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. Bill, Kerrville Texas

    No more Clinton, no more Bush: almost anyone else would do. What ever happened to Pat Paulsen? Oh yah, he died in 1997. Still, he would be a far better President than Clinton or Bush!

    December 18, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. davehunt00, Seattle, WA USA

    No more Clintons.

    No more Bushes.


    December 18, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Michael Thompson, Monroe, La

    It is plan to see that america i getting the run around, we can stop all of this talk about clinton, bush and etc...when it cames down to it america will decide who will lead, its tome to put up and do what will need to be done.

    December 18, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Ed Fish

    I find it amusing that the military deferment/avoid Nam chickenhawks from the right hate their draft-dodging counterpart on the left, so so much.

    Both are the type of weasels who would make our forefathers gag.

    December 18, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Robert A. Hutchison Dallas, TX

    I have been a supporter of the Bush family, the Bush Library,and anything related to their activities. I do not believe this is true, however, if it should prove to be so, i will be forced to turn 180 degrees and consider this to be one of the worst things that could happen.

    December 18, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. JB Boston MA

    Let me explain somethng to all you Clinton fans re: the Clinton surplus.

    If Clinton ran from 2000-2008, there would have been NO SURPLUS. Why? Because the federal government was making a very good return on the market.

    "And the market was good because of Clinton".

    Wrong, the market was good because of Greenspan, and Clinton wasn't dealing with 9-11.

    Now he did have a surplus, but hell, GWB would have had a surplus too with the economy then, and no war in Iraq!!!!

    December 18, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Jamie Lewis IA

    ANY help from ANY former President will help with foriegn policy, its a smart suggestion. Unlike obama thinking he can run the world ALONE! well with oprah leading him by the nose

    December 18, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Adam J Sanchez, Alexandria, Louisiana


    Skull and Bones. "Don't taze me man". 'Nuff said.

    December 18, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. thinkfuture

    Of course. We need to bust up the duopoly we have in power, and you still think that they don't agree in backrooms whos "up"? I mean c'mon people. They are both the SAME. Hillary is George Bush III. Everyone knows it. And unless we elect someone REALLY different – and there is only ONE candidate who is very very different from the rest. But I won't put his name in lest it get cut by the CNN censors. Hint: CNN gave him more airtime this morning on American Morning than Fox News did – and he's a Republican!

    December 18, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Los Angeles, CA

    "If the NEGATIVE remarks do not stop toward Hillary Clinton msnbc will need to be my choice." Oh boy! You've got 'em worried now, Marvene. lol

    December 18, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Karla, Margate, FL

    The original headline was, "President She-Rat to Send a Couple of Cockroaches on a World Tour to Pump Up the USA" ... but then the editors realized that the media is not into telling the truth.

    December 18, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Schratboy, Boulder CO

    She'll first need to buy her soul back from Lucifer before she can be elected.

    December 18, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. David Freeman Cedar Park TX

    Huckabee for 08 WE WILL BE FINE!!!!

    December 18, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Curmudgeon10, Manassas, VA

    the Slickster at his best!! SURE - George H.W. Bush is going to wander around the globe "apologizing" for the actions of his son.

    Clinton is a liar in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening, 24/7, but CNN and the other lefty news outlets eat his stuff as if he is reading from tablets from God.


    December 18, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. phil

    does anyone understand the depth of the stupidity of this remark? bush senior is going to tell the world his son was incompetent! after reading that, i was speechless. this has got to be one of the most moronic moments in the this world's history. bar none!

    December 18, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. laniece scheller,Chandler Arizona

    Bush, Clinton, Bush, ???. The Bushes are as corrupt as the Clintons. The cover to the book just looks differnt. Americans wake up, get rid of both parties. Vote Obama or Guiliani, or if you have to, Romney. NO MORE BUSH CLINTON.. Enough of the corruptness.

    December 18, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Sweet Caroline, Seven Hills Ohio

    It is President Bill Clinton, Hiliary and the Democrats that are to blame for our great country's reputation being dirtied with their "blame America first" attitude. God help us if Hiliary or any democrat wins in 2008.

    December 18, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. AnaMaria Ord

    I suddenly understand the full meaning of the word "spin," as follows:

    Via indecipherable & spurious reference to Bush 41, Les Liaisons Dangereuses Clintons attempt to make our heads spin.

    What a lie. And what a hoot.

    Wily Willie Clinton still takes the US public for a collective fool, huh? Ah, well ...

    Whither goes Wily Willie, so too goes his fool of a wife.

    December 18, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Bryan M., Westchester, NY

    And now I won't vote for her. So much for the Clinton era, I'm out.

    December 18, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Tim St. Paul MN

    How can CNN report this as credible news...Please fire CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby. This is classic drive by media for people who just like to read headlines.

    December 18, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. mike k Pittsburgh,

    There was more fraud in the Katrina giveaway program then Medicare. People came from out of state and received benefits not once but several times with duplicate names. That city is the most corrupts of any city in the USA. The politicians are an absolute disgrace.

    December 18, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Joe ny ny

    It's even worse if you add VP roles:

    1980=BUSH as VP
    1984=BUSH as VP

    2016 = end of second term

    Can anyone seriously support
    36 years of this!!!!

    December 18, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Can one person give me one attribute that qualifies a first-term senator with no military, business or acedemic credentials to become Commander-in-Chief.

    Obama is the emptiest of empty suits and Hillary is an empty skirt - but both are life-long Marxists. I suppose that's counts for sosme on this thread.

    December 18, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Peter Loftis, Kennesaw GA 30144

    1980 BUSH Vice Pres. (Reagan Slept)
    1984 BUSH Vice Pres. (Reagan Slept)
    1988 BUSH Pres.
    1992 CLINTON Pres.
    1996 CLINTON Pres.
    2000 BUSH Pres.
    2004 BUSH Pres.
    2008 CLINTON Pres.
    2012 CLINTON Pres.


    RON PAUL in 2008 we need change

    December 18, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. David Gregory

    Bill Clinton seems to expect Hillary will win, it's not happening, it's time to end Bush Clinton families hold on the USA! Oboma wins hand down on the DNC side he looses the general because he has no experience, only Hillary has less she and is the most unqualified candidate ever to run for president, Hillary is skanky and old news, no matter what the second worst president next to Carter the most corrupt human on the Planet Billy Bob says! For some one to win the nominatation they need to lead or have an agenda other than my mother my friends vouch for me and my impeached disgraced Ex president has great glowing things to say except they can't be in the same room togetherv for more tha 5 minutes his hatred for her transends onto the TV, and she acts like a victim, and Buda does not help her one bit, he has lost 15-20% of his own popularity campaigning for the witch Hillary! He just killed her campaign by saying George Sr. will be helping him repair the damage he(that he did) George Jr he says did! Another BS story by Commy News Network, Clinton News Network which will increase the likely hood that she looses 15-20% in Iowa! Bush Clinton Bush, and no Hillary Clinton, the worst most stale out of touch rotten CORRUPT person to ever run for president, you can't forget Hsu is talking to the feds about Hillary and Chinagate 3, his indictement of corruption puts a huge target on Hillary! Daily Klintoon scandals again , she looses the first 15 primaries. then it's over the Corupt Clinton leagacy is over for ever!

    December 18, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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