March 8, 2005


Bush, Clinton Say Their Bond Exemplary (NEDRA PICKLER, 3/08/05, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

George H.W. Bush once called Bill Clinton and his running mate the "two bozos." Clinton once called Bush "personally untrustworthy." But you'd never know it now by seeing the two traipsing together around the globe.

With their 1992 campaign a distant memory and the partisanship of 2004 behind them, former Presidents Bush and Clinton appear like old buddies.

"He beat me and made me unemployed," Bush said of Clinton in an interview Tuesday with Associated Press Television News. "And needless to say, when that happened I wasn't the most happy guy in the world. But then after that, why, we have had a pleasant relationship."

Bush and Clinton returned to the Oval Office on Tuesday to present the current President Bush with a report on donations for tsunami relief. The president asked the two to encourage Americans to donate to the cause, and they teamed up for a joint public service announcement and a tour of four countries devastated by the Dec. 26 disaster.

After the former presidents stopped by the White House, they were flying together to Florida to play in an 18-hole fund-raising tournament organized by golfer Greg Norman. [...]

Both former presidents told APTN that their cooperation has been a good example for the people in the countries they visited.

"American politics can be tough, elbows out, but it is also something bigger than that," Bush said. "No matter whether you are Democrat or Republican, it is something bigger and that is helping others."

Funny thing, it's easy to imagine either speaking at the other's funeral, aong with the current president, but hard to imagine any of them at Jimmy Carter's.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2005 9:30 PM

Let's separate that out. I can easily imagine both of them BEING AT Jimmy Carter's funeral: I can imagine Clinton speaking (he loves to speak, given the opportunity), but I can't imagine Bush Sr. speaking, though courtesy will require his presence. W would be capable of a courteous presence and a courteous, if short, speech if Carter died during his adminstration: otherwise, I suspect he'd be like his father.

Posted by: Arnold Williams at March 9, 2005 7:02 AM

Yeah, but Fidel and Little Kim will be there.

Posted by: Randall Voth at March 9, 2005 9:19 AM

"it's easy to imagine either speaking at the other's funeral"

From the looks of both of them yesterday, it may be Bush Sr. speaking at Clinton's.

Posted by: Rick T. at March 9, 2005 10:14 AM
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