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. Chris Myers, Buffalo NY

    America is open for business Bill. Instead of illicit affairs this President is busy fighting a war on terror that you dropped the ball on.

    All tis country would get from Clinton II in the white house is 4 more years of sleeze.

    December 17, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. Gus T. Miami, FL

    Can't wait to see George H.W. Bush slam him to the ground on this one. W has done an outstanding job in keeping us safe, kicking terrorist butt, lowering taxes, and maintaining a strong economy. I don't care what all you media influenced sheep think.

    December 17, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. John Halverson DC

    That is interesting. The first think Hillary wants to do when she gets to the White House is get rid of Bill? I wonder how long she will keep him out "campaigning" to the world? Maybe she is smarter then I thought.

    December 17, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. 64 Boomer, Va.

    @ Jesse,

    Obama/Edwards or Edwards/Obama '08

    Yeah.., I'd go with that.

    Tired of the good old boy elitist Democratic or Republican ideology. Time for a different approach to who we are as a great nation and how we interact with the rest of the world.

    December 17, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. Seam, Philly, PA

    Nice, we get an encore presidency of Bush-Clinton. So much for change.

    December 17, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. Josh, Kalamazoo Michigan

    Back to reality ... nice try there Bill.

    December 17, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Josh, Kalamazoo Michigan

    What a moron. He just attacked GHWB just so that Hillary would benefit, and then he claims GHWB and he will help undo what GWB did. You've got to be kidding me?!

    December 17, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. S.K.M. Boston Mass

    Can you ssssmmmeeeeeelllll... what BARACK... is cooking.. ?

    December 17, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. mstfd

    Just say no to dynasty families. Its time they understand that isn't the way America is supposed to work.

    December 17, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Brian, Syracuse NY

    Bill Clinton must've grown an extra chromosome, because there is no way George HW Bush will go out there and "undo the damage" caused by his son. He's already said in interviews how much it hurts him to hear people criticize G.W. I doubt he'd willingly expose himself to hear so much more of it around the world, even in the name of "saving face."

    Bill Clinton might not realize this, but despite Bush 41s faults he actually values his family. I suppose emotions are foreign to political robots like Bill Clinton, who can't see love but only opportunity.

    December 17, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  11. columbus, Olivette, MO

    If Hillary is nominated, I will vote Republican in the General Election to save this Republic from dynastic rule! Is this the change that Hillary is talking about. If it is then it means real and fundamental change in this country. Dynasties will be the norm. Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, then Clinton, Clinton, followed by Jeb Bush, Jeb Bush, then Chelsea Clinton etc! I mean these people are joking!

    December 17, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  12. Mike, Houston, TX

    Message to the world. If Hillary is elected, Bill's coming for your wives and daughters.

    December 17, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. Truth B Told, Boston, MA

    This admission is the New World Order giving you a glimpse inside the workings of the real world.

    Good Cop, bad cop...same department.

    Wake up sheep.

    December 17, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  14. Had Enough

    What is preventing them from doing that now?

    December 17, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  15. LinnieFB, Corona CA

    Early signs of dementia?

    December 17, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  16. Dan, TX

    By Susan Page, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON — Democratic voters increasingly are focused on nominating the most electable presidential candidate, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama fares better than New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton against prospective Republican rivals.

    Obama '08

    December 17, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  17. Dayton Ohio

    Is she serious? Send a Bush out to repair America's reputation?

    Seriously, Bill's messing with us, right?

    Man, if they're serious, their judgement is more screwed up than I thought.

    December 17, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  18. james

    i get the feeling that the Bushs and Clintons are playing a giant game of good cop / bad cop with the american people. We know that America swings back and forth, the best way to keep control over a long time is to create an illusion that the Bushs and clintons are different so they can play the people against them....

    as for the people who call us non clinton supporters "Hillary haters"

    All I can say is: Look at her record...that is all I needed to not vote for her

    December 17, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  19. Dave

    Hey, TB from Florida-You might want to be able to spell buffoon, before you call someone that. Calling them a buffon really doesn't say much about your thought processes.

    December 17, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  20. Jose Card

    I think Bush Senior worked with Bill Clinton on good faith and good cause. He certainly did not expect Bill to insult him and his son the way he does in this statement. This just goes to tell you what kind of person Bill is. No shame!

    Who is Bill to order Bush senior to work for his crying wife? The Clintons simply don't know shame. Perhaps Bill knows their days are numbered in politics and they want to drag down as many enemies as possible with them. He was using Bush senior for his return to the White House. Now he is throwing him out with the bath water. I bet you he cried a lot, too. Who is there to blame but themselves?

    December 17, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  21. FIERO, washington, Dc


    I am George Clinton and I approve this message.

    Paid for by George & Bill, Father and Husband.

    December 18, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  22. r.e. lowe allons, tn

    hey come on if we get a clinton we have a good change have you forgotten bill clinton how good you could live bad times are here better have a clinton 08

    December 18, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  23. Anom cal

    Never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge!

    December 18, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  24. WS, Newport Beach, CA

    "You can't have a change if you vote the same people in." (in reference to bush-clinton-bush-clinton) ... true. But the people doing that are the people who don't want a change. And it's their right to vote that way.

    As far as everyone slandering Hillary, she's a huge target. 1) The front runner always takes the most heat. If you think it's bad now, just wait until next year. 2) She's a female. The first one to have a good shot at serving as our president. That worries a lot of people because it's a big change from what everyone is used to. Bad or good, refer to the above bush-clinton-bush-clinton series and people who may not want change. It applies to that concept as well.

    All the candidates scare me.

    December 18, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  25. Maha Calderon, San Diego, California

    If Obama were white, would he be getting all the attention?.. Would he even remotely qualify for anyone's vote? Would Oprah endorse him?..
    If Hillary were a man, would there be ANY doubt she would be the next president? Why is it OK for Obama to speak at will against Hillary, yet Bill Clinton is crucified for pointing out the obvious, that Obama is NOT qualified, nor has the experience necessary to run this country.

    December 18, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
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