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Cast of Characters

The four-hour biography of Bill Clinton makes reference to almost 100 different people, including the 53 people interviewed in the film. Below are short descriptions of who is who and how they relate to the Clinton administration.

Astericks indicate people who were interviewed for the film.

Mohamed Farah Aidid was a warlord in Somalia whom Clinton hoped to capture with U.S. Special Forces on October 3, 1993. During the raid in the heart of Mogadishu, violent and intensive close combat resulted in numerous causalities including the death of 18 U.S. soldiers. The events became famous in Mark Bowden's book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War.

*Jonathan Alter is a journalist and author who had regular access to Bill Clinton during his administration.

*Christiane Amanpour is a journalist who serves as an information advisor to Hillary Clinton and maintained personal contact with the Clintons during the Clinton Administration.

*Kofi Annan served as the U.N. Secretary-General from 1997-2006.

*Don Baer was one of president Clinton's senior advisers from 1994-1997, serving as assistant to the president and white house director of strategic planning and communications. Proper positions included director of speechwriting and research and chief white house speechwriter.

Zoe Baird was Clinton's first Attorney General nominee in December 1992. Her name was withdrawn on account of her failure to pay taxes for household help.

*Peter Baker is an author and journalist who covered the Clinton white house for The Washington Post. His book on his coverage is entitled The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton.

*Samuel Richard "Sandy" Berger served as U.S. national security advisor from 1997-2001.

*Anthony "Tony" Blankley is a political commentator and columnist who was press secretary to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

*Sidney Blumenthal, assistant and senior adviser to president Clinton from 1997-2001, is the author of The Clinton Wars.

Bill Blythe was Bill Clinton's biological father who lost his life in a car accident before Clinton was born.

Erskine Bowles served as the President's Chief of Staff from 1997-98.

*Max Brantley is the editor of the Arkansas Times and former reporter for the Arkansas Gazette.

*John Brummett is a columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Dale Bumpers served as an Arkansas Democratic Senator during the Clinton administration and defended Bill Clinton during his impeachment.

George H.W. Bush was the President of the United States from 1989-1993 before losing the 1992 election to Bill Clinton.

Johnny Carson was a television talk show host who invited Bill Clinton on his show following Clinton's unpopular speech at the 1988 Democratic Convention, dramatically improving his reputation

*James Carville led Clinton's successful "War Room" bid for the 1992 presidency.

Virginia Cassidy was Bill Clinton's mother and sole provider during the first years of Clinton's childhood.

*William Chafe is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University.

Jacques Chirac served as the French President from 1995-2007. Calling on Clinton to act during the 1995 violence in Bosnia, he publically stated "the position of leader of the free world is vacant."

*Wesley Clark is a retired U.S. Army general who served as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe and led Operation Allied Force in Kosovo from 1997-2000.

*Richard Clarke was National Coordinator for Counterterrorism during the Clinton administration.

Chelsea Clinton is the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton who spent her teenage years in the White House. On the day following Clinton's grand jury testimony and apology to the nation, Chelsea famously leads her mother and father across the South Lawn of the White House hand-in-hand.

Hillary Clinton was First Lady during the Clinton administration and later ran for president in 2008.

Roger Clinton was Bill Clinton's stepfather who struggled with alcoholism.

Roger Clinton Jr. is Bill Clinton's half-brother who grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas with Bill. 

*Marla Crider was a congressional campaign aide to Bill Clinton.

*Tom Daschle was a U.S. Senator from South Dakota from 1987-2005. He served both as minority leader and majority leader of the Democratic party.

Tom DeLay served as a Texas Congressman during the Clinton administration. Leading the House Republicans, he helped initiate the impeachment against Bill Clinton.

Robert Dole ran an unsuccessful campaign against Bill Clinton in the 1996 Presidential election.

Michael Dukakis was the 1988 Democratic nominee for President. Bill Clinton gave Dukakis' nomination speech which was received poorly by his audience.

*Ernie Dumas is an Arkansas journalist and columnist for the Arkansas Times.

Gennifer Flowers came forward during Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign claiming to have had a 12-year affair with Bill Clinton.

*James Fisher served as an attorney for clerical worker Paula Jones, who accused then-President Clinton of assaulting her in the early 1980s.

Robert Fiske worked as the first special counsel for the Clintons during the Whitewater case.

Vince Foster was deputy of the White House Counsel and an old friend of the Clintons who served as the Clinton's legal defense before fatally shooting himself.

*Paul Fray was a campaign manager for Clinton's unsuccessful run for Congress in 1974.

*David Gergen, a political journalist and analyst, was a counselor on domestic and foreign affairs to President Clinton and his Secretary of State, Warren Christopher.

Newt Gingrich was a Republican Congressman from Georgia who represented the Republican Party during the 1994 midterm elections. With the support of his party, he firmly advocated a budget proposal that eventually led to the 1995-96 government shutdown.

Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg was Bill Clinton's late nomination to the Supreme Court, which led to extensive scrutiny from reporters. 

*Lucianne Goldberg is a literary agent who helped Linda Tripp bring the Monica Lewinsky scandal to the attention of the media.

Al Gore was Bill Clinton's Vice President during both of Clinton's presidential terms. In 2000, he lost the presidential election to George W. Bush.

*Ken Gormley is Professor of Law at Duquesne University and author of The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr.

*Stanley Greenberg is a campaign strategist who advised Bill Clinton.

*Nigel Hamilton is the author of Bill Clinton: An American Journey and Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency.

John Paul Hammerschmidt was a Republican Congressman from Arkansas who defeated Bill Clinton during Clinton's first political race.

*John Harris, Editor-in-Chief of Politico, is a journalist and author of The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House.

Col. Eugene Holmes was Clinton's Arkansas ROTC commander. Clinton fulfilled his draft requirements in Arkansas during the Vietnam War, and later thanked Holmes for "saving [him] from the draft." When the letter surfaced just before the 1992 Democratic primary, many accused him of draft dodging and his polling numbers plummeted.

*Harold Ickes was white house deputy chief of staff for President Clinton from 1994-1997.

*Michael Isikoff is a journalist and author of Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter's Story.

*Chris Jennings served in the White House as Senior Health Care Advisor to President Clinton at the Domestic Policy and National Economic Councils from 1994 to 2001.

Paula Jones was a former Arkansas state employee who accused President Clinton of sexual harassment that occurred in 1991.  

Vernon Jordan was a Washington attorney and friend of Bill Clinton who helped Monica Lewinsky find a job in the private sector before the scandal unfolded.

Bob Kaiser was an editor at the Washington Post who made frequent requests to the White House for Whitewater-related documents. Clinton's refusal to turn over records led to widespread attack from journalists and political enemies.

John F. Kennedy was Bill Clinton's idol as a teenager. During a trip to the White House as a delegate to Boys Nation, Clinton shook Kennedy's hand.

*Peter King is a Republican Congressman from New York.

*Joe Klein is a journalist and the author of Primary Colors.

Osama Bin Laden was the Al Qaeda leader charged with leading attacks on the U.S. Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Sought after by Clinton's national security team, Bin Laden and Al Qaeda became a target for a series of missile attacks by the U.S. in 1998.

Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern who, between 1995 and 1997, carried out an affair with Bill Clinton.

Walter Lippmann was a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist and the founder of New Republic. 

*Trent Lott is a former U.S. Senator from Mississippi.

*David Maraniss is a journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his Washington Post stories about the 1992 campaign of Bill Clinton. He is the author of First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton and The Clinton Enigma.

*Mike McCurry was white house press secretary from 1995-1998; he succeeded Dee Dee Meyers.

Jim McDougal was charged with fraud after making illegal transfers to support his real estate projects. Due to the Clintons' investment in the project, Bill and Hilary appeared in court to deny any involvement in what came to be known as the Whitewater Case.      

*Robert McNeely was white house photographer during the Clinton administration and is the author of The Clinton Years: The Photographs of Robert McNeely.

Timothy McVeigh detonated a truck bomb in the Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995 and killed 168 workers, the largest domestic terrorist attack in American history. Visiting Oklahoma City and speaking to the country, Clinton gained respect on the national stage.

Marjorie Margolis Mezvinsky cast a deciding vote in the House for Clinton's final budget bill that contributed enormously to the longest economic expansion in national history.

*Dick Morris was a friend and advisor to Bill Clinton during his term as governor of Arkansas who then became a political consultant to the Clinton White House.

*Dee Dee Myers was the first woman to be named White House Press Secretary and served in the first Clinton administration from 1993-1994.

Sam Nunn was a Democratic Senator during the Clinton administration who fought Bill Clinton in his attempts to lift the ban on homosexuals serving in the United State Military.

*Bernard Nussbaum was White House counsel from 1993-1994, advising President Clinton during the Whitewater investigation.

*Lawrence O'Donnell worked as a key legislative aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan during Clinton's first term.

*Leon Panetta served as the Clinton white house Chief of Staff from 1994-1997.

*Mark Penn served as pollster and strategist for the Clinton administration from 1994-2000.

Ross Perot was a third party candidate who ran against Bill Clinton in the 1992 Presidential election.

*John Podesta was white house Chief of Staff from 1998-2001.

Colin Powell, who served as H.W. Bush's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, opposed Bill Clinton's attempts to lift the ban on homosexuals serving in the United States Military. Clinton compromised with the establishment of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

*Joe Purvis is a childhood friend of Bill Clinton.

*Robert Reich served as secretary of labor during the Clinton administration from 1993-1997.

Janet Reno served as the Attorney General of the United States throughout most of the Clinton administration and appointed Robert Fiske as special counsel in the Whitewater case.

*Bobby Roberts was a senior legislative assistant to Governor Clinton.

*Robert Rubin served as secretary of the treasury from 1995-1999.

*Gail Sheehy is a writer and the author of Hillary's Choice.

*Carolyn Staley is an Arkansas friend of the Clintons.

*Kenneth Starr replaced Robert Fiske as independent counsel to investigate the Clinton's Whitewater real estate investments; his inquiry eventually expanded to include the alleged affair with Monica Lewinsky.

*Harry Thomason is an Arkansas-born television and film producer ("Designing Women") and longtime friend of the Clintons. He proudced the Clinton biographical film "The Man From Hope," which was shown at the Democratic National Convention in 1992.

*Jeffrey Toobin is a lawyer, journalist and author of A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.

Linda Tripp worked at the Pentagon with Monica Lewinsky. After discovering Lewinsky's affair with Clinton, she began recording phone conversations with Lewinsky and discloses the tapes to Kenneth Starr.

Paul Tsongas was a Massachusetts senator running for 1992 democratic primary against Bill Clinton.

*Michael Waldman was director of speechwriting for President Clinton from 1995-1999 and the author of POTUS Speaks: Finding the Words that Defined the Clinton Presidency.

Frank White was a Republican businessman who defeated Bill Clinton in the 1980 election for Arkansas governor by targeting Clinton's youth and arrogance.

*Carol Willis was an Arkansas political aide during the Clinton administration.

*Betsey Wright served as chief of staff to governor Clinton from 1982-1989 and was deputy chair of the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign.

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