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. chino

    I was sooo looking forward to Pinkie (Bush) and the Brain (Clinton)!

    November 4, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Shari, NY

    I wonder what caused this cancellation within twenty four hours.

    November 4, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. single mom

    Jim, actually it was the Clinton Administration that started the housing disaster. I worked for a bank in the late 90s and watched dozens of applicants who shouldn't have been approved get mortgages because the Clinton people were pushing CRA – Community Reinvestment Act. Which, if memory serves, started under Carter. I'll have to double-check that last though.

    On to the subject - I've noticed that most former Presidents seem to get along fairly well with each other. Okay, Nixon might be an exception. LOL.. But it's obvious that Bush 41 and Clinton got along well.

    November 4, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Jasmine in Germany

    To those whom may be unaware: Clinton was not a particularly good president. He would be smart now however, to maintain the somewhat positive image he has by not having photo ops with George W. Bush. Good move, Clinton, but I'm still angry that you didn't get a rein on Obama bin Laden when you were advised to because you were busy (with other things) in the White House.

    November 4, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    If you think about it you really can't blame the Presidents, but pass it on to the Congress who has to vote on the bills first before they go to the President for a signature....Weren't the Republicans holding most of the seats anyway?

    November 4, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Bush just kept the mortgage boondoggle going anyway.

    November 4, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. Disgusted

    The club of living Presidents is small and I am sure the conversation about their different experiences in leading this country would be informative and surprising.

    As a country we can not lead or accomplish anything because we can not have a conversation!

    November 4, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. no longer a democrat

    I just heard Chris Matthews compare Obama to Bill Clinton and it wasn't pretty.

    Better stop blaming GWB for all the problems we have today...it's not working

    November 4, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Wow, people sure do forget quickly what an awful president Clinton was.

    When terrorists bombed the WTC, Clinton did nothing.
    When terrorists bombed our embassies in Africa, Clinton did nothing.
    When terrorists bombed the USS Cole, Clinton did nothing.
    When terrorists attacked our troops in Somalia, Clinton pulled them out.
    Seems the only time Clinton did anything like a military strike was against a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory to draw attention away from his various domestic scandals.

    BTW, the "internet bubble" burst in 2000–on Clinton's watch. I guess left-wing sheeple tend to forget there was another economic downturn prior to the current one.

    November 4, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Geodin

    Here I am wondering how Bush is not in jail for war crimes and fairly confident that he will go down in history as one of the worst Presidents ever and yet there are people still cheer leading for him. Either these folks need to expand their sources of information or I need to drastically narrow mine. Can anyone suggest some news sources for which I should limit myself?

    Thanks

    November 4, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. John O. Snoberger, CA.

    It is a good thing that the Right-Wing and Left-Wing can work together on the Nations issue? Rep. vs Dem. vs Ind. Out of many one!!!

    November 4, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Memphis Tigers

    No one is perfect. No one can fix everything. No one can really do that much. It's not a bad thought to let people be able to get homes they can't afford. That's a good gesture. Only problem is, they should have planned for none of the loans to hardly be repaid. That's what caused the collapse. It's as if no one in congress plans for anything. Just like 9/11. They had been attacked in the Clinton administration and then were warned in the Bush administration. Most of them just get in power to try to get money for some special interest they have. None of them really have the interest of the people at heart.

    November 4, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Minnesotan

    I wouldn't want to be on the same stage as Bush either.

    November 4, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. m smith

    the last thing we need is ex presidents duking it out on stage. Glad they decided to take a pass. Lets try for a little civility please.

    November 4, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. James Michael Roberson

    Bush wanted and intended to be a good president, but as I have often heard, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." So we now see the truth in that saying.

    November 4, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Billy-Bob-Joe-Darrel-Darryl-12 pak-Capt. James T. Kirk in a pink tutu

    George who? The $4.95 one?

    November 4, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Bobby

    They agreed not to disclose the fact that Bill Clinton started this whole Financial Meltdown with his repeal of the Glass Steagall Act and GWB just ran with it.

    Bush has been getting all the credit for the Meltdown by Libs, bu not true.

    Bubba started it.

    Thanks Bill!

    November 4, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. worriedmom

    You Liberals just hate it that one of your own can actually like someone who thinks different from them.

    November 4, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  19. Jimmy

    Operation Crush Rush,

    He actually did not want America to fail. He wants Obama to fail. If Obama fails Americans succeed in holding onto their prime liberties and rights. Rush has explained this countless times. He loves American Individualism and this is something our current president has much disdain for. If you are going to openly criticize someone please do some research.

    November 4, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  20. Gilbert Felix

    Wise decision on Clinton's part, why would he ever even consider sharing a stage with Bush (bleh).

    November 4, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. Ken in NC

    What's to debate. Clinton left a surplus and Bush took the surplus and an extra 5 trillion and went back to Crawford, Texas. He needed the cash to pay the Mexican workers for cutting wood on his ranch and to pay ICE to look the other way.

    November 4, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  22. jackson

    Repubies everywhere just breathed a sigh of relief. Another of many Bush embarrassing moments has just been averted. We don't need to remind the world, just how dumb this clown (GWB) is.

    November 4, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  23. katie

    Guess someone pointed out to W, the disparity in size between his ego and his brain. Pity, it would have been wonderful comedy!

    November 4, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. Mike Buck

    Perhaps Bill came to his senses and didn't want his post presidential venures to be financially ruined like everything elese Bush has touched. Bush is King Midas in reverse.

    November 4, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. Truth Matters

    okay folks, here is your big chance. If Clinton was the cause of the housing disaster and the economic collapse as you claim, then what would be George W. Bush's excuse for not fixing it, especially in the 6 years where he had majorities in the House and Senate? (and Supreme court, I might add).

    November 4, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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