Bill Clinton: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)


We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Bill Clinton, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more facts about the ex-president and husband of current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that you definitely (probably) didn’t know. You might be surprised by what you learn!

Number Eight: He Put Astroturf in His Car. Clinton’s El Camino had astroturf lining the back. At a Louisiana truck plant in 1994, Clinton said to an audience, “You don’t want to know why, but I did.” However, he later said, “It wasn’t for what everybody thought it was for.”

Number Seven: He Eats Apples Whole. Well, sometimes. Clinton picked up the practice after he saw professor Jan Deutsch doing the same. Apparently, Deutsch believed that all of the good minerals were in the apple’s core.

Number Six: He Once Improvised a Speech to Congress. During a speech Clinton was supposed to give to Congress about health care, the TelePrompter displayed an old version of the speech. Clinton had to make up seven minutes of speech as he went, and many people believe his improvised version was better than the revised version.

Number Five: He Is a Grammy Winner. Clinton has actually won not one, but two Grammy awards! He won one for Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf/Beintus: Wolf Tracks, and he won another for a reading of his autobiography, My Life.

Number Four: He Was Not Born a Clinton. Clinton was actually named after his late father, William Jefferson Blythe, Jr. He adopted his step-father’s name when he was 15 years old.

Number Three: He Is a Talented Musician. Clinton played the saxophone in high school, and he received both musical and academic awards when he graduated.

Number Two: He Was Raised by His Grandparents. Well, partially. Clinton’s mom had to go to Louisiana to study to become a nurse anesthetists, and so his grandparents raised him while she was away.

Number One: He Met JFK Before He Died. As a senior in high school, Clinton traveled to Washington, D.C. with an American Legion civics program he was part of called Boys Nation. While he was there, he got to meet JFK and even shook his hand.