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. Steve, Chicago

    Kucinich is a freak. Destroyed Cleveland.

    Edwards is about as worthless as a hypocrite can be.

    Obama's gotta' watch out for his questionable activities in Illinois.

    Hillary's ... well – c'mon, she's a carpetbagging joke. Literally the answer to a question no one wanted to ask.

    Ron Paul? Are you kidding? Why not elect a frozen pizza, instead?

    McCain – yawn.

    Rudy? Dude ... no.

    Mitt? Phpt.

    The only person who, at this point, has even the slightest shadow of true character?


    No more Clintons. No more Bushes. No one steeped in either ethically challenged legal maneuvers, or corrupt politics.

    And no whack-jobs.

    December 18, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. lucy, brampton,on

    Why are people involving the Bushes in Bill Clinton's drama, one can say or imply of people anything they want, who in their right minds thinks that there is any validity to his comments. Bush SR. wouldn't even give Hillary a ride it she was standing on the side of the road, to think he would go out of his way to help her presidency, Bill thinks everyone is like him and would do just about anything if it gave them publicity and the limelight. Bill Clinton is not only a liar but morally corrupt, to convolute Bush Sr in his conquest of a 3rd term.

    December 18, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. John D Annapolis Maryland

    The only way I could possibly vote for Hillary would be if she divorced that idiot Bill during the primary season. He is a continuing disgrace to our country. How could anyone think that he would be an asset to another administration. He'll jump the first intern/reporter/contrinutor/staff member/foreign diplomat that he can.

    December 18, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    well all this speculation is for naught, as Hillary,(or as I call her, "the cackler") Has a better chance of finding aliens under her bed than becoming president. And libs, please retire that meme that the world now hates us because of W. or at least clarify it and say the socialist/communists hate W. That would be more accurate.....

    December 18, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. mark, green bay, wi

    OK Everyone. This is a serious comment roll and is a newsworthy movement. (1) the foolishness of the act (2) the fact that it got nearly 400 comments in less than one day 98% of which have been anti-clinton. The tide has turned. This is her Dean Scream. I emplore everyone who is still posting or still reading to send this CNN link to every blog they read and are allowed to post on.

    December 18, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Paul TX

    People....Obama will NOT be president. You might as well get that thought out of your tiny little heads.

    December 18, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. MM Texas

    Clinton better watch out!! You are talking about Barbara Bush's son, and she won't like that!! Neither will his Dad. What are you thinking?

    December 18, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. M.D. White Los Angeles California

    "Love me." That is Bill Clinton's fundamental mantra and it's why he danced-around making difficult, real-world decisions to take appropriate action during his presidency, e.g.: the first WTC bombing, Rwanda, Somalia, the attack on the Cole, decisive action in Bosnia, etc. Clinton is driven by the pathetically adolescent need to be liked and avoiding the fact that making hard decisions intrinsically means that somebody somewhere is going to dislike, or even hate, you. The U.S. is disliked not by the world, but by the left because we act on issues, while others, like the U.N., are largely impotent out of fear of offending anyone. The poll-driven Clinton sadly never grasped the adult reality that being disliked doesn't always mean that you're wrong.

    December 18, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. donny brasco

    Cant you people see that we will not get a change with her. If they are suppose to be two different partys, then why do they hangout? I have never known of any other presidents of the opposite party, to be budddys. technically they should be polar opposites. for president. Finally a change we can believe in.

    December 18, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Carl Belson, Boston, Ma.

    If you believe that George H.W. Bush is
    going to travel around with Bill on a
    P.R. trip to improve international
    relations that his son has (supposedly)
    ruined, I'd like to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge, the Washington Monument and the Clinton Library!!!

    December 18, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. No Clinton Lover - Spokane WA

    Maybe what Hillary really wants is to keep Bill away from the pages until she can find some that look like Janet Reno. Bet that's one even Bill didn't hit on!!

    December 18, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Dr. Mike Winter Park Florida

    Any they wonder why we don't trust the pols anymore ? Bush/Clinton working for Hillary ? This report makes it clear that America cannot have the government we need. They are all working as a team to defeat 'we the people'. Bush – the SON , must be real proud of his daddy. Help put dems in office ? I am tired of it all. I refuse to vote ever again !!

    December 18, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Jordan Kander, Seattle, WA

    Why do women feel so defensive about Hillary becoming a first woman president. If she is qualified then by all means it is woman's time to be the president. If it is HILLARY'S TIME then to repair the damage done by G.W, surely recognized by his father, it will be necessary to send emissaries around the world to reassure the world of a different approach by US. Who would be better than the father of the son who has caused the most damage, and the spouse of the current president.

    December 18, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Psycho, Mars Hill, ME

    I think Bill must have miss heard his wife. I think she may have said when she reaches the White House she's going to simply "dispatch him". All the other stuff about Bush 41 was just the voice in his head going off.

    December 18, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. joe peeler knoxville,tenn.

    Some of you are so limited in intelligence. The former president didn't say he would be going around the world to help restore the U.S. image. The Clinton campaign did. And if the image of this country is so bad, why are so many people trying to get in here?

    December 18, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Sam Harrison, Goldendale, WA

    Now I do believe this (even though it comes from CNN). Old George Herbert Walker Bush is even more stupid than his son. The Bushes and the Clintons, and most of the members of congress...what a sorry lot!

    December 18, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    "minuscule threat of terrorism"
    Posted By John, Huntington Beach CA : December 18, 2007 1:40 pm

    9/11 miniscule? Good to know.

    People….Obama will NOT be president. You might as well get that thought out of your tiny little heads.

    Posted By Paul TX : December 18, 2007 2:08 pm
    And you know, oh mighty Paul of the Big Head. What a gomer!

    December 18, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Angel, Los Angeles of Anaheim

    To whatever your name is in Gallatin TN:
    Don't even mention the word integrity in the same post as GWB. The man has never and will never have any semblance of integrity in the minds of true Americans.

    December 18, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Ronnie, Toronto Ontario

    What is it you Americans don't understand? They are all from the same money clan. Democrat-Republican means nothing. If you don't know who runs your country you better find out soon.Yea, nice New World Order you got going there!

    December 18, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Sarah, Houston, TX

    I continue to like Bill Clinton, but I find this comment very confusing. The father will agree publicly that his son made a mess? I'd like to see that happen but can't believe that it will. What is more likely to happen is that by November next year, we will all know who Ron Paul is. We will have finally tired of the Bushes and Clintons. And Ron Paul will abolish the Fed and put the U.S. back on the gold standard, thereby growing the economy more than any wayward tax policy ever could.

    December 18, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Chris Chicago, il.

    A yes the Clinton News Network and it's devoted sheep pissing and moaning about how everything is Bush's fault. Lets face facts..The economic boom of the 90's was due to bills passed by Regan in the 80's. Look it up. There are several Dems that will tell you the same. The reason the economy went south in the first half of the Bush jr. years was due to the fact that Clinton was a lame duck his last year in office and let several bills lay there on his desk. You can tie Richardson and Clinton into the reason North Korea now thinks it has big balls and why Islamic
    fanaticism was rising in the 90's. The Clintons are obsessed with power. You can't blame Bush for the crap going on now. It's like blaming Lincoln for the civil war and slavery. The ball was rolling long just fell into their lap.

    December 18, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Sue Davis

    Are they kidding? Like we want more of the Bushes/clintons? They are trying to bring about this "one world government" Bush sr., is always spouting off about, which no one wants but him his son/& the /Clintons. Stupid must be in the Bush family. Don't they know we are looking for a
    CHANGE in government? That means "THEM", a change from THEM!

    December 18, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Ed on Maui

    Sick of Clintons and Bushes? That's truly idiotic - as though there's no difference between the two. I hope whoever finally wrestles the keys away from this cabal will bring its illegal, incompetent buffoonery to an end.

    December 18, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. John Payton

    I sure hope we don't see the return of a Clinton to the Whitehouse. I just could not bear to have to live with all that peace and prosperity again. And what about our reputation in the World? People might actually start respecting the USA once more. We can't have that!

    December 18, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. Ray, New Brunswick, NJ

    I am a Moderate leaning towards a Democrat who is anybody but Hillary. If by some freak chance Hillary gets the nod, I have no problem with switching up and Voting for a Republican like Huckabe, if he doesn't get the nod I'll take a strong look at whoever gets GOP nod. If I strongly dislike either candidate, I'll take the lesser of both evils and vote for whoever the GOP candidate is over Hillary. There are many people like me and this is precisely why the GOP wants Hillary to win primaries.

    December 18, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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