American History Of The 1990
The 1990s was an era of change for the United States of America. George W. Bush Sr. was riding a wave of popularity after the success of the first Gulf War. He had high approval ratings for his job as president.
However, economic problems within the country kept plaguing Bush and allowed Ross Perot to enter the fray for the 1992 presidential election.
The 1992 election ended up becoming a three-way race with Bill Clinton winning with 43 percent, Bush getting 38 percent and independent candidate Ross Perot getting 19 percent of the votes. Ross Perot’s party, the Reform Party, qualified to receive matching funds for campaign contributions in the 1996 election from Federal Election Commission because of the percentage of votes Perot received in 1992.
When Clinton became the president, he became one of the youngest presidents in the history of the nation. There were high expectations from Clinton as he had promised to resolve many of the domestic issues. When Clinton took office, he was mired in controversy immediately because of the backgrounds of some of his appointees and his announcement to allow homosexuals to serve in the US military openly.
In the 1992 and 1996 presidential election, there were rumors of Clinton having extramarital affairs which most voters overlooked. However, in February 1998, reports appeared of relationship between Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern. Initially Clinton denied the relationship but was forced to accept the fact after the Clinton-Lewinsky affair was investigated by an independent counsel named Kenneth Starr, who had been investigating several allegations against Clinton for many years. This led to impeachment proceedings against Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Although Clinton was impeached in the US House of Representative, he was not convicted.
In American history, the 1990s will be remembered for the emergence of the scandal in White House involving a US president and technology driven economy which led to low inflation rates and reduction in unemployment.
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