December 18th, 2007
10:20 AM ET
3 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. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    So, what's the problem with all you people saying this and that is no good, with Bill and Bush Sr trying to repair the damage? Why don't you people come up with just ONE darn idea that is the least bit positive and constructive?!? Where is the conspiracy, when all the "conspiracy" does is to get America back on track again?

    Posted By tiddle, nyc, ny : December 18, 2007 12:07 pm

    What's the problem with this???? Such a question shows your political naiveté. The reason this is a non-starter is in order for something like this to work, Bush 41 would have to admit publicly that his son is/was a moron and damaged the reputation of the United States.....FAT CHANCE!!!! (as demonstrated by Bush 41's PROMPT denial that he was even remotely interested in any such damage-repair, globetrotting mission with WJC.) Bush will not admit in any way, shape or form that Bush Jr. screwed up our reputation....and WJC was either naive or arrogant in suggesting that this would be the FIRST THING HRC would do if elected president...IN ADDITION...for Bush 41 to agree to such a suggestion by WJC would mean that Bush endorsed a Democrat for POTUS.....FAT CHANCE!!!!

    THE WAY POLITICS HAS BEEN DONE UP TIL NOW JUST WON'T DO!!!!

    Obama '08!!

    December 18, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. Kevin Courtois

    Ron Paul. He will lock these Treasonous fools up. Posse Comitatus.

    December 18, 2007 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  3. myohmyohinohio

    When in the heck did CNN become so dumb as to publish an article which is so completely off the wall as this one is?

    December 18, 2007 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. Beacon of light among the blue Pittsburgh PA

    I read another version of this story and it never said anything about the damage that our current president had or has done. A fine example of editorial censorship people and total lack of professionalism.

    December 18, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. Ronald Paul, MD

    Insanity is when you do something over and over and over again and expect different results. How much clearer can this be? The Clinton/Bush dynasty is no friend of We The People. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us. How many times are we to be fooled? Shame, shame, shame on us. If only there was a candidate that supported the Constitution. Electing such a person would restore confidence in our country again by the entire world. If we actually followed our own Constitution, we would be respected the world over. I trust none of the above. Well, maybe one. Who could that be?

    December 18, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    A Republican President....in 2009?!?!

    To my GOP friends:

    Bush has all but assured that the GOP may need many years, if ever, before they are ever trusted again to be at the controls of this great country!!!

    December 18, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  7. Mario Uy Streamwood IL

    You people don't get it. The real reason why Bill wants to be appointed by Hillary to go around the world is because he wants to be as far away from Hillary as possible. His mistake was thinking that the senior Bush would go along. He forgot that Barbara won't let Georgie leave. OK all now together – OOOOWWWWW.

    December 19, 2007 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  8. Mark Kroger

    While everyone is wondering why Bill made this remark, one can't but admire the man's political savviness. In one quick move he distanced his wife from the Bushes. A relationship he had built up over the last four years. Hard to imagine he had not planned this. Closeness to the Bush administration would have been very difficult to take into the elections. Now Bill will claim he feels let down. Play the sympathy card while letting everyone know that the Clintons and Bushes have nothing in common.

    December 19, 2007 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  9. Matt, Jacksonville Beach, FL

    So what is the Secretary of State for?

    One of the other candidates needs to change their name to Al Pacino or Dennis Miller so they can get name recognition too.

    December 19, 2007 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  10. Chet Branford, Connecticut

    Interesting, a pedophile, a sex addict
    and a gay in the closest Presidential
    candidate. Quite a crew!!!

    December 19, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  11. jerry ny

    After reading these blogs it really shows how crazy american people really are.

    December 19, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. Greg Jones

    Just what we all thought....The Clintons have always been in bed with the Bushes. If Hillary is elected she will definitely pursue war in Iran which is why she is getting more contributions from defense contractors (bomb makers, tanks, guns etc.) than any other candidate including any Republican. DON'T BE FOOLED AMERICA !!!! STAY AWAY FROM THE CLINTONS !!!!

    Greg Jones
    Cleveland, Ohio

    December 19, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Joseph Prince, Braselton GA

    Bush senior commented that is very unlikely...unfortunately, CNN will not print the truth. They are supporting the incompetent woman with the nasty personality. Our country needs a strong competent leader and t=CNN plays games with our future!

    December 19, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. ThePatriot: NorthwestTerritory,USA

    You've heard of 'Bad-cop, Good Cop' ?

    This is more like 'Bad-con, Really-Bad-Con' !

    It's time for the rEOVLution !

    December 19, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. jen johns, riverside, ca

    Hello media! Is anyone going to ask him about this big fat lie he just told? Or are you gonna lick his boots and ignore this lie? I am sick, sick, sick and tired of the clintons!

    December 19, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Nick Daar Madison, Wisconsin

    Vote Ron Paul 2008

    He does not tolerate special interest. He is not a douche bag like Hillary and he is more experienced and capable than Obama.

    Vote Ron Paul 2008. Hope for America

    December 19, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. AllManAreMadeEqual, Brooklyn, NY

    LOL> All they do is play good cop, bad cop. They're all one mafia. Want to see change, vote Ron Paul.

    December 22, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. rusty shackleford

    end the bush/clinton cycle. RON PAUL is the ONLY SANE choice if you value your freedom and love your country

    December 26, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. tiddle

    Keep it up, you all who work for the campaigns and who blog as day job for all the candidates (what of all the vote-for-this-or-that, or ditch-him-or-her). Do you guys/gals even realize that however many times you blog the same darn theme/voice, the rest of us who actually vote have long since tuned out. Well, but at least you guys got a job still before they run out of funds paying you. :)

    December 28, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Magog

    I thought America didn't have royal families

    December 29, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Marc

    We need a change in America and it will begin with Hillary! This election might be the first time that the young professionals and college students are able to make a big impact in an election... I remember the "Rock the Vote" campaign in the past, but I'm not sure what impact it really had??? This year we all can make history by voting in Hillary Clinton in 2008!!

    http://www.WellesleyInTheWhiteHouse.com

    January 1, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. brown

    Iam voting for a new Beginning .
    the current Government look like the muppet show.
    Hillary do not have more exsperience then Obama .
    she was campaining for Universal Healthcare and got nothing accomplished while she had a chance 8 years as first Lady , nor did she urged the issue while she is a Senator.
    Because she been a Presidents Wife ? , dont give her entitlements to be President or claiming more exsperience .
    She think she is smart because she dont bake cookies.
    her Campain had no sustance in iowa, she talked as she wastalking to a bunch of sheep.
    this whole Government is worse the the Sopranos.

    January 2, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. ingrid brown

    I VOTE FOR A NEW BEGINNING . I VOTE OBAMA BECAUSE HE DID NOT SOLICITED CORPORRET MONEY , HE AND RON PAUL ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT REMEMBER THAT : WE THE POEPLE AND BY THE POEPLE..

    HILLARY IS TOO MUCH OF THE SAME.
    THE BUSH AND CLINTON DYNASTY GAVE OUR SUPERPOWER TO THE COMMIES .. THEY SEND OUR MAN TO DIE FOR A LOSS CAUSE .
    EXAMPLE : WE FOUGHT AND DIED IN V-NAM AND NOW HEWLEY PACKER MOVED PROGRAMMER JOBS TO N-VIETNAM . OUR TROOPS TURN IN THERE GRAVE .
    THIS ANTI AMERICAN GOVERNMENT ARE NOW AFFRAID OF EACH OTHER BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY DESTRUCT FROM WITHIN . LIKE A ROTTEN APPLE.
    THEY ARE WORSE THEN THE SOPRANOS.COULD EVER BE.
    HILLARY HAD NO SUBSTANCE IN IOWA.

    January 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Clinton Bush

    No More Bush. No More Clinton. Electing another Clinton is NOT change, nor is it going to mean fresh ideas.

    Are we actually admitting to the world that democracy doesn't work - that we only have two families with ideas for running the country?

    The only way to have REAL CHANGE is to have fresh blood in the political process!
    NO MORE BUSH. NO MORE CLINTON.

    Let's make it happen in 2008.

    January 2, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. Clinton Bush

    Oh Yeah.

    And you gotta cringe at the Campaign of Fear being waged by the Hillary camp. She's the only candidate that can win the general election. Please. Don't believe it. (Bill was elected despite of the fact that he couldn't claim to be the only viable Democratic candidate for the general election!) This campaign of fear is insulting to Americans - we all have the capacity to make real decisions based on the person that is the candidate: character, personality, values, etc. NOT based on fear of the opponent. How sad that the Clintons have to resort to fear to win over voters...

    January 2, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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