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Two former United States presidents at joint speaking engagement

May 29, 2009 - TORONTO

Like other people, former presidents have to earn a living. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, United States presidents 42 and 43, will appear together on stage for the first time since Bush ended his presidency in Jan 2009. Bush made his first post-presidential appearance in Calgary in March. Although speakers' fees are not divulged, there were reports Bush received as much as US $162,000 for his March appearance in Calgary, and Bill Clinton earned US $31 million in speaking fees between 2001 and 2005.

Like other people, former presidents have to earn a living. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, United States presidents 42 and 43, will appear together on stage for the first time since Bush ended his presidency in Jan 2009. Bush made his first post-presidential appearance in Calgary in March. Although speakers' fees are not divulged, there were reports Bush received as much as US $162,000 for his March appearance in Calgary, and Bill Clinton earned US $31 million in speaking fees between 2001 and 2005. Clinton's fees were disclosed in the Senate ethics reports of his wife, now-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The conversation at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is expected to last two hours and cover the global and domestic challenges looking ahead and of the last 16 years. It will reflect the ideological differences between Clinton, a Democrat, and Bush, a Republican, but not generational differences, as they are close to the same age. The ideological divisions include gay rights, gun rights, God in the classroom, environmentalism and projecting American power. According to Canada's Globe & Mail newspaper, Bush set out to dismantle much of what Clinton accomplished, from balancing the budget to fighting global warming, and President Barack Obama has set out to erase the Bush legacy by reversing his tax cuts, prohibiting the torture of terrorism suspects, planning to withdraw from Iraq and rejoining the campaign against greenhouse gases. Apr/09

Clinton, Bush booked for joint Toronto appearance (Globe & Mail 20 Apr 2009)

Date written/update: 2009-05-29