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. David, Bedford, NH

    It was just a silly comment made by Bill 42 to a question. It seems the real problem is the word "again". As a NH voter, the issue for me is that there are too many loose lipped Hillary supporters. No other campaign has generated these kinds of gaffes.

    December 19, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. SO IL

    TOLD YOU SO – IT WAS MADE UP BY CNN (CLINTON NEWS NETWORK) there will BE LIES ABOUDING BY THE DEMS/MEDIA–THEYRE STUPID. they are jealous and dangerous
    WE'ER CLEANING UP A MESS CAUSED BY THE CLINTONS: IRAQ AND SOON IRAN

    December 19, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. charlotte

    Why is a guy that never got %50 of the popular advice held up as the world's greatest politician? Take away Ross Perot in the the first election and Clinton would have never been elected anyway. Thanks Ross, you should be so proud.
    How did Clinton manage to blow such a huge lead? The Republicans would have eaten her for lunch anyway. Go Obama Go!!!

    December 19, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Mikile

    The problem with him is that he is a sick man; he doesn't know what the difference between the truth and a lie is. He lives in a fantasy world, and once his wife sinks, hopefully they'll go away.

    December 19, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Fred Price, Olive Branch, Ms.

    Since Hillary is running for President, Bill Clinton will do anything to search for more INTERNS. So families, hide your daughters!!!!!! Old dogs never change their colors, nor does telling the truth come easy for Liar Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton was NEVER faithful to Hillary during their marriage and will never be faithful. Bill and Hillary Clinton are an UNGODLY Couple who are in it for the power alone, they are NOT there to help anyone but themselves. It was just a couple of weeks ago that Bill Clinton was using 96 I's in his speech. He only mentioned Hillary Clinton 6 times. What sorry egos they both have.. only the "STUPID" and morally currupt vote for a clinton.

    December 19, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Sam, Kirksville, MO

    I will not vote for Hillary the fake.

    December 19, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Rick, Centennial, Colorado

    The Clintons lie when telling the truth will do.

    December 19, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. jules so, IL

    cnn is a "dumb blonde news source" really, its a gossip column. anyone since 2002 that reads from this source is self deluded – they laugh at how they think they can control the world

    December 19, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. John, Medfield, MA

    it's not a bad idea that Bill has, given the disaster of the "we're better than anyone' policies by the younger Bush. Senior Bush's denial of a worldwide problem with the US's policies underscore how little awareness this family and this administration has for our declining influence in the world – we are our own worst enemy and we/they don't seem to realize it! I guess a head (s) in the sand makes it go away.

    December 19, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Billy Hill, Mars Hill, ME

    MARS HILL, ME – BREAKING NEWS

    BILL CLINTON CLAIMS HE AND BUSH 41 WILL SELL LEMONADE IN FRONT OF THE WHITEHOUSE TO HELP BALANCE THE BUDGET WHEN HILLARY BECOMES PRESIDENT (developing)

    December 19, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Brady Ohio

    Actually, the round the world trip would be to tell world leaders that after 8 years without a Clinton in office, the US is back to pandering to dictators and America-haters.

    Fortuately, HRC will never make it to the office.

    December 19, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. H Cram, Indianapolis,IN

    Hillary is being done in by her husband. He isn't helping her at all!

    December 19, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Steve, Texas

    MARS HILL, ME – BREAKING NEWS

    BILL CLINTON CLAIMS HE AND BUSH 41 WILL SELL LEMONADE IN FRONT OF THE WHITEHOUSE TO HELP BALANCE THE BUDGET WHEN HILLARY BECOMES PRESIDENT (developing)

    Posted By Billy Hill, Mars Hill, ME : December 19, 2007 1:21 pm

    Wow. That was REALLY dumb. Thanks for wasting everyone's time, Billy.

    December 19, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Matt, Bullard, Texas

    as sharp and calculating a politician as Clinton is, his remarks are either ginormously careless (which I doubt), hugely presumptious (likely, but not probable) or an attempt to insert himself into the equation to salve his ego and improve his 'legacy' (much closer to the bullseye I think)

    December 19, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Steve, Texas

    Actually, the round the world trip would be to tell world leaders that after 8 years without a Clinton in office, the US is back to pandering to dictators and America-haters.

    Fortuately, HRC will never make it to the office.

    Posted By Brady Ohio : December 19, 2007 1:26 pm

    Sure, and Democrats would never regain control of both houses of Congress. Oh, wait. DUH. Silly me, THEY DID, even when you Clinton-obsessed haters said they never would.
    And you think HRC would be responsible for pandering to US-hating nations? What are you, a moron? Virtually every single 9/11 hijacker came from SAUDI ARABIA, and Cokehead George still loves to hold their hands. Cokehead George says how much he hates Communist Cuba, but gee, the US still pays RENT to Castro's government to be able to use THEIR land for the illegal Gitmo detention center. In other words: "APOLOGIST, PLEASE!" Democrats couldn't make this country any worse than Boy George already has. Wake TFU.

    December 19, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. DeZe, Washington State

    The Bush family should hope that history will define the differences between H.W. and W. If there is any doubt that history will confuse the two and their accomplishments, then maybe H.W. should consider the idea no matter who is in the White House next.

    December 19, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. sunshine484848

    What do you expect from a known PATHOLOGICAL LIAR??!!

    December 19, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. alan

    Another example of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton lying. We sure don't need another Clinton LIAR in the White House!

    December 19, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. RoninMaximus

    It is very sad indeed that these politicians – past and present – have the faith and trust of so many Americans...you will find after a very simple history lesson that there is NO DIFFERENCE between the "Democrats" and the "Republicans"...check the spending all on its own as an issue and you'll find that they are controlled by those with the money to create their world government. People should look to themselves for the beginning of the clean up that is necessary in American life and foreign policy.

    December 19, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Paul, NYC, NY

    elder Bush was back at Yale this week. can ya guess what he was doing? probably don't want to know but he was at a Skull & Bones ceremony getting an award from them. sick freak.

    December 19, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. chris, New York City, NY

    "Other notables"??? Yeah that's all we need – a bunch of old-school, eazy sleezy politicians running around the world trying to "patch" things up.
    The world despises you bubble-boy, wheelin'-and-dealin' dirtbag$. Get a clue. Your bubble burst.
    GO HOME! Get back under your bridges where you belong.

    December 19, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Sally

    >>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

    Yeah, sure, dream on. The Dems have had House and Senate for a year now and haven't stopped the war. They just funded an additional 40 billion. You Dem Koolaid drinkers are a bore.

    December 19, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Jenna Cols., OH

    I would just like to point out that while I do not want Hillary in office, Bill Clinton was an excellent president. Our economy wasn't going down the drain. 🙂

    December 19, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Rich, Arnold MD

    I'll take Clinton-esque lies about oral sex and diplomatic missions over Bush-esque lies about WMD's and trampling on the Constitution ANY day.

    December 19, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. downthere

    No thanks to Bubba, this campaign is going down faster than the infamous intern.

    December 19, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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