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. John, Worcester, Ma

    Please, no more Clinton or Bush. We need something different. Desparately

    December 18, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Drew Lessun, San Mateo, CA

    All this drivel by Slick Willie does is remind me that for Democrats, lying, up to and including felony perjury, is something they admire and celebrate. As was so comprehensively and undeniabley proved in 1998.

    December 18, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. JB Dayton OH

    Help her bring in the New World Order you mean. These CFR freaks should be brought up on charges of treason for selling out the USA.

    December 18, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. KPRO

    Another Clinton lie – hear that giant sucking sound? And why am I not suprised?

    December 18, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Janie, Ft. Wayne, IN

    Oh yeah, that's what we all need. Watching clinton & hw bush run around the world like buddies while we have to listen to Hillary's screeching voice, day after day. I hate the bushes, every last one of them, and I'm beginning to hate the Clintons. So daddy bush & clinton did something in New Orleans? What? The people are still in tents. What the h- did they do? Give everyone an extra blanket?

    I don't want to hear or see any bush ever again and that includes daddy, butt ugly mama & most definitely sonny boy.

    This makes me so mad I really hope it does in Hillary. Why would they think the American people would go for this?

    December 18, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. myohmyohinohio

    Reading these posts only convinces me of one thing. We are definitely a divided country over Hillary and the Bushes. That's why we need a new face and direction–to come back together again. I also believe we no longer have two different parties.

    December 18, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Ray, New Brunswick, NJ

    Might as well pull this article down, George HW Bush kindly backhanded Bill and told him to STFU, I don't want to tour with Hillary, in fact I've never even spoke to you about such things.

    December 18, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Kevin, Napa, California

    Right, left, right, left...Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton...Republican, Democrat, Republican, Democrat...In case you haven't figured it out yet, both, the Democrat and Republican parties are like well lubricated pistons in the same globalism engine. One party signs onto a controversial war or policy and the supposedly opposing party initiates it or carries it through. I can't get this image out of my head. Bill Clinton in bed with Hillary, Cheney, Bush 1, Bush 2, Gore, Obama, and Rice, with Guliani popping his head out from underneath the covers.

    December 18, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. James, Boulder CO

    May the Divine Right of the Bush and Clinton families endure!

    December 18, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Brady, Dayton OH

    Of all the arrogant statements ever made by Slick Willie, this one takes the cake. He slams GHWB's son in the same sentence as he's asking him to help "President" Hillary, who as anyone with half a brain knows, will never be president anyway. ARRRGGHHHH!!!

    December 18, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. robert hunter chicago ill.

    once again a clinton caught lying. you guys tired of the most corrupt , unethical president and first lady in the history of this country. this is once again going to hurt hillary. when the senior bush's comments are shown in the media , its going to be another black mark on hillary's falling campain. more of bj bills messess to clean up. i love it.! lol

    December 18, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Rufus Choate`

    Lying white trash momma's boy lying again because he is an exceptionally good liar.

    December 18, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Anson Ang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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    December 18, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |

    This is just another Clinton lie. You can't trust one word that they speak.

    December 18, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Mary Wilson, Inverness, MS

    Just like they have always been–liars. Who in there right mind would put that family in the White House again. Might end up being a PLAYBOY mansion.

    December 18, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. mike AZ

    yayyy! one party system whoohoo!
    Ron Paul '08!!
    Ron Paul is a Constitutionalist,
    most the rest are globalists

    December 18, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. xxxxxxxxx

    "chummy in recent years" ?

    Over twenty years to be sure.
    Bush ran drugs, guns, and money through in the eighties via the CIA, Arkansas, and the governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton.

    The Globalist Agenda. These two are partners.

    December 18, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. NNB, Newport News, Va

    Personally I “Do Not” think it makes a real difference who becomes President. The real problem is Congress and the House of Representatives. I can only hope the young people of this country will get fed up with what’s there and start voting in some new blood everywhere! Get rid of the “Big & Slow” elephants, and the “Stubborn” _ SSes!

    1. Get rid off the gang activity here on our own turf first. Rescue the US of A from the criminals of “This” country!
    2. Also investigate the corruption within our own colleges. How these professors get astronomical wages for minimal amount of hours worked. Along with selling their “personal” text books over and over again for “their” classes! All they do is shuffle a few chapters around and make it a “New” edition. Then end up not even teaching from it!

    December 18, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. The Outlander

    How much will all this travel cost the taxpayer if allowed? Perhaps Bill 'Slick Willie' Clinton can sit on the runway again at a commercial airport to get a four hundred dollar haircut, and the Clinton Network News (CNN) can ignore the story and the insane costs involved.

    December 18, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Tom Perkins, Tucson, AZ

    Who cares or listens to what Bill Clinton says anyway. And, for that matter, what is on CNN. Both sources are losers.

    Posted By Robert, Palm Coast, Florida : December 18, 2007 11:22 am

    Everybody hates George. He is such a loser! Now how did that happen? WMD's for one. But even the Brits admit that they were duped with their own intelligence. But, that gets lost quickly with the visceral Bush haters. I have learned to hate Bush because: 1. The media tells me so (no ax to grind here) 2. My profs tell me so (and who is more street wise than a tenured professor?) 2. Harry "scrawny neck" Reid" tells me so (and we see what a fine job he's been doing in the Senate with that rubber backbone of his.). And we hear it over and over and over. I can't think of anything worse than Iraq starting to settle down and see the madness of Al Queda. I hate the thought that Bush's tenacity might actually work. It reminds of that other loser, Abe Lincoln, who was continually ridiculed and hated for not negotiating with the Confederates to bring about a peaceful solution while each side was locked in a bloodbath.

    December 18, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Damon St. Louis, MO

    This is another reason we Should take our Republican votes and give them to Ron Paul. A real Republican

    December 18, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    Republican complaining about Clinton's impeachment just points out their monumental HYPOCRISY.

    Republicans apparently don't believe that marital infidelity is worth removing someone from office or we wouldn't still have Republican senators Larry Craig and David Vitters in office. Blatant infidelity wasn't significant enough to keep Bush from giving our nation's highest civilian award to Republican Senator Henry Hyde who had a 4-year affair with a married woman.

    Republicans who would protest that they prosecuted Clinton only for perjury and not his sex life, only increase their hypocrisy. Many Republicans believe that being guilty of 1 count of obstruction of justice, 1 count of making false statements to federal investigators; and 2 counts of PERJURY is not worthy of even ONE MINUTE in prison.


    December 18, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Ed, Austin, Tx

    I guess it's inevitable that the shallow and false DNC talking points regarding the Bush '43 administration make an appearance here. It's important that factoids be exposed in public discourse. To wit (I’ll choose the most recent example from Tim in Seattle):

    >> preemptive war policies

    Also known as the Clinton Doctrine, as outlined in his speeches and attacks on Hussein (Saddam that is, not Barak as he is doing now) in 1998 and affirmed by Gore, Kerry, Albright, Daschle, Kennedy, and, well, pretty much every prominent Democrat in subsequent years, including Mrs. Clinton. ‘W’ was Governor of Texas at the time, in case you’re interested. If anything, Bush 43 can be accused of being a bandwagon jumper.

    >> mishandling of the war

    I’m amazed at the number of war experts who call themselves Democrats nowadays. You guys must really have a problem with that D-Day fiasco back in ‘44. Maybe we can try Ike and Roosevelt posthumously for war crimes. Fact: the war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq have resulted in historically low casualties in relation to the number of personnel involved.

    >> bogus and botched intellegence claims

    Now leave Valerie Plame alone!! I’m sure she was doing the best she could. It couldn’t have been easy working in the intelligence community after years of decimation by Clinton. Not to mention the military. Bush had a huge task in rebuilding these areas, and handle 9/11 at the same time. I’d love to see either of the Clintons or Gore pull that off. That Bush had some sort of double-secret special intelligence and then lied to Congress is one of the worst lies propagated by Democrats and the media. Btw, the best thing that ever happened to Gore was to lose the election. Had he been elected, there would have been no one else to blame for 9/11, the Clinton/Gore recession, etc.

    >> inabaility to handle domestic emergencies (Katrina)

    How so? FEMA? FEMA doesn’t rescue people, neither does the President. The first responders are the city (Nagin) and the state (Blanco). They are the ones who failed miserably, and using the complicent media, deflected blame to Bush. Ask yourself this, how is it even possible, in 2005, to be surprised by a monster hurricane? The truth about Katrina is that the country, and the world, saw how Blue-staters really “take care” of the poor.

    >> laughable objection to science

    Give an example. Fetal stem cells? Virtually irrelevant now (because of science). Kyoto? Thank God we have a President astute enough to see through this fraud. Kyoto IS NOT based on science. It’s strictly about politics, that our “moron” of a President understands much better than the “brilliant” Clintons. But again, give an example. Don’t be afraid.

    >> environmental concerns has ruined our credibility in the world

    Again, care to give an example? Perhaps some hard data to back it up?

    >> Are allies are shrinking year by year

    Do you mean “our”? Factually untrue, as pointed out by earlier posts regarding the number of treaties and agreements around the world negotiated by the Bush 43 administration.

    >> joke to the rest of the world

    This is getting old. Care to prove your statement?

    >> Doesn't matter to me which repair(?) guys you send out

    Or facts…yes, we know. It’s called Bush Derangement Syndrome. Hatred seldom is logical.

    December 18, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. WKouzan, Scotia, NY

    I regect Willies premise, Chirac is gone, Schroeder is gone...we have no "enimies" amongst our friends.

    December 18, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Phil marlborough ma

    Clinton? The man who let Ben Ladin escape numerous times?He should keep his mouth shut he disgraced the US more than any other president in recent history.By "open for buisiness" I guess he means open to more chinese bribes in return for trade deals and missile technology.

    December 18, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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