Former Presidents Clinton and Bush to launch new initiative
August 29th, 2014
10:01 AM ET
8 years ago

Former Presidents Clinton and Bush to launch new initiative

Washington (CNN) – Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are going to join forces for a new initiative aimed at helping to give leaders better skills to solve problems.

The presidents will appear together at an event in Washington on Sept. 8th to launch the Presidential Scholars Program.

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Organizers are billing this as a first of its kind partnership because not only will this involve the foundations run by Clinton and Bush but also will include the George Herbert Walker Bush and Lyndon Baines Johnson presidential centers.

The program's aim is to bring "motivated leaders across all sectors an opportunity to study presidential leadership and decision making and learn from key administration officials, practitioners, and leading academics," according to a release announcing the initiative.

"The program's purpose is to help participants foster the skills they'll need to address both the challenges and opportunities presented in the 21st century. The program will study varied approaches to leadership so participants are able to gain a better understanding of different leadership philosophies, styles, and practices. Participants will use the tools developed throughout their course of study and apply them to an issue or challenge of particular relevance to his/her professional and civic pursuits," organizers added.

This is not the first time a Clinton has teamed up with a Bush. Bill Clinton and George Herbert Walker Bush joined forces to lead humanitarian aid efforts following the Asian Tsunami in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina the following year. Clinton and Bush 43 helped with the recovery following the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. vikingwoman

    Bipartisanship, compromise- dirty words to the current incarnation of GOTP!!

    August 29, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Tom l – normally I avoid responding to you, but agree with your correction. I presume you agree that when Bush left office, our economy was in the crapper.

    August 29, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Scottish Mama

    @Tom it was in a recession when Reagan came into office. It was in a recession in the 70"s when Carter took office. The difference when Bush came into office we were in the black, when Bush came out of office we were in deep red, and his insurance policies and giving people back money and his policies keep us moving into the red, the congress keeps us there so they can control the white house. Time for a democratic house, senate and presidency to right the republican wrongs.

    August 29, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Scottish Mama

    Qviking woman- and the hits just keep coming. I once new a sox fan that spoke wisdom much like yourself. Billionaire Rex Sinquefield will now buy the government in Missouri. He is fiddling with the tax system, now that our Farm system has been burned to the ground by Monsanto and Smithfield.

    August 29, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Tom l

    I must correct you on something, Tampa. Clinton have Bush a recession. When bush came in to office, the economy was officially in a recession. Look it up if you don't believe me
    You are wrong, believe me. The recession AFTER the start of the Bush administration was a result of the Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan's "irrational exuberance" in repeatedly raising interest rates to slow economic growth. Greenspan was trying to slow economic growth because he thought it was growing far too fast, afraid that the rapid growth cycle would be balanced with a rapid contraction cycle. He raised rates a record number of times over the span of several weeks.

    After raising rates over a half dozen times he eventually succeeded. The economy slowed down, and eventually stalled. Instead of immediately dropping the rates to counter the effects of his overcompensating, the first round of Bush tax cuts were enacted "to stimulate growth". Make a long story short, the economy did not pick back up until Greenspan lowered the prime rate.

    August 29, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. rs

    Tom l

    I must correct you on something, Tampa. Clinton have Bush a recession. When bush came in to office, the economy was officially in a recession. Look it up if you don't believe me
    Technically incorrect. The recession began 2 months after Bush took office in March 2001, and ended in Nov. 2001. This according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Even the events of 9/11 failed to reach the technical definition of recession.

    August 29, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Tom l – I withdraw my agreement of your correction.

    August 29, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. denny

    Why are liberals so nasty? This pairing of two presidents is a good thing – it's a high note. Why do liberals have to trash a simple bipartisan effort between two former leaders? Go back through these posts – it's liberals spewing and trashing for no reason. Geez.

    August 29, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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