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. Kris in Atlanta

    What a blunder. Bill should no better than anyone what a lousy, dishonest president Bush Part 1 was and you don't need a thouand points of light to point out that insinuating the senior Bush will somehow have a part in a future Clinton presidency makes many people uneasy. If he's gonna hire Bush 1, then he may as well make Bush some sort of ambassador. Let's face it, the only good Bush is a beer and when this arduously long Bush presidncy is over, no one wants a repeat.

    December 19, 2007 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  2. John, Destin FL

    Yet another Clinton lie exposed. Buzzflash was proud of this one until it was reversed.

    December 19, 2007 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  3. sue2 Peru IL

    Off topic, but I feel so sorry for Elizabeth Edwards re; the headline on Drudge....

    December 19, 2007 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  4. wndrtch, Boston MA

    Hey Bill...

    You ASK first!

    December 19, 2007 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  5. deroy WPB, FL

    clinton lied again.

    has bill clinton ever told the truth about anything?

    itt appears that he wants hillary to lose. teach ehr a lesson for preaching to him!

    December 19, 2007 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  6. Dinh , honolulu hawaii

    Kudos to the former president . He is right . There is nothing wrong with America's image . All who criticize Bush have to remember that :
    1/ Bush is the one who pushed thru the missle defense that the nay-sayer said would not work , well, Japan has just shown us how happy they are after their successful test . The rest of the world will be too in the next decade , and Americans a generation from now can't thank Mr. Bush enough for that .
    2/ Bush is the one who scared the heck out of Kadafi that Mr. Mad Man all of a sudden decide to drop his Gun (Nuke-gun that is ) and be our friend instead .
    3/ Bush is the one who took out Hussein, thus relieved America , Irag and the rest of the world of another Mad Man fully capable of murdering thousands if not Millions of innocent people with a blink of an eye.
    4/ Now , listen to this, Bush again , is the one who STARED down Mad Chairman Kim Jong-Il while NOBODY , Amrican or any one else , ever could , and see how polite Mr. Chairman is now , and I bet you that he will live up to his promise for the first time in last 2 milleniums to dismantle his Nukes , how about that for a change? .
    5/ Bush is also the one who got another Mad Man , Bin Ladin to run for his life and though with the millions of money that he has, unable to freely rent an apartment and thus has to resort to Fox Holes in Afganishtan or maybe Pakistan instead .
    6/ Mr. Bush is also the one who stood up to Congress for our Troops , thus allow them the chance to at least finish their mission and go home as victors rather than coming home in shame as our worth Vietnam Vets did . Remember folks , we were not defeated by the Vietcong , nor the Russian , we were defeated by our Jane Fonda, our John Kerry , our Arm-chair Generals who have neither the skill nor the guts to see a mission to the end , who rather called it quit and go home before long . Well, Anyone remember how our intelligent Senators all but 100% sure that the SURGE WILL NEVER WORK , well , at least they shut up on that for now.

    To sum up my Points, disagree with Mr. Bush all you want but future generations give him the dues that a lot of us deny him today . Harry Truman was never loved in his days anyway , nor was Abraham Lincoln . I rest my case.

    December 19, 2007 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  7. Suzanne, scottsdale, az

    I guess Bush wouldn't do it even for the good of our country. He'd rather keep the hate going.

    December 19, 2007 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  8. Dinh, honolulu , hawaii

    the elder Bush is right . In my opinion , these are the 3 best presidents in modern time:

    Number One : Ronald Reagan , the great communicator , you gotta give him credit for Stared down the Evil Empire and won the Cold WAr for us . He is the Greatest .

    Number Two: George W. Bush , the Gunslinger from Texas whose nerve is actually Titanium-plated , who got us the Missle Defense , Stared down Mad man after Mad Man such as Kadafi , Saddam, Kim Jong-il , Bin Ladin and the like.

    Number Three: Bill Clinton , the Ivy-league , smooth operator from Arkansas , who got us into the longest economic boom of history .

    Hats of to the gentlemen and the great jobs they did.

    December 19, 2007 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  9. Mudhen Chris

    I am no fan of reality either Bill, but there are those times when we are bound by its constraints.

    December 19, 2007 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  10. Anonymous

    These comments represent Bill Clinton’s undisciplined, arrogant, and self centered behavior which will be on display for the world to see during the election. He will not be reigned in despite the Hillary Clinton campaigns best efforts because his ego will not allow it. It will be very amusing to watch him during the campaign because he no longer has a compliant media that will ignore his half truths and he and Hillary still have not figured out how to handle the internet and Mat Drudge.

    December 19, 2007 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  11. Tom, Tokyo, Japan

    Got to hand it to Bill Clinton for once, his political theater is certainly entertaining.

    The only thing that can beat it is if Hillary manages to find a way to take the oval office.

    Not good for the country, but I for one look forward to the entertainment.

    December 19, 2007 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  12. Tom, New York


    December 19, 2007 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  13. Alex H, West Linn, OR

    Wow. Are you guys getting paid to say this, or are you all really that dense?

    Bill wants to do damage control on America's image abroad. Because of W's disastrous foreign policy, this country's once-favorable reputation in the world has been utterly ruined, so that damage control is in dire need.

    HW, meanwhile, seems to be suffering from dementia in his old age, being "proud of the role America continues to play around the world as the beacon of hope for freedom and democracy", which it most certainly does not thanks to his criminal son's actions.

    Bill speaks the truth. HW speaks of delusion. You guys... I dunno, but I hope none of you are voting.

    December 19, 2007 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  14. PKahnPie

    How does anyone; after 8 years of this man and his inability to tell the truth about anything, believe what he says? Has this nation lost it's collective mind? Bill and Hill are crooks, the biggest to have ever lived in the White House. Accusations of rape, lost billing records showing up in their living quarters after two years, firing people to replace them with his cousin, money from China to line their pockets, two years getting his bone smooched in the Oval Office while terrorist were plotting another attack on never ends with him and maybe soon...Hillary and Blll again. Lets stop the madness.

    December 19, 2007 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  15. Robert, Palm Coast, Florida

    Yes, Clinton will accompany Bush '41 at the request of the next Republican President to maintain the strength of the USA under Bush '43. Now that makes sense.

    December 19, 2007 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  16. Anne, Virginia Beach, VA

    Bill Clinton may be a dog, but he's a brilliant politician. Of course he doesn't want to spend the next 4 years under scrutiny and unable to play around without being watched every minute. Anyone who can't see he's trying to deep-six Hillary's campaign is naive.

    December 19, 2007 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  17. juspasntru, Orlando FL

    The Clinton's are doing the same old thing. They say what they think will get them votes without regard to consequences or impacts on others. Go Obama!!!

    December 19, 2007 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  18. Mary, Beaver, PA

    And did you really think that the elder Bush was going to go along with this obvious jab at his own flesh and blood? The Bushes and the Clintons are both disgraceful, and it's high time we relegated them to the pages of history.

    December 19, 2007 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  19. Jimmy Jenkins, Roswell, GA

    The Clintons will continue to make one ill-advised comment after another because they are never held accountable for anything they say or do.

    December 19, 2007 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  20. Willy, Chesapeake,VA

    The Clinton's; Democrats tried scrubbing, soaking and even flames but you still can't get that stain out.

    December 19, 2007 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  21. bob massachusetts

    Former President Bush still has a chief of staff? Chief over what staff.
    And which bush are they referring to when they say "President Bush is exicited..."?
    Worse type of politics. Print as much crap as possible and then flip a coin to see whose paying attention.
    Heads says All of the Bushes and Clinton's will still have their gubby paws on anything that has to do with our country. They did their time – move on.

    December 19, 2007 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  22. GES, Brooksville, Florida

    It is so funny to hear Democrats talk about corruption...but at least it comes from experts. Harry Reid, scandal selling government land cheap to a friend. Nancy Pelosi Violating enviromental laws in her husbands development...all covered up by the drive by media. We have Abscam specialist "Jack (our Marines are murders) Murtha, felon Alcee Hastings (Bribery) of Florida and the ever Famous Barney ( I didn't know my boyfriend was running a brothel out of our apartment) Frank. This is the Democratic leadership....members of Nancy Pelosi's most ethical congress in history.....well, I feel better now...could someone please define the word "IS"?

    December 19, 2007 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  23. John D North Haven, CT

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

    Posted By Wayne, Greenville TX : December 18, 2007 2:57 pm

    What mess? A safe nation again? I have not heard of anymore embassy bombings, no more Navy Ships bombed, and NO MORE BUILDINGS in the USA being bombed. Those things don't happen when you keep your enemy on the run. Not to mention the domestic side unemployment the lowest in a decade, Inflation under control and some of the lowest interest rates in our history. This will all come to an end if the TAX and SPEND LIBERIALS get in office.

    President Bush Senior has it right, go home Bill and lie to us no more.

    December 19, 2007 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  24. Rudy Ryan, Knoxville, TN

    Bill Clinton has long ago proven he has no shame. He will say or do anything to get what he wants. Have we heard Hillary object to what he said? She and he are a team. Does anyone in their right mind want years of this team again running our country?

    December 19, 2007 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  25. TJ VA. Beach

    The idea is still a good one.
    Loads of people are just afraid of common sense. They travel the world together now, and will continue to. Sheeehh.
    The negative needs to stop whining within this blog, or at least get some cheese to go along with the whine in here.

    December 19, 2007 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
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