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. Honestly, TX

    Both Clintons are naive and inexperienced.

    Hillary Clinton can't even control her own campaign. Why in the world would anyone consider voting for her?!?!

    December 18, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Danielle, New York, NY

    Bill needs to shut up and go to Africa or something until after the Iowa caucus. He is messing stuff up for Hillary. She's the one that has to answer for the stupid things he says at 4am in Iowa today.

    HILLARY '08

    December 18, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. david burton,des moines,iowa

    Comrad Clinton is just taking a page from the Soviet Union under Lenin, Stalin,Kruchev,and all the others including Hugo Chavez and Castro,"Controll the Media" and you win. Eventually all the lies become truths, written in scholl books, and then the Clininists have won. Not one journlists has the cajones to really tell the American people what is actually happening in the reporting of Comrad Clinton.If the light was really shown on Hillary1) record the late night phone calls,2) print the conversations when the pressure is applied BillHillary will not be able look the American People in the eye. Its a shame none of the so called "objective" media will report the truth about BillHillary.

    December 18, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Jeffersonville, IN

    Mr. Anderson is a liar and Mr. Clinton has been accused of rape. I don't want either around anything of my family.

    December 18, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Hannah,Iowa

    After 7 years of the Bush White House's total lockdown and manipulation of information, it is sad to see hillary's campaign run the same. I know that she wants to be perfect. I know that the press has been hard on the Clintons. But, I think that Hillary is already showing to be the same as a hyper-controlled Bushy, though of a different color. I wish she could try to be different – even take some risk – but appear as more real. The medium is the message. And her medium appears too controlled to be open to new ideas. Chili-Time david,magic johnson is doing it for you.

    December 18, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Cindy

    Bill needs to calm down in a retirement community somewhere ... the more he talks, the less I want to vote for his wife ...

    December 18, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Gus Tijerino, Miami, FL

    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!

    December 18, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    Well, if any of you wanted an example of what Hillary in the White House would be like, here you go. It will be Bill saying one thing, Hillary saying another. Then, they will pick whichever one fits the popular opinion of the minute.

    CHANGE! CHANGE! CHANGE! CHANGE! CHANGE! CHANGE! CHANGE! CHANGE!

    Obama/Edwards or Edwards/Obama '08

    December 18, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Tammy, Denton, Maryland

    Only Bill and Hillary Clinton are dumb enough to believe that H.W. Bush (41) would be willing to trash G.W. Bush (his son – 43) to help Hillary capture the nomination.

    Bill and Hillary think everyone is fixated on her desire to win. She fails to realize it's her own personal problem.

    We're not all trying to move heaven and earth so that Hillary's lifelong dream of being president can come true.

    Hillary is so focused on Hillary and she is so obsessed with becoming president, how could she possibly care about average Americans? She can't. She's only pretending to care.

    December 18, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Sam Lutz, FL

    Here we go again with loyalty to the party and more party politics. I'm beginning to think that politicians are running for their respective parties rather than for the interests of the American people. Is this really a democracy, or a modified aristocracy?

    December 18, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Gobama, NY, NY

    Blond Emily of DC, one only needs to read the response of daddy Bush to understand why Bill Clinton's idea is a senile one, and harmful to his wife's campaign too: Bill Clinton is unwittingly seeking to extract an admission from the father that the son has screwed up royally America's foreign affairs to the point of it needing to be fixed.

    Everyone knows this is true; but not all truths about a son is going to be pleasant for a dad, who will stand by the son at even the cost of the truth.

    December 18, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Karen, Pasadena, California

    Wow, this really shows that Hillary Clinton does not have very solid plans even though she keeps telling us she will be 'ready from day one'. If she doesn't even have simple details in place for her 'number one priority', what is she ready for?

    Hillary is not a leader. She graduated from Yale at the bottom of her class (without any honors). She married the smartest guy in her class. She ran for senator in New York, a 'safe' Democratic seat. She can't run a campaign. She can't even define herself.

    December 18, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Aaaahahaahahahahaha! You got chumped Hillbilly!

    December 18, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Ken, San Diego, CA

    What else is Bush Sr. going to say...

    December 18, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. JC Ohio

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

    YIKES!!! What a load of crap! This shows EXACTLY why the Republicans are going to be ousted. They spew deceitful, malicious and outrageous propoganda BETTER than any of Hitlers experts EVER did.

    December 18, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Jeff, Plainfield, IL

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

    LOL!!!

    Looks like somebody hasn't been paying attention to the world while his son was busy playing president!

    December 18, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Steve D, Irving TX

    Well, I guess what might be good for the country is not as important as partisan politics, for Republicans. I bet Bill would answer that call, if it were reversed. That's why we're getting rid of them!

    December 18, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Nick, Chicago, IL

    How sickening ! Nothing for the good of this country , the Bushes forget that Bill Clinton helped them out when GWB looked horrible over the Katrina episode , but like then they won't lift a finger to help our reputation around the world after there son trashed it once again instead of bringing the country together they separate us further apart with there partisan BS. father like son !

    December 18, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Cedric, Waukesha, WI

    Bill and Hil just need/want new furniture

    December 18, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Andy, New York, New York

    Bill has not only wrongly inferred that America has been closed for business and cooperation under 'Dubya' Bush, but he has insulted 'Dubya's' father, GHW Bush. Starting under the elder Bush and continuing under Bill, America made economic outsourcing a priority so that foreign investors in America were merely looking to buy up real estate or invest in businesses that were already into outsourcing. Economic globalization has taken root and will not turn back, no matter what Bill promises that Hillary will do if elected president. We are now staring at a New World Economic Order under a One World Government, and with Hillary as president, America's economic and military superpower status is doomed. She is a socialist who will help make a NWEO and ONG possible.

    December 18, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. RJK Naperville IL

    Can you say "Train wreck". What in the world is going on in camp Hillary? They can't go 24 hours without a negative.

    December 18, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Lisa, San Diego, CA.

    That's okay. They'll be friends again once Bush Jr. ignores the next huge national disaster.

    December 18, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Lori, Gulfport, Florida

    Judging by the righteous indignation being spewed by the plethora of mouth breathers on this thread, Bill was – once again – right on the money. Get used to it, rethugs.

    December 18, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. theresa lv

    Is this what the Clintons call Hillary's ability to "reach across the aisle"?

    December 18, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. AJ, IL

    Thanks Bill and company. For the week ending December 21st, number of Hillary campaign backfires 5 out of 5....oh wait the week is not over yet, we still have 3 more days. Go Bill go!

    OBAMA in '08!

    December 18, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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