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Slick Willy Gets His Man by Steve Payne

Author says: what if the two Presidential term limits of the Twenty-second Amendment of the US Constitution was never enacted? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

February 12, 2010: at a little after seven o'clock in the evening, a rather dejected looking cardiologist appeared on the steps outside the Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital with his hands uncharacteristically buried in the pockets of his lab coat. Whilst his body language said it all, Dr Allan Schwartz proceeded to deliver a short, impromptu speech hurriedly prepared for the press, confirming the tragic news that sixty-three year old Bill Clinton had passed away during an emergency heart procedure.

Six years before, a quadruple-bypass operation had been performed, forcing Mr Clinton to resign from office during the final year of his third term1. The catalist for Mr Clinton's recent ill-health had surely been overexertion resulting from his vigourous attempts to organise humanitarian relief efforts for the people of Haiti.

But it was widely suspected that the underlying cause of the blocked coronary arteries was years of stress and junk food eating during his eleven years in the White House. And surely the pressure of those health disorders had piled up very quickly in the final three years, despite the President's pursuit of leisure activities such as jogging and also horn-blowing.

Because after September 11th the Administration pursued the ultimately successful mission to capture and bring to justice the arch-terrorist Osama Bin Laden. It was a deeply personal goal for Clinton, who was widely seen as having ignored the threat from al-qaeda during his first two terms in office.

Ironically for a politician renowned for his pursuit of women, "Slick Willy" had finally got his man.

Author says 1) in this timeline the two term limits of the Twenty-second Amendment (Amendment XXII) of the United States Constitution was never enacted.
Many thanks to colleagues Eric Lipps, Stan Brin and Scott Palter for their decisive contributions to the development of this post.

Steve Payne

Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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