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. Marlene the Dream

    I think too much was made of this meeting and Clinton probably had to decline. It's too much publicity and face time for him and it takes away (once more) from Hillary's attention and coverage. Her relationships and current negotiations at this time are much too sensitive to risk Bill having some sort of public tantrum or blowup. She's got to hold onto what credibility she has. Bill already contributed to her being insulted and derided by Kim Jong Il of N. Korea recently, then he had to take over the diplomatic role getting those young girls back home, so no more risks of damaging Madame Secretary's image.

    November 4, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. Lole J. Charles

    It would have being nice to see both former Presidents together. I would think that both of them would have many interesting comments to whatever questions were asked. Needless to say, I am sure that President Clinton's remarks would be much more intelligent and his answers much more factual and relevant to the questions. On the other hand, President Bush's comments would be a bit irrelevant to the questions, but I personally like him. However, President Clinton is tops in my list, but I thank them both for their efforts in taking care of our country.

    November 4, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. NC

    I wish we could have elected President Bush to a third term. Vote Republican in 2010 and 2012.

    November 4, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. Tom

    This would have been a slaughter, so it's just as well. Might as well have Tiger Woods go down to the local Putt-Putt.

    November 4, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. Helen

    It doesn't concern me why the meeting was called off. It does concern me that there are so many stupid people that still believe President Bush was a good president and those same people can't seem to remember what good economic times the country had while President Clinton was president. They also don't remember how much surplus money the country had and how President Bush just squandered it away. Dan Smith, go back to your sandbox, as you must be too young to have lived through the Clinton years.

    November 4, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. Marie

    Too bad. I'm sure this event would have raised a lot of money for various charities. I think it's too bad that even after people are out of office that politics keeps them from being able to be 'real people'.

    Perhaps this will be rescheduled.

    November 4, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. Pat in IL

    I'm glad it's cancelled. I just didn't see the point of a debate between 2 ex presidents.

    November 4, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. wab

    Some build America & some do a good job to desroy it

    November 4, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. Roscoe

    It amazes me that the libs constantly talk about all of the Repub "haters".......then they continue to write only vile, cruel, and hateful comments. Some things will never change. Pathetic.

    November 4, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. cgillette369

    these two baby boomers are losers.

    November 4, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. Chris W

    GWB would have "lowered himself?" Ha! BC would have eaten him alive. Love him or hate him, he's extremely intelligent and politically adept, and he can actually speak English!

    November 4, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. Joe

    It's too bad that we've come to the point that we can't respect 2 former Presidents taking to a stage to have a civil discussion with each other. I would think as a society we'd value their thoughts a little more but in today's world of scream and soundbites-I am asking too much.

    November 4, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. Nick in LA

    Watching one of the most intelligent people in the world have a discussion with one of the dumbest? That would have been good!

    Gotta tell ya.....I miss GWB – I miss his dumb gaze and his inability to articulate a coherent thought. late night was more fun back then.

    I hope we don't get fooled again.

    November 4, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. Chris

    If it was truely going to be just "tame conversation" w/o any fireworks, then why the need to cancel...what's there to worry about? I think Dubbya realized he was going to be in over his head against the Rhodes scholar in Clinton and backed out. Who cares if Monica polished his knob, Clinton's presidency will always be regarded as better than the Bush disaster.

    November 4, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. Runofthemill

    they were probably worried that they wold have to have a massive shoe-check booth to keep one of the participants from having to duck and weave like Muhammed Ali....

    but seriously – I can understand wanting ot hear what an intelligent and thoughtful leader, a true civil servant and great Ameriican like Bill Clinton would have to say, but bush????? If I never heard his stupid phony Texas twang or his retarded mangling of our language or even his disgraceful name again it would be a winderfl thing. If we could expunge allrecord and memory of his disasterous presidnency – like how the Egyptians used to carve off all mention of failed Pharoes - how cool would that be? there would simply be a blank spot in the presidential portrait gallery – things like that.

    November 4, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  16. Keith in CA

    Bush couldn't win a debate with Socks, the Clinton's cat.

    November 4, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. Berdie Sanchez

    I better not hear that the tax payers are paying for these two manipulators to appear at Radio Music Hall to spew more trash! They should just step back and realize that their time in the sun, as undeserved as it was, is OVER!

    November 4, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  18. dennis Castanares, Los Angeles, CA

    Yes, and you, CNN.com, added to the hype yourself. Your story itself began and ended with disclaimers that this was not a debate, heated or otherwise, only a joint apprearance. But your pandering, mendacious headline on your homepage read "Clinton, Bush to Square Off". That's not reporting, it's lying.

    November 4, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  19. David Peterson

    Look at the picture, doesn't Bush look EVIL? Kind of looks like Satan.

    You know about the Skull-and-Bones organization, at Yale, that Bush, his daddy, and his grandpa belong to don't you?

    November 4, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. catmom

    So many Republicans on here blaming Clinton for this or for that but yet they whine when they are reminded that Bush screwed the country and President Obama is having to clean up the mess. Hmmmm.........

    November 4, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  21. kidbaybut

    After what GWB did to America i didnt think he would sit down and have a talk about it with Bill Clinton. Anyway who cares what GWB has to say maybe he should go and hide in a cave!

    November 4, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  22. Tuna

    The abated battle between the morally bankrupt Clinton and the intellectually bankrupt Bush.

    November 4, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  23. A.B.

    Why in heaven's name would Bill Clinton want to do anything with George W. Bush, a failed U.S. president? Bill Clinton, a successul U.S. president, has better things to do with his time than to hang around with George W. Bush. No self respecting democratic politician would want to be seen with this man. I am glad the event was cancelled. The event never should have been staged in the first place.

    November 4, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  24. Ken Williams

    Its because of the hateful leftist liberals this meeting didn't take place. Why should either President who have both been vilified for St. Obama put his neck out so the yes we can sheep can tear them apart if they disagree with his holiness. Remember Clinton was an idiot who would've hindered Hillary's Presidency during the Primary.

    November 4, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  25. HermitDave

    So I guess the pending Temporal Lobe Lobotomy Bill Clinton was going to have to even things out with the Kenny Bunk Port Cowboy will not be necessary.

    November 4, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
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