December 18th, 2007
06:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Elder Bush nixes Clinton trip idea

Bill Clinton said Monday he and former President Bush would go on a diplomatic mission if Hillary Clinton became president.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush has shot down his successor Bill Clinton’s idea of a diplomatic mission under a Hillary Clinton presidency that would send him and other notables abroad to assure other nations that “America is open for business and cooperation again.”

The move came one day after Bill Clinton made the suggestion on the campaign trail in South Carolina, in response to a question from a supporter about his wife’s “number-one priority” upon reaching the White House.

In a statement sent to CNN Tuesday afternoon, former President Bush’s chief of staff Jean Becker said that he “wholeheartedly supports the President of the United States, including his foreign policy. He has never discussed an ‘around-the-world-mission’ with either former President Bill Clinton or Sen. Clinton, nor does he think such a mission is warranted since he is proud of the role America continues to play around the world as the beacon of hope for freedom and democracy.

“President Bush is excited about several of the excellent Republican candidates running for president, and looks forward to discussing their candidacy once the Republican nominee is determined.”

–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • President Bush
soundoff (433 Responses)
  1. Shonali, Nashville, TN

    Bill is insuring Hillary's loss! What is he doing???

    December 18, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. lol

    A clinton running his mouth when its clearly not warranted? Surely you jest?!

    That family will say ANYTHING to keep up appearances. Hey Bill, this might be a foreign concept, but telling the truth is the best place to start!!

    December 18, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Carl Belson, Boston, Ma.

    No Kidding!!! Former President Bill
    Clinton had alot of nerve to suggest
    that Former President Bush would have
    even considered such a trip. It's the
    cheapest of cheap shots against the
    current President Bush. Bill Clinton
    should be ashamed!!! He should also

    December 18, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Daniel, NY

    Clinton at least got some good news in state polls that were released today, including in places like North Carolina or Missouri where she either leads or is competitive. Full roundup of the 6 general election state polls released today is available here.

    December 18, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Jessey Denver

    Poor Bill, he was just tryinng to help his wife's sinking campaign. Oh well! I guest no matter how fast a lie can run, the truth always catches up.

    Good try though

    December 18, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. JD, Syracuse, NY

    Bill Clinton's statement is only logical.

    Bush 41 will change his mind if Hillary gets elected. Besides, Bill Clinton helped out in the Katrina and India disasers, per Bush 43's request.

    December 18, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Ron, TX

    Well that sure must be embarassing for the Clintons! I've been waiting for Elder Bush to shoot down this idea ever since I first saw Clinton suggest it! How is it, exactly, that Hillary plans on working across party lines when even an ex-President shoots her down?

    Oh, and I remember the reason Bill said health care failed: "Republicans were in a vote against [Bill]" phase. Well guess what, Republicans HATE Hillary, too!

    How about we elect a President who WON'T inspire the worst in people, who WON'T encourage partisan bickering?

    December 18, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Dryden01, Redmond, WA

    On the face of this Bill Clinton claim, it appears that he must be confused once more about what the meaning of is is.

    At best, it appears that the Clinton attempt to bypass presidential term limitations by installing his wife in the white house has gone too far astray and that he is having a sort of nervous breakdown by trying to enlist GHWB to salvage it.

    He would have been better off trying to use Chelsea instead but would have had to wait a few more years till she was able to qualify by age.

    Bill and Hillary are evidently going to have to satisfy themselves with writing the books they have already received millions of dollars for. The unflattering Drudgereport photo of the elderly Hillary suggests she should be checked for heart problems as she didn't look too healthy there.

    Obama has their number and will probably not be inclined to have Hillary as his V.P.

    Looks like Hillary's vast experience ruining the possibility for healthcare isn't resonating well enough with the public.

    The experienced Obama, on the other hand, is no doubt evaluating Oprah for Secretary of State, wondering if she can type, answer the phone, and take shorthand accurately.

    December 18, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. CC - Macon, GA

    So very, very typical of Bill Clinton who has more brass than anyone else out there in today's world....shame he doesn't have the good manners to first check with people before he says this or that about them.

    December 18, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    How is Bill going to back-track on this one? He HAS to be trying to get Hillary to lose this campaign!!

    That would be fine with me. Any other Democrat gets nominated, I will support them. If Hillary gets nominated, I'm either voting Independent or not voting for President at all (I've voted Democrat my whole life).

    Obama/Edwards or Edwards/Obama '08

    December 18, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Joseph W. Mathews, Manchester, VT

    Former President George H.W. Bush handled this preposterous proposal of Bill Clinton's correctly. Polite "no go". former President Clinton knows better. This voter can't help but think it's a cheap political trick and does his wife's campaign no good and possibly raises questions of just which Clinton is running.

    FYI, like it or not George W. Bush has the final responsibility for foreign and domestic policy until his successor takes office on January 20, 2009.

    December 18, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Mark, Shreveport, La

    Bill just wants to travel to countries where infidelity is not looked upon as a serious offense.

    December 18, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Bill Clinton should be ashamed!!! He should also apologize!!!

    Posted By Carl Belson, Boston, Ma. : December 18, 2007 2:28 pm

    Before Bill Clinton apologizes for what he said, George W. Bush has to admit his shame for what he has done to damage this country, and apologize for being a worthless dirtbag.

    December 18, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. Wayne, Greenville TX

    FYI, like it or not George W. Bush has the final responsibility for foreign and domestic policy until his successor takes office on January 20, 2009.

    Posted By Joseph W. Mathews, Manchester, VT : December 18, 2007 2:50 pm

    And then the Democrat who will replace him will start cleaning up the mess he made.

    December 18, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Ca Native

    "He has never discussed an ‘around-the-world-mission’ with either former President Bill Clinton or Sen. Clinton"

    Someone is lying. Either Bill Clinton or GHW-Bush about this.

    WHY does it always end-up into a he-said, she-said when the Clintons are involved?

    December 18, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Is ANYONE suprised to see Papa Bush is not willing to go out and "mend" the ills of the world created by his progeny?

    I can't believe how bold Clinton is. Another good reason why the "Clinton's" should not be in the White House again.

    There's no doubt his sense of reality is seriously askew!!

    John Edwards–on track with a strong agenda–wouldn't be such a dolt.

    December 18, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Ray, New Brunswick, NJ

    This is precisely why I love the Internet. It used to be a time where off the cuff comments like Bill Clinton's could fester in the minds of voters for weeks before a counter response came. Today you say something off the cuff and lesss than 24 hours someone across the country electronically backhands you and publicly tells you to STFU! I've never spoke to you about an around-the-world mission!

    December 18, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Martin Eagle, CO

    Really, who is running for president, Hillary or Bill? Do we need another four years of the Clintons. If the Clintons were to win, would we ever really know which president would stand up and speak; Hillary or Bill??

    December 18, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. AJ, IL

    Hah Hah Hah! Heh Heh Heh! Hah Hah Hah! Heh Heh Heh! Hah Hah Hah! Heh Heh Heh! Hah Hah Hah! Heh Heh Heh! Hah Hah Hah! Heh Heh Heh! Hah Hah Hah! Heh Heh Heh! Hah Hah Hah! Heh Heh Heh!

    Bill, Bill, Bill. This is very embarrassing for Clinton campaign. First Hillary slips up at the Philadelphia debate and he has been slipping ever since. Enraged Bill Clinton, tries to be the savior of Hillary's past two months of campaign sinking. Most political experts were not thinking that Bill's mouth would be the cons for Hillary but the political baggage he brings. Wow! If I didn't know any better I would think Bill Clinton was working for the Obama campaign. Thanks for lies, Bill! Politics as usual.

    Obama in '08!

    December 18, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Wait for it.............

    Go Hillary go! Your the "bestest"!

    Nobama 2008! I love you Bill!

    We need you both in the White house.

    The 90's were so wonderful and we were so loved.

    I honestly don't know who I am more worried about mentally, the bible thumpers supporting Huckabee or the sheep that can't admit when Bill or Hillary blatantly LIE to our faces.

    I posted on another blog that I think Bill is purposely trying to get her to lose, so he can "move on" and get a divorce.

    Everytime he opens his mouth it hurts her. Maybe we shouldn't complain.

    NO more Clinton's or Bush's EVER.

    December 18, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. roger, conway sc

    Bill should not assume that any back stabbing hypocrite republican would return the favor, the next time GW asks for his help he needs to tell him & the entire BUSH clan to get lost some where like the middle east since they seem to govern like the islamic leaders...This administration & the GOP are the most corrupt individuals in the entire world...VOTE DEMOCRATIC 08

    December 18, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Greenbelt, MD

    Misleading works for the politically naive,
    But lying is an insult to the politically savvy
    Clintons do not seem to know the difference,
    Bill! stop lying to the nation as if we did not have enough of it.

    December 18, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Bill, Bloomington IL

    ah yes. More Bill Clinton double-talk. Thats what I said but that is not what I said.

    December 18, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. AJ, IL

    Hah Hah Hah! Heh Heh Heh! Hah Hah Hah! Heh Heh Heh! Hah Hah Hah! Heh Heh Heh!

    Sorry i can't stop laughing at Bill, and the Hillary campaign for allowing Bill to open his mouth.

    December 18, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Emily, DC

    Why is this a bad thing for President Clinton to suggest? Our image abroad has been hurt these past few years and denying that is just being out of touch with reality. I would hope that all past presidents will help which ever candidate is elected. President Clinton was saying what his wife's plan was to rebuild our image abroad. I hope all candidates have a plan to accomplish that. And I hope previous presidents can put politics aside to for the good of our country. President Clinton did that during President Bush Jrs term. Glad to see that divisive politics trumps national interest.

    December 18, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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