Former Presidents Clinton and Bush to launch new initiative
August 29th, 2014
10:01 AM ET
1 month ago

Former Presidents Clinton and Bush to launch new initiative

Washington (CNN) – Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are going to join forces for a new initiative aimed at helping to give leaders better skills to solve problems.

The presidents will appear together at an event in Washington on Sept. 8th to launch the Presidential Scholars Program.

Organizers are billing this as a first of its kind partnership because not only will this involve the foundations run by Clinton and Bush but also will include the George Herbert Walker Bush and Lyndon Baines Johnson presidential centers.

The program's aim is to bring "motivated leaders across all sectors an opportunity to study presidential leadership and decision making and learn from key administration officials, practitioners, and leading academics," according to a release announcing the initiative.

"The program's purpose is to help participants foster the skills they'll need to address both the challenges and opportunities presented in the 21st century. The program will study varied approaches to leadership so participants are able to gain a better understanding of different leadership philosophies, styles, and practices. Participants will use the tools developed throughout their course of study and apply them to an issue or challenge of particular relevance to his/her professional and civic pursuits," organizers added.

This is not the first time a Clinton has teamed up with a Bush. Bill Clinton and George Herbert Walker Bush joined forces to lead humanitarian aid efforts following the Asian Tsunami in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina the following year. Clinton and Bush 43 helped with the recovery following the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Google

    Google The Bush Family to see who the real traitors to the US are.

    August 29, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. jo clo

    Savings and loan scandal is a good start for the bush family ... stealing from the old and poor

    August 29, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. rick

    Very interesting fact that both Bush are seen with their wives. George senior was watched by his wife close by on his 90th birthday jump. And George junior is mostly always seen with his. But VERY INTERESTING that Bill and Hillary are almost NEVER SEEN TOGETHER FOR ANYTHING AT ALL.??? During the presidencies of both Bushes.. Pictures were shown on family life including wife.. Children.. Normal things. But rarely or never of the Clintons.? And dont remember ANY in last 8 years of Bill and Hillary together FOR ANY REASON at all.. I checked my setup. And its obvious very quickly. No pictures together of any type. Hmmm...

    August 29, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. O'drama ya Mama

    rick

    Very interesting fact that both Bush are seen with their wives. George senior was watched by his wife close by on his 90th birthday jump. And George junior is mostly always seen with his. But VERY INTERESTING that Bill and Hillary are almost NEVER SEEN TOGETHER FOR ANYTHING AT ALL.??? During the presidencies of both Bushes.. Pictures were shown on family life including wife.. Children.. Normal things. But rarely or never of the Clintons.? And dont remember ANY in last 8 years of Bill and Hillary together FOR ANY REASON at all.. I checked my setup. And its obvious very quickly. No pictures together of any type. Hmmm...
    August 29, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Its very simple of course. Barbara and Laura are stay at home wifes. They dont have anything else to be doing so they shadow their husbands. Hillary does not need to hover next to Bill to get recognition.

    August 29, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Lizzie

    Google
    Google The Bush Family to see who the real traitors to the US are.
    -do you every not let your hate show.

    August 29, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Lizzie

    Google
    Google The Bush Family to see who the real traitors to the US are.
    -do you every not let your hate show.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Truth hurts, doesn't it lizzie?

    August 29, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Current Congessional and Senate leadership should follow the bipartsan example of former Presidents Clinton and Bush.

    August 29, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. salty dog

    What are you saying Lizzie, he's lying, I didn't think so, that family is obviously driven by the Almighty dollar, and have screwed nearly every type of person imaginable . And btw, who's going to teach w these things, and isn't it a little late to try to teach him how to govern?

    August 29, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. reality check please!

    I find it hard to imagine, after his presidency, what w could possibly contribute to this.

    August 29, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. vikingwoman

    It should be mandatory for Every politician, right or left, to sign up for this program! And they should pay out of their own pockets, not taxpayers!!

    August 29, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Scottish Mama

    O' Drama not my mama- It is funny how both the Clintons work and Laura and Barbara do not?

    August 29, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Scottish Mama

    They shook hands and then GW wiped his hand on Bill's suit! LOL

    August 29, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Marty

    Good luck gentlemen.

    August 29, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Klutch Cargo

    Aw, Humm, Well,
    Maybe Bill will finally learn something, Eh? Giving Leaders better skills to solve problems? Well somebody should've told Obama, no? Now take Lyndon Johnson, there was a real leader! He knew how to get the Ballot Boxes Stuffed!

    August 29, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. it must be said

    Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are going to join forces for a new initiative aimed at helping to give leaders better skills to solve problems.
    ---

    I would like to suggest they give a special tutorial to Obama. He is clearly in need of help. Everything he touches turns to crap.

    August 29, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Bill from GA

    rick – " But VERY INTERESTING that Bill and Hillary are almost NEVER SEEN TOGETHER FOR ANYTHING AT ALL. "

    I noticed that too. I think they are really the same person. Like you never see Batman and Bruce Wayne together.
    I'm on to em.

    August 29, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. yolanda

    Perhaps all of you Mensa candidates could put down the hate wands for a minute and acknowledge that it might just be a positive for this country if there was a bit more bipartisanship. You know, two ex-presidents working together for the potential betterment of all of us.... or is it too much work for you to be constructive?

    August 29, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. rs

    Good to see two former Presidents working together.

    August 29, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. denny

    Whether you are liberal or conservative, it's a proud moment for our country that two Presidents on the opposite side of the aisle are getting together for a worthy project. There's not much to be proud of lately, so this gives me a little boost.

    August 29, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    it must be said

    Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are going to join forces for a new initiative aimed at helping to give leaders better skills to solve problems.
    -

    I would like to suggest they give a special tutorial to Obama. He is clearly in need of help. Everything he touches turns to crap.
    ----------------------------------–
    Oh, I don't know about that last part. Yesterday, he pulled a suit out of his closet, and it turned into gold. :)

    August 29, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. rs

    yolanda

    Perhaps all of you Mensa candidates could put down the hate wands for a minute and acknowledge that it might just be a positive for this country if there was a bit more bipartisanship. You know, two ex-presidents working together for the potential betterment of all of us.... or is it too much work for you to be constructive?
    _________________________
    You would be quite correct on this point. Perhaps a joint letter to Congress in order....

    August 29, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Tampa Tim

    Since Klutch used this moment of bipartisanship to go after Obama, while his hero, W, will always be remembered as the worst president in history, I feel inclined to do the same. W blamed Clinton for 9-11, started unnecessary wars, oversaw the market drop below 7000, was responsible for bank bailouts, auto and housing market failure, record job loss, record deficits, Great Recession, tax cuts for those who did not need it, and is not apologetic for the deaths of 4500 soldiers. The Texas fool never took responsibility for any of his errors.

    I am only posting this in the spirit of bipartisanship.

    August 29, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Tampa Tim

    Clinton gives Bush a robust economy, Bush turns it to crap, Obama fixes Bush's messes without any republican help.

    August 29, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. Tom l

    I must correct you on something, Tampa. Clinton have Bush a recession. When bush came in to office, the economy was officially in a recession. Look it up if you don't believe me

    August 29, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Ol' Yeller

    And the red one wore a blue tie and the blue one wore a red tie.
    I'm ALL for bipartisanship in our government, but I'm kind of a realist and recognize that each and every time the Dems have bent over backwards to help the republicants with promises of cotton candy and lemonade for all.... they got shafted. I'm glad they have learned (and Hillary knows, but more importantly the republicants KNOW Hillary knows, thus there abject terror at the idea of her winning the WH... they were attacking and lying about her when she was simply the First Lady).
    That being said, I wish President Clinton and mr. bush the best of luck in their endeavor... but I doubt we are going to get much bipartisanship in congress as long as the gop remains under the control of the koch brothers and their mindless tea bagger lackeys.

    August 29, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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