Share This Page

Clinton's second term quickly turned to building legacy

| Friday, March 28, 2014, 9:39 p.m.
FILE - Former president Bill Clinton speaks at a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University, in this March 21, 2014 file photo taken in Tempe, Ariz. The National Archives is scheduled to release thousands of pages of documents from Bill Clinton's administration Friday March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

WASHINGTON — President Clinton's top aides began debating how to build a presidential legacy days after he won re-election in 1996, newly released documents show.

The 2,500 pages of documents released Friday from the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., ranged from drafts of Clinton's speeches to memos exploring ways of dealing with climate change, Republican opponents and the media. It was the third batch of records released since February.

After Bill Clinton won a sweeping re-election against Republican Bob Dole, the White House started working on ways of cementing the president's legacy. The Nov. 24, 1996, memo written by Clinton adviser Gene Sperling urged aides to choose topics carefully and said some approaches might be rejected even if the administration had addressed them successfully.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.