December 18th, 2007
06:00 PM ET
9 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. Detroit Mich

    It's just Bill Clinton being Bill Clinton. A great politician can lie with
    a strait face, Bill Clinton is that great politician.

    December 18, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  2. John - New Jersey

    When will this man learn how to stop lying? Will he ever shut up? His wife has no accomplishments, legislative or otherwise, other than standing by her man while he disgraced the White House.

    December 18, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  3. Jim, Pittsburgh, PA

    He is doing the right thing, that is what he is doing.

    December 18, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  4. Steve Lanning, Baldwinsville,NY

    Not sure why Bill thinks we need to have our creds improved in the world. Germany seems to like us now. The French Pres who was just elected campaigned on his desire to improve relations with the US, and has made favorable comments since being elected. Seems like the only countries that think the way Bill thinks are Russia(still pretty communist) China definitely communist and most of the radical muslim nations who really just want us dead. If you ask me our credibility around the world is in fime shape

    December 18, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. Bill Mattingly

    He only tries what expedient for him. The guy has to take a poll before he can visit the john!
    He's what you encounter when you visit a used car lot. A pure BS artist. But it does take some big balls to ask a father to stick a knife in his own sons back.
    But thats good ol Bill!!!

    December 18, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  6. Chris, Springfield, IL

    Good. Bill Clinton must be going senile. That was about the most insulting invitation he could have given. George Bush, Sr. is a good guy and shouldn't have to put up with a sleaze like Bill.

    December 18, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  7. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "Economy doing well, no attacks on the US soil, outrageous liberal legislation vetoed, etc…yet people still scream how he is so stupid".

    Amazing. Blind Bush supporters totally ignor that he has increased our national debt by 50%. Mindlessly, they will complain anytime anyone talks about actually paying for it. How ridiculous can you be to think you are better financially if your debts increase 50%?

    Bush completely failed to prevent the FIRST attack on US soil and there is no reason to give him credit for preventing another one. Is there ANYONE who thinks Bush is keeping illegal foreigners from entering our country EVERY day? This is the same guy who fought to turn port operations over to an Arab company, fought against increased inspection of incoming shipments, and hasn't caught bin Laden and "isn't that concerned" about him. Dream on while you read "The Pet Goat" with him!

    December 18, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  8. TN

    Come on people!!!!

    Bill's comment just highlighted how out of touch the Republicans are: they are left to defend Bush's record on international diplomacy - they really can not afford to be seen as defending W's record and in forcing them to stand up on that Bill highlights his own glistening record on that front...

    It's not a misstep...if we want change we DO INDEED need to repair our relationships abroad.

    December 18, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  9. JElias, Lake Jackson, TX

    He can't be so arrogant and thick as to think Bush the elder would insult his own son to help Hllary out. Did he really expect silence from GHWB? To both questions, the answer is: Not likely. So, what's he up to? The man is devious, hypocritical and ad nauseum....but he is not stupid.

    December 18, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  10. Jose Card

    This is probably what really happened. Hillary knows the first thing she needs to do in the White House is to send Bill 'away and far away' from the interns. She knows Bill too well to keep him around so she made a deal with him.

    On the other hand, Bill has to find an honorable reason for him to go away – on a so-called diplomatic mission. I don't know if taxpayers are paying for his trips. If yes, that would be even sweeter.

    Obviously, Bill is lying again. Why would senior Bush want to go on a trip to listen to Bill bashing his own son?

    Here is again a serious problem of having a dynasty. It's high time for a "Constitution Amendment that limits the presidential terms for the same couple". Our founding fathers had never thought of women working outside of their homes and voting or running for president.

    If you compare Bill or Hillary with an uprising popular statesman, Dr. Ron Paul, he really should go hiding and stop spreading more shame around the globe. He is the most disgraceful former president in history. Let's not repeat what damage he caused during his presidency.

    December 18, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  11. Gerard Mendes porterville,ca

    This rates right up there with-"I didnt have sex with that woman" I cant wait for more of his 'real' life commentary.

    December 18, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  12. Tarry

    I've never seen an ex-president continue to dis-respect a sitting president like we've seen with Bill Clinton Whether you like Bush or not he's still the President, just like Clinton was at one time and we respected and tolerated his escapades.
    The bottom line is the nation has Clinton Fatigue. Hillary is not a good candidate and everyone knows it, but them. When you stand Hillary next to a charismatic Edwards or Obama the decision is easier for me to make my choice. All the comments we post on these boards are monitored to get the pulse of the voter by the candidates. Its time the Clinton Camp "fold'em" and get out of the way of the other candidates

    December 18, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  13. Mario Uy Streamwood IL

    Be kind to Hillary. Hillary did not authorize Bill's comments in as much as she did not authorize Shaheen's comments.

    December 19, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  14. J. Abraham, Zachary, LA

    Well, hasn't the elder Bush been seen doing diplomatic work with Bill Clinton? They are just taking advantage of that real good. That's what the Bush family gets for carousing with the enemy in my opinion. A man can't pick up hot coals without getting burned!

    December 19, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  15. Mario Uy Streamwood IL

    Don't you guys get it? You are forgetting that Bill is way too intelligent to make such an egregious error. This is a well thought out plan. Under the guise of campaigning for Hillary, he does things ever so subtle to sabotage her chances of winning. He does not really like Hillary to win because he is afraid that she might overpower his legacy. Get it?

    December 19, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  16. Jose Card

    Hillary must really feel the heat from Obama now. She has Bill out warning the voters, "Be aware of that risk." If Bill were somebody with a little credibility, it might have helped.

    If Bill were really as smart as he claimed to be, he should jump the ship now. President Obama may give him a diplomatic mission away from Hillary.

    One big problem is that Bill is not a respectable former president. Sending him overseas won't help. On the other hand, Jimmy Carter is well respected as he is genuinely interested in the welfare of BOTH men and women.

    December 19, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  17. Gracey Knowle, Dallas, Texas

    So either Bill (let's face it, Hillary isn't the one running here) discussed the idea with George senior first, in which case George senior is lying, or Bill plans to reintroduce the draft, starting with George senior.

    Which is it?

    December 19, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  18. Daniel, NY

    A new Iowa poll was just released, and the news isn't that great for Clinton. But stunningly, it's now Edwards who comes out in top, for the first time since August! Link.

    December 19, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  19. Emily, Atlanta, Ga

    Bill Clinton has really been making himself look like a fool these past few months and it is killing his wife's campaign.

    December 19, 2007 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  20. Karl, Atlanta, Ga.

    It's a good thing this lie was not under oath. Then Clinton would have to lose his law license for another 5 years.

    December 19, 2007 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  21. Momaduke, Farmington NM

    um, is Bill or Hillary running for President??
    I am also dumbfounded..if the wife (significant other) of the President has so much power, then shouldn't we be looking more closely at the spouses? Gee, I thought I was voting for a President, not the spouse. I'm a little put off that Clinton supposedly gave Hil so much power when he was Pres. We did not elect her back then (AND WE SHOULD NOT NOW OR EVER) What if the future Presidents give their spouses control as well?

    December 19, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  22. Steve, Iowa.

    Why don't the Clinton's leave politics and star in a reality show. These two just can't help themselves. Too funny. I bet some how the Clinton's and their hangers on, yes CNN I am talking about you, will blame Bill's lie on G. W. Bush.

    December 19, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  23. Tom Strongsville, Ohio

    Wow, the arrogance and concite is absolutely breathtaking..that Bubba Bill would consider such an idea in the first place. What on earth was he thinking?..the dems must be nuts to even consider Hillbillery for their party's presidental candidate, at this point.

    December 19, 2007 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  24. Chuck, Dafter, MI

    I can't believe I wasted my time reading these comments. I guess I just forgot for a few minutes.

    December 19, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  25. nostraboris

    I'd want to get away from the annoying phoney laughter as well, but traveling the world on America's dime is asking too much.
    Go Obama

    December 19, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
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