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Most influential president: Bill Clinton or Barack Obama?
Through war, diplomacy, successes and failures, the power of the presidency has been essential in shaping American history. Ahead of President's Day 2018, we're asking Tylters to decide which U.S. president made the biggest impact. Bill Clinton's presidency saw more peace and economic prosperity than at any point in the nation's history. But Barack Obama's historic presidency saw both economic recovery and legislative successes. Which president made the biggest impact? 🦅
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The President of the United States is the most powerful political figure in America, and throughout history, presidents have shaped the very fabric of our nation. As we approach President's Day 2018, we are asking Tylters to tell us which president they believe had the biggest impact—positive or negative—on America.

Presidents have led us through global conflict, civil war, economic crises and cultural revolutions. From George Washington to Donald Trump, which president do you believe was the most influential?

Be sure to vote on our other President's Day matchups below!

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The 42nd president of the United States, Bill Clinton's presidency saw more peace and economic prosperity than any other time in the nation's history.

Clinton began his political career as governor of Arkansas after graduating from Yale Law School. A gifted politician with a uniquely accomplished wife in Hillary Clinton, Bill would become the first Democratic president to win two terms since Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

Clinton's presidency saw record low unemployment, dropping crime rates and a balanced budget that actually achieved a budget surplus. Those his term would be rocked with scandals like his affair with an intern, Clinton would leave the White House with very high approval ratings.

As the first post-Cold War president, Clinton used his inaugural address to invite America to reinvent itself.

My fellow citizens, today we celebrate the mystery of American renewal. This ceremony is held in the depth of winter, but by the words we speak and the faces we show the world, we force the spring, a spring reborn in the world's oldest democracy that brings forth the vision and courage to reinvent America... Though we marched to the music of our time, our mission is timeless. Each generation of Americans must define what it means to be an American.
And so, my fellow Americans, as we stand at the edge of the 21st century, let us begin anew with energy and hope, with faith and discipline. And let us work until our work is done.

Clinton served two terms despite being impeached by the House of Representatives over the infamous Monica Lewinsky scandal. He has spent his post-presidency at the Clinton Foundation which does humanitarian work across the globe.

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The 44th and first African-American president of the United States, Barack Obama's presidency was both historic and culturally significant.

Obama was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, Obama went to Chicago where he served in the Illinois state senate and eventually the U.S. Senate before becoming president in 2008.

As president, Obama made health care reform his main focus, and signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. He also notably rescued the country from the Great Recession, cut the unemployment rate in half and began normalizing relations with Cuba. In 2009, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

In his inaugural address, Obama championed the power of a united America.

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
This is our time—to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth—that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:
Yes We Can.

Obama served two terms and has dedicated his time post-presidency to redistricting efforts. 

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FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Most influential president: Bill Clinton or Barack Obama?
#TeamBill
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamBarack