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. jd, syracuse, ny

    Bush 41 should have reciprocate what Bill Clinton has helped out in the Katrina and India projects.

    Well, when Hillary becomes president, just ignore these two Bushes.

    December 18, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Will, Boston, MA

    Boy. Nothing is going right for the Clinton campaign. It's like witnessing death by a thousand lies....

    December 18, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Benard, Houston TX can see Bill is making up things everyday. People should listen to Obama and not Bill!! Obama is honest.

    December 18, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Engawyer, Kansas City, Missouri

    I say EFF H.W. Bush. Didn't Bill help out his son's administration. Talk about ungrateful, and back stabbing. Bill was justified to assume H.W. would return the favor. I liked H.W., but if he keeps this politics first approach I will lump him in with the rest of the rePUKElicans.

    One World. Independent and Proud.

    December 18, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Ilene, Livonia MI

    Big mistake for Bill to bring to light the relationship they have with the Bushes. Now more then ever I want Obama over Clinton. Let them keep their friendship with Bush only not as my next president. My next President will not have anything to do with a Bush even if it is just a can of baked beans

    December 18, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Dom


    December 18, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. hey allons,tn

    hey bill i thought you were smarter then to ask any republican to do good for america and working people of this nation they got in this miss.

    December 18, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Molly, Naperville, IL

    I guess it just goes to show that Bill Clinton is a bigger man–*he* was willing to help restore the image of American around the world regardless of the president, why wouldn't Bush 41 look at it the same way?

    December 18, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Aloha One, Honlolulu , Hawaii aka. Dem. stronghold

    Mr.Clinton has a bright idea as always , and by the way , I think he is the 3nd. best President we have had lately , you gotta give him credit for the awesome economy the 8 years he is in power and the 1st. surplus in a long time. With all that said , I think he needs to modify the mission a little if indeed Mrs. Clinton become pres. Not a goodwill trip , but a mending-the-relation and building-new-relation trip to countries such as :
    1/ North Korean : to make sure the Mad Man do not go back to building nukes again and threaten the whole region again and to help the North Koreans who need the most help right now.
    2/ Lybia : to make sure another Mad Man stays inline and continues to behave well and continues to renounce terrorism and also bring a US presence to the new terrorism breeding ground which is Africa.
    3/ Poland , Czech , Japan : to make sure we have what we need to build the missile defense that will benefit the majority of the peace-loving nations against future Mad Men. Japan has already seen the benefit of it as they had just succeeded in their recent test.
    4/ Irag: to capitalize on the tremendous success we have had since the "PRES.BUSH'S TROOP SURGE" . We finally have a chance to stabilize the country , begin to help them build their country to accommodate for a stream of returning people , help extract Oil so they can pay us back , establish a long-wanting-but-never-able-to-accomplish presence in the middle of the Middle East , right next door to another Mad Man and thus able to keep that Mad man in check.
    5/ Taiwan: to help them with their defense against a Mad Country , China that is , from taking over the island-nation and thus threaten the whole region . Also , to help them operate new hardward that Bush has sold them recently and may be to sell them the Missle Defense such as we did with Japan.
    6/ Afganistan and Pakistan : to keep Bin Ladin and his cronies and the Taliban in check.
    These are the suggestions I think the next president will need to do , to make sure ,us as a nation, can capitalize on a unique opportunity to bring peace to the world by keeping Mad Men at bay and to not only give them carrots but also offer a few sticks when they do not behave ( as that is the only language these bullies understand anyway ). And all these bring to my Point : we would not be in this situation had it not for Bush's determination and shrew and skillful handling of these situations . Disagree with him all you want but future generations will thank Bush deeply for:
    1/ Making North Korea give up its Nukes which no pres. is able to do .
    2/ braving the storm to bring us a missle defense which the nay-sayers said could not be done.
    3/ Scaring the heck out of the MAD MAN Kadafi so that he dropped his guns literally and decided to be our friend instead.
    4/ Having the gut to stick to the SURGE which the Dem. said is a sure Failure , well, at least they keep their mouth shut now.
    5/ Helping our allies and thus in turn helping ourselves in the case of Japan , Taiwan , Afganistan, Pakistan, Irag.....
    Just a few of Bush's stellar accomplishments that people do not give him credits for . AS a Clinton's supporter independent voter , I have to admit that Bush is one of the best thing that happens to us at the right time. No other president could have got the gut to pull thru the criticism as he has , which should give him the standing in my rankings of 3 best presidents in modern time:

    Number One: the great communicator , Pres. Ronald Reagan . No one can top his accomplishment of winning the Cold WAr.

    Number Two: the Steel-will , gunslinger from Texas , Pres. George W.Bush , whose nerve is actually titanium-plated.

    Number Three: The Ivy-league, the Smooth operator from Ark. pres. Bill Clinton , who is the smartest of them all and who gave us the longest economic growth in History .

    Hats off to these gentlemen and Good Luck with the mission . Go america ....

    December 18, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Tim, Seattle

    W has done a great job. I don't care what the media says, he is a great President.....

    LOL!! We dont care what the media says either, but the 70% of Americans who thinks Bush is a dope, now that I listen to.

    December 18, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. hannamontana,

    I think Bush senior is a little to busy making millions of dollar in 'consulting fees' to foreign nations to get involved in actually helping out the USA. He's proud of the US's actions during his son's presidency???? thats just stupid!

    December 18, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Bobbo

    ...So, in 48 hours, Bill has had to retract his hit on Obama, "I wasn't criticizing him", and now he's been caught out on the Bush/Clinton Post-Hillary-Victory world tour.

    It's time for all of them to go – the Bush family, and the Clinton family.

    December 18, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Chuck

    Sending Bush 41 is a bad idea, and a dumb thing for Clinton to say. Bush 41 said his son GW is "honest and decent", but he is neither, so both Bush's are partisan liars. GW should be on trial for his life because some of his crimes caused thousands of innocent deaths, foreign and domestic.

    December 18, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Markie Bee

    If W has suggested that Al Gore accompany him on a tour back in 2000 saying to the country and the world that there will be no more shananigans in the Oval Office and the U.S. is open for business again, do you think Al would have gone? Of course not. I too have thought that perhaps – even subconsciously – Bill is trying to torpedo Hillary's campaign so when she loses she has no more need for him and asks for a divorce. That's Bill's out to catch all the women who have caught his eye on the campaign trail.

    December 18, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  15. Lance Morrison SF, CA

    *****Question of the day:

    If Bill Clinton thinks his wife is 'the single most qualified person for president in America,' isn't he by virtue of this saying:

    1. there are no black men or women in the entire country more qualified than his white, very wealthy wife.

    2. there are no Hispanic men or women in the entire country who are smarter than a woman who flunked her first attempt to pass the bar exam.

    3. there are no Asian men or women who are more qualified than a woman who last year made a joke about Ghandi having worked at a gas station.

    4. there are no lesbian or gay people in the entire country more qualified than a woman who says she wants equal rights for all, but cuts them off with a 'civil union' cop-out.

    5. there are no disabled persons in the entire country more qualified than Hillary.

    Get the idea–the very demographic these two use to propel their 'careers' are never a part of their lilly white upper class political machines or cabinets.

    EXACTLY why this conservative (who would vote for Condi in a heartbeat) made America's only politically confrontative music CD-one that takes on Hillary, Congress, and the whole Ward Churchill crowd. One-of-a-kind stuff @

    December 18, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA

    Papa Bush must be so embarrassed. All of his children are such huge failures, especially as Christians. I liked Bush, Sr., but his children just have no morals or ethics. It pains me that he is constantly having to compromise his own integrity by having to make statements of support about W.

    December 18, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. Dennis Dallas TX

    Doesn't anyone think it is reasonable to be true to your constituents and principles (democrats can look that word up) than be "liked" globally? Please consider that some governments have "good"will not worth pursuing. Why do liberals worry so much about what others think?

    December 18, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Robert Bell, Jekyll Island, Georgia

    I think we will not see a lot of Bill on the campaign trail for a while. Hillary thought that people's nostalgia for the Bill Clinton era would be a bonus.

    Nostalgia works best when it is based on memories.

    Putting Bill in front of the microphone just reminds us of "I did not inhale" and the lesser accomplishmnets of the Clinton White House.

    December 18, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Paul Cooper, University Park, MD

    Ignore the arrogance and the chutzpah and take what Bill said at face value:

    According to Bill, Hillary's "number one priority" if elected president would be to send him on a world tour. Not taxes. Not the war in Iraq. Not social programs. Not health care. Not our energy needs. Not the environment. All of these, according to Bill, rank lower on Hillary's radar than sending Bill out of the country.

    According to Bill, Hillary is an idiot.

    December 18, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Linda McGee, Pace, FL

    What an arrogant comment by Clinton!!! But then, what do you expect from them?

    December 18, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. Brian, Anchorage, Alaska

    Not only will both Bill and Bush41 make that trip, but they will ride upon flying pigs, which will be abundant before Hillary actually makes it back into the White House.

    December 18, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. GB, California

    Didn't the American people kick George Bush, Sr. out of office after just one term? Thought so!

    December 18, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. OverTheRainbow, KS


    Posted By GRANT, EVERETT : December 18, 2007 4:53 pm


    December 18, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. Mac, Severn, Md

    I guess this means that Bill Clinton will finally STOP running down the USA when he visits foreign countries, right? His behaviour as an ex-President has been very poor. Why am I surprised?

    December 18, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. MARY, KATY ,TX

    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.

    December 18, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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