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. mark c

    The Clintons want the world to know that when they're back in power, America will be "open for business and cooperation again". No wonder the world loves this guy. Got a serious problem with the USA? No sweat. Bill's "open for business" wink, nudge. Just ask the Chinese. I hope GHWB stiff arms this clown publicly.

    December 18, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. Richard, Tampa, Florida

    What exactly are we supposed to be voting for in this election?

    Has the campaign become "who is more republican?" Leiberman endorses John McCain and Bill Clinton claims his wife will be aided by the father of the existing president.

    Sorry, the "old guard" of the Democratic party has sold out their base. Time to go Obama.

    December 18, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. Ted Donahue, Litchfield, CT

    Bubba must have just INHALED.....

    December 18, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  4. anytown

    what a crock.....

    December 18, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  5. Susie, Denver, CO

    If you're gonna call them at least spell it right, otherwise your risk having the same label applied to you.

    We talk about unity, like it's a good thing, right? They why isn't this a good thing? Is everyone really that cynical?

    December 18, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  6. Jim Tampa FL

    Just to put things in perspective:
    1) 9/11 occurred because Clinton had
    Bin Laden -let him go!
    2) 9/11 cost the economy $1 trillion.
    3) President Bush inherited a recession
    4) President Bush inherited corporate scandals
    5) President Bush had two hurricane seasons cost economy over $1 trillion.

    In spite of that:
    1) Unemployment the lowest
    2) GDP growth the greatest
    3) DJIA over 13,400
    4) More money in circulation than at any time
    5) 50 million people freed in Iraq/Afgahanstan
    6) Lybia no longer terrorist state
    7) Military rebuilt after being cut in 6 years by Clinton
    8) All of this in spite of the fact the mainstream media
    has done nothing but report only the bad news and instead of reporting once, continues to pound taking good news and making it bad.
    Proof that happened?

    December 18, 2007 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  7. Prescient Observer, San Diego, CA

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the elites are preparing the "hand off" right before your eyes. Is this what we have come to? Dynastic succession? There is only one man worthy of the position by sacrifice and experience. His name is John McCain. If Hillary is elected, we shall become Mexico North. Bush Sr. and Bill obviously admire the Caudillo form of government. Democracy is so...messy! How much easier it is to simply...rule! Wake up people! You elect Hillary, you do not elect a President of a Republic, you elect a Queen and she shall be anything but a benevolent monarch.

    December 18, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  8. Mike MacMonagle, Roy, UT

    I see that the RNC takes the high road and essentially lets clinton know that, as usual, he is the consummate low life politician: Self first then all else.

    December 18, 2007 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  9. Robert, Atlanta, GA

    Why don't these ex-Presidents just retire (Bill), play golf (George H.), and shut up (Jimmy) like they used to do?

    December 18, 2007 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  10. chris

    CNN stands for Clinton News Network- all Clinton all the time.
    What a bunch of crap from a a convictod felon. This man just needs to go away.

    December 18, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  11. Bobc usa

    No one should vote their gender or race! It's issues. I will vote for anyone that will enforce our borders and immigration laws and stop sending our jobs overseas!
    No more Parties for's issues!

    December 18, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  12. Perry, Toronto

    So now we're electing two ex-Presidents by voting Hillary? Why can't she carry her own weight for once?

    December 18, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  13. Todd, Denver, CO

    Jesse from MN:

    So if I read your comments correctly, i.e., that you don't like candidates that are "Pro-War and Pro-Corporation", we should stop fighting our enemies and shut down corporations. Please explain what the country would turn out to be like then? I'm guessing you'll be riding your goat to your family owned business with your wife walking 10 paces behind you in a head scarf, no?

    December 18, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  14. Rip, Houston, Texas

    Throw them all out and lets start over again! Im sick to death of all these political dirt bags! We need new blood from outside the Washington loop!

    December 18, 2007 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  15. John Reder

    Bill should not speak for George Sr. Hillary is a very BAD choice if you are serious about the future of America. America is best served by taking a strong stance against terrorists. I will elect the best person for this job and I am not hearing solutions from Hillary, Obama or Edwards. You will not get my vote unless you have a plan. Complaints about past mistakes are not a plan. We need to solve this issue before all other issues become relevant. Iran, N. Korea, Russia and China are all watching... waiting... and planning our end. Turning our backs on this fact is allot like leaving your doors unlocked at night in a crime filled neighborhood. All other issues can wait, this issue cannot!

    December 18, 2007 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  16. Justi,Nj

    leave our tv tuned to cnn all day. If the NEGATIVE remarks do not stop toward Hillary Clinton msnbc will need to be my choice. Why do ALL you select her as your choice to hurt. Are you opposed to females'in office????


    Not at all...we are opposed to known liars ,cheats a smear masters being elected..NO HILLATY IN 2008.

    We donot need another buy one get one corrupt administration.

    December 18, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  17. Kevin in CT

    Another example of what a liar Bill is – why would Bush Sr. do this?!

    December 18, 2007 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  18. scott

    the power elite must really be laughing at the american people ..ha ha ha you stupid americans you get all three next time around..hillbilly and king george

    December 18, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  19. DG LZ Illinois

    This assumes that there is damage. Again no specifics from either Clinton. What is the specific damage and what specifically are you going to do to fix it. If you have not measurable action plan you just have noise.

    Last time 'America was open for business Bill decide that China should be sold our ballistic missile technology. This minimally helped them jump ahead almost 20 years and their ally North Korea is firing off longer and longer range missiles. Coincidence? Why anyone keeps listening to Clinton’s fact d’ jour must mean they like to listen and read fiction. The good news is that if you do not like the fiction it will change more than one time in the future.

    The fact is that the more we look to government in almost any area to help us, fix things, make things fair etc, they have and continue to do an abysmal job.

    The Constitution requires the government to protect our boarders and run the courts. After that, everything else is optional. The candidate who can, not just promise to role back government, regardless of party, gets my vote.

    December 18, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  20. Charlie

    Highly ironic. In light of the fact that W Bush has successfully dealt with the dire consequences of 8 years of Bill Clinton's ineffectual governance, Mrs. Clinton proves once again why she has become the Leona Helmsley of politics.

    December 18, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  21. b charles, ft myers, florida

    We dont need a Bush in the white house or G Sr or Gw

    December 18, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  22. Luke Bollerman, Little Silver, NJ

    Why did we fight the American Revolution if we were going to pass power between families for over two decades??

    Luke A. Bollerman

    December 18, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  23. Hank, Houston Texas

    No more Bushes, No more Clintons.

    Havent we been played by fools long enough by these two families?

    December 18, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  24. G Washington

    Break the cycle of stupidity.

    December 18, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  25. Joe Mathews, Manchester, VT

    "Back to the Future"? Send Bill home as he's killing the campaign. George H.W. Bush will be out of office 20 years on January 21, 2009. Like the son or not, Bush senior had his moments, but enough. Bill's seeing stars or is he grasping at straws?

    Both Clintons' holiday prayer"

    "Oh help save us, George the Father, George the Son and Jeb the Holy Ghost".

    December 18, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
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