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. diridi

    ethics morality are totally lost...

    November 4, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. PULEEEZZZ!! lets tell some truth

    Mark.. dont forget to cheer for the mother's who lost their sons thanks to BUSH's lies. How many dead Americains?

    November 4, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. CNN do you job right

    Not worth the money. Big government type of presidents. Totally ruined our country. Obama's joining the crew.

    November 4, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. rachel

    If I could afford to go I would. It seems like it would be interesting.

    November 4, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Todd

    Sort of like watching Albert Einstein onstage with a middle school science teacher....

    Wouldn't mind watching Clinton, but why on earth would anyone want to hear a single utterance from the maw of the Texas chimp ever again?

    November 4, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    Wake Up,

    Where do you live so I know never to come within 500 miles of tha place, because God knows what the heck they have been putting into your water.

    Are you for real? You must be a Liberal just posing as a typical Republican, you must be a joke, otherwise I weep for your children if you don't find yourself a mate with a IQ of over 250, that way even if you average out you're IQ's your kid will still come out normal.

    November 4, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Todd

    Let's not go overboard. bush may be the worst president in modern history, but there is always buchanna to contend with. Not a single more criminal administration, but that is another thing altogether. He is not the dumbest president ever. We had warren harding, after all.

    As for Clinton being the best - best since the 1960s until now. But he was no FDR, and no Lincoln, and no Washington. Certainly better than any republicon president after Lincoln with the possible exception of Teddy.

    November 4, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Dave, the Truthteller

    Maybe Bill will apologize for leaving George the security mess that he did. Bush's team did the hard work, Clinton and now Obama just pay lip service.

    November 4, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Clinton and bush they both screwed on 9/11. Bush did nothing in his time and Clinton did nothing in his time (the first time it was attacked)

    November 4, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. No More Incumbents

    Looks like a sequel to dumb and dumber.

    November 4, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. James from Cali

    Will worth watching

    November 4, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. tom

    Bush good, Clinton bad

    November 4, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. dj

    i'd turn down a photo op with bush

    November 4, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Scott

    I bet when these two get together, they sit around and laugh at the American people because of all the money they have taken from us and done what they wanted to do with it. I would not let my dog watch George Bush with his arrogance. America needs to move on and only remember these two for what they have done to this nation. George Bush( CAFTA), Bill Clinton(NAFTA).

    November 4, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Carl

    Bill should ask Dubya why he bankrupted the country with his tax giveaway of the Clinton surplus to the rich?

    November 4, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Fitz in Texas

    What ever the appearance fees are these two men will collect, they should step up to the plate and donate it. Lord knows neither one of them need the cash.

    November 4, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. John

    It wont get better if we wont work together !

    November 4, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. thersa

    I can't imagine why any amount of $ would make Clinton get onstage with that war criminal.

    November 4, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. mike

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

    Yea ok, what are they going to do throw rose pedals at him?!?!
    Just kidding I'm sure he travels with an entourage of secruity, either local or federal , which most current and former diplomats do.

    This event would be a great charity event but in this case its just a way for the both of them can make money.

    November 4, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. Jeff

    I hope over time the left's hatred of President Bush will subside when they realize he did what he thought had to be done to protect our country and realize that democrats politicized and demonized what he was trying to do to win elections. Bill Clinton on the other hand is a serial sexual deviant who raped and sexually harrassed woman from his governor days til he got caught at the white house with an intern. Could you imagine if Prez. Bush or Prez. Obama got caught with a 19 yr old intern? Boggles my mind how they give Clinton a pass.

    November 4, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Terry

    If a debate breaks out one of them is in trouble, the gop is sending an unarmed man into a battle of wits

    November 4, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Monster Zero

    Anyone even know about where the derivatives market originated? It was under the Clinton Administration with Greenspan at the helm, that was where this financial melt down mess got its start, 0ohhhhhh, they are all sooooo smaaaarrttt, a bunch of word smithing lawyers at their finest, what is the meaning of is.... like IS that your Johnson in her mouth?

    November 4, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Buck Fush

    Wake Up November 4th, 2009 10:50 am ET

    We miss W!

    Speak for yourself. You are the one that needs to Wake Up as you obviously slept through the last eight years. He was at the helm during the worst terrorist attack on US soil ever, the collapse of the economy, record job losses, two wars that are bankrupting the country and doing nothing to keep us safer, the stifling of scientific research, trampling on the constitution. Atta boy W, good job.

    They should call this thing "Clinton: a battle of wits with an unarmed man. "

    November 4, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Bubba

    This is win-win for Clinton; sitting next to the Worst President Ever makes him look a lot better.

    November 4, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. HOOAAH

    Good thing it's friendly cause Bush would be walking into a battle of wits unarmed.

    10K an hour for speaking gigs on your retirement? Awesome!

    November 4, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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