December 18th, 2007
10:20 AM ET
2 years ago

Bill Clinton: George H.W. Bush will help President Hillary

Bill Clinton said former president George H.W. Bush will help fix damage done to America's reputation by his son, George W. Bush.

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton said Monday that the first thing his wife Hillary will do when she reaches the White House is dispatch him and his predecessor, President George H.W. Bush, on an around-the-world mission to repair the damage done to America's reputation by the current president - Bush's son, George W. Bush.

"Well, the first thing she intends to do, because you can do this without passing a bill, the first thing she intends to do is to send me and former President Bush and a number of other people around the world to tell them that America is open for business and cooperation again," Clinton said in response to a question from a supporter about what his wife's "number one priority" would be as president.

A spokesman for the George H. W. Bush said Tuesday afternoon the former president supports his son's foreign policy and has "never discussed an ‘around-the-world-mission’ with either former President Bill Clinton or Sen. Clinton." (Click here for the full statement)

Clinton and the elder Bush, rivals in the 1992 presidential election, have grown chummy in recent years, often traveling and appearing at public events together. In 2005, they started a charity to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

UPDATE: The Republican National Committee issued this statement in response to Clinton's comments:

"In 2009, a Republican president will be working with our friends and allies abroad to continue to keep our nation safe," said RNC spokesman Danny Diaz. "The American people expect our leaders - both current and former - to present serious solutions to the very real challenges confronting our nation."

– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (836 Responses)
  1. Ron

    "In 2009, a Republican president will be working with our friends and allies abroad to continue to keep our nation safe," said RNC spokesman Danny Diaz. "The American people expect our leaders — both current and former — to present serious solutions to the very real challenges confronting our nation."
    Sounds like "STAY THE COURSE!" -if that's what you want, vote Republican.

    December 18, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. Jeff, Grand Prairie, Texas

    Mrs Bowles,
    Most of us aren't against a woman in the Presidency, just this one.

    December 18, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think that it really matters who the next president is, but it would be smart for the next president to follow on Bill Clinton's statement. The current administration has fouled our reputation around the world in many ways that I am sure that most Americans know.

    To presume that Hillary Clinton is going to win is good for Bill Clinton to say since that is his wife running for president. Do I think he correct in terms of Hillary winning the presidency? I can't say that right now because there is so much up in the air and so many candidates still out there.

    December 18, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Marvene Bowles of Florence, AL, no one is opposing females in office. Just THIS female!

    December 18, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. Solange Miller, Montreal, Canada

    Mr. Bill Clinton is a good talker...

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    December 18, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  6. Dom

    When Hilary was first called Bush-Lite I laughed it off.

    But it is obvious she is one with the clan and is a Bush clone in everything but appearance and IQ levels.

    We now have Bush senior climing aboard the Hilary train, adding to Bush W, Karl Rove and the rest of the neo-cons.

    Yes Obama has more ex- Bill Clinton advisors in his camp.

    Telling. Very telling.

    December 18, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  7. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Ironically – thats what President Giuliani or President Obama will do too....send Clinton away....both of them!

    December 18, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. Boogra, Greensboro NC

    This is a royal succession at its finest.

    And Marvene, this has nothing to do with Hillary being a woman. It has everything to do with her being a liar, a cheat, an accomplice to crimes committed that she will never be brought to justice for, and a power-mad individual.

    All of these people are consumate pro-corporation, pro-globalization, anti-individual fascists. Why do you think all of these people want to subjugate the US to the UN? To make YOU easier to manage. To make your money, your labor and your life easier to control.

    Mussolini said that Fascism really should have been called "Corporatism", because Fascism is merely the marriage between the State (that means government for some of you out there) and the Corporate interests. Look at what we have today, people.

    Ron Paul 2008

    December 18, 2007 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. jb, fla

    Bill Clinton is the most honest, and honorable man in the world. Hillary is the smartest and most beautiful woman in the world. Chelsea is also the coolest young woman on earth.

    December 18, 2007 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  10. Larry KC, MO

    How will Hillary be using her husband for advice if she sends him on a tour around the world? Seems to me that she is saying that she will do her best to distance herself from old Billy Boy, and as soon as possible after taking the White House. Isn't that a contradiction to some of her earlier ramblings. I am a Republican, and I liked Bill and still do for that matter. That being said, I just don't trust Hillary at all.

    December 18, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  11. Let the Leaders Lead, Arcadia, Iowa

    Why not the Republicans want her more than the Democrats. She is the Republicans pick because they think that they can beat her and if not it will be business as usual. Either way the big money interests and lobbist will have a great day.

    December 18, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. freetobeme, Rochester, PA

    Danny Diaz, we need a President who wants to keep us free. What we don't need is another President who thinks that keeping us safe means giving all of our pesky little rights away. People like you are just thrilled with the cowardice of Americans who want to exchange liberty for security. Sorry. I'm not one of them. Ron Paul in 2008.

    December 18, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. Dan, Port Huron Michigan

    We dont need a Bush in the White House!

    December 18, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Is this guy (Clinton) really this arrogant? He makes no bones about a times 2 clinton white house coming up does he.

    December 18, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. ericas stephens,bay village,Ohio

    If you think CNN is unfair to Hillary,you should tune in once to Hardball,he spends the majority of his program spewing hatefull remarks about Hillary1 As if she is Bill Clintons mother and responsible for his actions.So far Chris Mathews is the most sexist,mean spirited commentator on the air....I wonder how he would fell if we exposed his "drunk" years on national television,then blamed his wife Kathleen.As a woman I reszent the vitiol against Hillary ......and I am a Republican woman.

    December 18, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  16. Matt, Moline, Illinois

    Did Bubba actually say that with a straight face? Are we really supposed to believe that George H.W. Bush will go on a worldwide tour to say, "Sorry my son was such a jerk, but we've got a real sweet lady in the White House now and America is 'open for business'"? It boggles the mind how gullible the Clintons think the American people are. They really will say anything to get elected.

    December 18, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  17. Ben, Chicago IL

    To the Ca Native, this is no conspiracy theory. The Bushes and Clintons are FRIENDS. If you look at all the ties between the 2 families, you wonder where they really have any differences. In Barbara Bush's book she said they even vacation together. You all need to wake up if you think that a 'bad' guy took the office in 2000 from a 'good' guy. There is no difference.

    December 18, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  18. p-brain, Bucyrus, OH

    Right. Bush and Clinton. What a team. Bush and Clinton make the mess, and then expect us to believe that Bush and Clinton will clean it up.

    December 18, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  19. A.Macaulay

    I am not sure I get this.

    Does this mean that if someone other than Hillary is elected President, that Bill Clinton and Former President Bush would not step up to the plate and travel overseas to help repair America’s image overseas?

    Sounds like blackmail to me or a spoiled kid who if he doesn't get his way will take his bat and ball and go home. Seems to me this Clinton campaign is getting to be more and more about them and not necessarily about what is good for the country.

    December 18, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  20. Dannie Jackson, Four Oaks,NC

    Ron Paul and Tom Tancredo

    December 18, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  21. Thomas Austin, Newport, NC

    I don't trust any of the Washington DC hooked-up crowd. We need someone that has never been in office in that snake pit of self serving elitists. No more of the same old, same old. All those in both parties (R & D) that are in the drive for power at this time just want the power. Vote them all out and start over. And what is B. Clinton thinking? The rest of the world may trust him, but I don’t know any Americans that do.

    December 18, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  22. H. Michael Sarkisian

    Hogwash! For three reasons. Chirac and Schroeder are gone. Their anti-American rhetoric is gone. Sarkozy and Merkel are both repairing the damage done by those two.

    Second. Former president bush is not going to undermine his own son.

    third. Whoever becomes president is not going to make major changes in foreign policy!

    December 18, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  23. John S

    CNN, LOL

    December 18, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. anon New York, NY

    I'm not sure if Bill Clinton wants to remind people that we may have a Bush-CLinton-Bush-Clinton White House for the course of four decades.

    December 18, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  25. Matthew, Cottage Grove, MN

    1988=BUSH
    1992=CLINTON
    1996=CLINTON
    2000=BUSH
    2004=BUSH
    2008=CLINTON
    2012=CLINTON

    Let's Not Forget

    1980 BUSH / VP
    1984 BUSH / VP

    This is crazy! These people aren't royalty, and this supposedly is a democracy.

    December 18, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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