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, Laguna Beach, CA

    Bilary is the antichrist and her stupidity will doom this country forever. She wants to turn the govt not into for the people by the people but for Bilary and by Bilary. Anyone who votes for this witch must have some kind of mother complex. We need a warrior to run our armed forces not a two faced, lying, back stabbing boob like Bilary.

    December 18, 2007 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  2. Al Goor Itstoo Hot, Tenn.

    Did he say Hillary (heaven for bid) would send Bush and Clinton to go around the world and repair our image or give back control to the 3rd world arabs?

    December 18, 2007 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  3. Mike in NY

    Marvine, I hope your not connected to Hillary network. She has had enough to feel sorry for. Do you feel the "fill of BIll"? Osama, er..Obama all the way!

    Er, I meant Hillary.

    December 18, 2007 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  4. Able, Fed Up USA

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for the establishment. This statement from Bill proves it.

    December 18, 2007 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  5. sereno , orlando florida

    Did Hillary advise Bill to be passive after all the terror attacks on their watch including the 93 WTC that led to the 9-11 atacks? or to save Bin laden's life when Sudan was offering him in a silver platter?

    December 18, 2007 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  6. Augustine

    THERE YOU GO GO .................


    MY GOODNESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 18, 2007 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  7. tony, cincinnati, ohio

    Please! For the sake of our nation, "JUST SAY NO!" to both Hillary and her side kick Billary. The nation took a serious morality hit the last time these 2 were around. I really don't understand how anyone, regardless of political affiliation, could think another round of Clintonistas could pull this sinking ship from disaster. The back biting and in fighting to serve "us" is getting old. I can't say whom should be president, but I know who SHOULDN'T be the next president. God help this country if Hillary wins. We are doomed!

    December 18, 2007 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  8. WB Hickok Deadwood, S.D.

    "Clinton is a pathological liar."...Those are not my words, but the words of a sitting DEMOCRAT Senator when Clinton was in the White House, Bob Kerrey. Bubba recently said he was initially against invading Iraq, when a check of his speeches proved otherwise. He, and his pantsuit wearing insignificant other, lie at the drop of a hat, so why believe this proclamation? Do not vote for "Elephant ankles, thunder thighs" Hillary.

    December 18, 2007 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  9. Frederick, Los Angeles, California

    "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."

    Wow, what a nonsense statement. Republicans in the last 7 years have done more to harm our reputation abroad than any administration in (American) history.

    December 18, 2007 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  10. James West, Ringgold, GA

    Former President Bush could use his influence better by dropping his tainted relationship with Bill Clinton. Millions at home think Clinton is an ego-driver politician who uses every opportunity to boost his own tarnished legacy. We shouldn't be a part of helping him do so.

    December 18, 2007 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  11. Mac, Severn, Md

    Bill Clinton is already running things for the wife. How arrogant of him. I'm not sure this article is correct. If it is, it's shameful.


    December 18, 2007 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  12. Mary C. San Diego, CA

    What worries me is the idea that two former presidents intend to tell the world "America is open for business and cooperation again." What does that mean? Folks, it means more NAFTAesque treaties, open borders, more jobs moved overseas, more banks for sale. Watch out. I feel like Clinton is selling my soul as an American. Personally, I don't care what anyone else thinks. We have to do what's right for our country first, not bend over backwards to the rest of the world until there is nothing left of and for US.

    December 18, 2007 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  13. Jack Robert Greenwood, VA

    With a bit of patience, you will see the other countries coming around to the USA. Libya did. France now realizes that its welfare state is doomed and that it cannot accommodate an immigrant population. Denmark is not far behind. Holland may be beyond the point of return. Bill Clinton's "blind eye" foreign policy was a major enabler of the 9/11 attacks.

    December 18, 2007 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  14. Wonderer, Florence, Ky

    Not a Clinton for 2012, it will be another Bush....Jeb Bush.

    December 18, 2007 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  15. mike,nc

    Bill Clinton registers for the draft on September 08, 1964, accepting all contractual conditions of registering for the draft. Selective Service Number is 326 46 228.

    Bill Clinton classified 2-S on November 17, 1964.

    Bill Clinton reclassified 1-A on March 20, 1968.

    Bill Clinton ordered to report for induction on July 28, 1969.

    Bill Clinton refuses to report and is not inducted into the military.

    Bill Clinton reclassified 1-D after enlisting in the United States Army Reserves on August 07, 1969, under authority of COL. E. Holmes.

    Clinton signs enlistment papers and takes oath of enlistment.

    Bill Clinton fails to report to his duty station at the University of Arkansas ROTC, September 1969.

    Bill Clinton reclassified 1-A on October 30, 1969, as enlistment with Army Reserves is revoked by Colonel E. Holmes and Clinton now AWOL and subject to arrest under Public Law 90-40 (2) (a) regisrant who has failed to report...remain liable for induction.

    Bill Clinton's birth date lottery number is 311, drawn December 1, 1969, but anyone who has already been ordered to report for induction is INELIGIBLE!

    Bill Clinton runs for Congress (1974), while a fugitive from justice under Public Law 90-40.

    Bill Clinton runs for Arkansas Attorney General (1976), while a
    fugitive from justice.

    Bill Clinton receives pardon on January 21, 1977, from President Carter.

    Bill Clinton becomes the FIRST PARDONED FEDERAL FELON ever to serve as President of the United States.

    All these facts come from Freedom of Information requests, public laws, and various books that have been published, and have not been refuted by Clinton.

    After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, President Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

    After the 1995 bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed five U.S.
    military personnel, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

    After the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 and injured 200 U.S. military personnel, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

    After the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa, which killed 224 and injured 5,000, Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

    After the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 and injured 39 U.S. sailors, Clinton promised that those responsible be hunted down and punished.

    Maybe if Clinton had kept those promises, an estimated 3,000 people in New York and Washington, DC. who are now dead would be alive today.

    THINK ABOUT IT! It is a strange turn of events. Hillary gets $8
    Million for her forthcoming memoir. Bill gets about $12 Million for his memoir yet to be written. This from two people who spent 8 years being unable to recall anything about past events while under oath.

    December 18, 2007 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  16. Brent, Clemson South Carolina

    oh nice... Bill's already cozy with Bush (former CIA, war-mongering, oil stealing, war profiteer), and now he assures us that Hillary will be, too? It is time to stop this maddness. What will it take for Americans to wake up to this catastrphe in the making–another 9/11? Bush/cheney had no problem pulling it off. You think bush/clinton will have trouble doing another one?

    December 18, 2007 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  17. JeffW-Fernandina,Fl.

    No thanks,McCain,Gingrich for the ultimate ticket!

    December 18, 2007 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  18. Mark Ramsey MD Fort Lauderdale FL

    Obama's not ready
    Edwards is a former malpractice attorney, and I'm a physician
    So out of the top tier of cnadidates, Hillary is the only one I can support. Maybe it would be best to have someone other than a Bush or Clinton
    but that's not how it worked out this time. I really do think she'll do a fine job as president. She is certainly a better choice than having another republican!!! I would really encourage people to set aside previous biases and give her another look. She is the candidate most ready to lead this nation.

    December 18, 2007 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  19. Beez

    Gee, if this is true, old H.W. must be a sorehead that he couldn't get elected twice, and also be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome from spending too much time with Bubba.

    Besides, it won't work – BDS takes over, no matter WHICH 'B' you substitute.

    December 18, 2007 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  20. Biff Steele, NY

    Bill is throwing as much s**t against the wall, hoping some will stick.

    The Clinton camp is horrified that their "Inevitability Aura" has been exposed for the fantasy that it was.

    Obama will be the nominee, and fall into the same category as Dukakis, Gore, Kerry, Et al.

    I think it's great when Billy Jeff opens his cigar stained mouth in public.

    December 18, 2007 06:10 am at 6:10 am |


    December 18, 2007 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  22. Jaq kennedy orlando fl

    Obama's talk of HOPE sounds like he would wait for the tooth fairy to come along and do things for him. Obama's short history in politics show he is all talk no action. We need someone who will work for Hope and Change like Hillary Clinton.

    December 18, 2007 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  23. cuthean

    an unending nightmare of jew supplicants in ZOG the deteriorating 'kwa.

    December 18, 2007 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  24. GCS Dallas Texas

    We must be really duped into believing that these two families are not in co-hoots to control the world. Come on folks this is a monarchy of 2 families. How can this be anywhere near democracy? Why not try: Kucinich/Paul or Paul/Kucinich in 2008? At least these two have our best interest in mind. If you want to change America, change it from the top!

    December 18, 2007 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  25. Wilfred Snyder

    Hey Folks, Remember Bill Clinton is LIAR.

    Why on earth would anyone believe anything the





    Full time politician says???

    December 18, 2007 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
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