Bill Clinton: Successful Politician But Conflicted, Complex Character

The PBS American Experience series on US presidents is quite illuminating, examining both their strengths and weaknesses in a fair and non-partisan way, neither hagiography nor hack job. Granted, documentaries are not broadcast on each president until at least a decade after they have left office, using the distance of time, after passions have cooled and even key advisors and opponents are prepared to take their measure, for history’s sake. In retrospect, some of the major controversies of their presidencies seem downright quaint compared to the power struggles of our present time.

Bill Clinton, in a four-hour documentary, is described as “a president who rose from a broken childhood to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.”

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Watch the film, read background materials and extra clips, on the PBS mini-site on Bill Clinton.

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