Bill Clinton—and, for that matter, John F. Kennedy—was personally reckless but politically cautious.
But this generosity ended when it became socially disruptive or politically subversive.
Those opposed to the idea (rightly) said that it would be a politically disastrous power grab by the executive branch.
1550s, "pertaining to a polity, civil affairs, or government;" from Latin politicus "of citizens or the state" (see politic (adj.)) + -al (1). Meaning "taking sides in party politics" (usually pejorative) is from 1749. Political prisoner first recorded 1860; political science is from 1779 (first attested in Hume). Political animal translates Greek politikon zoon (Aristotle, "Politics," I.ii.9) "an animal intended to live in a city; a social animal."