Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady
Born: October 26th, 1947  (age 69)

Clinton Childhood

Secretary Clinton grew up in a close-knit household and spent the first 17 odd years of her life in a two-story brick house near Elm and Wisner in Park Ridge, Illinois. In 1997, the city renamed the area surrounding the house “Rodham Corner”.

Hillary Clinton
She attended Eugene Field Elementary School (1953-1957), Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School (1957-1961), Maine East High School (1961-1964) and Maine South High (1964-65). At Maine East, she was elected class president and was a member of the National Honor Society. She was also a member of the school debate team and student council. At Maine South, she was designated as a National Merit Scholar and was voted as the "girl most likely to succeed" by her classmates.

Her interest in politics was kindled at an early age by spirited dinner debates between her staunchly conservative Goldwater Republican father, Democrat mother, two younger siblings, relatives and family friends. In her memoir, Living History, Secretary Clinton wrote that by the time she was twelve, she had her own positions on many issues, and that a “person was not necessarily bad just because you did not agree with him.”

Her interest in politics finally manifested into the real world at 13 when she volunteered to help a Republican canvassing initiative in Chicago’s South Side. A few years later, she signed up to become a volunteer for the Barry Goldwater presidential campaign.

Her involvement in politics did not affect her school life, where she was popular with both students and teachers. She was also active softball and swimming, and was involved with the school newspaper.

The Girl Scout and Brownie was equally active with neighborhood social activities. She organized food drives, backyard carnivals and cookie drives for charity, participated in parade preparations for Fourth of July festivities, and even organized a mock Olympics.

Her political universe suddenly became immensely more complicated after listening to a speech of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1962, which prompted her to reevaluate her opinions about social justice, the Vietnam War and civil rights.

In 1965, Secretary Clinton left home to attend Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
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Businessman, television personality and author
Born: June 14th, 1946  (age 71)

Trump Childhood

Donald John Trump, born on Flag Day, June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York, is the fourth of five child of Frederick Chris Trump and Mary Macleod Trump.

He grew up in a very traditional, close-knit household, where his father Fred was the sole breadwinner and his mother Mary Anne was the archetypical housewife. However, his mother, probably influenced by her poor upbringing, also spent time at the local hospital doing charity work.

Despite living in a 23-room, nine-bathroom Georgian Revival style mansion situated inside an enclave of elm and chestnut trees in Midland Parkway in Jamaica Estates, Queens, Mr. Trump claims his family never considered themselves as rich, and the children were taught the value of the dollar from a very young age. His father, despite owning a successful business, was still working from a small office in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

Even as a kid, Mr. Trump was a firebrand, and became the leader of the neighborhood kids. His assertiveness extended to school, where once as an 8-year-old, he punched his music teacher in the face!

“Even in elementary school, I was a very assertive, aggressive kid. In the second grade I actually gave a teacher a black eye—I punched my music teacher because I didn’t think he knew anything about music and I almost got expelled. I’m not proud of that, but it’s clear evidence that even early on I had a tendency to stand up and make my opinions known in a very forceful way. The difference now is that I like to use my brain instead of my fists.”

“I was always something of a leader in my neighborhood. Much the way it is today, people either liked me a lot, or they didn’t like me at all. In my own crowd I was very well liked, and I tended to be the kid that others followed. As an adolescent I was mostly interested in creating mischief, because for some reason I liked to stir things up, and I liked to test people. I’d throw water balloons, shoot spitballs, and make a ruckus in the schoolyard and at birthday parties. It wasn’t malicious so much as it was aggressive.”
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At the age of 13, his parents felt he needed proper guidance to channel his natural aggressiveness, and sent his to the New York Military Academy, which in retrospect, was the perfect place for the young teenager.
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