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. Shannon, Charlottesville, VA

    given the track record of the republican party, i'm shocked and in awe that anyone would even consider voting for one of those clowns.

    December 18, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. AJ, IL

    Either this is political mastery at its' best or the biggest political blunder of the week?

    To a Hillary-supporter, this is political mastery. To re-ignite the Clinton vs Bush mentality, in hopes of getting other Democrats and Independents fired up about GW Bush's poor ratings, and then throw in Hillary's presidency at the fix.

    To the rest of us, it looks like the biggest political blunder of the week. GH Bush Sr. would never betray his son and Republican party like that. The Clintons are caught again lying and deceiving the American public, AGAIN! Oh the shame!

    Obama in '08!

    December 18, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. vicky,boston,ma

    Yah, yah, blah, blah. Since when is this news? The reporter who commented was correct; it's hardball, always has been. Could it be that an overly liberal democrat leaning press is stunned that one of their own would become combative? However, sooner or later, there must be substance, or the newspaper/new outlet looses readers. Gee, could that be happening? The quote that Kerry could have won the swift boat battle is bunk. As they say in court, "the truth is the best defense against libel." Edward is a liar too, and there was not way out of it or he would have released the necessary information to sink the swiftees. The Clintons are liars as well. And unlike 1992, the dissemination of information has too many outlets to control. If she can't figure this out, she's not only a liar, but she's stupid as well.
    Give me Obama anytime!

    December 18, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Grace D, Washington, Iowa




    December 18, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. James Izzard

    So old man Bush is so biased, he will not help the country out unless another repuke gets into office.


    December 18, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Vincent

    Just like his son, NO ACTION for the American people, LIKE THE KATRINA VICTIMS. Let their bureaucratic bozos screw over the future of the lower and middle class. The Bush family is in dear need of compassion for his fellow man. Aristocrats can't take it with them.

    December 18, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Jacqueline, Defiance, Ohio

    I know this has nothing to do with this topic BUT I read all these articles about this and that candidate raising millions and millions and millions for his/her campaign and it seems like such a huge WASTE. Especially for those whose runs go NOWHERE can you IMAGINE if some of those millions went to helping our economy, our needy people in OUR country. If people and business can donate so many millions to these nobodys running for president why cant they do it to better our country?? It just makes me SICK. I wish had the millions to waste on worthless politicians, oh but wait, im not that stupid. Where are our priorities??

    December 18, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Jeff H., Tulsa, OK


    And "w" (the idiot-in-chief) did something about health care? Oh that's right, he did. He denied it to American children.

    December 18, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. jerry,Derry,new hempshire

    Mrs. Bill Clinton will not and never will be President of this Republic called the United States of America.

    December 18, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. Brad, Stockton, CA

    More evidence that Hillary is just another corporate republican wearing the costume of a corporate democrat. Every time she and her husband open their mouths, they lie a little bit more.

    December 18, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. NLS, Portland, OR

    " the beacon of hope for freedom and democracy."

    That's debatable.

    December 18, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. God Help US All, Atlanta,Georgia

    Well, it doesn't sound like GHWB ruled it out, and predicatably, he supports republicans. Sounds more like he danced around it, like any politican would. Wow, this story is much ado about nothing, just like 90% of these useless blogs. Keep up the good work, CNN. ROTFLMAO

    December 18, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Tim, Seattle

    Hey Ron from TX,

    Yeah it sure is an embarrassment.... to the Bushes (and to this country) that we have to even think about asking daddy to help clean up W's mess.
    Not surprised Bush 41 said no. Saying yes would have been tacit admission that his son is a screw-up. If W was my kid, I would distance myself from him too.

    December 18, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Tom Oxford,NC

    Here we go again...Bill Clinton ("i never had sex with that woman") out and out lies about the father of our President concering a diplomatic trip should his wife become President. I want to know if the main stream media will hold Bill accountable this time for his lie.

    December 18, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. BlueGoose

    Wow. Junior achied his goal. Dad has officialy said on the record he is "proud" of his boy.

    Now can we stop killing non Chrisitian brown people around the world?!

    December 18, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Joseph W. Mathews, Manchester, VT

    Wayne, we'll see just who the successor is. If the GOP can get Romney and Huckabee out of the way, they might have a chance especially if the Democrats are dumb enough to nominate Clinton, but which Clinton is running? Oh, would you come get Ron Paul while you're at it and take him back to Texas!

    Sorry, but no matter whether you agree with Bush, and I don't, the Constitution's quite clear on this.

    December 18, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Axel, RKDA, California

    Don't you people get it? Bill Clinton said former President George H. W. Bush will help fix the damage done to America's reputation by his son, knowing full well that he wouldn't do it. Then when George H. W. Bush says he won't do it, who is it that is going to look bad?

    Is it going to be Bill Clinton? No. Is it going to be Hillary Clinton? Again, no. It will be George H. W. Bush. You guys may not like the man, and you may not want to admit it, but Bill Clinton is a very experienced professional politician, and he knows exactly what he is doing.

    December 18, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. ann,worcester,ma

    Hillary Clinton only emulating the Bush administration model with her attack-dog treatment of the press? I don't think so! Hildabeast has raised spinning, distorting, threatening and lying to an unprecedented level of art form previously achieved on once before – by her husband, Bill Clinton, when he was president. What your article tells us is the media is scared to death of the Hildabeast, and doesn't have the guts to cover her like it should. One can only imagin what would happen to the fourth estate if, God forbid, she ever became president.

    December 18, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Dan Seattle, WA

    Keep it up Bill. You're helping us elect the right man for the job–Obama!

    Another spurned overture–this time by a man!

    December 18, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. david,newton,iowa

    So is Kaus onto something with his theory that key Friends of the Clintons are close to buying a couple of the big tabloids so they won't be running any embarrassing stories in the next year or four or eight?

    December 18, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. CE, Kenosha, WI

    I Love Hillary!....maybe this will get posted.

    December 18, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Chris, Denver CO

    Now I thought Bill's comments were bizarre in the extreme, to be sure, but I say GHWB's spokesman is laying it on a little thick. I mean,

    "he is proud of the role America continues to play around the world as the beacon of hope for freedom and democracy."

    Come on. Even a dad can't be that delusional.

    December 18, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. dana,utah

    Unfortunately it took segregationist Governor Wallace to reveal the truth that "there's not a dime's worth of difference between" Republicans and Democrats. The Democrats willingly went along with the War in Iraq, suspension of Habeas Corpus, detaining protesters, banning books like "America Deceived' from Amazon, stealing private lands (Kelo decision), warrant-less wiretapping and refusing to investigate 9/11 properly. They are both guilty of treason. Support Dr. Ron Paul and save this great nation. Last link (before Google Books bends to gov't Will and drops the title):

    December 18, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |


    "Looks like Hillary's vast experience ruining the possibility for healthcare isn't resonating well enough with the public.

    The experienced Obama, on the other hand, is no doubt evaluating Oprah for Secretary of State, wondering if she can type, answer the phone, and take shorthand accurately."

    Posted By Dryden01, Redmond, WA : December 18, 2007 2:44 pm

    Or maybe it's doublespeak from an Opie fan who hasn't had his afternoon nap yet!! 😉

    December 18, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. John,seattle,washington

    Hillary came to mind over the weekend as I watched the Wizard of Oz. Hillary is the Wicked Witch of the West after the ruby slippers. The flying monkeys seemed loyal to her (the media), but after the Wicked Witch of the West went into her meltdown, they all cheered because they were free. Now that's when they made good movies that always seem to come back and reflect what is going on now. I can't wait to get rid of the Clinton's once and for all and sit back and watch the meltdown.....

    December 18, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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