June 6th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
6 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. Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good that it happen but still no V P PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Ashamed

    IF NOT HILLARY THEN OBAMA!!!

    June 6, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. tim

    i will vote for Big-Mac

    June 6, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. RH

    How silly. It sounds like ten year old girls dishing gossip.

    June 6, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Steve

    Hillary may have lost the nomination, but she still has a lot of power in the Democractic Party, and she has connections all over the country. Obama may not ask her to be VP (he's have to put up with Bill) but he's not a stupid man. She will be on his team. You watch. He will offer her an extremely high Cabinet post, such as Secretary of State (which is more powerful than VP anyway) and she will take it. The two of them, will form a formidable team that will scare the hell out of the Republicans and turn McCain's hair white....oh...wait...well, too late on that one...but you get the idea.

    Hillary should not be VP. That's a slot for people like Dan "Potatoe" Quayle". Hillary can do a lot more, and have a lot more power if she's the Secretary of State, or the Secretary of Health. Put Edwards in as Attorney General, and put Bill on a plane as a permanent good will ambasador, and you've got the beginnings of a really good team. Give the VP slot to some political lackey that did a good job for the party (like they always do).

    June 6, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. roger

    The thing I find interesting about this meeting is that the PRESS was outraged because they were not included.....I hope both candidates tell the press to bug off somethings are not any of their business so get over it.....

    June 6, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Mac

    I love the part where she served them water. That was really exciting to read about. What juicy details! Both candidates are garbage. They will give the government more control and people less power over their own lives. And will spend more of our money to do it. McCain is also an idiot. It is a lose-lose situation for the next 4 years.

    June 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. leon

    This is not a good move on Obama part !! Please try to avoid these kind of meetings. This could create some negativity.

    June 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Glen in Illinois

    I hope Obama will not choose Clinton for his running mate. That would not be a "dream ticket", but a "nightmare"!

    June 6, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Tyrone Brown

    This makes me feel good about the process and our party. It sends an important signal and is the beginning of true unity in the Democratic Party.

    Bravo! Hillary and Obama.

    June 6, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. leon

    Secretary of Health and Human Services for her. Not VP !!

    June 6, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. BUBBLES

    I LOVE THE DEDICATION AND CONCERN FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. I AM VERY HAPPY THE OBAMA AND CLINTON HAVE TAKEN THESE STEPS TO UNITE OUR PARTY.

    THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE BITTER BECAUSE THINGS DIDN'T GO YOUR WAY, NEED TO GET OVER IT. GO, VOTE FOR MCCAIN. IF YOU ARE THAT CHILDISH AND INSECURE THEN OBAMA DOES NOT NEED YOUR VOTE AND HE WILL MAKE IT WITHOUT YOU. NOTHING LOST. EVERYTHING GAINED. STOP YOUR WHINNING AND JUST GO.

    OBAMA/CLINTON ALL THE WAY 08'

    June 6, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. the other jd

    Democrats will unite! And we will begin to work together, because frankly with the mess the Republicans have gotten us into, if we can't pull it together to work together, we don't deserve to win. I mean please–an endless war, our $ devalued, our production base decimated and jobs exported, millions without healthcare, politics being pushed into the Supreme Court with right-wing judges, need I go on? Frankly, I was an Edwards supporter. Ya think I didn't have to face disappointment when he pulled out? But I put on my big boy pants and decided to support whichever Democrat won the primary. Hillary would have gotten 100% of my support had she won. Barack will now get 100% of my support.

    June 6, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. peter

    every hillary supporter I know and they are a lot of them told me they will vote for Obama in Nov

    June 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Harry (former republican supporting Obama)

    I have voted republican for over 30 years, but I am looking forward to voting for Barack Obama. He sounds like just the person this country needs. The few delusional Hillary Supporters, that say they would vote for McCain instead of Obama, always sound like they are speaking for the entire 18 million Hillary Voters. They don't seem to realize that they are in the minority. The majority of Hillary supporters would prefer her but will become loyal Obama supporters soon. I have noticed, that on all these blogs, it is usually the same few hate filled people that respond over & over again with their delusional comments. Wake Up People, Let's get this country moving in the right direction.

    June 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. R.O.B.

    Well looks like the worst case senerio of Hillary running as an independent is out of the window. But we'll see what she says tomorrow. Democrats Unite.

    OBAMA '08

    June 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. JIM...TX

    One can only hope that Barack told her in no uncertain words she WASN'T going to be part of his TEAM! In spite of her supporters vowing to vote Bush 3 (who really cares) with the right choice as VP we can overcome those turncoats an whiners.......

    June 6, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. stu

    I'm an Obama supporter, and gardless of the last few months, Obama/Clinton seems to be the best option for democrats in general.

    so please fellow supporters, just like you want her supporters to embrace our nominee, think open-mindedly of senator Clinton being VP, and you all know so well, its for our own good.

    PLEASE UNITE!

    June 6, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Charles

    It is time for us Democrats to come together. Let us please STOP all the divisive comments about one another. Obama does need Clinton and her supporters to win back the White house. i am quite sure the Hilliary will play an large part in a Obama organization. Her roll will make or break us Democrats. Our children need Obama in the White House. There are millions of people that dont have health care or suitable heath care. One month ago I lost my Dad to cancer. The pain is still there for me. But his insurance didnt want to pay for certain drugs or procedures. It is time for that to end. Woman voting for McCain will end your right to choose. We have a war that many are being killed or injured. And what is the government doing about it? Not enough. It is time to end this war. It is costing $12 billion dollars a month. Just think of what that money can do right here in the United States. I would like to see my nephews and nieces get the education that they need. I dont want to see no one else have to bury there son or daughter due to this war. Let us come together and vote for Barack Obama. Please

    June 6, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. KJ, CA

    Way to go Hillary and Barack! Now, all of us who have supported Hillary or Barack need to follow their example – get it on the table and then move on to support the Democratic nominee into the White House.

    PS – Anyone who was a Hillary supporter and says that they will support McCain you need to take a second look... If your candidate can move on and support Obama I would think that you could too. By supporting McCain you are supporting the war continuing, you are supporting the economic policies that have this country going down hill fast and you are supporting to continue the policies of the current Administration. I know that you really don't want that for yourself, your children, your grandchildren, your country.

    June 6, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Jack in ND

    ""So bill wasn't there…..i wonder if he refused or she didn't want him there?""

    Why would Bill be at Dianne Feinstein's house?

    His presence would only further demonstrate that Hillary's political career was only made possible by Bill's political career.

    Which is of course true, but why demonstrate it?

    June 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. ELIZABETH

    I AM GLAD THAT THE 2 OF THEM WERE ABLE TO TALK AND HOPEFULLY COME TO SOME POSITIVE AGREEMENT.
    I REALLY HOPE ALL THOSE STAUNCH HILLARY SUPPORTERS WILL VOTE DEMOCRATIC NO MATTER WHO THE VP IS. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE POSSIBLE OVER TURNING OF ROE V WADE
    OUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND THIS WAR IN IRAQ. THESE ISSUES ARE SO BIG THAT IT WOULD BE DEVASTAING TO US AS A NATION TO VOTE MCCAIN OUT OF CHILDISH SPITE. PLEASE PLEASE DON' T SEND US DOWN THIS PATH. THESE JUDGES HE WILL PUT IN PLACE WILL BE THERE FOR LIFE SO ONCE MANY OF US ARE DEAD AND GONE ARE CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN WILL BE STUCK FIGHTNG AGAINST THEM.
    PLEASE THINK AND TRY NOT TO BE SO REACTIONARY.

    June 6, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Ken @ Charlotte

    Praise be the Lord!! So it our time. "We the people...", get ready for deliverance from the grip of the neocons who have picked our pockets and used our children as cannon foddor to enrich themselves in an unjust war. Praise be the Lord!!

    June 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. TJ in Texas (Dallas)

    If you're a true Democrat and beleive in the Democratic platform then voting for McCain doesn't help in any way. All it shows is that Democrats are divided and bickering. Go ahead, be a soar loser, vote for McCain – the Republican – and throw away women's rights. That's not what Hillary stands for and not what she would want.

    Democrats stand united and we WILL take back this country we love so much from a third term of Geroge W. Bush.

    Yes, we will. Obama for President!

    June 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Details??

    "She served them water?" No details!!

    June 6, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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