June 6th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
7 years ago

Details emerge from Obama-Clinton meeting

Obama and Clinton held a closed-door meeting Friday.
Obama and Clinton held a closed-door meeting Friday.

(CNN) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Friday shed some light on the surprise meeting between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that took place at the California Democrat's Washington home Thursday night.

“I received them. Put them in the living room in two comfortable chairs facing one another and left,” Feinstein said Friday morning. (WATCH: Obama spokesman grilled on surprise meeting)

“They talked. I went upstairs and did my work," Feinstein continued. "They called me when it was over. I came down and said ‘good night everybody, I hope you had a good meeting.’ They were laughing and that was it.”

Among the other details Feinstein divulged:

- The meeting took place at 9 p.m. and lasted about an hour.
– Clinton called Feinstein Thursday afternoon to see if they could use her house.
– Feinstein served them water but nothing else.
– No one else was in the room with them. One person from each of the campaigns went to a separate room, a study, in the house. Security waited outside.

Asked why Clinton and Obama kept the meeting so quiet, Feinstein said the two formal rivals wanted "wanted an opportunity to meet together alone." (WATCH: Gergen, Brazile, Rollins discuss the meeting)

This is a deeply personal time too," Feinstein added. "You’re sorting out your feelings. Hillary’s going to be giving a big speech tomorrow. Barack is trying to put things together for a major presidential campaign. "

"There are a lot of decompression, nerve endings, that need to come together," she continued. "I think the opportunity to sit down, just the two of them, was positive."

soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. nene

    Go!!!!!!!!!!! Barack, I know you can deliver, and change our nation by the grace of God.

    June 6, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Simply_Amazed

    I have to agree...Hell, all this talk about Obama not having the experience....We need to ask ourself...What has experience got us the last 8 years? Definition of insane...To do the things over and over again and expect different results...how's that one for you ANGRY WHITE WOMAN? I think there is a deeper reason for your hastily defection...Hmmm. You tell me and please try not to "Mispeak"

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Montana is Obama Country

    ..*** A healthy Relationship BEGINS with communication *** ...

    Let's hope it was positive and works to build a better America..

    June 6, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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