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. Democrat

    Republicans beware...

    June 6, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. donna4hillary

    thats nice that they had a discussion but the fact remains regardless of what hillary decides, we 18 million voters will vote for mccain. even if only 10% of us go with mccain, obama loses. there is no way that obama can win this because he has yet to answer the real questions that will now be asked by the republicans. the news media and the dnc , as well as obama himself, refused to give insight into who obama really is well we are about to find out and dont be surprised at how many people will kick themselves in the butt and the realize that they were stupid.

    June 6, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Casey

    Wouldn't you love to be the fly on that wall?

    June 6, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Angry White Woman

    i left the democratic party and registered indepdent will support mccain.

    i'm disgusted at the way hillary has been treated by the media, obama, and the dnc.

    my protest vote will go to mccain in november.

    June 6, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. brian

    i think that it is great to see them work to unite lets go dems.

    June 6, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. bridgette

    I think that was a very smart thing too do. In order for everyone else to calm down they have too calm down. They are the leaders of the future and they have to get along atleast cordially with each other. I do believe she will play a part in his campaign because she is an extremely smart person. I don't think she wants to be VP as much as her supporters are pushing for her to be one. I think it is the last hurrah. You have to think alot of people are about to be out of work. So if she became his running mate some of them would keep their jobs. But I think that these are two smart people who know what they have too do.

    June 6, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Army Wife

    -–i dont trust either one.

    June 6, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    "Feelings, Nothing more than feelings..."

    June 6, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. shirley

    Let us hope that Hillary is not still holding the votes she received in the Primary hostage to secure the Vice Presidency. This new campaign by her supporter's to pressure Senator Obama into selecting her is beyond distasteful and is a form of political corruption.

    June 6, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Somebody needs to turn this into a reality TV show.

    We could call it, "So You Want To Be VP?" :)

    June 6, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. TESAP

    Good start... Clinton supporters did you read this????

    June 6, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. brian

    lets work together and beat mcsame.

    June 6, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Urbandale

    No matter what spell she cast in that meeting, don't trust her. Never trust the Clintons. Sooner or later Obama will see the trick the old lady has been trying to play.

    June 6, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Sick of Hillary

    This is what unity is all about. I applaud both Senator Obama and Clinton on putting aside their differences. I'm actually glad that Hillary is willing to throw in her support, and I'm also glad that Obama is receiving Hillary's support with open arms. It's time to shut McCain down! It's time to double team McCain, and who can do this better than the dynamic duo!!

    June 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Mario

    Let's GO DEMS! We love you Hillary and Barack!

    June 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. East Coast Bum

    I thought we would not hear from her anymore. Oh well, a few more week them, maybe? I know for a fact that Obama will NOT pick her. Her conduct this primary season was intolorable.
    I am over all of that. He won't pick for atleast 2-3 weeks. I think John McBush will pisk first.

    June 6, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Unity

    By the way...I'm no longer "Sick of Hillary"!!

    June 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Murph

    wow is all I can say

    Great job

    we must unite

    June 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Stacy Clarks

    im so happy about this!!! LET'S GO DEMOCRATS!!!

    NO matter what happened on the campaign trail, we can put this behind us, acknowledge that both of these people are GREAT people in American politics, we honor and respect them both, and we DO NOT want to see this country go down the drain under McCain

    I hope the millions of wonderful women who support campaign recognize their right to chose, and their fight as women, and recognize that McCain will take that away from them when he becomes president!!

    LET'S GO DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. MelissaMinneapolis

    Let's follow follow their lead and come together as supporters.

    June 6, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. CB

    Hillary Clinton Supporters:

    You must realise that if Obama is elected – Clinton will have a prominent roll in the Administration – probably of her own choosing. She might even choose to be the one responsible for finally bringing in Universal Health Care and thereby going down in history for this great achievement.

    Please consider that if you vote for McCain, you will remove all chances for Hillary to be a part of the governing Administration. Do you think she wants to go back to the Senate for four more years or is it possible she would actually want to be a part of the governing administration? Think about it. Its her future too!

    June 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Mr. B.

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    June 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. John Z.

    Obama had better offer Clinton the VP position or a plum position in the Cabinet such as Secretary of State if he wants the help of Clinton's supporters, and Mr. Inexperience will sorely need their help if he hopes to win the election.

    June 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Jane Robinson

    I feel that it shows that one can have differences, yet come together for the good of all! That's how I read this and feel that if Hillary really does want what is best she will give him 100%+ of her support and her loyal supporters will do the same!
    This country is in desperate NEED of a positive change and it begins from the top and each of us need to do our part to ensure that it happens and that we can move forward and rebuild what has been so badly damaged!
    United we can and will STAND!

    June 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Tonie

    This is a great first step,the beginning of many that will result in a formidable Democartic Party.
    Bravo

    June 6, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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