Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

A graduate of Georgetown University, he was a Rhodes scholar before becoming the governor of Arkansas and then America’s 42nd president. In 1998, he became the second president ever to be impeached. His original name was William Jefferson Blythe IV, born this day, Aug. 19, 1946. At age 15, he took his stepfather’s name, Clinton. Also on this day, Aug. 19, 1785, Thomas Jefferson wrote to friend Peter Carr: “He who permits himself to tell a lie once finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual. … This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart.”