Clinton, Bush to appear jointly in Toronto next month

April 21st, 2009 - 1:37 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Apr.21 (ANI): Former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will appear together in Toronto next month on a public stage for the first time since Bush ended his presidency in January this year.

According to a Globe and Mail report, the two will be appearing at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 29 for a moderated “conversation” that is expected to last about two hours.

The paper says that their joint appearance is odd to considering that Bush dismantled much of what Clinton accomplished, from balancing the budget to fighting global warming during his presidency (2001-2009).

Audiences hoping to witness the two men tearing each other verbally will be disappointed. Presidents do not attack presidents, at least not directly, if only because only presidents know what other presidents go through. Nonetheless, the event is a reminder of the generational and ideological conflicts that some hope are finally diminishing, as combatants age and issues recede in importance.

In that sense, their joint appearance is that of two veterans in a war that some hope may be drawing to an end.

Clinton and Bush, both 63, are the only two presidents from the Baby Boom generation.

The event will consist of the two men seated in chairs between a moderator, who has not yet been chosen. (ANI)

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