M999.81.186 | Official Portrait of President Bill Clinton

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Drawing, cartoon
Official Portrait of President Bill Clinton
Serge Chapleau
1998, 20th century
Graphite on paper
43.1 x 35.6 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
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"This drawing certainly got a lot of people talking! Terry Mosher (the cartoonist at The Gazette who works under the penname, Aislin) took it with him to a conference in the United States where many commented that the drawing would never have gone over with Americans. Here, it went over very well..."

Serge Chapleau

  • What

    Bill Clinton's political life was marked by a series of sexual scandals. During both his time as governor of Arkansas and as president of the United States, Clinton was accused, on more than one occasion, of sexual misconduct. But it was the Monica Lewinsky affair that irrevocably tarnished the image of the president. Clinton later admitted that he had had an "inappropriate relationship" with the former White House intern.

  • Where

    The White House is the official residence of the president of the United States. Several hundred people work there. The very heart of the American government, it is home to the famous Oval Office.

  • When

    The Monica Lewinsky affair made headlines in the United States and elsewhere throughout 1998. The accusations of misconduct brought against Bill Clinton went as high as the U.S. Congress, which acquitted the president.

  • Who

    Bill Clinton, a Democrat, was the governor of Arkansas before being elected the president of the United States, a position he held from 1993 to 2001.