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. Jeff

    Given that they are both done with politics, maybe they'll cut through all of the 'political correctness' and actually speak substance. While someone is campaigning or in office, they can't speak their mind too much for the obvious reasons. Now they can. Should be an interesting, hopefully civil discussion.

    November 4, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Edward Veidt

    Oh, wow... Bush is waaay out of his league.

    November 4, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Jonathan

    Awesome, one declared war on the wrong country that set the federal deficit back and got thousands of Americans killed with little or no intelligence before proceeding in Iraq; the other cheated on his wife while in the White House. I would not even bother spending a penny to go see this, as well as giving them a paycheck. I would rather watch "Ronald McDonald" do a cheesburger commercial, instead of watching these two!

    November 4, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Ken H.

    I'd rather listen to GW Bush over Slick Willie anyday.

    November 4, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Eric'n Phoenix, AZ

    I almost thought this would be better as a dual on MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch or a cage fight on pay per view. Yes, I would pay!!

    November 4, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. A guy

    It's absolutely astonishing that anyone would want to sit through 90 minutes of of anything with Dubya involved.

    I'd rather watch my fingernails grow

    November 4, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Tina

    Should Bill Clinton needs to get an approval from Obama and the democrats? Obama will not like it. Grew up people. Bush may not be a good nor a perfect President, but he sure is a very good man. Unlike the democrats and the sitting Obama, they all but bad things to say of the ex-president. Somehow, as a listener or observer I kind of say "Democrats" enough. Move on and face the challenge. "Look at the specks of your own eyes before you look at others". "Cast the first stone if you think Democrats are holier than though".

    November 4, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @SAVVY OLDTIMER:

    I think it is a great idea to have the former Presidents speak with one voice in regards to putting the breaks on the politcs of hate and divisiveness. They have experienced, albeit to a lesser degree than Obama, the slings and arrows of the Becks and Hannitys of the media. And as they a re not running for re-election are in a perfect position to actually address the issue truthfully.

    November 4, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Todd

    Should be nice. A solid "C" student going up against a Rhodes Scholar. Bush wasn't the dummy we all thought he was though. Some of you goofs actually voted for him. lol.

    November 4, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Jobless Recovery

    All we hear is Obama crying about all the problems he inherited (no wonders liberals love him!). Bush, had 9/11 (because of clinton), and the worst huricane in modern american history. Did he ever cry about it?
    No, he just protected america for 8 years, without the reality show whining that O-fraud does. Liberal go back to watching Jon and Kate or the Hills and let the adults elect the next president.

    November 4, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Philly68

    Greetings from anti-partisan Independent. Since the Democrat Clinton commended the Republican Bush for forming the most ethnically and racially diverse cabinet in the history of America, is Clinton now a "bad Democrat?" After all, partisanship does not permit compliments, nor common sense. Just wondering.

    November 4, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Ethel

    Wish they would televise it, but wouldn't pay for a ticket.

    November 4, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Duxbury

    WOW!!! I cant wait. Radio City here i come! Should be a very interesting evening. Differences will be obviously stated and common ground, surprisingly, might be unveiled. We should have more debates like this. Not just during elections but all the time.

    November 4, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. jfs

    GWB would never get away with calling Obama his "brother"...

    November 4, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Ohio lady

    I hope that this time the cameras will be allowed to take pictures from their backsides to see if Bush is wired again. Will Rove, or someone of his ilk, be whispering to Bush what to say...like in the second debate before he was elected? Like in the Priceline ad....!

    November 4, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. so sad

    you should ba ashamed of how you speak of the former Presidents of The United States. It is part of our history. You sound ignorant. I hope you aren't breeding! If you don't like what is voted in there are plenty of other countries that would take you. Support, or just hold your tongue.

    November 4, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. djb

    it continues to amaze me how incredibly short our american memories are.......i am all for a truce between parties but we will be paying for bush's "gaffes" for years to come...that he has the gall to even appear in public reaffirms once again how arrogant, shameless and clueless he is.

    November 4, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Dale

    I bet these two ex-presidents are making more money as civilians than as politicians, you will never see these two in politics again. That is why Al Gore and his global warm scam is so lucrative, it pays more that a president.

    November 4, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. al

    Too bad our Representatives and Senators can't take a cue from the two former presidents and actually work together on things. Then again, common everyday people can't even get along. Read the hate here and then go to Fox and read the hate. Our people in Washington are just emulating us. People acting like ignorant idiots at town hall meetings. People like Limbaugh spreading their message of hatred and intolerance all the time. What the heck to we expect from them when the general public behaves so poorly. No one seems to want to work together any longer. Americans have become the most intolerant, hate filled people in the world except for the jihadists.

    November 4, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Michael

    Oh Liberals. You make me laugh.

    November 4, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Ruty

    A meeting of beauty and the beast.Bush being the beast.

    November 4, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Zack of Woodbury

    I am an African from one of Africa’s smallest countries in West Africa...I tell you this... citizens of this great land of opportunity should be proud of their leaders as compare to other leaders around the world...to be specific, African leaders are one of the most corrupt and heartless breeds the Lord had ever sent on this beautiful planet. They lie, cheat and steal from their fellow country men and women; leaving them to drown in abject poverty for the world to laugh at. Their biggest achievement feeds out of “Rhetoric" and endless story lines that cajole International Monetary Funds, World Bank, USA, European Union, etc to siphon financial aids into their private coffer under the canopy of the disadvantaged.

    So, my fellow America citizens, let’s appreciate the beauty of our democracy; because, human dignity, transparency and accountability are enviable attributes of our society! Yes, it is true that we can not perfect a world within our own liken, but what I can say is that both Presidents Clinton and Bush served and contributed immensely to our country and they deserve our utmost respect as former presidents.

    November 4, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. Eric

    I just bought tickets to this event; I love hearing what these two will have to say about world issues now that they're not worried about re-election.

    However reading the comments it still is clear that many in America still 'root' for politicians like they root for baseball teams – the problem is, we're all on the same team... History will judge W more kindly when the long term impacts of his decisions for the country;s security are realized.

    November 4, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Wake Up

    Clinton had a shot at Osama Bin Laden, but didn't take him out!! 9/11 was on Clinton and his distracted staff covering up his stupid affair.
    W protected this country and moved the battleground to the middle east, instead of our cities.

    Now we have Obama weakening this country by bending over for our enemies. But who does Obama attack..........a cable news network. What a joke.

    November 4, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Jobless Recovery

    With Obama in office, the intelligent can now realize what a good president Bush was. Obama is a fraud and spineless. Bush's mistake was the stupid bank bailout. But he was talked into that by Obama. Obama = 1.42 Trillion in debt and RISING unemployment. What is Obama doing all day, besides campaigning?

    November 4, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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