December 18th, 2007
10:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Bill Clinton: George H.W. Bush will help President Hillary

Bill Clinton said former president George H.W. Bush will help fix damage done to America's reputation by his son, George W. Bush.

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton said Monday that the first thing his wife Hillary will do when she reaches the White House is dispatch him and his predecessor, President George H.W. Bush, on an around-the-world mission to repair the damage done to America's reputation by the current president - Bush's son, George W. Bush.

"Well, the first thing she intends to do, because you can do this without passing a bill, the first thing she intends to do is to send me and former President Bush and a number of other people around the world to tell them that America is open for business and cooperation again," Clinton said in response to a question from a supporter about what his wife's "number one priority" would be as president.

A spokesman for the George H. W. Bush said Tuesday afternoon the former president supports his son's foreign policy and has "never discussed an ‘around-the-world-mission’ with either former President Bill Clinton or Sen. Clinton." (Click here for the full statement)

Clinton and the elder Bush, rivals in the 1992 presidential election, have grown chummy in recent years, often traveling and appearing at public events together. In 2005, they started a charity to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

UPDATE: The Republican National Committee issued this statement in response to Clinton's comments:

"In 2009, a Republican president will be working with our friends and allies abroad to continue to keep our nation safe," said RNC spokesman Danny Diaz. "The American people expect our leaders - both current and former - to present serious solutions to the very real challenges confronting our nation."

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (836 Responses)
  1. Win Peters, Houston, Missouri

    God have mercy on us all!!! We don't need anymore help from the Clinton's or the Bush's or any other truth challenged politicians. We need a man who has shown you can trust what he says, will get us out of foreign entanglements, out of killing the innocents around the world, and help restore true constitutional government, and only Dr. Ron Paul can do that. What other candidate has been given UNASKED for millions to run for president?

    December 18, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. Jeff , Miami beach, fl

    I thought the democrats were trying to get BUSH out of the White house, now you have Bill trying to keep him there. Even if it is the father, time for change!!!

    December 18, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. michelle, phoenix az

    The last thing we need is to continue the empire..don't let hitlery in there. give peace a chance...Ron Paul '08

    December 18, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. Matt. St. Paul, MN


    This is the most profound statement on this forum! If the American People are unable to understand how UTTERLY HORRIBLE this is, perhaps it is time for our great country to become a distant memory.

    December 18, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. RealityKing

    Or maybe elder and younger Bush will decide to jump onto the partisan insult bandwagon with Bill and Jimmy, the only two other ex-presidents to ever have broken those unwritten rules of dignity as an ex-president..

    December 18, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. fidel

    this is why no one watches the clinton news network

    December 18, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. Chad, Brooklyn NY

    Where has Mr. Clinton been the past couple years? France adn Germany have both elected pro-American leaders, Chavez had his referendum denied, the mid-east leaders are turning away from Iran and Syria. As much as Dems would like you to believe it, the world does not hate America, it's the LEFT that hates America.

    December 18, 2007 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. Mike O

    Of course Bill wants to hit the road for his wife; that's where he does most of his sleeping around, apparently. Of course, he ought to check with George, Sr. first before making such an outlandish statement.

    As for their involvement in Katrina, if the state of Louisiana had shown the least bit of the competance you see in California, Florida and Texas during times of disaster, their help would not have been required. Remember all those idle, waterlogged buses?

    December 18, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. Nicholas, Denver CO

    Ca Native, I wouldn't say GHWB has been "protective" of his son. It may seem that way, but rather, I think he's just respectful of the office of the president. Much more so than his successor. Notice how through 8 years, he hardly had a peep to say while WJC sullied the office. If only Bush pere's Democratic counterparts (WJC, JEC) would show the same deference for the Presidencey itself rather than attack personally the man who may currently be holding the office they seem to feel they're entitled to.

    December 18, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Kevin Groenhagen, Lawrence, KS

    The Clintons need to answer a question: If America was loved so much while Bill Clinton was president, why did Islamic terrorists attack us numerous times and plan 9/11 on Clinton's watch?

    Also, it doesn't appear that Europeans (not to mention the Russians and Chinese) were too pleased with Clinton's illegal war of choice in Kosovo.

    December 18, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. Debra, Iowa City, IA

    which is just another reason why this feminist Democrat is supporting Obama. Hillary is looking more Republican by the day, and yet she continues to sing the 'we need change' song. PLEASE.

    December 18, 2007 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. Marsha, Buffalo, MN

    I say we should have Romney on the R ticket and McCain on the D ticket.
    That would be more realistic.

    December 18, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Ben Murphy New York, NY

    All this buzz about Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton is silly. Leaders sometimes come from the same families, look at our Presidential history:

    2 Adams, John and John Quincy
    2 Roosevelts, Teddy and Franklin
    2 Bushs, George HW and George W.
    3 Kennedys have ran, John, Robert and Teddy
    and Cheney is Obama's cousin

    December 18, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. New Orleans, LA

    Clinton relied on focus groups when it came to his position on issues, vacation destinations, etc. I wonder if he also focus groups his lies? There are plenty of Americans (mostly lunatic Democrats) who will actually believe Clinton's statement. So this may get Hillary some votes.

    December 18, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. tom green bay wi

    Creative? hardly...the Clintons are scraping pretty low to achieve credibility by association...what makes Bill think George The First is interested in denouncing his son?

    December 18, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. John Smith Los Angeles, California

    Obviously, philosophy is stronger than blood among politicians. May they all get what they deserve.

    Warning to those who are close to these people. Duck for flying thunder bolts.

    December 18, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Bill, Ozark, MO

    2016-Jeb Bush
    2020-Jeb Bush
    2024-Roger Clinton
    2028-Roger Clinton
    2032-one of Bush Daughters
    2036-One of Bush Daughters
    2040-Chelsey(sp) Clinton
    Where Will it end

    December 18, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Could Bill Clinton suggest anything LOWER or MORE HATEFUL .....than to include President Bush's Father in this OBVIOUSLY FALSE CLAIM and Statement? The Clintons are RUTHLESS AND HATE-FILLED, POWER-GRABBING Politicians who will stoop to any form of solicitation. To suggest that President Bush has done harm to this Nation through his behavior to Foreign Governments is so distasteful and untrue that is borders on insanity Bill is so afraid that she is going to lose, and she IS going to lose, that he will do and say anything.
    Besides, there will NEVER BE A President Hillary Clinton.....Voters have already decided. Good Comment Response from the GOP!

    December 18, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Barnes, Sataesville, NC

    Is anyone really surprised that Bill feels his wife’s no. 1 priority is to run to him for assistance?

    What an arrogant buffoon. We need an impeached president repairing foreign relations just like we needed “deer in the headlights” Pelosi negotiating with Syria.

    December 18, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    Delve into Obama's negative back ground & report on his for a CHANGE of scenery & TOPIC

    Posted By Marvene Bowles Florence, AL 35670 : December 17, 2007 8:28 pm

    They keep trying to Marvene, but they can't find anything so they keep making stuff up. That's why Hill's numbers are dropping. People are turned off by the dirty tricks.

    As for a woman in office, fine by me, if it's the right woman, which she ain't.

    December 18, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. John, NY, NY

    Rather than the Bush-Clinton strange bedfellows issue, I find three other issues more interesting:

    1) That this announcement would come one day after Lieberman endorsed McCain. It looks as though the moderate/liberal Republicans and the moderate/conservative Democrats are lining up with the other party,

    2) That the RNC didn't actively deny that George H.W. Bush had agreed to this sort of role, and

    3) That the RNC didn't take the opportunity to express their confidence that a Republican would win the White House, not Hillary.

    Strange days.

    December 18, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Brian D. ,Miami Beach, Florida

    Another Bill Clinton gaffe. He just doesn't get it. Do the American people really want to see him flying around the world at the taxpayer's expense (again).

    December 18, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. Jack Wilson

    Wow I can hardly wait!

    These people think we are stupid.

    December 18, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. Kevin, New York, NY

    As much a I can't stand the Bush administration, ask yourselves who the terrorists fear more. By separating themselves from every Bush-related policy, these candidates are digging themselves a hole they won't be able to crawl out of later on. Where are the Independant candidates when we need them?

    December 18, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Roy, Lincoln, NE

    This is really a great idea. We've been run by a very small group of people since 2000 who are unwilling to tap the huge intellectual resources that we have in this country for ideological reasons. And looks what it's got us.

    It would be a breath of fresh air for a new president (any of Hillary, Edwards, Obama, McCain, Paul) to tape the resources of our past world respected presidents of both parties (united together) to undue the damage of this small neo-con group led by GW.

    I hope the next president $h1t-cans this ideological positioning that this current president has used to destroy this country and really be a uniter.

    December 18, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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