Bush–Clinton era

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Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton in January 2005.

The Bush–Clinton era, alternatively described as the Clinton–Bush era, is a term used by some political journalists and commentators to describe the period in United States federal and presidential political history from 1980 to 2013.[1][2][3]


The Bush–Clinton era covers the Presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush & Barack Obama (first term only). The Bush-Clinton era began in 1979 when Bill Clinton became Governor of Arkansas. It continued with George H. W. Bush's election as Vice President of the United States in 1980, and with his election as President in 1988 and his candidacy for re-election in 1992. The Bush–Clinton era further expanded with Bill Clinton's and George W. Bush's two terms each from 1993 to 2009. The term is frequently used to discuss the interconnected dynastic success of these two families over the course of over thirty years. From 1981 to 2009, a Bush or Clinton was President or Vice President of the United States. This period also encompasses the non-federal elections of Bill Clinton as governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1992, Jeb Bush as governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007 and George W. Bush as governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The era ended in 2013 when Hillary Clinton stepped down from being US Secretary of State.


Numerous political themes run through the presidential terms. All three presidencies were marked by divided government, bitter partisanship, corruption, and political anxiety, especially with the several scandals of Bill Clinton's and George W. Bush's presidencies. All three presidents promoted an expansion in the size and scope of government and an expansive monetary policy, managed by the Federal Reserve. There were several economic bubbles during this time, most notably the dot-com bubble (1993-2000) and the housing bubble (2003-2007). All three presidents initiated military operations in Iraq aimed at limiting and ultimately removing Saddam Hussein from power, and Reagan also took a large and active role in watching over the situation in Iraq during his Presidency. Further, the re-positioning of the United States in the post Cold War era and the rise of anti-U.S. terrorism became priorities.

Family relations[edit]

George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, despite having been opponents in the 1992 election, have since had amicable relations. Since 2001, Clinton and Bush have become especially good friends and maintained strong teamwork and relationships. Outside politics, the two of them have worked together on a number of important issues, such as relief for victims of 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and Hurricane Katrina, lending their combined influence to charities and awareness initiatives. They were jointly awarded the 2006 Philadelphia Liberty Medal for their work on the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund and Bush-Clinton Tsunami Fund.[4] After his 2008 presidential run and electoral victory, current President Barack Obama has also formed close relations with these two former Presidents. The five currently living Presidents (Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama) all posed inside the Oval Office and had lunch together before Obama's inauguration in January 2009. They also joined Clinton Bush Haiti Fund when there was an earthquake in Haiti.


There has recently been large speculation about the possibility of Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush running for U.S. President in 2016.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] If Hillary Clinton would be elected, she would become the first female U.S. President and the first former First Lady to do so, or if Jeb Bush would be elected, he would become the first brother of former U.S. President and also the first second son of another former U.S. President.


Federal positions[edit]

Non-federal positions[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ The BC Era
  3. ^ "Bush-Clinton: What Went Wrong?". Cato.org. 1996-11-13. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  4. ^ "2006 Philadelphia Liberty Medal Award". 
  5. ^ "Political pundits say Hillary Clinton certainly running for office in 2016". Newstrackindia.com. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  6. ^ Fung, Katherine (2013-04-07). "Hillary Clinton 2016 Speculation Dominates Sunday Morning Shows (VIDEO)". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  7. ^ Miller, Zeke J (2013-01-23). "Republicans Fear Clinton in 2016 | TIME.com". Swampland.time.com. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
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  9. ^ "PARADE's Exclusive Interview: President George W. and Laura Bush". Parade.com. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  10. ^ "David Paul: Is the Age of Bush Over? Jeb Needs to Step Up His Game If He Is Going to Take Back the GOP". Huffingtonpost.com. 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  11. ^ "Jeb Bush on 2016 speculation: ‘Man, you guys are crack addicts’ | The Ticket - Yahoo! News". News.yahoo.com. 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2013-04-23.