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. Laura, California

    Excuse me? Bill Clinton you are NOT the savior of our democracy and the garner of goodwill toward our nation. You were impeached, sir, and made a disgrace of our whitehouse. Please stay away from our national affairs. Come on people, anyone but bush/clinton...we are done with them.

    December 18, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Todd A. Mount Pleasant, MI

    What would Clinton and Senior Bush actually do? Their apologies would be ineffective. Sorry doesn't cut it when your government has enforced policies that have killed thousands of innocent people and, not to mention, trampled on the opinions and advice of your supposed foreign allies. Go on your jaunt, former presidents, spend more of our hard earned tax money, and please forget to write.

    December 18, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |

    Look at all the DUMB SHEEPLE...still being fooled by "good cop/bad cop" elititst politicians! Don't you get it!? Both sides (Democrat/Republican) play us...the American people off each other! Enough already! WE NEED A STRONG 3RD PARTY AND WE NEED IT NOW!

    December 18, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Lynne, Cincinnati, Ohio

    I was going to vote for Hillary. I loved the economy when Bill was in. After researching and reading about the Bush-Cheney plans for the New American Century, I ABSOLUTELY will not vote for anyone associated/associating with the Bush or Cheney family.

    December 18, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Don Fort Pierce, Florida

    Ill be sure to "Watch Bush Srs Lips"

    December 18, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Mike, Chicago, IL

    This has to stop. I'm voting for the people in '08. Im voting for Ron Paul.

    December 18, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. michael, londonderry, nh

    It's amazing how two people with such opposing lives, with a history of animosity and so little in common can come together and be so close over one single issue.....their mutual hate of Hillary.

    December 18, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Deborah CA

    This right here in enough for me. Anyone that has the name Bush attached to it in anyway I will NOT VOTE FOR. That family is an insult to Americas. So Have a Bush attached to Hillary made up my mind. Hell No on Hillary.

    December 18, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Columbus

    Man, is Bill Clinton suffering from Alzheimers or his he just fatally stupid? None of us Republicans support Hillary – I know Dems who can't stand her. C'mon. Give me a break.

    December 18, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Greg Chillicothe Mo

    Bill CLinton, does not speak for Bush Sr. This is CLinton's underhanded way to make his wife look ligitimate Vs The reality of incompetance taht she will bring.
    Bush Sr. should respond with a rebuke of Clinton's arrogance.

    December 18, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Dick West

    Bill Clinton, you are so phony. Every President except Jimmie Carter has assisted who ever is in office. What a phony suggestion that forner President George Bush is supporting Senator Clinton for President.
    Get real.
    Dick West

    December 18, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Don,Dallas,TX

    THE FIX IS IN!! Prez Bush has also made comments that Hillary would be a good president but fails to make the same endorsement for a Republican. If you think your vote counts, you're smoking something. THE FIX IS IN!

    December 18, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Jack, Los Angeles, CA

    Hillary Clinton will be elected president in 2008. She's got a double digit lead in the polls over Obama. All she has to do is keep giving speeches and whip Rudy in the debates (which she can, easily). And we will have the first woman president. The fix is in.

    December 18, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Mark, Ann Arbor, MI

    Boy, I can think of other things that should be the next president's first priority instead of this junk. Nonetheless, Pres. Clinton, you are so desperate, as usual, for your wife. You act like the polls don't matter but to see how your strategy has played recently, it appears that they do matter to you and your pants are getting soiled over it.

    December 18, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Roland, Clifton - NJ

    I would be so happy to see President Bill Clinton, again, talking with world leaders. If Bush 1 wants to help, fine. He was a voice of sanity compared to his son and Cheyney. However, it is exciting for me to think of Bill lending a helping hand to out country. The 90s look awaful good compared to the past 8 years.

    December 18, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Joe Zingher, Gurnee, Illinois

    Not even GHW Bush can undo the harm to America's image that would come from having Hillary elected president.

    December 18, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Sue, JC, NJ

    Bush 41 was the US Ambassador to the UN in the early 70s (during that other oil crunch we had, remember?) and ran the CIA before moving serving as VP and President. Unlike his son, Pres. Bush (41) "gets" international politics, diplomacy, and has a history of keeping our troops needs in mind as well.

    Between Clinton, who was often well received overseas, and Bush 41 I think they would make a great diplomatic duo.

    Oh, and I'm a liberal DEM making these statements.

    December 18, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Chuckles McKinney TX

    Bill & Hillary are such power hungry fakes, they both make me sick. They think they can just say anything and everyone will believe them. someone needs to tell them that the Jedi mind trick isn't real. It was just a movie.

    December 18, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Dean LaTrobe

    How arrogant of Bill Clinton to think that Bush 41 would actually travel abroad under the (false) premise that his son did all this damage to our reputation in the world. The "allies" who made things so difficult for us in Iraq and the War on Terror in general have been voted out of office (France and Germany). They were replaced by leaders who are more interested in being true allies and cooperating with us rather than impeding the good that our country does. Count the Clintons at the head of the "Blame America First" crowd.

    December 18, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Chris, Chicago, IL

    Jack, then I suppose "safety from global terrorism" is far more important than the Constitution as well? At what point does "safety from global terrorism" replace the threat of terrorism itself as the #1 danger facing our country?

    December 18, 2007 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. dfv

    where is the evidence it doesn't?

    There is no evidence at all "the world hates America".

    This absurd fabrication is just tired, old, outdated,
    false, phoney, Liberal Democrat Propaganda they would like
    people to believe.

    The U.S. has more long term economic and military cooperation treaties
    than ever before.

    The available evidence conclusively demonstrates that indeed,
    The World Loves America.

    December 18, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Omario, Sant Rosa California

    Hail to MAGOG (HW's illuminati pseudonim).
    I'm going to make a lot of cash betting on Hillary. It has all been decided a long time ago. Ron Paul's role is just like Perot – to be the spoiler. One can never overestimate the inteligence of the American sheeple

    December 18, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Dave, Branson MO

    This is absurd. Radical Islam started and rose under Clinton? Why did Carter send those Helicopters to crash in the desert again? How many Marines died under Reagan in the Middle East. This story didnt start with Bill Clinton. Radical Islamic Terrorism is, at its root, the responsibility and failure of the Islamic institutions and leadership. It certainly is not the responsibility of Bill Clinton. To argue so requires not only a lack of historical perspective but lacks an understanding of the root causes of Islamic Terrorism to begin with. They prey on the weak, vulnerable, and those that can be easily influenced, and thus terrorize their own people more then they terrorize anyone else.

    December 18, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Tom, Memphis, TN

    to go along with an early post, yes these two former presidents got cozy with their trips of charity for the hurricane victims. just making sure the government gets all these people conditioned on the welfare state/control. and yes, Robin, the CFR and Bilderbergs pick and choose these elitist's to be their puppets while slowly but steadily pushing us toward a one world government while we check out our latest gadgets and hear about the latest escapades of Paris Hilton or Britney Spears and see what movie we can plunk down our cash on or what can we tivo on tv next. Just the perfect plan being executed. we bury their heads in the sand.

    December 18, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Jill Pipkin

    Forget that. That's the last straw for me... I do not want any Bush to represent the U.S. anywhere anytime anyhow. If we get Bush will Hillary,
    my vote will be cast for Obama, Edwards or Kucinich.

    December 18, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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