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. Reality Bytes, Oradell, NJ

    So to sum this all up: "READ – MY – LIPS! Not gonna do e. Idea is BAD – BAD! My son the President – GOOD!"

    I guess Ol' George 41 didn't get the memo.

    And Team Clinton tries to equate themselves as a dynasty approaching the accomplishments of the Bush family. Don't flatter yourself. Now, Huey Long, now there's a someone you have things in common with.

    December 19, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. twb , Detroit, MI

    Bill Clinton, like his wife, is nothing more than a political operative. Everything these two do is heavily analyzed for its potential impact on their popularity. They care less about this country and its people than their own power-hungry ambition. For all of the bashing of GWB that goes on, little substance is offered as to what exactly he had done that is so bad. Virtually everyone in a position of power acknowledged that Saddam Hussein was a nasty dangerous tyrant that had to be dealt with eventually. Congress voted to give Bush the power to oust Hussein. Iraq has been a costly struggle but, to be fair, Bush never said it was going to be easy–he, in fact, said it would be very difficult. GWB's tax cuts have stimulated six years of economic growth and record tax receipts to the U.S. Treasury at the same time. The latest IRS data shows the top 5% of income earners are paying a higher percentage of the nation's income taxes than BEFORE Bush's tax cuts. This is exactly opposite of what the mainstream press has led us all to believe. GWB is far from perfect; then again, so are the Clintons, Gore, Edwards, Obama, etc.

    December 19, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Rich, Sacramento California

    Ooops – they did it again.

    It wasn't exactly a lie, but it was a very clever, manipulative, deceitful statement. Exactly what we know we can count on from the world's foremost pathlogical liars – Hill-Billy Clinton.

    December 19, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    "If we take a look at the years former President Clinton was in office the foregn policy put implace was worse."

    Dream on. On September 11, 2001 Bush had the sympathy and an unprecedented amount of support from most of the world. He had the opportunity of a lifetime to bring the world together to work to combat terrorism. Look at how completely he has bungled this opportunity. Because of their support of Bush, it is likely that major supporters like Great Britain and Austalia have replaced their leaders. Don't fantasize that this colossal failure had anything to do with Clinton.

    December 19, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. DRH, New Bern, NC

    If Bill goes abroad, where will all these countries hide their wives and daughters?

    December 19, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Keith W. Molalla, OR

    The best thing Hillary can do to elect a republican is to keep letting her man flap off at the mouth. He's not a help to the campaign at all. It makes her look like a weak woman who sends in her big bad tough hubby when the road gets rough. Not at all presidential.

    December 19, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Sheik Yerbouti

    When Clinton says "America is open for business again", I believe he means he is open to another deposit of 10 million dollars into his library fund or offshore accounts from the Saudis.

    December 19, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. SR Williams Rockwall Texas

    Clintons made 20+M from the first go around in the White House. They must be shooting for 50M this time. Poor Bill is telling everybody how rich he is and should not have a tax break. What about his off shore accts....Why is no one interested ... where are all those investigative reporter???These people will say anything and do anything because they know the liberal media will not call them on it.

    December 19, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Jason, Cincinnati, Ohio

    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.

    Are you kidding me? Dem's always say that GW has ruined this country, but they offer no support of how. Hillary Clinton would turn this country back into a terrorists feeding ground like it was under her husband. Stay the course..Thompson '08

    December 19, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. David Richmond VA

    If Hillary becomes president I guess Bill wants to let Al-Qaeda know they can go back to the days when they didn't have to worry about fighting a war in Iraq and can concentrate on planning a way to kill 3,000 more American citizens. I can't imagine why Bush 41 doesn't support this.

    December 19, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Becky, Phoenix, AZ

    That any of you should be suprised that bill and Hill are liars is ..well, a suprise! He lied on the stand before the grand jury (perjury) and she has lied in his defense and harrassed the women he had sex with and molested.

    They are small time AR crooks who made it to the White House and never changed their tactics. He is just a lying bubba....she is pure evil.

    December 19, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Anyone but the Clintons The Adams family of politics

    Come on Bill Clinton looks like a fool with all his baggage and and her too, with the huge Chinagate 3 with Norman Hsu talking to the feds after his indictement about Hillary, and trying to convince Hillary is human and has experience to be presidentis so pathetic! He looks like he is running not Hillary, she is an absolute zero, and the more he stumps the more she goes down! It's funny Bill Clinton got 5000 to see on the campaign trail, Ophra got 30,000 plus, he has no coat tails, he will always be malined by his scandals and letting Ben Laden go 9 times, She looses the more he is on the trail because it is all about him not Hillary who he hates and it shows! He mentioned himself 85 times campaigning for Hillary and 6 times he mentioned Hillary! She is third in Iowa, she will be third in NH. SC. FLORIDA etc. She is as weak as a candidate that you can get, when a Muslim who is charming who has limited experiece but far more than Hillary, he is self made will beat her the first 15-25 primaries, she is a witch not a human, 55% will vote to keep her out of the office, it's funny the Clintons forgot politics 101 you never get weak, now making her more human makes her even more rotten and twice as phony! The people who hated Clinton doubled after 2000 and now they realize the fraud he was and the don't trust either!

    December 19, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Franco, NYC, NY

    This isn't the first time Bill has made the Hillary campaign look bad. At the unconscious (maybe conscious) level does anyone get the feeling that Bill doesn't want Hillary to win? The next thing that happens is that Hillary will be asked about it on a morning talk show and laugh before the question is even finished being asked.

    December 19, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Mark M

    Tom Dedham? You are dillusional! Take it from Rosie!

    December 19, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Jim, Alexandria, VA

    The question no one has asked is why Bill Clinton thought he might get away with this lie. On some level, he had to believe GHWB would go along with this. Why would he think that?

    Little lie, big lie. Look deeper, folks.

    December 19, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Ken, Cincinnati, OH

    When I think of Bill Clinton I think of the song "Behind Blue Eyes"
    "...No one knows what it's like
    To be the bad
    To be the sad
    Behind blue eyes
    No one knows what it's like
    To be hated
    To be fated
    To telling only lies
    But my dreams
    They aren't as empty
    As my conscience
    seems to be ..."

    December 19, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Hal, Orlando, FL

    yeah, HW Bush was too busy getting his freak on this week back at the 'ol Yale stomping grounds at a Skull & Bones award ceremony for him. what a creep.

    December 19, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. KND

    Seriously a very dumb move. Even if it had been discussed and approved by HW Bush, saying so would of course elicit a response from Sr. That was clearly an attack on the current President and HW' son. I don't think it is a bad idea and I like the bi-partisan unity of Clinton and Bush but honestly, Bill is too seasoned and saavy of a President to make a dumb mistake like that one.

    December 19, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Robert Kahlden, Santa Fe, TX

    I really don't want the former President Bush talking to the Republican Candidate once he is chosen.
    I think the citizens of the U.S. are tired of the Bush's and the Clintons and the new Presidential candidate doesn't need there input.

    December 19, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. MichaelRyerson, Houston, Texas

    So I guess that means Bush (41) will not be available to support the President if it turns out to be a Democrat. No shuttle diplomacy for him unless it's in the service of the GOP. Always good to know where these mutts stand.

    December 19, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Mike, Hilo HI

    An article about President G.H.W. Bush and his comments has a picture of President Clinton accompanying it? CNN is the Clinton News Network.

    December 19, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX


    After the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, Clinton and Bush went out, together, and raised terrific moneey for the effort.

    Clinton got sick and needed heart surgery, putting him on the shelf for several months. Bush, Sr. continued on the stump and failed to generate the excitement heretofore enjoyed – because Clinton wasn't with him!!!

    Clinton comes back, healthy and joins Father of the Stooge and the money starts to pour in, again!

    The Clintons are giving this worthless family of opportnists the chance to make good on the incredible damage they, the Bushes, have unleashed on the world!

    But, Bush, Sr. says no, and the GOP claims their guy in 2009 will fix it. But, according to the right-wing gasbags on the radio, there are no problems, so what is it flip-flopping right-wingers?!?!?!

    By the way, Bush, Jr., aka Jet-Pilot, has assured huge Democratic victories for years to come at the national level with his brand of failed, foreign policy!!!

    December 19, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Kathleen, Syracuse, NY

    This report makes George H. Bush look bad, not Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton is simply calling out #41 to do the same thing for Hillary that Bill did for #43. But of course #41 can't go on a fence-building mission. That would mean that he acknowledges the damage that #43 has done to America's image around the world.

    December 19, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. r schier norwalk,ct

    The Bush's have screwed up enough...glad to hear that crooked old man is staying home !!! Why further the embarassment? ps I'm no fan of EITHER party....they both subject us to
    doom equally.....

    December 19, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Nancy Ruckersville Va

    Maybe Bill let the cat out of the bag to soon... And it isn't a Conspiracy Theory is you can connect the dots....

    December 19, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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