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. Jim, Roswell, Georgia

    More Clinton lies perpetuated by Clinton News Network.
    How can so many Americans be so stupid as to believe even 10% of what CNN reports let alone ANYTHING said by either Clinton?
    In the early years of this country only educated people and landowners were allowed to vote. This was done to prevent the ignorant among us from having imput as to who is selected as President. Nowadays, the ignorant control things and look at the mess we are in.
    Both Clintons are pathological liars and always will be and the ignorant executives at CNN will continue to report their lies as truths.

    December 18, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Perry, Irvine, CA

    9/11 happened after the Clinton Administration did not realize that the best way to deal with the evil that exists in the world is to fight back. Was Bill Clinton this much of a wimp as a kid? Oh, that's right – he was, as seen in his book. Now, the Clintons want to make the rest of the world like us again? When did they start not liking us? When we stood up for ourselves and our interests? Save it. We need a Republican President this year, not because the Republican Party is perfect, but because they put the American national interest first.

    December 18, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Chris, Hendersonville, NC

    First off, Bill did things right and wrong security wise. He did, however, sign multiple secret executive orders for the assassination of Osama Bin Laden by a clandestine or covert ops team. However, the intelligence apparatus decided this was too risky to American lives, and did not follow through. If you want to accuse Clinton of being weak on terror, fine, but give specifics. He certainly seemed to care a whole lot more about Osama than "Lets run into Iraq where there's no Osama" Bush.

    December 18, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Maddog, Charlotte NC

    Hey Bill,

    Maybe you should talk with H. Bush before you make any more unauthorized comments like that. By the way...H. Bush said NO!

    Funny but I thought that was the Secretary of State's job and not yours.

    Keep are going to torpedo your wife's campaign

    December 18, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Jeff, Casper, Wyoming

    To Ronnie from Toronto...I'll take the USA's government over your socalist state any day of the about not knowing who's running the show.

    December 18, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Rob, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Does this scare you as much as it
    scares me?


    1980=BUSH (Vice President)
    1984=BUSH (Vice President)
    1988=BUSH (President)

    A Bush or a Clinton has been in the
    White House for the past 27 years!

    I like Ron Paul & John Edwards.

    December 18, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. JD, Syracuse, NY

    Bill Clinton's statement is only logical.

    Bush 41 will change his mind if Hillary gets elected. Besides, Bill Clinton helped out in the Katrina and India disasers, per Bush 43's request.

    December 18, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Brian - Dayton, Ohio

    It's the pattern of the powerful and elite.

    December 18, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    I believe that, like any former president, the elder Bush would help the next president if asked without regard to party. That role is more likely to be public if it involves foreign relations or humanitarian efforts.

    What's more (though he would be loath to make such a statement right now) the current President Bush would probably take such an attitude, too. (Frankly, I think this should have been the message sent both by former President Clinton and the Republican party for former President Bush.)

    As much as I like Bill Clinton (I voted for him 4 times and would vote for him again) I would bet real money that he knows I am right! This is just another example of him parsing words, which will not help Hillary at all once people are reminded of this unpleasent trait of her husband.

    December 18, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. John, Orem, UT

    America is ready for a female president. Just not Hillary Clinton. We need a break from the dueling aristocracies of Bush and Clinton running America. America would also like an African-American president, hence the GOP begging Colin Powell to run in 2000, but Obama seems like an acceptable pioneer. I'm GOP and if these were the matchups, this is how I would vote were the election today:
    Clinton/McCain – McCain
    Clinton/Romney – Romney
    Clinton/Thompson – Thompson
    Clinton/Giuliani – Bloomberg
    Clinton/Huckabee – Bloomberg
    Edwards – see the Clinton scenarios
    Obama/McCain – McCain
    Obama/Romney – Romney
    Obama/Thompson – too close to call
    Obama/Giuliani – Obama
    Obama/Huckabee – Obama

    December 18, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. JACOB

    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

    yes he will be president, we need fresh blood no more bush-clinton-bush dynasty lets end it and take AMERICA BACK OBAMA 08!

    December 18, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Joyce- Los Angeles, CA

    Bill Clinton is an ASS and his wife is a WITCH. And the George Sr. is oblivious. Enough already with the dynasty! Who does Bill propose after Hillary? Jeb Bush? Then Chelsea Clinton? 200 years of Bush/Clinton?

    God help us.

    Mitt Romney for President!!

    December 18, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Predictor, Ann Arbor, MI

    1980=BUSH (VP)
    1984=BUSH (VP)
    2016: JEB BUSH
    2020: JEB BUSH
    2028: JENNA BUSH
    2032: JENNA BUSH
    2036: BARBARA BUSH
    2040: BARBARA BUSH
    2044: As yet unborn child of Chelsea Clinton

    December 18, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Annie, Bellevue Iowa

    Commenting on the previous email from Jesse, how right you are! How does this look to you all:
    1988: BUSH
    1992: CLINTON
    1996: CLINTON
    2000: BUSH
    2004: BUSH
    2008: CLINTON
    2012: CLINTON
    2016: BUSH (JEB)
    2020: BUSH (JEB)

    Over 3 decades and the U.S. will have been completely and utterly ruined by the likes of these two families – time to vote AGAINST them all.

    December 18, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Bill, Palm Beach Florida

    How can CNN justify the media neglect of Ron Paul? They report when Clinton sneezes but dont mention Ron Paul at all. The media agenda does not include Ron Paul, that is why America Loves him. Ron Paul for President in 2008 !!!

    December 18, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Helen, Reno, NV

    Send Bill around the world. Send him to the moon. Send him to Mars. Just keep him the hell away from the White House!

    December 18, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. mark, green bay, wi

    So far I have seen at least 50 posts stating – If Hillary gets the nomination I am voting 3rd party, Republican or sitting it out. I have not seen a single – If Barack gets the nomination I am voting 3rd party, Republican or sitting it out. Who is the bigger "roll the dice" gamble going into the general?

    December 18, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Psycho, Mars Hill, ME



    December 18, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Rachel Carney Redondo Beach, California

    Doesn't matter WHO is elected. This country is no longer one nation. It's polarized and Balkanized into special interest groups.

    White, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Democrats, Republicans, Christians, Atheists. And they all despise each other. And I thank the media for that- the media who is constantly pitting one side against the other in a constant 24/7 assault on our common sense.

    United we stand, Divided we FALL.

    I am voting for Romney too.

    December 18, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Bob Los Angeles CA

    News of this collaboration between Bush and Clinton SCREAMS...for a third and fourth Political Party. Are we Americans losing our minds, to even entertain these two Bufoons as candidates.

    December 18, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    (Bush + Clinton) * (Nafta + H-1Bs + open borders) = 0 middle class

    December 18, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. John, Orem, UT

    America is ready for a female president, just not Hillary Clinton. Ameria is also ready for an African-American president. Had Colin Powell run in 2000, he would have won. However Obama is an acceptable pioneer, unlike Al Sharpton or Alan keyes. That said, I'm in the GOP and were the election today, this is how I would vote under these scenarios:
    Clinton/McCain – McCain
    Clinton/Romney – Romney
    Clinton/Paul – Paul
    Clinton/Thompson – Thompson
    Clinton/Giuliani – Bloomberg
    Clinton/Huckabee – Bloomberg
    Obama/McCain – McCain
    Obama/Romney – Romney
    Obama/Paul – Paul
    Obama/Thompson – Obama
    Obama/Giuliani – Obama
    Obama/Huckabee – Obama
    Edwards – see Clinton scenarios

    The smartest nominee Dems could make is Obama. The dumbest nominee GOPs could make is Huckabee.

    December 18, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Anonymous


    December 18, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Clint, Houston, Texas

    Jacob said......yes he will be president, we need fresh blood no more bush-clinton-bush dynasty lets end it and take AMERICA BACK OBAMA 08!
    --I think he meant to say take AMERICA BLACK OBAMA 08!!

    December 18, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Ann, Springfield, MO

    ENOUGH of the bush/clinton alliance. I'd like to see them all exiled to another country forever. BTW, I'm a woman, Hillary's age, and I will not vote for her because of this. I was leaning away before but this sealed it. I'll be happy if I NEVER AGAIN LAY EYES ON ANY BUSH. THWT

    December 18, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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