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Ex-President Bush Fires Back: I Never Agreed To Be Clinton Envoy

First Posted: 03/28/08 03:45 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 01:20 PM ET

Bush And Bush

George H. W. Bush has responded to Bill Clinton's claim that under President Hillary, the two ex-presidents would travel the world restoring America's image.

Clinton said yesterday:

Well, the first thing she intends to do, because you can do this without passing a bill, the first thing she intends to do is to send me and former President Bush and a number of other people around the world to tell them that America is open for business and cooperation again.

The media world was aflutter with the possibility: a former Republican president acting on behalf of Democratic leadership, to repair the foreign policy failings of his own son.

Turns out Bush 41 hasn't exactly signed up for the proposal, and he's not too keen on the insinuation that W. is doing such a bad job. Former President Bush's office has just released this statement:

Former President Bush 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 Senator 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.

And just in case anyone thought H.W. Bush had so warmed to Bill Clinton that he was considering endorsing Hillary, the statement concludes:

President Bush is excited about several of the excellent Republican candidates running for President, and looks forward to supporting their candidacy once the Republican nominee is determined.
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