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Bridge to the 21st Century The Clinton and Bush II years President Clinton’s closest collaborator was his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton. In the  campaign, he had quipped that those who voted for him “got two for the price of one.”  She supported her husband against accusations about his personal life. As energetic and as activist as her husband, Ms. Clinton assumed a more prominent  role in the administration than any first lady before her, even Eleanor Roosevelt.  Her  first important assignment would be to develop a national health program. In 2000, with  her husband’s administration coming to a close, she would be elected a U.S. senator  from New York. LAUNCHING A NEW DOMESTIC POLICY In practice, Clinton’s centrism demanded choices that sometimes elicited vehement 
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Unformatted text preview: emotions. The president’s first policy initiative was designed to meet the demands of gays, who, claiming a group status as victims of discrimination, had become an important Democratic constituency. Immediately after his inauguration, President Clinton issued an executive order rescinding the long-established military policy of dismissing known gays from the service. The order quickly drew furious criticism from the military, most Republicans, and large segments of American society. Clinton quickly modified it with a “don’t ask, don’t tell” order that effectively restored the old policy but discouraged active investigation of one’s sexual practices....
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