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. Dalla, GA

    Surely the American people are not gullible enough vote for Bill Clinton's partner. I think we have had enough of the Clintons and Bushes.

    December 18, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. MaryJo Phoenix, Ariz

    If Hillary thinks we can be diplomatic with these terrorists. Constantly bending over, shes honestly crazy. These radical muslims want our heads and to destroy Israel. They want us to convert our religion to theirs. NO WAY JOSE. We need to take back this country NOW and forever. Close our borders. A US defense is a national defense. People get you heads out of the sand, if we will still have heads in the near future.

    December 18, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. James Eugene, Or

    I wouldn't be surprised if Clinton is telling the truth for once. I've always thought Bush's old man was as strange and disfunctional as Clinton and W. It will move from the Sublime to the Rediculous if Hillary gets in. Then Jeb will be next.

    December 18, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. MAC, Suwanee, GA

    Bill wants his wife to lose. Then he will be free to get "favors" from whomever he chooses. If she wins, he's a first husband. No upside for him.

    December 18, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Bill, New York, New York

    1. Bill Clinton has the biggest ego among all current politicians.
    2. Bill Clinton is incapable of being a shrinking violet and staying in the background.
    3. Bill Clinton wants Hillary to think he is doing everything possible to help her candidacy.
    4. Bill Clinton does not want Hillary to become President because that would make her his equal. He does not want to be First Husband.
    5. Bill Clinton will say just enough tone-deaf things like this to subtly sabotage her campaign.
    6. After Hillary loses, Bill Clinton will be able to look her in the eyes and, with that annoying raspy voice of his, say, "But dahlin', Ah tried."

    There has never existed in American politics a couple so driven, so shallow, so willing to say anything, so without principle, so dangerous.

    December 18, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. alex, greenvlle nc

    Just give me 1 accomplishment of hillary:

    December 18, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Fred, Charlotte, NC

    I have a better strategy. How about we end all foreign aid, and then see who our real "friends" are?

    December 18, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. John W Fort Worth TX

    I have had way more than I want of the Clintons, now "Slick Willy" is up to his old manipulative underhanded trickery again. No more Clinton no more Bush, enough is enough. America is still respected in the World if you stop listening to all of the leftist malcontent twaddle, leftists are out of power and besides them selves over it.

    December 18, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Adrienne Pass - Novi, Mi

    Please, noooo! D:
    Stop it with the dynasties and the status quo! Let's bring in some CHANGE and HOPE in 2008! Ron Paul for president!

    December 18, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Cris R. Scott, Valliant, OK

    So long as Hillary can do as much for our economy as Bill did, I'm all for it. I guess most of you forgotten that although Bill wasn't the most savory person, under him we had the largest surplus in national history.

    December 18, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Shanna Johnson Appleton WI

    Its time for a CHANGE!!!
    Those two familys have run our country for the last 20 some years GOODBYE...

    December 18, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Jamie Dinver

    GXPI the news

    December 18, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. justin raleigh Nc

    All you Dems that are so upset...
    The Clintons know they NEED Bush.
    Why? you figure it out.
    As a lib should feel like an idiot.

    December 18, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Ronaldus

    Let break the Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton pattern. Vote Republican!!

    December 18, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Not Fooled


    Is this really HOPE??

    December 18, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Yet another reason to avoid voting for the establishment candidate.

    People have had enough of the Bush/Clinton era and are ready for a new brand of American leadership.

    December 18, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Christopher

    Political Ruling Dynasties are Anathema to The American Dream. America parted ways with England because we no longer wanted a Royal Monarch and a bunch of rich Nobels to "lead" us. Enough of Clinton and Bush, and Kennedy for that matter. We have seen the damage this type of leadership brings. It is time for fresh names and faces to lead our county, instead of pulling us back to the Hyper-partisanship that these people have brought us.

    December 18, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. your daddy

    'open for business'? like the business of selling secrets to the chinese? i hope not again....

    December 18, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Doug, New Jersey

    Great, So they can fly around the world, and hand out money and tell people Like us! The last thing this country needs to do is give out More Hand Outs!

    December 18, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Anonymous

    she is a communist, Ms. Bowles...

    December 18, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. RP Supporter, Kalispell MT

    Ron Paul

    Please America...Wake up! Don't let eh media decide for you who is oging to be the next POTUS

    December 18, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Rafi, NY NY

    Didn't we see the Louisanna National Guard roll into New Orleans 3 days after it flooded? Inspite of their own base being destroyed too?? You mindless dem sheep are so helpless.. Bring back survial of the fitest and let's put an end to this experiment in reverse darwinism that we call a progressive society..

    Posted By therealist

    Are you serious? Three days is a good response in your mind?

    I wonder if you’d still be okay with a three-day turnaround if we stuck you in the Superdome without any clean water, surrounded by sick and dying people and their feces and urine. Your "survial of the fitest" scenario might not include you.

    December 18, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. Not Voting Hillary!

    Marvene, here is how to put it to you as straight as possible:

    Put up, or shut up. As a woman myself I can't tell you how much your comment embarrassed me - Just because Hillary is a woman DOES NOT make her good presidential potential. Maybe if you would stop clouding your head with femnazi ideals instead of rhyme and reason, you'd actually see electing Hillary will be spelling disaster for this entire country.

    Just because she's a woman doesn't mean she's good for us. So how about you cut the crap and stop trying to emphasize the gender card when it honestly doesn't mean jack. Negative remarks? If speaking the truth about the Clintons' actions is considered negative remarks, then I really don't want to know what your idea of a good remark is.

    Hillary is being attacked in debates because she's a wishy-washy, flip-floppy sly little cretin who loves the polls with all her heart - She doesn't take strong stances and when she attacks another candidate, she cries and tries to play it off with the gender card because the others aren't afraid to hit back. Boohoo.

    Anyway, this is politics, lady, put your big girl panties on like the rest of us gals and deal with it.

    As for this actual article, this totally deters me from voting Hillary even more than her own antics.

    December 18, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Kevin K.

    Did anyone out there besides me ever read the book "Compromised" about the Clinton-Bush-CIA connection in the 1980s and early 1990s? Good luck trying to find a copy now. Why do we keep voting these people into the Presidency?

    December 18, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Santa, North Pole

    With the Clintons, you can bet your house that America will indeed be "open for business" again. And Sandy Burger will be VP of Sales and Marketing.

    December 18, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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