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Bill Clinton

William Coupon, born 1952
William Jefferson Clinton, born 19 Aug 1946
Color photograph on paper
Sight: 26.7 x 26.7cm (10 1/2 x 10 1/2")
Frame: 55.9 x 40.6 x 2.5cm (22 x 16 x 1")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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© William Coupon
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Forty-second President, 1993-2001
When Time put president-elect Bill Clinton on its Man of the Year cover for 1992, he was still an unproven quantity as a national leader. Despite whiffs of extramarital scandal and tales of his efforts to evade the draft during the Vietnam War, this governor of a politically unimportant southern state had not only managed to gain the Democratic presidential nomination against heavy odds; he had also unseated a popular incumbent in the final election. In Time's estimation, he had performed "one of the biggest miracles in the history of U.S. politics."
This photograph blocked out part of Time's familiar logo on the cover. As a result, the points of the mostly obscured "M" looked like devil's horns protruding from the back of Clinton's head. Readers-some amused, others irate-quickly pointed this out to the magazine, which in turn, declared that it had not intended to portray Clinton as the Antichrist.
Time cover, January 4, 1993
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National Portrait Gallery
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