November 4th, 2009
07:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Update: Bush, Clinton cancel joint event

A joint event featuring both former president has been cancelled.
A joint event featuring both former president has been cancelled.

Washington (CNN) - A representative for former President Bill Clinton is confirming a report that a scheduled event featuring Clinton and former President George W. Bush has been cancelled by the two ex-presidents.

Radio City Music Hall had announced that the two former presidents were set to share the legendary venue's stage on February 25.

But the New York Post reported on Wednesday afternoon that Bush and Clinton have cancelled the event because the promoter had "overhyped" the joint appearance.

In an e-mail to CNN, Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna confirmed the New York Post's report.

Earlier, McKenna had stressed that the New York event would not be a heated debate.

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

Earlier: Bush, Clinton to appear at Radio City Music Hall


–CNN's Alexander Mooney and Kay Jones contributed to this report.


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  1. sifto77

    glad GWB did not lower himself....

    November 4, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Bush was unwilling to appear with the previous president that had given him surpluses which he turned into debits. How could Clinton calmly sit there? I don't know, but I think Bush didn't want to find out if Clinton could actually restrain himself.

    November 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Marla K- FL

    Over-hyped? Sure....more likely they weren't seeing enough early sales or interest to justify keeping the engagement. Not when they each can make millions giving sole appearances and just talking to a bunch of Party glad-handers for an hour.

    November 4, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Karen

    A Texas dolt and a Rhoades Scholar??? Wonder why??

    November 4, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Nicholas

    How could it have not ben anything other than a heated debate?

    November 4, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Jake

    smart move on Clinton's part! why would he want to share the stage with the man that has divided America?

    November 4, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Chuck Anaheim, Ca.

    to bad, I was really looking forward to watching Bill rip bush the culo he deserves.

    November 4, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Jeff in Houston

    Just as well. I would prefer to never see a Bush on the public stage again. Ever. And yes, I do beleive Bill Clinton is too good to shake this thug's hand. Bush simply does not want to go up against anyone more intelligent or articulate than he is, especially now that we are seeing the full impact of the Bush Economic accumen.

    Just please go away George. Let the nation heal from what you have done to us. Just please go away.

    November 4, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Jane/Seattle

    Good Idea! Clinton has no business hanging out with the Bush family! But then again, they do have many contacts and lots of ill-gotten MONEY! maybe someone needs to tell Bill he looks bad hanging with this wrecking crew! Just look at the fallout Now! We need a citizen's arrest of Mr. Bush. All of the folks tasked with protecting our Constitution must just be too busy to "protect and defend" or the FIX was in long ago! We do know the correct answer here, but then so does everyone who reads anything of substance! Most are complicit with letting this war criminal go free! But then again, he was just the front-man, not the real Decider! Just wondering what the rest of you all think? Peace

    November 4, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. JoJo

    Guys, they have met before in this type of setting to good reviews, so all the 'chickened out' or 'unwilling to appear' or 'dolt' comments are really pretty stupid.

    November 4, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Bill

    I tip my hat to both Bill and George. I wish the Congress, Senate, White House, and media could look at the positive things both those presidents did, get rid of the negative things they did, and resolve our domestic, foreign, and environmental problems. There is no reason everyone in America who wants a job should not have one. The majority of Americans are happy when we are all able to work and not have to resort to crime to survive.

    November 4, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Hey Zeus

    Clinton's financial contract demands could not be met.

    November 4, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    It's more than "overhyped" that caused this cancellation and the media needs to do more digging for the truth.

    November 4, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. Rob

    Glad to see Clinton backed out before he got embarrassed.

    November 4, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    All you have to do is read some of the liberal comments (Karen@) here and you will see why the nation is so divided. Read them and some of the other liberal comments in some of the other posts about republicans and conservatives. These same people (Sniffit@) then turn around an call the republicans the party of hate.. I think the drugs have seriously addled their minds. Nasty, unhappy, bunch people, great advertisments about the effects of liberal thought process.

    November 4, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. dan smith

    Guess Clinton couldn't handle the heat after causing the housing crisis,no suprise there.

    November 4, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. dan smith

    Since Clinton caused the economic meltdown it's no wonder he didn't want to debate Bush. Kind of hard explaining away the Fanny Mae, Freddie Mac debacle that Clinton caused.

    November 4, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Duck Fallas

    They both look REALLY old. The Presidency beats the daylights out of you, especially eight years. They share knowledge and experiences that transcend petty politics. It would have been interesting.

    November 4, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. PREDICTA

    I would have liked to hear Bush ask why Clinton didn't do more to catch Bin Laden when he and Sandy Berger had the chance and avoid killing 3000 Americans on 911.

    November 4, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. Bubba

    Cheney or Rush told Bush to cancel, I betcha!

    November 4, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. jim

    To Dan Smith .....

    George W. Bush's stance on housing during the 2004 Republican Convention Acceptance Speech

    This speech was delivered at the 2004 Republican National Convention on September 2, 2004 when George W. Bush officially accepted the Republican nomination to run for President.

    "Another priority for a new term is to build an ownership society, because ownership brings security, and dignity, and independence. Thanks to our policies, homeownership in America is at an all-time high. Tonight we set a new goal: seven million more affordable homes in the next 10 years so more American families will be able to open the door and say welcome to my home."

    I wonder what these policies were that put so many people into homes they couldn't afford?

    Thanks George. You yourself take the credit for this disaster.

    November 4, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. GOPhatesAmerica

    Clinton has more smarts in his small toe than Bush has in his entire body!

    November 4, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Who!

    Thank you Mr. ex-President Bill Clinton.
    the least joy the cancellation brought to a democrat' heart in heart, is that he will not read once more, his calling you "my brother".
    i can not imagine anybody would like to be his brother.
    however, i cannot speak for Jeb, though Michael is a good match.
    And by-the-way, Jake, he did not divide America, it was and is the American public, us, who have been lending their ears now and then to lies and deciets of so-called "citizens" of this great country.

    November 4, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Operation Crush Rush

    Hey "Proud Member" ,dont feel bad,I would have you swinging from a tree as an Neocon traitor.Opposition is not the same as calling for America to fail.

    November 4, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Tram

    Cancelled? I can see why. Bush, the worst president ever to be on stage with Clinton, one of the best president's ever.

    Imagine the questions. "Mr. Bush, why did you squander the surplus that President Clinton amassed after you were illegally "selected" as president not once but twice?"

    "Mr. Bush, who did you pay off to not get impeached when you lied, violated the Constitution, denied civil liberties and basically destroyed America?"

    November 4, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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