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. George

    I hope the rest of the world can see how civilized two people can be with opposing views. Good on them!

    November 4, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. T'SAH from Virginia

    AND why shouldn't they be friends??? We are all Americans even though we may be enemies at times!!!

    November 4, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Pam

    Ok, there's a Rockette joke in here somewhere...

    November 4, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. ICARE

    You got to love America for being able to come together. It's agreat showcase of democracy. No guns, no bullets, no grenades.... just FOOD and cash

    November 4, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. odumber, 1 and a half year old maturity level...

    Who will win the cage match? In the red corner, weighing in at just under 100 IQ, former President George W. Bush...

    In the blue corner, weinging in on hs definition of "is", Billy "Slick Willie" Clinton...

    Looks like a good match, with GW you've got invented words with no meaning, but with Bill, he may just re-define those invented words...

    Who am I kidding... it's gonna be soft punches and lob shots. But, man that headling got my blood pumping...

    November 4, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. bburgin

    Is there a chance of getting tickets???????

    November 4, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Two frauds that worked for the Fed Bank.One took our jobs and the other took our cash.

    November 4, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    When are these political hacks going to fade away? What a rip-off.

    November 4, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. jeff jackson, alabama

    Once again the only rude, crude, and hateful comments
    are coming from the tolerant loving liberals !
    And by the way...they never give there real names !

    November 4, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Ernesto

    What a "Song and Dance" team these two make. Ugh! A man that will be remember for not being able to get his pants down fast enough and the other that couldn't get his on without adult help. Whatever George Bush would say about anything after his administration trampled our Constitution is worthless barring a full confession and apology.

    November 4, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. RLove

    Too bad it's not a "go for the throat" matchup. I'd love to see Clinton shred Bush.

    And you Obama-haters that are commenting should just leave the Country if you can't support your government. It would be a better place without you and your racist commentary.

    November 4, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Of course the two will have a "moderate conversation" because Bush doesn't have an answer for the American people as to why he failed us and why he went to war in Iraq instead of Afghan.

    November 4, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Monrob

    Give me a freaking break, this is a show; like the circus.

    G W has never, ever, been able to put a sentence together. This is just a show. I rather see a good movie.

    November 4, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. okpfloyd

    Bush the war criminal should not even be walking around free...much less talking...why is this man not arrested...YET?

    November 4, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Dean

    Alright bring out the boxing gloves and charge admission

    November 4, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Val in MA

    This photo of the two former Presidents ... This is what it truly means being bipartisan for the good of our country – if we could only embrace it. I LOVE IT!

    November 4, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. ADLord

    I wish all Americans could be as civil as these two former Presidents. We are all Americans. Those people who are hard code republicans and democrats have really drank the Cool-aid. All of the screaming and shouting and name calling is not moving this country forward. What is the REAL difference between the republicans and democrats? About 2%. One wants to grow the federal government at 16% a year and the other at 18% a year. And yet the partisan hacks are throwing around words like socialist and facist, as if there were really some sort of difference between the two sides. Be civil people, just because someone does not agree with your views does not make them stupid or evil. This country would be no better than a communist one if we all thought the same way. Our diversity is what makes us strong.

    November 4, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Jeffer65

    As someone else asked, is this a fundraiser? Who gets the $?
    I wouldn't pay any $ to hear any politician speak. Especially these two.

    November 4, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Minneapolis_Guy

    I think it's great that they can be civil to each other. They belong to a pretty exclusive club and have shared experiences and pressures that few other people could even imagine. It's often the case that once the pressure is off and the press and opposition aren't ready to pounce on everything they say that we get to see the human side of our leaders and it's usually a good thing. I admire and respect them both.

    November 4, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. lookit

    too bad it's going to be a tepid "conversation" instead of a full-on debate. Clinton would eat Bush for lunch. GWB couldn't string a sentence together and when he did it was a joke. hope somebody asks him WHY we went to war in Iraq. Be curious to see his answer. "Well, he tried to kill my daddy and, uh... Saddam was a bad man." Okay, 2 TRILLION dollars and 5000 dead Americans later does that make sense?

    November 4, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. JEAN - ATL

    As much as I blame the last administration for being asleep at the wheel, and for putting the wealthy ahead of what was best for America and the world, I frankly would not expect anything more from two former presidents who were raised well by their mothers and/or fathers to behave. They should always remember to be civilized and respectful at all times of everyoone, which is something we don't see much of anymore, particularly from the right. They are setting a good example for us all to follow, and I hope and pray that they continue to do so, and that others try to get along as well. I am sick of the all the hate, insanity, and fighting that is coming out of Washington almost daily! ENOUGH!

    November 4, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    sounds good as long as Karl Rove and Dicky Cheney don't show up .. or by then they should be infront of the judge for crimes against humanity and lies told to the american people :)

    November 4, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Cheryl Ewing

    Many of our Founding Fathers and early Presidents were left deeply in debt from the financial burdens of carrying out their duties to the Republic they conceived and cherished. While I don't advocate our modern Presidents and other public servants be left impoverished by their service, I don't think a pot of gold from speaking engagements and memoirs at the end of a term in office (or even the end of a failed campaign) is in the best interest of our citizens. And while I'm on the subject....let's rethink those lucrative pensions and heath care coverage-for-life provisions. Are these the same people who want to put limits on private sector compensation? Anyone ever hear of leading by example?

    November 4, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. lola

    Two former Presidents who tarnished the oval office. How exciting. (Notice the sarcasim) They both need to give it up and get a life, especially Bush has absolutely nothing to say that I would even find credible.

    November 4, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Ron

    Politics is a game like any other. Pro football players and their coaches hug each other after a game too. That doesn't mean they won't fight like hell to beat each other next time they meet.

    November 4, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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