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. Loretta Chicago IL

    Marlene in AL–
    It's too late, MSNBC doesn't have Mrs. Clinton's back either. I daresay, with this latest announcement Bill made, that FOX will have to take up the ugly task of carrying Mrs. Clinton's water, so to speak.
    I hope that happens, so that her supporters wake up before it's too late.

    December 18, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Julie, Waverly, Ohio

    This is absurd!! I think Hillary and Bill are being a bit too presumptious thinking she's going to win. I wouldn't vote for her if she were a man AND sending Howdy Doody around the world to improve our image!!

    December 18, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. L.A.

    What a shame. Going around fixing the wrong your kid has done. Hey... isn't that what this father has been doing his entire life?! The kid is 60. The father should have known better before financing his presidency. Too little, too late, dad.

    December 18, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Dr. E.J.Smutny

    This is a serious misstep by President Clinton and demonstates their shared concern about Senator Clinton's current standing.

    December 18, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Lorna Gregory

    Puleeze! This Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton stuff is enough to make us all ill! In a country of 300 million people, surely there are others better qualified who should sit in the White House!Neither of these families are anything to brag about. Enough Already! Anyone else, either Republican OR Democrat...but please no more of the Bushes and Clintons! We need a break!

    December 18, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Mike, Staatsburg, NY

    "Does this seem right?:


    Yes, just get rid of all the "BUSH"'s and we probably would have been just fine!

    December 18, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. RS, Atlanta, Ga

    I love the Bushes, but even I recognize that the US and the world has Clinton/Bush fatigue. You cannot have "CHANGE" with 28 years of nothing but Clintons and Bushes in the White House, and the world sees that, too. Hillary Clinton and the Republicans HATE each other so bad NOTHING will get done while she is President. There is no figure more hated in the Republican world as Hillary Clinton, and her 4-8 years would be the most brutal, battle-filled, stalemate this country has ever seen. She should recognize that and bow out of this race for the good of the country.

    December 18, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Jim, Columbus, OH

    That is totally, utterly absurd! It fully reveals Bill Clinton's arrogance and contempt for voters...

    December 18, 2007 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Karen, Phoenix, Arizona

    This is so full of BS. The reason our reputation is so bad is because of all the libs trashing our president, our troops, undermining the U.S. at every opportunity. How can anyone respect America if Americans don't respect America...Reed, Dixie Chicks, on and on and on and on and on! I am sick of it.

    December 18, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. Mike M Long Island NY

    oh man.. as much as I like Clinton.. i dont like that he said this statement..just opens up too many doors for a rebuttal from the GOP. But I have to think that he has a plan....

    December 18, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. Just Watchin',Little Rock,AR

    Seems as though the Clinton's and Bushes are pretty tight, and a LOT of money is involved. Look at: for more info. Click the link re: Bush Senior.


    December 18, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. JL in Kansas

    Seems that Billy is just a little too confident that Hillary has bought her way into the presidency. As if he didn't expose himself (no pun intended) enough while he was in office, but now he is already tell the public what HE is going to do to keep in the public eye once his wife become president.

    December 18, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. tduck louisville ky

    ...this is the biggest bunch of crap , I've heard in a long while .
    ... if people think either of these guys care anything about you , America deserves what it gets .

    December 18, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Donna Friebele, San Antonio, TX

    I doubt the President's father would do anything like that. After all he cried while talking about what a good and honorable person W. is.

    Do you think Bill might be trying to sabotage Hilly's campaign?

    Does anyone know if the Clinton's get the use of Air Force One? One of the older planes?


    December 18, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Step Montgomery, AL

    Marvene Bowles, are you kidding me??? I'm an INTELLECTUAL woman who isn't just going to back someone based on gender- I back based on virtue, knowledge, and ideas. Therefore, I am vehemently backing Barack Obama in 2008. I was supporting Hillary before I actually heard Obama speak and really looked into his position on issues important to me. I think her reaction to her plummeting poll ratings is a true statement of how unscrupulous she really is, and I, for one, do not want another four or eight years of lies and arrogance...

    check it out:

    December 18, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. jules so. illinois

    Just like everything CNN broadcasts – a day later they're always WRONG – They are paid lackeys for the DNC and they dont really care about reality – they want to create reality

    December 18, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Sue,Tampa, Florida

    This is miss imformation by CNN Headline. President Bush was not available for Comment!!!!!

    Clinton News Network!!!

    December 18, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Gina, Everett, WA

    Sounds like all they REALLY want to do is send their friends on extended vacations around the world, and let us pay for it.

    December 18, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Joe G, Chicago, IL

    Oh man, she just lost my Vote, Go Obama!

    December 18, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Ian, San Antonio Texas

    Oh God, come on CNN. Of course Presidents are going to help each other. That's what they do. Clinton has helped GW. But it is pretty blunt of a statement to read President Hillary. Does she not deserve to be called by her last name? Hmmmm...interesting.

    December 18, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. J.Crobuzon

    A 'publican winning? Never happen. Arrogant, bunker-mentality thinking.

    December 18, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Steve Jackson, kansas city, mo

    Yeah what this really means is if Hillary is president it will be Bill's job to be out of her sight so as not to embarass her and travel the world and let nations like North Korea, Pakistan and terrorists like Osama know that America is ready to sell them nuclear secrets, arms and really fail to even attempt to stop them. We are open for bribery, terrorism and utter wussification

    December 18, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Jodeo, Nashville TN

    He forgot Poland.

    December 18, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Stacy, Norfolk MA

    First of all, it's spelled buffoon.

    And I have had enough buffoons in office for the last 15 years, thank you very much.

    I'm sorry, is the idea that George Bush Sr. would be "helping" supposed to make us feel better? Are you kidding me?

    This country is in shambles thanks to a Bush....our foreign policy is a joke, and our President seems to think that he can do whatever he wants while telling the public what he thinks they want to hear.

    We need a CHANGE. That means new blood, new ideas, and a breath of FRESH AIR in the White House.

    And Marvene.....for most of us it has absolutely nothing to do with voting for or not voting for a woman. She is NOT the most qualified, nor is she the right person for the White House. And I AM a woman too. That argument is ridiculous.

    December 18, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Keith

    Voting RON PAUL is the only way to end the military industrial complex, the only way to change America. Vote for anyone else if you like things the way they are.

    December 18, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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