Former Presidents Clinton and Bush to launch new initiative

 (CNN) -- Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are going to join forces for a new initiative aimed at helping to give leaders better skills to solve problems.

The presidents will appear together at an event in Washington on Sept. 8th to launch the Presidential Scholars Program.

Organizers are billing this as a first of its kind partnership because not only will this involve the foundations run by Clinton and Bush but also will include the George Herbert Walker Bush and Lyndon Baines Johnson presidential centers.

The program's aim is to bring "motivated leaders across all sectors an opportunity to study presidential leadership and decision making and learn from key administration officials, practitioners, and leading academics," according to a release announcing the initiative.

"The program's purpose is to help participants foster the skills they'll need to address both the challenges and opportunities presented in the 21st century. The program will study varied approaches to leadership so participants are able to gain a better understanding of different leadership philosophies, styles, and practices. Participants will use the tools developed throughout their course of study and apply them to an issue or challenge of particular relevance to his/her professional and civic pursuits," organizers added.

This is not the first time a Clinton has teamed up with a Bush. Bill Clinton and George Herbert Walker Bush joined forces to lead humanitarian aid efforts following the Asian Tsunami in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina the following year. Clinton and Bush 43 helped with the recovery following the 2010 Haitian earthquake.


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