evidence shows the "dead civies" were not even civies at all. no amount of good things someone has done can make up for lives that will never be brought back."
    1250 characters left
  • -20 +16 -36 Mark Mar. 24, 2011
    "No, he was not a good president. He got lucky that the economy happened to be good while he was in office. But how can you ignore the fact the man was impeached?"
    1250 characters left
    • +4 +9 -5 Andrew Mar. 24, 2011
      "Clinton went through impeachment proceedings but was acquitted by the Senate and remained in office. Innocent until proven guilty, yes? And as for the "luck" he had, I guess you're implying that the office of President has no effect on the economic health of the country. Interesting theory... ;-)"
    • +3 +3 0 Ashley Sep. 18, 2015
      "I agree with you, Mark. The President should be held up to the highest standard of all. He LIED under oath, lied to Congress, lied to all Americans. I don't care what anyone does behind closed doors but you do NOT put your hand on the Bible and lie straight through your teeth. How can anyone believe a thing Clinton ever said knowing this?"
    • +3 +5 -2 Anon Mar. 24, 2011
      "Clinton was not actually impeached. The Senate cleared him and he was not driven from office. His impeachment was a publicity stunt by Gingrich and the House. It was purely political, not based on anything substantive. Honestly, it is no ones business (other than his wife) what Clinton did under that desk with “that woman.”"
    • +1 +6 -5 JB Mar. 24, 2011
      "The impeachment was driven purely by politics, not based on the merits of the arguments for impeachment."
    • 0 +2 -2 Randall Scott Sep. 6, 2012
      "He was only impeached as a political move, to help the GOP regain the white house, after he created a surplus, which went straight into the pockets of those that sponsored the GOP. Halliburton being one that was rewarded, who's CEO became the Vise President. Not good for America or the working class."
    • -3 0 -3 toni Mar. 3, 2016
      "AMEN"