While Clinton was president in 1994, he received an honorary degree and a fellowship from the University of Oxford, specifically for being "a doughty and tireless champion of the cause of world peace", having "a powerful collaborator in his wife," and for winning "general applause for his achievement of resolving the gridlock that prevented an agreed budget". Clinton tried unsuccessfully to obtain positions in the National Guard or Air Force, and he then made arrangements to join the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Arkansas.
He subsequently decided not to join the ROTC, saying in a letter to the officer in charge of the program that he opposed the war, but did not think it was honorable to use ROTC, National Guard, or Reserve service to avoid serving in Vietnam.
Clinton's 1992 campaign manager, James Carville, successfully argued that Clinton's letter in which he declined to join the ROTC should be made public, insisting that voters, many of whom had also opposed the Vietnam War, would understand and appreciate his position. After only about a month, Clinton postponed his plans to be a coordinator for the George Mc Govern campaign for the 1972 United States presidential election in order to move in with her in California.
Clinton eventually moved to Texas with Rodham in 1972 to take a job leading Mc Govern's effort there.
I was interested in medicine and thought I could be a fine doctor, but I knew I would never be Michael De Bakey. Clinton has identified two influential moments in his life, both occurring in 1963, that contributed to his decision to become a public figure. He had received an offer to study at Yale Law School, Yale University, but he left early to return to the United States and did not receive a degree from Oxford.
One was his visit as a Boys Nation senator to the White House to meet President John F. With the aid of scholarships, Clinton attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D. During his time at Oxford, Clinton befriended fellow American Rhodes Scholar Frank Aller.
Prior to the presidency, he was the Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981, and again from 1983 to 1992.
A member of the Democratic Party, Clinton was ideologically a New Democrat and many of his policies reflected a centrist "Third Way" political philosophy.
Clinton was born and raised in Arkansas and attended Georgetown University, the University College, Oxford, and Yale Law School.
He briefly considered dedicating his life to music, but as he noted in his autobiography My Life: Sometime in my sixteenth year, I decided I wanted to be in public life as an elected official.
I loved music and thought I could be very good, but I knew I would never be John Coltrane or Stan Getz. Clinton did not expect the second year because of the draft and he switched programs; this type of activity was common among other Rhodes Scholars from his cohort.