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. Norm

    Let's get Rush to be the surprise moderator.

    November 4, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. aaron smith

    both of these presidents are criminals, they will be in jail by Febuary if the powers that be can actually execute the writs from the World Court. Lock'em up boys... America must move forward.

    November 4, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. Steve from AK

    C Student vs Rhodes scholar....what do you think?

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

    Love Clinton, hate W!

    November 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. GW PROTECT OUR COUNTRY????

    Ron in Ca- I believe Gw was on watch when we got hit by the largest terrorist attack on american soil.

    Wow – he did accomplish more than Obama his first year- kudos.

    November 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Catana Barnes

    Over $100,000.00 for an appearance fee...each?
    I guess they feel they just don't have enough money!
    This is both absurd and disgusting!
    With the unemployed, poor and working poor going hungry and losing most everything, it is an atrocity to think these people, whom have permanent paychecks, collect a penny for their 'thoughts!'
    America...Is this is good as it gets?

    November 4, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. robert

    This is a non event that CNN is trying to hype. For what reason who knows.

    November 4, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Phil

    I wouldn't pay two cents to see EITHER of these deceitful politicians. After all the damage that Bush and Cheney have done to this country during their eight year reign, not to mention the destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan... and ALL the innocent lives lost because of these two men, Clinton can now get together with Bush as if nothing bad ever happened... "Just a moderated conversation...no fireworks". Bush and Cheney should BOTH be facing a multitude of charges... and not hobnobbing with other former presidents as if nothing bad has happened. The American people deserve much better than a farce like this!

    November 4, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Pragmatic

    odumber, 1 and a half year old maturity level...,,, says it all with his name "pen name" ... if past presidents can discuss their differences cordially – foolish people should profit from their example...

    November 4, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Tina

    If I could afford to go, I would buy a VIP ticket just to have my picture taken with fmr. President Clinton. That would be a neat keepsake.

    November 4, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. dinah

    Good ole Clinton. Never was a nasty guy. Actually neither was Bush although he was a pretty awful president. Glad also to see Bush is not joining the chorus of Republican ranting. and very glad to see Clinton is still making peace.

    November 4, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Can they Arrest him?

    Can Bush be arrested? Its time now. Its time.

    November 4, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. dmcd

    Is it just me or are former presidents able to accomplish more good in the world than current presidents? Current presidents have to play politics, which doesn't allow them to be as effective. Former presidents have much sway and respect and can command an audience. I wonder if this will be a cycle for the next generation.

    November 4, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Bob

    I see the left hatred machine is out in full force by some of these posts. Pathetic. What is it like to live with such hatred in your heart all of the time? Must be sad. I am glad to see both of these former presidents together. It shows there can be civility in politics even from different sides of the isle. Good for you Bill and George.

    November 4, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Demo In Ohio

    Clinton "BEST PRESIDENT EVER" ????

    At what ??? Not having sex with that woman.

    Not taking on Bin Laden when he had the chance/s

    give me a break....

    November 4, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Nick

    All of Bush's and all of Clintons friends all work for the same people... Why is this a surprise ?

    You people should wake up. See who's working for who!

    Caryle Group Current Advisors!

    November 4, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Carlos Averhoff

    Good to see two former rivals become "friends". I still think that Bush's precidency is basically a 'failed' on and Clinton a very successful one. But if people in Washington would be a little more civil with each other during their time in office the country would be better for it.

    November 4, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. notfooledtx

    Clinton is going to make Bush look like a bigger doofus than he appears to be now. Bush wasn't conversant on the issues without a script when he was in office – his alcohol addled brain just won't be able to match up with the big dog.

    November 4, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Jane/Seattle

    Like Michael Moore has famously called these folks, "Republicrats"
    Clinton/Bush, Jr./GHWB–all friends with similar agendas! My apologies to the good Dems and repubs. out here working to FIX this mess called Capitalism! Bernie Sanders and Dennis Kucinich: We LOVE YOU for your Patriotic Service to our Sold Nation. Please keep on as we are listening out here. Peace

    November 4, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Mr Brown

    I think I may go; I can only imagine the networking contacts in that place

    Chaaaaaaaaa-ching..........

    November 4, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. maude

    I thought that President Clinton was going to debate george bush? Talk about attacking somone who is unarmed! It is a sin that the disasterous bush-cheney administration is not being held accountable for the financial disaster that President Obama inherited. I would not pay 50 cents to see a Clinton-bush love fest, but I would LOVE to see Clinton slam bush, the moron, and worst president ever.

    November 4, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Charles Green

    Let's see a war criminal and profiteer and a womanizer I would'nt walk across the street to watch either 1 eat a bale of hay. Bush should be in jail and Clinton should be running a brothel.

    November 4, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Libertarian

    I'm not sure I would want my picture taken with Bush. Pass

    November 4, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. bill

    lost all respect for clinton.he just dont care what scumbag he pals around with.bush is a war criminal and should be treated as such.wouldnt pay one thin dime to see either of these loosers.

    November 4, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. MAQ

    We are the joke here.....they are gonna putting an entertainment and we pay them big money and they laugh to the bank to deposit the money.....we Americans are such a fools in so many ways...we never learn.

    November 4, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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