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. ES, Boca Raton, FL

    It is funny to see people up in arms over a good idea shot down by a family protecting crony. It would actually help the U.S.' reputation to have the 2 of them around.. of course, Bush Senior cannot admit that his son has become the worst president in U.S. history...

    Why would he backtrack from a good idea? People here are quite nuts!

    December 19, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Matthew Chillicothe, OH

    This could be the best political trick in history. Old George telling Bill he would do it in a private one on one conversation. Then when Clinton says it to the whole world George Sr. yanks the rug out to make the Clintons look bad. Not saying that this happened but only in the world of politics is it even remotely possible and there still has to be some bad blood from when they ran against each other.Easily could have been the single biggest political betrayal and smartest move in of the entire 08' election. Don't put it past them.

    December 19, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Robert, Fishkill, New York

    The Clintons and the Bushes, ad nauseum. Thank God, Americans are waking up and rejecting the whole lot of these political welfare recipients.
    Huckabee and Obama might be a good start. The best would be to get someone who has little self interest and the best interest of the nation at heart. RON PAUL is the answer!!!!
    As for Bushes, Clintons and their ilk stop using this country for your own profit. For the uninformed, look at the benefits these people all gladly suck up, like Social Security (take but don't pay), Medical (Hillary nmay hate the military but she'll be getting all her medical at Bethaisda, just like Cheney), and need we mention the security. They are all rich enough to pay their own bills, but again they serve their own interests not the nations.

    December 19, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. sheryl norman

    Another lie from Bill Clinton ... this time it's not under oath.

    December 19, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Vicki Taft Tifton, GA

    When are the "Clintons" going to realize they can't spew out lies to the crowd they are in front of without the whole world knowing and calling them on it. With all do respect Mr. Former President – You have gotten so used to lying that you actually believe what you say.

    December 19, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. John Shupe, Grand Rapids, Michigan

    What the heck is Clinton thinking? Why would we want to bother repairing our image with the rest of the world? It's filled with FOREIGNERS! Who cares what THEY think, buncha troop-hating surrender monkeys.

    Besides, he had sex in the Whitehouse.

    December 19, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |

    Bubba has NO shame. It's all about him – all the time. The man has a love affair with himself and his self-worship. "Me-me-me-I-me-me-me..." – – Sick.

    Maybe Bubba should go around and assure other nations that the next Republican President, like the former one, won't be Impeachable. Bubba is, of course, one out of only two Presidents who can make that claim to fame.

    December 19, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Owl Creek Observer, Illinois

    As always with Team Clinton, it's a case of mouth over matter.

    December 19, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Steve, Texas

    "No thanks to Bubba, this campaign is going down faster than the infamous intern.
    Posted By downthere : December 19, 2007 3:32 pm"

    That was crass and unnecessary.

    December 19, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. CAREY, U.S. ARMY

    Bubba has NO shame. It's all about him – all the time. The man has a love affair with himself and his self-worship. "Me-me-me-I-me-me-me…" – – Sick.

    Maybe Bubba should go around and assure other nations that the next Republican President, like the and current one, won't be Impeachable. Bubba is, of course, one out of only two Presidents who can make that claim to fame.

    President George W. Bush has more character and purpose in his pinkie than Bubba has had over his entire life. What a phony!

    December 19, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. tduck louisville ky

    HUMA ABEDIN ......'nough said

    December 19, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. jason, slc ut

    "That family will say ANYTHING to keep up appearances. Hey Bill, this might be a foreign concept, but telling the truth is the best place to start!!"

    Yeah, cuz GWB is great at telling the truth. Amazing (well, not really) that such an idiot can lie to an entire country about anything and everything and you find fault in a former president's statement about hoping to repair foreign relations. As I said, not really amazing that GWB has you all eating from his hand.

    December 19, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Frank Honolulu HI

    I don't think it's a good idea to take the elder Bush on any mission. He'll end up puking on them.

    December 19, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Carl Fuller, Huffman, TX

    You won't get an apology from Slick Willie. What you will get is a replay of the debate over the definition of the word "is" which is in his quote.

    December 19, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. phil-bakersfield, ca

    liar, liar that's bill and hill-liar-y

    December 19, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. James Paddock, Mukwonago, Wis

    I commend former President Bush for his refusal to go on a Diplomatic Mission with Bill Clinton. That would be a no Brainer for Bush to even think of doing something such as that. If he approved of it and agreed to it, he would be playing right into the Clintons hands in attempting to win over the White House again. 8 Years of the Clintons in Washihgton was to long as it was.

    December 19, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Pete, Brooks-vegas, FL

    Are people serious to think that Bush SHOULD travel with Clinton to fix the worlds issues? The world isn't issue here. Clinton referenced an action for Bush to essentially criticize his own son by 'cleaning up W's diplomacy mistakes'. A pretty low insult if you asked me to do that to my own son.

    Clinton is way too smart to spout this without realizing the absurdity of the premise. He obviously wants to enjoy his time alone, and isn't as into Hillary 08 as she is. Plain and simple, and I don't really blame him. He's already been down the highest political road already and has the scars to prove it.

    I feel a little bad for Hillary not to see the obvious.

    December 19, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Bill, Kansas City, MO

    Good call Mr. President.

    December 19, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Jen Orange, CA

    Has anyone thought about who is going to pay for this little trip around the world? We all know that it will be our tax dollars used to pay for this trip. California has enough of these problems do we really want this in the white house. It is good to know up front how they plan to spend our tax money and why they feel the need to increase taxes so they can go traveling across the world and eating in five star resturants. I for one am not in favor of this at all.

    December 19, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. CK, Arlington, VA

    You hit the nail on the head, Dinh of honolulu hawaii:

    What the coolaid drinkers spout doesn't mean sqwat. Unlike Clinton, Bush made hard decisions, made mistakes for sure, but history WILL see his accomplishments as having made a significant difference for the positive. As for Clinton, well he's still trying to rewrite his since he will be deemed as insignificant in the history books.

    December 19, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. SRK, Graham, Wash

    Bill, is adding an idea into the minds of the sheeple of the United States. This is supposed to be the "brillant" way of Clintons politics, remember MEDIA !!!

    December 19, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. Jim C., Brigantine, NJ

    What a rare but huge political misstep by Bill. He showed no respect for 41 thinking he was either too dumb or too soft and would let him use him like that. WRONG! He could have been way more tactful. 41 has already indirectly done Hillary a huge service (and the entire country) in the past simply by being honest about where he is on our foreign policy–why push it like this! Really stupid and certainly wreaks of some desperation. Maybe he is seeing his "dynasty" crumble before him right now?

    December 19, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. john, Phoenix

    Would Bill Clinton be willing to accompany George Bush on a world tour under a Fred Thompson presidency?

    December 19, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. M. Algore, NYC, NY

    Another Clinton Lie.

    Liar, hypocrite, clinton.

    December 20, 2007 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  25. Britney Crawford, IA

    Wonderful…….Bubba impregnating the world……………alone, again.....

    December 20, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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