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. Cindy

    Once again Obama shows his graciousness and ability to smooth things over with a candidte who at times degraded his electability...

    Obama is one of kind! But he appointing Hillary as VP would be a very big mistake- she voted for the war, he didn't... she's had strong support from PACS and lobbyists and she insinuated that "well they shot RFK in June didn't they? I mean anything can happen"? This statement was deplorable- she doesn't deserve to be on the VP ticket... She disgraced him by not supporting him when she gave her speech. The speech she is giving on Saturday was forced and won't have truthfulness- it's too little too late!!

    June 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Women for Obama 08!!!

    Well I am glad it was just them two. I knew both were capable of discussing whatever they needed to all by themselves. Here is hoping for the best from now through November.

    June 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. sky

    The interesting thing is that she is intelligent and wise enough to know that OBama is a good man and that the struggle between them is over, but the rabble crowd she created is not as wise or as clever as she is so now her job is to re-manipulate those people into realizing she was "just joking"

    June 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Bruce

    Sounds like a positive first step. I just hope some of CNN's contributors cut Hillary some slack.

    June 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Democrat

    Rebublicans get ready...

    June 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Bob

    I am an Obama supporter, and have been from day 1. Only one thing could ever stop me from voting for him, and that would be having clinton as his vp running mate. DON'T DO IT OBAMA!!!

    June 6, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Democrat

    Once Hillary and Obama settle their bitterness...you Repubs better get ready!

    June 6, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Ray

    I agree, I think it was positive too. If Obama and Clinton can put the issues first, surely their supporters can. Let's be mature about this.

    Democrats 08! Let's take back the White House!! Byahhhhhhhhh!

    June 6, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Go Bama

    We are in this to win it!!!

    June 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Mary56

    Great now we can start to unite as a party.

    June 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Ironman

    Bravo

    nuff said

    June 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Hello AMerica

    kudos!

    June 6, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. sky

    The other interesting thing is that Hillary and her supporters knew months ago that Obama would take the nomation. For it to be a surprise or an idea "that she needs to get used to" is ridiculous.

    June 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. P, CA

    I hope you all realize how really, really awesome this meeting is. It's nothing like a Clinton/Lewinsky Oval Office meeting, or an "animated discussion" on the Senate floor.

    This was a sit-down chat between two responsible, emotional adults, and I feel 100% sure that positive results were obtained.

    To those bloggers from BOTH camps who feel the need to trash like you never left the schoolyard: LET THIS MEETING BE A LESSON AND A SIGN.

    Obama and Hillary don't need the extra crap you insert into the campaign. They are discussing things reasonably in a room together. Feinstein didn't say anything about ripped drapes or that they each had a torn-off leg of a chair, ready to beat each other senseless. They didn't sit around yelling (like you caps-lock artists), calling each other liars, racists, "loosers" or anything else.

    Neither of them is a horrible person, and you know it. You just have to find some vitriol to inject so you can be sullen or triumphant.

    I pose a CONDITIONAL negative statement: IF you feel the need to jump on the supporters of the other camp, THEN you are a loser, an idiot, and you need to go find a life, because the rest of us are laughing at you and we'll need to clean up after you, like a two-year old with spaghetti sauce in your hair.

    So, the question is: ARE you a loser???

    June 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. YES

    Go Hillary!!!!! Yes, I am a die hard Hillary fan, but I am proud of her for being the bigger woman...it's not over until the fat lady sings. Well, she is not fat, but she says it's over now. McCain, you better get scared...Obama has Hillary on his team...and as you can see, she does not like to lose!

    June 6, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. Voting Obama

    I am glad to hear this. This is great for the democrats!! I love it. We need ot leave all of this negativity alone and sort our what is in ht ebest interest of people. All of this hatred is not going to get us anywhere. Democrats lets make it happen!

    Obama 2008 and beyond. The sky is limit!

    June 6, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. NORA, FLORIDA

    I am happy that mature folks can learn to keep some things quiet and then inform everyone else. This leaves little room for interpretation by the media, which they have done over the last several months and have sucked at it.

    We need more cases like this. Can you imagine the media being allowed in that meeting. They would have been asking more questions than Obama and Clinton

    GO DEMSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    June 6, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Watermann

    Despite of all what has been said or done in the course of the campaign, both of them are, after all, "professionals" who love their country. Taking the tight final and, most probable, a huge amount of debts into account, it is more than understandable that Senator Clinton asks for a private meeting. What I heard here on TV in Germany is, that Senator Clinton has no intention to be Senator Obama`s running mate. Now, there is just one remaining issue on the table. How, when and where is Senator Clinton helping to win the general election in November? After reading hundreds of comments I really do hope that the supporters of both campaigns will finally also act like "professionals" and not like little children. I wonder if this will be posted:

    June 6, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Voting Obama

    Dang I can't spell. I am that excited. Come on people!! Lets make it happen. I am tired of supporting an endless war (if McCain gets in office,endless) I am tired of watching our economy dewindle!! Lets come together and vote democrats!

    June 6, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. lzh - VA

    This is what we need. POSITIVE POSITIVE POSITIVE. Lets bring it together. now is the time.

    June 6, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Brian

    OBAMA/CLINTON 08!

    June 6, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Lets get this over with and on with the election. While we are trying to kiss and hug...................the Republicans are scouring the earth for NEGATIVE things against Obama. They KNOW they cannot beat him on issues..they'll be going after PERSONAL THINGS that DO NOT AFFECT US OR OUR COUNTRY !!!!! They have people probably going through Obama's Garbage to get some nasty personal data on him. LETS UNITE AND WIN IN NOV> !!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Women for Obama

    I think Obama has plans to put her in the Supreme Court. I don't think it's the VP job, but I think he has some big plans for her. And he will probably take care of a portion of her debt.

    June 6, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Nichole - MD

    Yes, we need to be united; however, I will be quite disappointed if any of the $2300 that I donated to Mr. Obama’s campaign is used to pay-off Mrs. Clinton’s $30M debt. I have a better solution…Ask her 18M supporters to send $2 each, and she will have $36M total and will also net $6M.

    June 6, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Travis (in the real world)

    I"m sure part of the conversation was holding the "so called" 18 million votes over his head....

    June 6, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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