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. Momaduke, Farmington NM



    Bet Carter feels left out. Doesn't he have a daughter that could run for Pres next? Afterall, he can't seem to keep his mouth shut.

    December 20, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Mehul, Waukegan, IL

    Unbelievable, another sly draw by a Clinton, I know we made a mistake electing W back in office for a second term, but bringing a Clinton back in?! Crazy!

    December 20, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Mark, Cheyenne

    Read the story people.

    She wanted this to happen for the good of the world – 41 and 42 trying to restore the goodwill that we have lost in the past 5 years.

    Bush 41 said no. And that is his prerogative.

    Thats the facts.

    No one said anyone promised anything.

    JHC think for yourselves. No wonder this country is f'ed up, none of you can think.

    What if Al Gore were President on 9/11/2001?

    Oh wait, he was. At least in the majority of Americans.

    December 21, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  4. tanarg

    Among people of goodwill, America has gained goodwill in the last five years.

    Among those who support Islamofascism (those who call themselves American and those who don't), of course we are losing goodwill.

    The president's primary job is protecting the American people, and Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama would not protect us.

    Hillary Clinton is a scary joke that even Democrats with good sense can see is bad for the country and bad for the world.

    December 21, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Nazir Jamal

    Hillary, hide Bill somewhere he can't be seen or heard. No wonder Al Gore did not want him on his campaign.
    He is a liability.
    Not that you will win but atleast you will lose with some dignity!!

    January 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Steve, Illinois

    "Gus Tijerino, Miami, FL December 18, 2007 4:10 pm ET

    Slammed that two-timing liberal scum in the mouth like I predicted. Good Job President Bush. Put this idiot in his place. And well said. W has done a great job. I don't care what the media says, he is a great President. Terrorists on the run, sound economy, two countries liberated from tyranny, a safe homeland, North Korea stopping nuclear program, Iran on notice, a real hope for peace between Israel and Palestine, Libya disclosing nukes… And all with a positive attitude and a ready smile… Love ya W"

    How do you eat without sticking the fork in your eye?

    "Terrorists on the run"

    Yes, running after US military and killing them.

    "sound economy,"

    If you consider a recession to be a sound economy that is...

    "two countries liberated from tyranny"

    That's HILARIOUS!!!! Afghanistan is a freaking wreck and the taliban is poised to own it again in all of it's heroin producing glory and Iraq just knows a different kind of tyranny.

    "a safe homeland"

    With the exception of the biggest attack in our history that occurred on the mopes watch, it always has been safe.

    "North Korea stopping nuclear program"


    " Iran on notice"

    Uh-huh...and those whackjobs are just a tremblin' in their boots, right? How exactly are they "on notice"?

    "a real hope for peace between Israel and Palestine"

    There is NO hope for peace between them, never has been and there never will be until Jesus comes floating out of the clouds. Just because the worst president in our history needs to try and do something/anything to assuage the history books doesn't mean those two will miraculously bury the hatchet...unless it's between each others shoulder blades.

    "And all with a positive attitude and a ready smile…"

    That's just gas...

    Your post should have come with a cover charge and a two drink minimum.

    January 15, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. walt whitcomb

    During his first term, didn't Bill Clinton's wife (Hillary) have a DC staff member fired because the staff member was giving computer use advise to Barbara Bush the former first lady?

    January 17, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Prajeesh

    Without any spirit of imtsdeomy and despondency I recommend Mrs Hillary Clinton as the best most performing top government official under the Obama administration.If my sense could serve me right,Mrs Clinton the US secretary of state was in Nigeria last year as part of her official visit to some selected countries of the world.Her visit to Nigeria has set the record striaght that Nigeria is suffering from accountable leadership which has affected the country towards embracing modernization.It is however crystal clear that her visit to those countries of the world would be a catalyst towards bringing sanity to governace which was hitherto.I urge her to re-double her effort so that the Obama administration would fulfilled it mandate beyond the comprehension of any Americans.

    April 27, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
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