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. Valerie - St. Louis, MO

    Mike in Raleigh, African Americans (not AA – which stands for Alcohol Anononymos) are not the only ones who voted for Obama and Hillary also received a share of the African American vote and I don't see that you subtracted those voters from her 18 million.

    June 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. elmerg

    If the two candidates can sit down and talk calmly, will the blogging community follow suit or will they continue to sniping at each other to vent some sort of pent up anger?
    I hope the Dems can just put aside their bickering and work together to defeat John McBush in November.
    That is the critical challenge ahead.

    June 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. jsg

    They can call each other weekly for the duration of the campaign as long as they do not appear on the same ticket, we will all be happy.
    This is Sen Obama's "win" not Sen Clinton's and it is long past time for her to have understood that and bowed out. She is not a debutante, she has been around enough to understand the facts.
    If she is on that ticket, it will not be received happily by the voters. Change means new and she is definitely not new. There is plelnty of time for all voters to understand the issues and get it right by the general election. Democrat is Democrat and it is not one kind for that lever and one kind for the other one.

    All this talk of treating her gently, respectfully, with respect, time to react, time to......where was all of that when she should have been exhibiting it?

    June 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Canad

    MIke.. your logic is twisted

    June 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK

    What are you talking about Joyce? The election was STOLEN? FROM WHO? You anyone but McCain individuals are not true democrats and shouldn't have been allowed to vote in a democratic primary.

    Get over it.

    Obama and Clinton share almost identical values yet you want to vote for McCain instead? Give. Me. A. Break.

    June 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. No More Clintons, CA

    Absolutely NO VP to the Clintons!

    We do not need to watch Clinton BACKSTABING drama in the next 8 years. The Clintons are absolutely UNTRUSTWORTHY!

    Obama has taken down the so-called indestructable giant Clinton machine by his superior organization and brilliant strategy. Obama can WIN the White House easily by keeping the Clintons and their attack dogs far away from him.

    NO MORE CLINTONS!

    June 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Alex

    Please don't be angry. Don't vote for McCain. You care about this country? Do you care about her reputation? McCain has a very similar image as Bush to the world. Remember how thousands of people worldwide gathered up and rallied against Iraq War? Yes, you might have forgotten that. The WORLD wants Obama because he brings hope and against Iraq war. Set aside your hate and other things and use your logic. Which man is going to improve US reputation back? McCain? Name one person who said McCain is going to bring back hope to US and restore... right this guy wants to keep Iraq war going and going for next 100 years right?

    June 6, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Great beginning - let them work it out for themselves in peace, please. We need both of them - but NOT on the ticket! He can find a much, much better use for her talents than the relatively lack-luster position of VP. Put her where she can do some real good.

    UNITE in the fall. Or be willing to take the blame for what happens over the next 4 years of republican rule.

    June 6, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Mat

    I love how huge this was that they sat down and talked – It sounds to me like Obama, in a very nice way said – this is my party now, not yours, if you want to be part of this then step up and stop acting like I owe you something –

    I won't even try to guess what Clinton had to say – but I seriously can't see her being the VP -

    June 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Matt in Cleveland

    and joyce in FLA will you please give it up with the "fight all the way to denver" its obvious that she isnt..,

    turn the page and lets go dems

    June 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. Darin fro Philadelphia

    A literally private meeting between the two of them was a good idea. I imagine this has never happened in all of these months. Regardless of stategy and planning for the future, it seems very human for these two people to just meet with no preplanned agenda.

    As an Obama supporter, Clinton as a VP would serve no one, and I hope that Obama can make a clean break and start anew, because that is why many of us support him.

    June 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Colie Brice

    OBAMA/RICHARDSON 08

    We don't need a liar as VP

    June 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. Independent in Iowa

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    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 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Jamaicans?

    @ Damion – Didn't know Jamaican's can vote for US president.

    LOL, I agree though with what you are saying

    June 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. Pray! Pray! Pray!

    There is a spirit of selfishness and spite that has attached itself to our country. It will not be swayed by reason or logic. Clinton supporters know that Hillary has always said her and Obama shares the same views about key issues. They know that voting for McCain would be a slap in the face of HRC and every hardworking democrat in our government. They understand McCain's warmongering view on Iraq and his health (don't) care plan. They know that voting for McCain will most likely ruin Hillary Clinton's bright political future (if Obama loses she will be known as the Divider of 2008, she will not win in 2012 or any other year). Stop arguing the facts. They already know them. They will betray their party, their candidate and their country and allow the Devil to use them to destroy what is left of our great nation.

    This is a battle in the spirit realm not the natural. I am asking all people of faith to pray for unity. Pray!!!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. rusty

    Even if Senator Clinton endorses Obama, there will be no avalanche of supporters of hers going to Obama. It's going to be an avalanche of supporters going to McCain.

    McCain 2008!!!

    June 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Kevin,FL

    From This Clinton Supporter to another, you guys need to cut this Vote McCain Crap! we CANNOT afford to have McCain as president,the stakes are just to high, Senator Clinton is supporting Obama now so am I, I think a Obama/Clinton ticket will be a very strong ticket, and we could win in November!

    June 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Canad

    Hillary Clinton did NOT get more votes... only if you use a certain count and add in a count where Mr. Obama's name wasn't on the election list. People who use the "Hillary has more votes" are misguided and thick headed.

    June 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Rational Thinker

    So Mike in Raleigh

    The votes of AA count for less than say old white women and uneducated white makes?? How much less...3/5's perhaps?

    Well at least you're honest...I just haven't seen it posted so clearly before.

    June 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Independent in Iowa

    SLO Bear:

    Typical Obamabot. Why don't you just shut up and let these two candidates try to work together.

    June 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. STLCOP

    Mike, Raleigh–
    You are incorrect sir,

    18 million did not reject Obama. The greater majority of them selected Clinton over him. There is a difference.
    There are some (uneducated, racist) of the 18 mil that would not vote for him, but not as many as you would have people believe.

    June 6, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Reality

    AWESOME !!!

    GO DEMS !!!

    June 6, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Stephen

    Mike, Raleigh - that has got to be the worst logic I have ever read. How did you fare in math in school? So, basically you are claiming that since Obama got votes from African Americans, they don't count as legitimate votes? Sen. Clinton also got votes from African Americans. Why would her votes from older, White women count more than those of African Americans? I don't even know why I am devoting time to your argument - it is flawed and obviously illogical. Please spend time making sense.

    June 6, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Danny in Pittsburgh

    Mike from Raleigh...

    Ummm..."A.A.'s" are actually people, you know...not to mention your figures are totally bogus.

    What's most disconcerting is that you don't consider AA's actual PEOPLE. It's people like you who should be required to take a TEST before being allowed to vote.

    A vote for Clinton wasn't a rejection of Obama...it was a preference for one Democratic candidate over another. Black, white, yellow, brown or red...many of us are Democrats...and need to support the Democratic Nominee. Period. End of story.

    As for their meeting? I think both of these valiant candidates earned the right to sit down for a moment alone. They probably joked about idiots like you they EACH met, all across the country....

    June 6, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. John in Ohio

    For your own safety, Obama, don't give her the VP spot. You don't want your heartbeat and your life to be the only thing between Hillary Clinton and the Presidency.

    June 6, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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