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. Kelby from Houston, TX

    From the details that have been provided, I predict that Hillary will get the VP. I do understand the lack of trust and surplus of hate coming from the Obama camp because of the campaign she has run and her refusal to bring this matter to an end. She can be quite divisive.

    However divisive people may find her at this time, there can be no doubt that she is smart, effective and determined to accomplish her goal. I admire these traits. There can also be no doubt in the millions and millions of people who support her.

    I have been reading the comments made on the stories in the political ticker and I have noticed that Clinton supporter are angry at the outcome, they are bitter. It is those supporters who say they will vote for McCain now. This is why Hillary must have the number 2 spot. WE NEED THOSE HATERS!

    OBAMA + HILLARY = VICTORY IN NOVEMBER!

    DEMOCRATS '08

    June 6, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Well Done

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein is gansta!

    I have new found respect for her. She did the right thing and seems like a very trusting person.

    I hope there's a position for Sen. Dianne Feinstein in Obama's Administration. She earned it!

    June 6, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. McCain=the draft

    This is good to hear. Now let's get down to business and defeat McCain, and get the American people and our country off it's knees.

    June 6, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Ohiobo, J From Canada

    Great move, I am beginning to have confident that both campaigns will come together, work together and move America forward in a different direction. Goodluck Senator Obama.

    June 6, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Obamista NYC

    I think Obama is going to create a unique new role for Clinton by giving her something related to healthcare reform and poverty... something like that should intrigue her voters.

    They need to just kiss and make up.

    June 6, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Moses, Ca.

    " Great " now let's get this country together. Hillary we thank you...

    Moses, Ca.

    June 6, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Alexandra

    YeePee!!!!
    Take that McCain/Bush, you won't get any of Hillary's hard earned supporters.
    Democrates unite!
    Obama/Clinton '08

    June 6, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Barbara,

    This is a good start, I hope they can forgive each other and move on. As professionals, they have more important things ahead of them. #1 getting in the White house in November.
    I am sure that all of us have said things and done things that we regret later and which we could take it back as it was done in anger. Both of them are guilty of some of that and need to move on.

    June 6, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Toni

    I hope they had a good meeting.Hopefully they will both make the right decision for the party and for themselves.Everyone else should keep their opinions to themselves including Pres. Carter.The media should stop their "still" vitriolic statements about Hillary.By the way, if all of you could do it better than Hillary...why don't you run for elected office.

    June 6, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. William, from Cali

    It's good, that they will put away their "Bitter" differences, for the "Good" of the Party; but the big picture is, can the Democrats still win in Nov., in an Election, that theirs to loose..................................Bye all signs, it should be a cake-walk,for the Democrats; but that's "Politics, in America.......................................

    June 6, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. K

    Guess he IS true to his word...Obama hasn't even been elected yet and he's meeting with the nation's enemies!

    June 6, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Lynn

    If Hillary is the Vice-president they will have my vote.

    June 6, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Sherry

    They wouldmake a good team!

    June 6, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Tracy from NYC

    They should talk!! I mean come on people-they are civilized human beings.
    What do people expect? That he will snub her and she'll rage at him like a banshee?! HA
    They were opponents for months but they both have a common goal and that is the best for the country. That means a Democrat in the White House.

    She may very well end up being the VP or some other important role. Regardless, I have and will be supporting Obama but I do admire Hillary and if he choses her then so be it.

    I think these are great first steps. Keep up the good work you two!.

    Obama, we are with you all the way!!

    June 6, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. IAMWMD

    Great gesture on the part of Obama and an small example of his character and leadership ability.

    This is only the beginning of a better America as a whole and not a Republican American where the only people that count are owners of big business and big bank accounts.

    George W Bush and Tales from the McCrip are joined so much at the hip that it's no accidnet that their hand gestures while speaking are identical.

    June 6, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. James, SC

    Way to go democrats!!

    June 6, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Steve

    Hmmm... does this mean they are both appeasers?

    June 6, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. felecia

    I hope Ms. Clinton is not on the list of vp job we need change and if she is on the ticket what a mess. Edwards would have been a good choice for vp sorry to hear the bad news.

    June 6, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Change 2008 - Dallas, TX

    Once all the Dems unite the Repb are going to be in HOT H20!

    Dems 08

    June 6, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. skylark

    As an Obama supporter I think Hillary would serve him and us better in the senate than as vice president. If she is truly going to support him.
    That remains to be seen of course.
    The vice president is more a stand in than anything else.
    The support of congress and the senate is much more important.
    The only reason these bodies have been showing no progress is
    GWB vetoing everything that they propose simply because he can.
    He is a little despot and McCain will be no better.

    June 6, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Travis

    Please give Hillary the strength to exit this her campaign peacefully and quietly. In not conceding the Democratic nomination to Obama, she's basically threatening to extort his VP choice by refusing to offer her full support to the Democratic nominee. Her unethical, underhanded, selfish, utterly manipulative, and egotistical tendencies display exactly why she shouldn't have any seat at all in his cabinet once elected. She basically seems to be pulling a Lieberman. How would those two even campaign together when their campaign style are completely opposite. He's shown a propensity to run a dignified, ethical campaign while she on the other hand has displayed a tendency to do the exact opposite. Aside from that, if we thought Chaney acted as though he were the President and not Bush, we will not have seen anything yet if Hillary gets chosen as the VP running mate. She's unethical, underhanded, egotistical, selfish, and uncompromising not to mention a few others. Obama has definitely won my vote but I would sincerely have to re-evaluate voting for any ticket which included Hillary Clinton.

    June 6, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. MANDY, California

    A good move in the right direction.

    June 6, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Ilona Proud Canadian

    CNN

    Why did you report in the previous article that Sen. Obama met with Sen. Clinton at her home?

    True Democrats will NEVER vote for John McCain.

    True Democrats, please show your disgust for the "Website Clinton for McCain"

    True Democrats will NEVER sign on to support this McCain Website!

    June 6, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. jimmy velman

    WE WILL NOT COMMENT ON THE SUBSTANCE OF THEIR MEETING.. IT IS THEIRS ALONE.. I AM GLAD THEY DID IT AND IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO INITAITED IT. THEY HAVE TO SORT THINGS OUT TOGETHER AND GET TO KNOW HOW THEY FEEL TOWARDS EACH OTHER AFTER A LONG PRIMARY CAMPAIGN.
    I BELIEVE NEITHER ONE HOLDS ANY ANIMOSITY TOWARS THE OTHER. THEY WILL UNITE THE PARTY AND WILL BE WINNING THE PRESIDENCY. THAT WILL HAPPEN ONLY IF SOME OF THE MORONS OF OBAMA SUPPORTERS STOP BEATING ON HILLARY, WHO SEEM TO FORGET THAT SHE HAS WON OVER 18 MILLION SUPPORTERS AND WHO MAY BECOME DISENCHANTED AND MOVE OVER TO MCCAIN IF OBAMA'S CAMP AND SUPPORTERS
    KEEP UF A DRUMBEAT OF ANTI-CLINTON RHETORIC.

    June 6, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. MCD

    UNITE!

    June 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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