November 4th, 2009
02:37 PM ET
11 years ago

Bush, Clinton to appear at Radio City Music Hall

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton and Bush are set to appear at Radio City Music Hall Wednesday."]
(Update 4 pm ET: A Clinton spokesman confirms to CNN the event has now been canceled. Full story)

(CNN) - Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are set to appear at Radio City Music Hall in February - though if history is any guide, the matchup is likely to produce few fireworks.

The famous New York City venue announced Wednesday the two former presidents will share the same stage February 25, nine months after the ex-presidents shared a similar stage in Toronto, Canada.

A ticket to what Radio City is calling "the hottest political ticket in history" will cost anywhere form $60 to $1,250. Though $1,250 may seem on steep side for the 90 minute event, a VIP ticket includes a pre-show reception with the two former presidents along with the evening's yet-to-be-announced moderator. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will also be served and each guest will have a chance to pose with the former commanders-in-chief.

The two were largely chummy during the last joint appearance at the Toronto event in May. At one point, former President Bush joked that his mother, Barbara Bush, told him Clinton "was like a son to her" because of all the time he was spending with Bush's father.

"So brother, it's good to see you," Bush said then.

During that event, at which tickets cost an eye-popping $2,500, Clinton also showered praise on the former president on a host of issues.

"What he did on the AIDS drugs and the diversity in the cabinet … he deserves a lot of credit," he said.

The New York event is likely to be a lucrative one for both former presidents - each usually charge well over $100,000 in appearance fees. But Radio City isn't officially disclosing how much the former president's are being compensated.

Matt McKenna, a spokesman for former President Clinton, made clear the New York event will not be a heated debate.

"Just a moderated fireworks," he said.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • George W. Bush
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. Jobless Recovery

    I love the socialist that cheered on Michael Moore. Moore puts out a film AGAINST capitalism...while making millions off it. I'm sure he even has millions left after all the cheeseburgers he downs everyday. You libs are soooooooooooo gulliable!

    November 4, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Jim

    So this what ex-presidents for money. A moderated conversation for $100K+. Great work if you can get it.

    November 4, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Hugo

    These two Presidents caused more damage to our Republic than all of those Presidents preceding them COMBINED. Clinton and his economic foreign trade deals ignited the industrialization boom for foreign countries resulting in a rush for world resources and increased costs to American citizens. Bush got war tunnel vision after 9/11 and forgot about the needs of a shrinking economy and maintaining core values of the conservatives. I wish they would both just move on and retire and keep their mouths shut! $100,000/speech? More than most people make in a year!

    VOTE THEM ALL OUT IN 2010 AND 2012!

    November 4, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. David

    Mr Clinto, Could you ask George W Bush what he did with the surplus that you left office?

    November 4, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Debby

    Clinton/W thats an odd pair if I do say so myself. LOL

    November 4, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. MikQuick

    ...and just last month you could have caught Bush as a motivational speaker for $4.50 a ticket...a bargain at half the price!

    Hey Pragmatic – My guess is Clinton will be holding back vomit most of the many of us did for 8 years.
    When will that bumbling, evil, profiteering bunch of buffoons go away? (I mean Bush(bumbling), Cheney(evil of course), Palin(profiteering) and their cohorts – go away – you blew it – your turn is over – we voted you out – we don't want you influencing american politics. Get it?

    November 4, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Wake UP

    Someone name an accomplishment made by Obama? Zero. Record deficits is NOT an accomplishment.

    November 4, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. MikQuick

    Lets have them both do an IQ test... lol
    Lets have them do a spelling
    Lets have them tie their shoes with their eyes
    I would suggest a game of chess, but I'm pretty sure Bush is more a checkers

    November 4, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. MikQuick

    Dale...? Don't tell me you don't believe in global warming...? but you can read...interesting. the jury still out? you gott be kidding. I thought people were more educated than that...

    November 4, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Norman

    Both are former Presidents of the United States. There are no winners or losers on this one.

    Just remember we citezens voted for them.

    Just enjoy the moment.


    November 4, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    9/11 happened on GW Bush's watch because his arrogant transition team ignored all the intelligence Clinton's people tried to give them about the threat from al Qaeda.

    Bush ignored the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing entitled, "Al Qaeda Determined to Attack the US Using Airplanes."

    Bush lied us into Iraq, ignoring his generals who wanted 400,000 troops for the invasion.

    Bush named a horse show judge the head of FEMA then went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and said, "Heckuva job, Brownie!"

    Bush was, is and always will be an incompetent fool, willing to let himself be lead around by the likes of Rove, Cheney, Norquist and Rumsfeld.

    Our country is lucky to have survived his 8 years as President – and thankfully, we had the good sense to elect Obama, who has the intelligence and wherewithal to get us back on track.

    November 4, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Lin

    Wish I lived in New York. It would be interesting to see the interaction.

    November 4, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Mr. Phil


    The Bush administration had an NSA report specifically telling him that Al Quaeda was planning an attack like we witnessed on 9/11. Of course Bush didn't whine about Katrina. He and his Arabian horse training Brownie didn't do ANYTHING about it!!! Every post I've ever read of yours makes you seem more and more ignorant. Maybe that's why you're "jobless."

    November 4, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Chase

    Too bad Obama doesn't have the experience of either Bush or Clinton. If he did we would have an executive runnning the country instead of a community organizer with 150 days experience as a jr. Senator. It may take years to recover from the damage done by Obama.

    November 4, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. sifto77

    the man with class–hugging the one with none? (Bush is the one with class BTW)

    November 4, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. s uche

    When is G. Bush gonna begin to fly with his wings?

    November 4, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. James, Phoenix AZ

    OH, here we go again. I LOVE the comments on how George W. "protected" us for 8 years.

    Um, did you all forget that 9/11 happened ON HIS WATCH????


    November 4, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. s uche

    Shall we presume that there is gonna be a debate between George and Bill?

    November 4, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Ro

    I like how many are bashing bush for the money spent on the war, however, look at the trillions that Obama spent and nothing has come out of it...and oh by the way he is not pulling anyone out of the wars, actually Bush started pulling people out, Obama is keeping everyone there.

    November 4, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. a little sad

    Anonymous November 4th, 2009 12:50 pm ET

    Clinton and bush they both screwed on 9/11. Bush did nothing in his time and Clinton did nothing in his time (the first time it was attacked)


    It's hard to compare since the persons involved in the first attack survived. However, the perpetrators of the first bombing were caught and imprisoned within a very short time.

    Bush/Cheney et al were so concerned with not being seen as following or approving of anything the Clinton administration did that they ignored the intel provided to them.

    To disasterous results.

    November 4, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. chris

    George Bush has done more than most of you ahters he was a two teerm president of the United Staes and wow you would think that most of you big talkers could top that ... Don't hate congratulate!

    November 4, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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