November 4th, 2009
02:37 PM ET
4 years ago

Bush, Clinton to appear at Radio City Music Hall

Clinton and Bush are set to appear at Radio City Music Hall Wednesday.
Clinton and Bush are set to appear at Radio City Music Hall Wednesday.

(Update 4 pm ET: A Clinton spokesman confirms to CNN the event has now been canceled. Full story)

(CNN) - Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are set to appear at Radio City Music Hall in February - though if history is any guide, the matchup is likely to produce few fireworks.

The famous New York City venue announced Wednesday the two former presidents will share the same stage February 25, nine months after the ex-presidents shared a similar stage in Toronto, Canada.

A ticket to what Radio City is calling "the hottest political ticket in history" will cost anywhere form $60 to $1,250. Though $1,250 may seem on steep side for the 90 minute event, a VIP ticket includes a pre-show reception with the two former presidents along with the evening's yet-to-be-announced moderator. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will also be served and each guest will have a chance to pose with the former commanders-in-chief.

The two were largely chummy during the last joint appearance at the Toronto event in May. At one point, former President Bush joked that his mother, Barbara Bush, told him Clinton "was like a son to her" because of all the time he was spending with Bush's father.

"So brother, it's good to see you," Bush said then.

During that event, at which tickets cost an eye-popping $2,500, Clinton also showered praise on the former president on a host of issues.

"What he did on the AIDS drugs and the diversity in the cabinet … he deserves a lot of credit," he said.

The New York event is likely to be a lucrative one for both former presidents - each usually charge well over $100,000 in appearance fees. But Radio City isn't officially disclosing how much the former president's are being compensated.

Matt McKenna, a spokesman for former President Clinton, made clear the New York event will not be a heated debate.

"Just a moderated conversation...no fireworks," he said.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • George W. Bush
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. Mark

    I'm going to be there cheering on President Bush. Looking forward to seeing hm.

    November 4, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Billy in VA

    They will probably punch each other in the throat and then run screaming out of the room. Then Palin will walk in and beat them down with a rolling pin.

    November 4, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. Beyond Absurd

    What's the show called? How about "It Is Never Too Late Too Come Back To the Trough Again, And Again, and Again ...". Are the Rockettes going to perform?

    November 4, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. george

    Good Mr. Clinton.Evil Mr.Bush.What are these two doing together?

    November 4, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Pragmatic

    ... which demonstrates to both parties that civilized people can get along: you can disagree without being disagreeable. Any of the current leaders in Congress taking notes?

    November 4, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. LIP

    Heartwarming to see how political adversity can be set aside...typical politicians. They would like us to blieve that while they are milking the cow and stealing the milk, that they are doing it all for us and not themselves.

    November 4, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. SAVVY OLDTIMER

    I like this,... even though i'm no fan of Bush,... he's a civilian now, and he can start by doing some repair to his image. Given the divide in the country, and the seeming percolating hatred of each other by left and the right, all of the former Presidents, should make it their duty to speak out,.. one nation, one people, disagree on political issues, but respect each other, and they should start by condemning the hatred being sown by talk show personalities and media mouth pieces, on both sides. If the ex Presidents, speaking as one voice, called out people like, Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, and Beck, and took away some of their powder, it might just start the healing process.

    November 4, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Pete East

    President Clinton’s civility is admirable. Should be an interesting event.

    November 4, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Michelle

    I wouldn't pay two cents to listen to George Bush fumble his way through a speech. The man should be in jail, not earning $100,000 for an evening.

    November 4, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Joe in NJ

    Unless the Rockettes are also performing, I won't go.

    November 4, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Otto

    Ah...Bill...I'll pose with him. George must have a curious smirk for me to go near him.

    November 4, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. seebofubar

    This is a picture of two presidents! Looking at it makes me proud to be an American. A picture of Obama on the other hand makes cry knowing that his goals are to undo all of the great things this country stands for and to slap in the face all of the proud Americans who have given their lives for our freedom. If Americas want an afro-american to look up to and emulate, look to Bill Cosby, a geat American and teacher, not this sham of a president we have.

    November 4, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Doug, New Jersey

    I sure hope they have an army of security for President Bush, New York is filled with liberal Democrats.

    November 4, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Carlos

    Brothers by a different mother.

    November 4, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Grahame

    Hmmmm Lets See Now.

    Abbot and Costello
    Laurel and Hardy
    Morecambe and Wise
    Martin and Louis
    Rowen and Martin

    All great comedy duos have one thing in common. One is the smart one and the other is the dumb one. So how would you rate this comedy act?.........George has to be the dumb one with Clinton being the feed. About time we had another good laugh. Can't wait to see George do another prat fall, pie in the face type gag. Perhaps he will attempt tp spell one of the 115 words in his vocabulary?

    "HEY George! You just totally destroyed the Republican Party!"
    'Yuck Yuck

    It's going to be a great night with the Sarah Palin explaining the theory of evolution and trying to explain away all those unfortunate pesky fossils. Wink Wink That will be so funny it will get a standing ovation.

    Gotta be televised..HBO Maybe a tour of Afghanistan or Iran. Send them to North Korea and take Glen Beck with you

    November 4, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Wake Up

    We miss W! That was a president with courage. Now we have the liar in chief. The campaigner-in-chief, and the teleprompter-in-chief.
    Less govt. now.

    November 4, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    Now that is worth the $$$

    November 4, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. ch

    Clinton = Smartest and Best President Ever!

    G W Bush = Dumbest and Worst President Ever!

    November 4, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. LacrosseMom

    That's nice, a good example of how two political rivals can be civil and polite! IF only the hateful-Tea-Baggers would take a lesson from these two men!

    Once you have been president, you know first hand what a huge burden it is.

    As much as I disagreed with Bush II, I do not hate him, he was misguided and wrong, but I would still greet him and treat him with respect.

    November 4, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Jack Fl

    Oh boy; a new song and dance show!

    November 4, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. Ron in California

    Two presidents speaking at the same Venue, should be informative and entertaining. One who they say lied to protect the country and one who did lie to save his butt. I'll go with the guy who protected me and my country.

    November 4, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. WisedUP.

    You two need to take the White House back. Kick the gardener out.

    November 4, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. sharon

    so this is a money raiser?

    well....................I guess if anyone still has any ..........they might go.

    What will all the collected $ go to?

    I hope it is a worthy cause........not just in the back pocket.

    November 4, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Gary, Los Angeles

    This is great to see. After all, we're all Americans. That's first and foremost!

    November 4, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. becky

    Not worth the money.

    November 4, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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