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. G Wayne, Houston, TX

    I am again aghast at what democrats consider OK. Bill spouts a blatant LIE and they ignore it to rant on about whatever is on their mind. you know who you are.
    YOU have no shame and very little intelligence as well.

    December 19, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  2. Joe Drager NYNY

    The Clintons are just wonderful. I love them. And their children.

    December 19, 2007 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. Viking, East Lansing, MI

    Bill and Bush 41 are friends. They've worked on Katrina Relief together, so anyone who thinks that Bill doesn't know how Bush truly feels is naive or blinkered. I bet they discussed something like this, and all Clinton did was jump the gun. Big deal.

    It's also hilarious to see people here blame Clinton for this, that, and the other. We had a healthy economy during his terms, we had a strong dollar, a cleaner environment, more cooperation with other countries, and the respect and admiration we had rebuilt after Vietnam. All that is lost.

    December 19, 2007 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. charles hauser, Columbus Ohio

    The Bush comment is a distraction from a deeper problem.

    Bill/Hill's campaign decided to try to one up Obama's idea of talking to foriegn leaders with a petty my quip – "my friends are bigger than yours."

    The problem is that the "Emperor with no Cloths" has lost his magic to deceive the public. Now he's just one more obnoxious big mouth whose primary interest is adding more feathers to his already comfortable nest.

    December 19, 2007 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. Albert, Indianapolis, IN

    I have become a minority. I still support the president, as I did Clinton, and as I will the next president, democrat or republican. You people need to get a grip. We have the democrats running against GW and the republicans running against Hillary. GW isn't running and Hillary may not get the nomination from her party. All I see here is a bunch of bashing from both sides. I will vote republican, no matter who wins the nomination. Not because I think they are anymore honest than the democrats, I just see that they know how to rule. The current congress shows it. You have a minority calling the shots in the house. When the dems were in the house this would have never happened. Yes, I'll stick with the republicans until a better option comes along, maybe a libretarian.

    December 19, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. Seam, Philly PA

    This goes to show you that Republicans are not willing to work with Clinton. Hillary will further divide the country with the same old politics as usual. We need real change from a leader that can truly bridge gaps and earn respect. End the family dynasty of the past 25+ years. Vote Obama 08'

    December 19, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  7. Gerry Carter, Florida

    Half you people have so much hatred for former Pres. Clinton that you missed the whole point of the mission. This was a good idea. It would help our position in the world and improve Americas image through out the world.

    December 19, 2007 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  8. Thomas, Newport, NC

    I pray daily that both the Dems and the present group of Repubs fall to the side and a non-Politiction decides to step up and be a competent administrator and CEO for the country. While I don’t trust the present group of Repubs running, I flat out fear what the Dems will do to this country. I truly believe most of us could do a more honest and open job of running this country then any of the professional polititons we have in DC at this time. If we made mistakes at least we would be open about them and try to get the situation corrected.

    December 19, 2007 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. Larry, Houston TX

    So, Bill Clinton did not answer the person at the Hillary rally truthfully, because Bill had never even consulted George H. W. Bush about this hair-brained "round-the-world to apologize for lil Bush" scheme. When are Bill and Hillary going to learn that words mean things, and that they shouldn't lie just to pacify the immediate audience. It reminds me of when Hillary decided to tell a reporter that she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary, who was famous for being the first person to scale Mt. Everest, when in fact Sir Edmund hadn't even climbed Everest until some time after Mrs. Clinton was born!

    December 19, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. Joe, San Antonio, TX

    More proof positive that the truth is relative to the Clintons. In other words, it 'is' whatever they make it up to be....depending on what what your definition of "is" is!

    December 19, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. 27833

    HILLARY........ PAAALEEZZZEEEE get on board and endorsement from PRESIENT CARTER!!!

    Bill, and FOB work hard for Americans!

    Tom, GNVL

    December 19, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. Mary, Houston, Texs

    With all due respect, Americans are just holding their breath until we can be RID of the Bush family.....ALL of them.

    George Bush Sr's comment denying his willingness to help the next president on behalf of the country.....regardless of party....clearly shows us what we need to know.

    He'll be planting seeds elsewhere for Jeb or one of his grandsons instead.

    Country be dammned, eh?

    December 19, 2007 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  13. Vince, Rapid City SD

    It was pretty low, and somewhat desperate of the Clinton clan to use the current President's Dad to undermine the current administration's foreign policies for political gain.

    December 19, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. Brook New York, NY

    I love this "the world hate us" BS. Remove all immigration restrictions and you'll see just how "hated" we are around the world.

    December 19, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. Greg mt,clemens mi

    they call this guy slick willy but he really isnt that slick at all. he is very mean spirited really and looks very unhealthy.his antics will help the republicans hold on to the white house however so keep it up Willy!

    December 19, 2007 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Greg, Jacksonville, Florida

    Bush Sr. surely must be aware of the damage his son has done to this country that must be cleaned up, even if he doesn't acknowledge as much publicly. I mean, is there anyone left out there who really likes Dubya and thinks he has done an admirable job??

    December 19, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Brent, Jacksonville FL

    I find it funny how the Bush bashers come out and side step the issues and push them on President Bush. If we take a look at the years former President Clinton was in office the foregn policy put implace was worse. You can't build a house on sinking sand. GWB is only trying to work with what "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" left him.

    December 19, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. Glenn, Rochester, NY

    She said that's what she WOULD do; she didn't say she had even discussed it w/Bush Sr.

    Besides I agree with all the other posts; why do we care what the rest of the rest of the world thinks of us!? Screw them; WE'RE the leaders of the free world. U-S-A! U-S-A!

    December 19, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    I am again aghast at what democrats consider OK. Bill spouts a blatant LIE and they ignore it to rant on about whatever is on their mind. you know who you are.
    YOU have no shame and very little intelligence as well.

    Posted By G Wayne, Houston, TX : December 19, 2007 8:34 am

    Thank you Wayne for writing what the Clintonista's choose to ignore and as usual it is the TRUTH.

    The FACT or the POINT of the story here is that Bill spoke of Bush Sr. basically already accepting an invitation to travel the world with Bill and fix everything under Hillary's guidance.

    Never was discussed and that makes it a LIE.

    December 19, 2007 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Nancy Washington, Raleigh, NC


    December 19, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Sean Shamus

    Everytime Bill Clinton opens his mouth it reminds me of all the things I detest about the Clintons. The main thing is the absolute inability to tell the truth. And to think I was contemplating voting for Hillary. God forbid!!!!

    December 19, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Pam

    Bush Senior wasn't much of a foreign policy guy either. Why would we be surprised?

    December 19, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Kathy Los Angeles

    I cant' stand watching him campaign for her - he looks desperate and he's making her look unable to stand up for herself. I guess he knows she's a weak candidate on her own.
    He needs to give it a rest - it's embarassing.

    December 19, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. May Pinkham

    Bill ensuring Hilary's loss? No kidding!
    What is he doing? Ensuring her loss!

    Remember at the beginning of his presidency when he sent her off to do the health care bill? He knew it would fail, but it would keep her busy, and guess what, he really "wanted" her to fail – he did it accidentally on purpose. You think he loves her? You think he wants her off getting busy! You bet, gives him time for his hobbies and makes him look extra good!

    December 19, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Pam

    President Clinton just said it was an idea and a suggestion. He never said that Bush Sr. agreed to it. Don't you people read the articles before you comment??? Plus Bush no. 1 wasn't very popular abroad any more than his son is. He had a lousy foreign policy record and started the first Gulf War. He though was smart enough to know not to go into Iraq.

    P.S. I don't dislike Bush Sr., in fact I like him a whole lot better now that he isn't President.

    December 19, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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