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. Austine I

    Clinton Supporters who will not vote for Obama in November Because of Race should be ashamed of themselves and note that, Obama represents the True American with both blood(so called black & White) in him. Your vote for McCain in November is a vote for more blood of American troop in Iraq and thier blood will be in the hands of those who are going to vote for McCain.

    June 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Kiah

    I like that! Even her SUPPORTERS were left out as they should have been. This is about OUR DEMOCRATIC PARTY and if there are still some who don't understand or respect that then you need to change your party right along with your vote. Vote Republican and REMAIN a Republican and take all that goes along with voting that way.

    Senator Clinton is showing YOU that she WANTS to UNITE THIS PARTY! She does not want a Republican in the White House, and to think that her so-called STRONGEST supporters would intentionally do something she is AGAINST shows your loyalty is no longer with her...but it's with your selfishness and lack of respect for not only HER WISHES but the parties as well.

    So if this meeting wasn't a sign that she is ready to join forces with Obama then nothing will be and you all should register Republican and leave our beloved party for good!

    Obama '08!

    June 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. James

    Well done on both of their parts.

    June 6, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Joyce in Florida

    Well, I hope it was a positive meeting between the two candidates. I still hope that the democrats will win in November. The only way to make sure is if Hillary Clinton is on ticket as well. I will vote democrat if that happens. If not, then I don't know what I will do with my vote in November. Still pondering. Really angry and upset all at the same time because I believe this election process was rigged and stolen outright. Keep fighting Senator Clinton all the way to Denver. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Mike, Raleigh

    Wake UP...Obama supporters,

    Do not forget that there 18 million registered democrat rejected Sen. Obama.

    Also, 92% of AA voted for Sen. Obama. Let's say that there are 10 million AA registered voters.

    If I can put math together and take the race factor out, hence 84% of AA needs to be substracted from Votes received by Sen. Obama.

    It means 18 million voted to Obama minus 8.4 million votes from AA.

    Sen. Obama received less then 10 million votes compare to 18 million votes by Sen. Hillary.

    June 6, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. JonPeter, Hartford, CT

    HRC and Obama need to tak privately without outside pressures. The VP nomination should be his to offer without external pressures. If offered, the VP nomination should be hers to accept or decline without outside pressures.

    If HRC chooses to join the Obama team, then no more Bill, no more bitter feminists, no more James Carville. She has an opportunity to be herself, a strong woman who discuss her interests without having to front the interests of others.

    June 6, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Damion K. Miles

    There is nothing bad that can come from these 2 sitting down and talking without any outside influence. Hillary is a brilliant woman and understands that it is time to turn this country around and if backing Barack is what has to be done, so be it. It's time for every democrat to put aside everying except policy. Look at the differences in the policies between Barack and McCain, they are worlds apart. There is no way that a Hillary supporter could feel good about voting for John McCain if the issues are what matter to you.

    June 6, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. mark

    Who would vote Republican or not Vote??

    Jobless rate jumps!

    The nation's unemployment rate took its biggest jump in more than two decades in May, according to a government report. The unemployment rate soared to 5.5 percent from 5 percent in April, the biggest one-month jump since February 1986. CNNMoney.com reports the study also shows 49,000 jobs were cut in May.

    THIS IS THE FUTURE OF AMERICA WITH REPUBLICANS AND JOHN MCSAME IN THE OFFICE!

    June 6, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. jeremy

    if obama and hillary can sit in the same room together, there is no reason obama and clinton supporters can't come together to ensure a democrat in the white house this fall.

    democrats 2008!

    June 6, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Laurie Velez

    I just don't know if she is sincere and could be trusted. There is always a hidden agenda behind her actions. SORRY

    June 6, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. jerry

    I am glad they had a nice time just hearing about it made me all fuzzy. right

    June 6, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. victor

    way to go democrats, way to go.
    may the good force be with the party.

    June 6, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. SLO Bear

    It is interesting and unfortunate that the current "respect" called for to unwind the Clinton camp and its supporters seems to require help with a reckless and unconscionable $30 million in debt and, I would imagine, myriad such unethical tactics, words, and acts. Perhaps a more legitimate form of respect could be honesty.

    June 6, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Damion K. Miles

    This is to Mike in Raleigh –

    Okay, now reverse your ignorant train of thought. What if you take away all of Hillary's white votes? Does that make any sense to you. Hell, take away Hillary's Black votes. Do you understand that there is no single race that's going to determine the outcome of an election. Every vote is needed – white, black, asian, gay, hispanic, jamaican and so on. Your ignorance is amazing!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. One America

    This is the approach that should've been taken initially. RESPECT is essential in communication...

    OBAMA/ ?.... 08

    June 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Susan

    They are friends and hopefully will run together. The two can beat McCain.

    Obama/Hillary 08

    June 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Belle

    Now these are important details!!

    June 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. mark

    MIKE

    IS AN UNDERCOVER REPUBLICAN

    I would be too if i caused this much damage to a country that i am suppose to love.

    Its about the issues not who he picks as a VP – remember a VP is a vote of confidence not a decision maker and Hillary like Barack are decision makers...no matter what her position is there on the same team and have the same goals!

    June 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Sapphire

    TO Mike:

    Both your logic and your math are dumb. Get over it, Obama will be President.

    June 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Euphemia, Dublin, Ireland

    At last , Hillary behaves like 'a Lady' – let us hope she continues to do so – but????leopards........

    June 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Independent in Iowa

    Ya know, it's nice to see some positive comments about these two. I was mad as hell that she lost the nomination, but if they can work together on this, I'll support him.

    Hillary is an incredible woman. Even in the light of her supporting him, his die-hard supporters continued to bash her yesterday. That is not the type of campaign Obama stands for and I'm sure he'd have a word or two for those of you that make those comments.

    June 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. Venus

    To Mike, Raleigh – poster above!

    Just like Hillary ---– you are still dreaming about the total of votes!

    Have you noticed--- the primary is O-V-A-H! And it's not about votes only!

    The race is over and Hillary lost! Do you understand english?

    June 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. FORMER DEMOCRAT

    I am ashamed to be a democrat. I voted for Gore, I voted for Kerry, but I will not vote for Obama.

    At every turn, Obama and his henchmen have tried to force Hillary out of the race. She has been called racist, a liar, a cheat, pretty much everything except a white woman.

    All of Hillary's accomplishments for helping veterans, farmers, children, and women have been marginalized. She has been called the do or say anything candidate, devisive, and been accused of thinking she is "entitled".

    Well, say anything you want about her, but I know the truth because I can see her record.

    Obama, on the other hand, has no record. He is inexperienced and has no judgement. Answer me this Obama supporters: How can you say that Obama has the judgement to lead from day one? He was raised by a white family, but never noticed that his preacher is a racist who preaches white hate and jewish hate. I don't think so. Even if he doesn't agree with Rev Wright and his radical views, Obama would align himself with anyone to get elected. Talk about say or do anything to get elected.

    Obama is not a new kind of politician, he is the worst kind. You "enlighted" people would disenfranchise voters, run the jews out of the democratic party, and alienate the Reagan/Democrats and Latinos to win. I think you are as ruthless as your candidate.

    Good luck to you educated idiots. Too bad a college degree doesn't buy common sense.

    A vote for McCain=A vote against Hussien

    June 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. amtFresno,CA

    why is Hillary Clinton given so much so called "respect/consideration, etc"? she tried every HATEFUL thing she could to destroy Barack Obama during the campaign. She kept all the negatives going on as long as she possible could & had to be reminded repeatedly to tone it down that it was giving the Republicans more & more to use against him in Nov. Her campaign was built around she was experienced, and Barack was not. But now since she lost, she wants to be on the ticket as Veep or wants to be in on the historical event. Clintons called Barack a fairytale, merely just giving speeches. How is it that now Barack is going to be Pres & she was wrong that she wants on the ticket? I hope she will not be on the ticket. WH NO PLACE FOR CLINTONS!!!

    June 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. sophia nyc

    I had this nostalgic feeling like I was back in High School. Not a good one either.

    June 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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