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. Lee, Ann Arbor, MI

    We don't need Bush Sr. and WE DON'T NEED HILLARY (OR BILL).

    Bill will do or say ANYTHING to get back in the White House.

    America, let's move on. Bill and Hillary have been living off your tax dollars long enough. They are just freeloaders with the ONLY THING ON THEIR MIND IS THAT POWER. They CARE NOTHING ABOUT YOU.

    They need to GO AWAY.

    December 18, 2007 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  2. Andrea Dallas Texas

    How many times does Bill Clinton need to remind us all that he is nothing but trailer trash? No class whatsoever.

    December 18, 2007 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  3. Stephen Adams, Salt Lake City, Utah

    All we need is a Bill Clinton, who had a part in destroying the reputation of America's greatest office by his personal indiscretions going around the world to try to repair America's Reputation. Let's see now, wasn't Bill Clinton, impeached, or perhaps my memory is fading? An impeached President, hanging out with the Father of another President that should be impeached; hanging out to try to repair America's Reputation. Even I can figure out that proposal to America's electorate, is really asinine. Hillary have you totally lost your political mind??? DUHHHHHH

    December 18, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  4. Jon SB Ca

    Hillary for 8, then maybe Jeb for 8..and then Chelsea would be how old?

    December 18, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  5. Allison M. Duluth MN

    We are in serious trouble! GW made an eerie statement alluding that "Hillary will be the next Pres".
    I truly believe that GW may know something that the rest of us don't – Remember he said the same thing about himself and regardless of the actual votes – he made it to the Whitehouse.
    Wake Up People! NO, NO, NO to Hillary!
    I am a woman and I could care less about the gender, Character is what counts!

    December 18, 2007 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  6. Carl Marks

    All of these Bushes and Clintoons are just too far right. When will we realize that nothing will be right until everyone gets the same amount of pay and all food is rationed evenly and equitably by our beloved party, I mean Gummint. When everyone with the ablility to do so contributes so that everyone in need has all they need, we will be a prosperous Peoples Republic.

    December 18, 2007 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  7. Maryjane Calabrese

    Bush senior is the one who used the phrase "NEW WORLD ORDER". (Just like Hitler, whom his father bankrolled).He is part of the elite globalist society who want global government, no borders, a North American Union, and the UN to run the US. It's coming, folks. I used to think that nothing could be as far from the Clintons ideologically than the Bush family. Now it is clear that they are all in league together for power, it's just scary. Get rid of these criminals and vote for Ron Paul to return our sovereignty before these bums finish destroying America. Oh, look, this is by CNN...they won't print this.

    December 18, 2007 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  8. Cathy Speranza, Monroe Twp, NJ

    I keep asking myself..can America be so stupid as to put these people back in the White House?? He is a narcissist and she is a scripted, conniving fake. Are we out of our collective minds?? I mean it freaks me out that she has gotten this far...but I absolutely blame the media...for years they have been shoving this down our throats!! Please America anyone but THEM...just imagine the internal power struggle between these two arrogant self-important bullies. The whole thing is SICKENING. I feel like I am living in the twilight zone! And Marvene it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that she is a woman so take your blinders off! It has eveything to do with her being completely unqualified and a REALLY SCRAY person.

    December 18, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  9. Grace

    Ialways suspected that there was some kind of arrangement to maintain BUSH-CLINTON-BUSH-CLINTON as the face of America.

    This is an outrage!

    December 18, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  10. Paul Vincent Zecchino, Manasota Key, Florida

    The 90s are over. No one's buying it.

    Paul Vincent Zecchino
    Manasota Key, Florida
    18 December, 2007

    December 18, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  11. Ken, Waterford MI

    Wow! Thats all we need in the White House is a President named Clinton that will again go to the rest of the world and say "Hi, its the Clintons again, and we're glad that America is back into the business of being the World's Doormat. And I can assure you we will make this Socialism thing work this time. You can count on us. Just contribute generously to our libraries when were finished."

    December 18, 2007 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  12. randy, omaha, NE

    i knew this was going to happen some months ago. that the bush's would be helping mrs. clinton into office. they are from the same club. they're into the one world government plan. if this doesn't scare you, you need to get your elevator fixed cause its not going all the way to the top

    December 18, 2007 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  13. joe, cleveland

    CensoredByCNN, you are a complete fool. such ignorance. no wonder you are reading CNN.

    December 18, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  14. Big Daddy, Central Virginia

    No more Bushes and no more Clintons.

    No more northern educated elitist.

    December 18, 2007 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  15. ed rose

    So The Impeached One, a common criminal who ought to be pounding stones in Leavenworth with his wife, thinks he can repair our image throught the world?

    This time he must have inhaled what he smokes.

    December 18, 2007 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  16. XJUG1987

    Clinton News Network. Will this guy ever stop? This is a preposterous comment by a narcissitic aging hippie. Good grief, can we stand more of this...ugh.

    December 18, 2007 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  17. Jake, Fairfax, VA

    Vote Laura Bush in 2016!

    No, I'm NOT serious. Get these people out of power, the lot of them!

    December 18, 2007 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Obama's "negative background" is a fabrication of the political machine that is CLINTON/BUSH...just think....we can have more govt run by alliances with the Saudi Royal family with George SR by Bill's side. Don't any of you wonder about this?

    December 18, 2007 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  19. Ray Prescott

    Bill Clinton is such a liar. What damage around the world? A great economy and no 911 type attacks? He got into office lying about the economy in 1991 and he is doing it again.

    December 18, 2007 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  20. Ricardo Maxwell Orange Park FL

    What Bill is saying is that "Heck, we (the Clintons) will promise you anything to get another whack at the White House! Sure, the federal government will be "open for business" again. Hey China, time to collect the dividends for all the cash you have given us!"
    Thank God we have someone with a little courage to stand up to the sleazy French, Russians, etc...However, George isn't perfect and we really need a much more CONSERVATIVE President this time around!

    December 18, 2007 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  21. David G., Los Angeles, Ca

    Oh, that's just what we need, those two boobs running around... We need a president... not surrogates... And poor surrogates at that. Bush, like his son, is a loser. Bill is a cheater. What more needs to be said? D.

    December 18, 2007 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  22. Philadelphia Irish

    What an insult to all of us as Americans, that it is insinuated that out of a Country of 300 million people, we NEED only 2 families and bloodlines to run our country. NO MORE BUSH, NO MORE CLINTON.

    December 18, 2007 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  23. Alan Iverson

    No No NO! This is insanity!

    These are the WORST TWO PRESIDENTS in HISTORY!!!

    Its Like Hitler teaming up with Stalin!!

    Oh My GOD

    December 18, 2007 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  24. Bored

    Our country needs a fresh face in the WH. One too many Bushes already and a possible repeat with the Clintons. Are we so talent strapped that we have to keep sending the same worn out policies to Washington. Let's try some other flavor.

    December 18, 2007 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  25. Joan Nicholson, Austin, TX

    Wow! That's an interesting report. What does W think of this? Have he and his father had a falling out? It sounds like a good thing.

    Curious in Austin.

    December 18, 2007 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
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