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. SoggyBottomBoy, Weslaco Texas

    Birds of a feather flock together.

    December 18, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Bruno, Washington, DC

    Why in the world would you libs think that Bush Sr would do anything that bull-dike asks/says/requests? Anyway, we won't have to worry about that because NO Dem will win, and for that I thank God!!

    December 18, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Erin East Rutherford NJ

    Who cares. What really matters is what comes from July 08 to Nov 08. Get a grip people and let it go. Enjoy the next few months... let the political parties sort them out, choose their candidate then get your panties all twisted then.

    December 18, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Jim Coles, Elba, Alabama

    I don't know what Big Bill has been smoking but it's definitely not a fine, hand-rolled premium cigar. The whole proposition that GW Bush's actions have 'damaged America's reputation' is simply ludicrous, approaching preposterous. The foreign leaders, rulers, despots and crackpots who've worked against our interests since 9/11 are the same leaders, rules, despots and crackpots (or members of the same ruling group) who worked against our interests prior to 9/11. They didn't like then and they don't like us now...Net effect: no-to-little change.
    I have no use for either of the Clintons and even less use or respect for the cabal of 'UNists' they collected around them. Fortunately, the Clintons only produced one female child so a Clinton political dynasty is unlikely - and that's a good thing.
    The Bush family has a long history of public service, and yes, they are open to criticism - some valid, some venal - but on the whole that family's contribution to America has been positive.
    And when the history of this era is finally written, the Clintons will be shown to have been venal, vile, villains; while the Bush Family - and especially George W. Bush - will be shown to have been correct, forward-thinking people who took the decisive action necessary to preserve the Union and our Republic.

    December 18, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Quote of the Hour - Campaign Trail '08

    QUOTE OF THE HOUR: "She will force all Americans to buy high priced health insurance from her donors to her campaign."

    We already have government mandated health care in America = It's called the VA 🙂

    December 18, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. docb Arvada co

    What an arrogant fool he is-does he think a father would make a world tour to rebuke his son –in the service of a woman who has defiled his family for years. He did service for Bush Jr. but the opposite does not play. This is their attempt to change the dialogue and make them look nice. That will never happen.

    December 18, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. J.D. Lees, Steinbach, Manitoba

    Revised listing of presidents (past, present, and future):

    2016=BUSH (JEB)
    2020=BUSH (JEB)
    2032=BUSH (JENNA)

    December 18, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Monte Brown, New York, NY

    The haters are always shouting “Hillary Clinton is polarizing”, but when she reaches across the aisle and proposes bipartisan foreign policies the haters shout “Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton, no more monarchy”. Ying yang Ying yang. PLEASE STOP HATING. That’s enough. Let Hillary Clinton run a campaign without hate for one day, PLEASE. There is nothing the haters can say anymore. Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate, the most experienced candidate and she’s READY TO LEAD ON DAY ONE, plain and simple. We can’t deny this. Hillary Clinton wants to work for the American people. She wants the job. The others can run great campaigns. The others can go out and get great celebrity endorsements and make pretty floats and buttons and balloons and pander and smile and wave all they want. Hillary Clinton has put out her resume which highlights 15 years of helping ordinary Americans. When people get to know the real Hillary all the hate, lies and demagoguery the right wing has festered disappears. We don’t need a symbol of change. We need an agent for change. We know that Hillary will deliver the change we NEED.

    Critics of Bill Clinton’s foreign policies are often demagogic. The world loved America when Clinton was president. We almost had Bin Laden. The right wingers will try to sell the notion that 911 was Clinton’s fault when in fact it was not. The right wing will say anything because they fear Hillary. Independent voters sometimes buy into to the demagoguery. Then you’ve got so-called Democrats on the left that add salt to the wounds by feeding into the sensation the right wingers have created. Americans must understand this by now. Just take the time to read the negative blogs of Hillary. The people who write negative blogs are often the angriest people in the world. If you meet them personally I bet you they will be mad at you for something. They need to let the sunshine in. They, too, should vote for Hillary because when you really, really get to know Hillary and see her compassion you will vote for her because it JUST MAKES SENSE.

    December 18, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. ralph, Schenectady NY

    I don't care about a President whos first priority is to restore our reputation. I want a President whos first priority is to keep America safe from attack. Also what does this phrase mean; "America is open for business " that we will be selling rooms at the White House to the Chinese again?

    December 18, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Mack M, Anaheim, CA

    I can't wait to move to New Zealand

    December 18, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. pam Eugene OR

    Please tell me again that Hillary isn't Bush lite! They have a never ending bag of crap to pull from.
    Talk about more of the same. No more of this two family dynasty. Remember how just a few months ago Hillary said it was dirty politics to call her Bush Cheney lite. LOL
    They have had their turn and it did not work. We need to try something new.

    December 18, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. mark

    How do you know a Clinton is lying? Their lips are moving.

    Those posters that think CNN is being biased FOR Hillary for posting this – think again. It makes him look like an ass and her unable to control him. As soon as the republican commentators address this – watch out!

    December 18, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    Well this is a nice surprise. Two of the better presidents doing their best to support proper diplomacy throughout the world. Bush Jr. sends his PR girl out to put a shine on diplomacy. It sounds like Clinton has a much better plan to clean up the past seven years of diplomatic decay that has been destroying our credibility.

    Way to go Bill!

    Telling it like I see it,

    December 18, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Jonas, Seattle, WA

    "Where does CNN come up with this stuff. CNN, you get a clue. I am positive Bush Sr. did not agree to this deal.
    But "truth" and "Clinton" are oximorons. CNN looks stupid for even giving this story legitmacy of anykind."

    It can be right out in the open and yet people still don't want to see.
    The Clinton Bush Regime has been vacationing together for years...they have always been great friends.
    Don't forget that Bush Sr. was basically considered president for at least the second term Regan had. You can tack on some years to the Bush Clinton era we can't seem to escape.

    And we still have people like the yokel above who just refuses to believe that people he always thought were bitter enemies were good friends and taking us all for a ride.

    December 18, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. Robert, Cooper City, Florida

    Lets dump the Clinton/Bush NWOites! Vote for someone that will actually do something positive for the U.S. instead of promoting why we NEED more taxes, more federally funded social program money pits, more government intervention in our lives, more police state.

    This is EXACTLY why we need Ron Paul as our next president.

    December 18, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    Well this is a nice surprise. Two of the better presidents doing their best to support proper diplomacy throughout the world. Bush Jr. sends his PR girl out to put a shine on diplomacy. It sounds like Clinton has a much better plan to clean up the past seven years of diplomatic decay that has been destroying our credibility.

    Way to go Bill!

    Telling it like I see it,

    December 18, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. AJ, IL

    Slick Willie at it again! First Slick Willie claims he was against the Iraq War from the beginning, even though there is video and transcript footage that says otherwise. Now Slick Willie claims he and GH Bush, Sr. will be dispatched by a Hillary presidency to do good in the world. I think Bill is losing his mind along with his weight. Someone please give this man a cheeseburger!

    And now the Hillary campaign has decided on what their winning formula will be going into the last weeks of the Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina caucauses; PORTRAY HILLARY AS THE SOFT AND EMOTIONAL CANDIDATE AND HAVE BILL CLINTON ATTACK OBAMA. Makes sense right? Hillary has an image problem and now her family and close friends are stumping for her in Iowa ( a perfect opportunity to shed a few campaign tears) while Slick Willie uses his remaining American influence to attack Obama's experience record.

    Well this is a quote from a previous presidential candidate"
    "'The same old experience is irrelevant. You can have the right kind of experience or the wrong kind of experience. And mine is rooted in the real lives of real people, and it will bring real results if we have the courage to change.'"

    Sound familiar, this was Bill Clinton in 1992.

    December 18, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Robin, Ashland, KY

    How much more proof do you need that the Bush's and Clinton's are in bed together, as members of the CFR, working toward New World Order?–as phrased by daddy Bush himself in 1991.

    If any CFR member is elected (which includes almost every candidate), you can kiss the US goodbye. Hello North American Union. Goodbye Constitution.

    December 18, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. billclintoon las vegas NV

    Clinton loves to talk about the World's negative image of America. I doubt that there is one, other than what was created by the American liberal lead hate media against G.W.
    The weak minded liberals are so threatened by the prospect that we as a country have our own destiny and have a right to fulfill it as we deem necessary. I don't believe anyone throughout the world, other than like minded libs, have the time to evaluate
    or judge the actions of America. P.S. tell the U.N. to shove it.

    December 18, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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    December 18, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Rusty, Tucson,AZ

    We do not need another Clinton or Bush. How about a Joe Biden,Pres/Ron Paul,VP and send Obama around the world to explain the US foreign policy the correct way, At least he can speak correctly!!!!
    Just wishful thinking!!!

    December 18, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. Mar

    One more reason to not vote for Hillary – as if I needed one! Bill, sit down and SHUT UP!

    December 18, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. Mary, Clearwater, FL

    And this is the reason I will be voting Hillary.

    December 18, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Vic Novosad, Sugar Land, Texas

    In one of the earlier blogs, one person chided CNN for negative remarks about Hillary, and threatened to switch to MSNBC for relief. Many people have done just the opposite and wonder if she's checked into Chris Matthews, Tucker Carlson and others at MSNBC talk shows. Compared to Fox News, who finds nothing attractive about Hillary, these people at MSNBC seem to be out of control as far as she is concerned. There you'll find that Chris Matthews show, Hardball, has turned into The Hillary Clinton bashing show.

    Compare the above talkers and I think you'll find CNN the fairest of them all.

    December 18, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. noshrillary08, Durham, NC

    Well, it's finally here – the complete meltdown of Bill Clinton. You've all been a witness to it.

    December 18, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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