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. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    The guy who thinks the 1931 movie Wizard of OZ is about current events is ALSO voting 'publican. Makes ya proud of our country, don't it?

    December 18, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Josh, Kalamazoo Michigan

    Hah! Clinton was so stupid about this.

    You're not running Bill ... shutup!

    December 18, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Bob, Seattle

    Just Slick Willy being Slick Willy.

    December 18, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Steve, Cinn OH

    This is at best immature, at worst delusional. Can you see these two back in the White House? I predict she will divorce him once she looses the nomination.

    Also, exactly what would they fix – really – what would they do to fix our image and with who? Nobody can directly answer this!

    December 18, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. R., Chicago

    I note that Clinton has the sense not to suggest sending that fool George W. as an emissary of cooperation and progress. Good lord, I don't think most places would even let the plane land.

    December 18, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Amanda, Chicago IL

    Of course the Bushes could never consider doing anything bipartisan for once. Instead of working together for the good of the whole, they place more importance on parties and labels.

    Personally, I think the Clintons are old school and boring, but I think Bill has the right idea here when it comes to reaching across party lines.

    December 18, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Sheniqua, South Carolina

    Oprah for secretary of state... now that is interesting and funny at the same time. Somehow though I feel like she could do a better job versus our current administration.

    December 18, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Bob, St. Paul MN

    American people is not ready for lady president at this distrubing period of US history. Dems would wait for at least 4 more years before they can see the light at the end of the tunnel

    Despites the self made polls. They're not true 90% of times. Money can not buy vote anymore nowaday

    December 18, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Tom, Texas


    RE: Clinton/bin Laden "Peace" Plan

    TO: Boy Clinton

    FROM: Your dear friend, Osama bin Laden

    DATE: December 18, 2007

    Dear Mr. President Clinton:

    Now that the Bush crime family has further humiliated you and your beautiful wife Hillary, I just wanted to send you a note letting you know that Al Qaeda and I will always graciously speak with you and your beautiful wife Hillary to discuss ways to improve our relationship with you and others who hate the United States as much as we do. We also appreciate that you and your beautiful wife Hillary share our hatred of the Bush crime family.

    Your friend always,


    December 18, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Nathaniel Mounce, Somerset, KY

    Haha! Now that's really really funny. I love how it ended with talk of him liking the Republican candidates.


    December 18, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. William, Austin TX

    To Wayne from Greenville TX. Shut up already with Bush needing to apologize. We can clearly see you can copy and paste and shoot down other postings, but do you have any ideas of your own? heh?

    December 18, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Ladd, Minneapolis,MN

    Great idea but he should have checked with Bush senior first.

    It is going to take a lot of diplomacy on everybodies part to repair the damage Bush two has done and all the neo cons.

    December 18, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    I knew he wasn't so bright all along. Bill's a has-been....well, actually, in my mind he

    December 18, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Karen, NYC

    Is it 10 minutes to Wapner yet Bill?

    December 18, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Chops, Cheyenne, WY

    Wayne in Greenville, TX. You are an idiot. That is all

    December 18, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Del Boise Id.

    to grace D. Washington right on. I'm lovin'it. but the serious side to all this is really sad for America. For any one to even consider those two, hill-billy duo. she says "provern leader – readiness to lead – clintons only lead the way to the darkest side of polotics that most Americans never see and hate to admit to lets get someone in our Whitehouse that we can trust. As much as I disagree with most of Obamas socialistic views he's still honest.With the hill-billy duo honesty, ethics, not there. they have no conscience never will admit guilt,only concern is to distroy anything outside of their little world of power, controll and to destroy just a game to them.

    December 18, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Leo, Mesa Arizona

    I find it difficult to believe that Bill Clinton even made such a comment to begin with. If this wasn't CNN I would think it is some make believe stunt to spew more bad publicity about Bill and Hillary. I support Obama as the democratic candidate. I find some of the moves made by the Clinton foundation difficult to understand.

    December 18, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. SMurphy Shark River Hills, NJ

    If Bills lips were moving he was lieing. What a piece of Crapola.

    December 18, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Tony Miami

    Why the old Bush has any thing to do if Mrs. Clinton is elected Bush junior the president has no diplomacy effective in the planet.

    December 18, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Tony, Memphis TN

    It was just a simple gaffe; President Clinton and President George H.W. Bush spend a lot of time together and they are friends. They even co-created a relief orginization. Bill simply thought his friend was on his side and would play ball; not really remembering that their 'enemy' is his friends son...

    What is more pathetic is the knee-jerk love/hate fanatisism on both sides of the aisle... Grow up and quit being intellectually dishonest...

    December 18, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    People, stop being so small minded. Regardless the motives of Bill Clinton, (and the stupidity of such an idea as this while Bush Sr's son is in office), let us admit that George W has been a disaster. Enough of the petty bickering on both sides. Will we never come to grips that this country and everything it stands for is in trouble and no amount of pretty speeches, guns, bombs, and human lives sacrificed will make things better in the world if there is not a change here at home? Lies, deceit and corporate greed run rampant and the only eventual outcome to this will be the demise of our beloved America. And what kind of a sewer are we leaving our children? Stop taking the mood and mind altering pharmaceuticals (psyche meds) and get real. Wake up before it is too late and realize the joke has been on us.

    December 18, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. A.B. North Carolina

    What I don't understand is why he is campaining for his wife. Should the dog be out doing it herself? Why in the world would former President Bush help a democrat just goes to show that the Clinton's are full of lies and will continue to be.

    December 18, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. MC

    Shot down? I don't think so! I don't really care what Bush Sr or Jr has to say about anything anymore. His comments at the end are just laughable, what planet is he living on? Get over yourselves...a new day is about to dawn.

    December 18, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Thank goodness. The last thing a Clinton Presidency would need would be for a Bush to be involved in her administration, especially with regard to foreign policy.

    December 18, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |


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