- Bill Clinton Says a President Hillary Would Send Bush Senior on World Tour to Repair America's Image (Gateway Pundit)
- Elder Bush Rejects Clinton Trip Idea (CNN Political Ticker)
Several Democratic Presidential candidates have promised that one of their first official acts upon assuming office would be to send emissaries abroad at the conclusion of George Bush's administration proclaiming that the 'Realm of Sauron has ended'; that America is 'open for business' and that it is ready to rejoin the human race. The latest suggestion was made by Bill Clinton on behalf of his wife.
Former President Bill Clinton said Monday that the first thing his wife Hillary will do when she reaches the White House is dispatch him and his predecessor, President George H.W. Bush, on an around-the-world mission to repair the damage done to America's reputation by the current president — Bush's son, George W. Bush.
There is something slightly creepy about regarding the prospect of a routine transfer of Presidential power -- a mere partisan act that happens every four years or so -- in such a millennial way. But it is truly astounding that Bill Clinton should think that the elder Bush would naturally see it in this light; and stand ready to spring up, already clad in sackcloth and ashes ready to begin his breast-beating tour of the world, eager to denounce his son.
However the old man appears to be on a much evener keel than the younger Clinton, and his response, that he had "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" stands in contrast to manic-depressive rhetoric of the 42nd President.