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. yes we can

    how many of those 18million were white women, and AA's would be 20% of his total vote at the most.... ignorance is a disease

    June 6, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Marc

    Obviously, that was the right things to do. So now, let's wait and see what Senator Clinto will say tomorrow...... Obama in the White House

    June 6, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. huntington

    Jimmy,

    There has never been a "drumbeat" of anti-Hillary rhertoric from the Obama camp, quite the contrary!! In fact Obama and his staff have been deeply respectful and have publically praised Clinton for her pathbreaking campairn. Is this more of the cult of vicitimization launched by some of Hillary's supporters? What we did see was a remarabley ungracious, narcissitic display by Hillary that disrespected Obama and his achievement. We also saw a public effort to use 17 mllion voters as leveridge to demand a VP slot, placing Obama in a very difficult no-win position., Is it possible for some Hillary supporters to stop dumping on Obama?

    June 6, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Paulinus

    Americans must unite for a better tomorrow.

    June 6, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Anne

    I think we should all take a cue from our respetive candidates and just calm down, talk civilly, and come together..

    June 6, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. s.boat

    I Am Hoping That This Is The Begining Of The Party Uniting To Make Our Country A Better Place.

    June 6, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Theresa in Minneapolis

    I cannot stand the bitterness of the Clinton supportors. Come on you guys! If it were the other way around and if she'd come out ahead you'd feel the same as us and we'd feel the same as you. Sad...

    I would NEVER in a million years vote for McCain. Your candidate has the same platform as ours. It's sooooo spiteful to say you'd never vote Obama because he stole the election. He did not. Be objective and realistic, PLEASE. It was very, very, very close. He ended up ahead.

    Hillary Clinton is being respectful and Obama is being gracious. Stop the stupid bickering EVERYONE.

    Obama supportors should be HAPPY and not feeling the need to pour salt in the wounds of the Clinton backers. It very easily could have been us sitting where they are. Quit being mean!

    Senator Obama gave a great speech here in Minnesota on Tuesday where he praised Hillary. We gave her a standing ovation. She is a great leader and will be key in Obama's administration.

    Neither candidate wants to see this anger. We all need to be like them and take the high road and focus our anger at the real enemy. The Republican Party and John McSame!!

    June 6, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. sacto joe

    BOTH Clintons need to show they can be team players if they truly expect her to be offered the VP spot. Play hardball, and kiss your chance goodbye!

    June 6, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Esmaralda

    Mr. Obama won the election to be the presidential nominee for the Democratic party. No fraud involved. It is time to stop the mud-slinging no matter your conviction(s). If you are a democrat it is hard to believe one would not simply see it as terrific that we obviously are witnessing two great political figures who are capable of putting the matters of the United States first, above their own human desires. How about we let these people play it out in 'private.' The important thing is that we get the strongest possible ticket – the strongest possible White House. I will choose to believe Senator Clinton when she states that she do whatever it takes for the next President to be a Democrat. She has poise. Maybe consider playing tribute to this meeting instead of continuing the argument. It is over for Hillary 08 – now we are on to Obama 08.

    June 6, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. JULIA

    He cannot win without her and he knows it. She carried him in every single debate, AND 40% of her followers will vote McCain if she's not on the ticket. He needs her FAR more than she needs him.

    June 6, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Christina

    @Mike, Raleigh

    I don't believe you submitted such jibberish. Together, these two individuals garnered approx. 40M votes!! (Including Operation Chaos).

    No matter the VP selection – when the party comes together, none of us will be losers – democratic or otherwise – we all win!!

    ~ Christina

    June 6, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    Good, I'm glad. I hope they can work out their differences and unite. "They were laughing" that is a good sign. Weren't they friends before all of this started???

    Democrats unite, 08

    June 6, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. John

    If Obama puts Clinton on his ticket, he has to remember that Clinton is only ONE HEART BEAT away from the top spot. And she has the money and determination to make it happen. And everyone else who votes for THAT team must remember that also.

    June 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. OH

    Mike, people like you need to stop it; you need to wake up and smell the roses.

    At the end of the day, this is not just about Hillary or Barack, it is about the party and America.

    Everytime I read news articles I find these racial statements and other negative remarks.

    Do you think Hillary's voters alone can win in November? Do you not know that Blacks backed Bill Clinton more than 90%?

    I think it is time to use your head wisely and work toward togetherness. If for any reason you are bitter and want to vote for Senator McCain, please remark to his news and keep Hillary and Barack out of your statements.

    After all this is said and done, come January we will be facing huge challenges both here and abroad. What you can do is help to bring people together instead of sticking a knife into each other.

    June 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Luis

    Typical ignorant Liberals, LOL

    Keep drinking the Obama Kool-Aid guys and gals......this guy is the second coming of Jimmy Carter and his hidden agenda is not the bi-cultural nirvana you are hoping for.

    No crying and complaining if this media created fraud gets in and turns us into a Third World country, OK?

    Comical

    June 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Hard Working Martha

    To Mike in Raleigh and others who share the same...get your facts straight. Not all Africian Americans voted for Mr. Obama. Your soul is showing an it's not very pretty. Also, do you listen to the news? When the campaign started, Sen Clinton was carrying the AA vote; however, someone had to open his mouth with a "dumb" remark and oops – people (not just AA) switched. Also, did you not see the New York delegations on yesterday? Enough said.

    Keep in mind, Sen Clinton is a TRUE DEM. Too bad, you're just a "hot air" DEM.

    June 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. end it

    End the race Hillary. Don't just suspend it

    June 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. AJ

    Mike, Raleigh June 6th, 2008 10:55 am ET

    I could have sworn that we allowed black people to vote years and years and years ago.

    By your argument, lets take out all the women that voted for Hillary, and then we'll see what that gets us?

    Fail logic is fail.

    Unite people, unite.

    June 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. RW

    To Mike, Raleigh,
    PLEASE GO AND PUT YOUR COSTUME ON, YOU ARE A CLOWN

    June 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Kiah,

    are you saying that any dem to ever vote repub for whatever reason is not a true dem.

    and you call McCain a hate monger!!!! take a look in the mirror .

    June 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. Jonasthan Swift

    Mike from Raleigh. You have a small math problem. The 8.4 million AA votes would only be true if every single AA in this country voted in the primaries. That wasn't the case. Many are ineligible to vote because they are too young. At most, 20% of eligible AA's voted in the primaries. There is no reason to revisit that the 90% of AA's that voted for Obama in Iowa, a small number, hardly tipped the balance in his favor in this or other states which are predominantly white. This country faces many problems, including a lack of mathematical literacy among the population. Or more likely, fuzzy and irrational thinking.

    June 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. Ed From Milwaukee

    Bitter Hillary supporters ask your self this question? Why would you vote for McCain, if his policies are completely opposite of Clintons. Please stop acting like a child, we are all adults. Did you vote for Clinton just because she was a woman, or did you vote because you liked her policies? Obama and her policies are completely identical, so what is the difference? Obama won this election fair and square he followed the rules. What is more important, remaining bitter and further putting our economy and safety in jeopardy or doing the right thing and noting voting for John 100year in Iraq McCain? Do you really care about bringing our troops home, decreasing gas prices, fixing the economy, restoring our status in the middles east etc.? If not, than you are selfish people who don’t deserve to vote and you were not true democrats from the beginning. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are coming together to unite the party, please make sure that you consider the options carefully or we will have 4 more years of the Bush policies via John McCain.

    June 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. Amber

    They're so cute together. Makes you wonder what brilliant strategies they are talking about.

    OBAMA/CLINTON 08

    June 6, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. Paula

    This was an important meeting that should remain private. I am amazed at how much coddling everyone is giving Senator Clinton. Can you imagine them all saying to give a man some time, room, space, etc. to work through this tough time before endorsing and backing the winner. Of course it can not be imagined because it would not happen. They would just face the tough situation immediately, do the right thing, and move forward supporting the Party. Fortunately, we have, in Senator Obama a person that rises above these slights by Senator Clinton. Why is sexism raised so often? Because my gender continues to push the gender difference and expect to be treated with greater respect then men are treated.

    June 6, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. OB in 08

    MIKE AND FORMER DEMOCRAT
    YOU ARE STUPID.
    IT WOULD BE AN HONOR TO NOT HAVE YOU IN OUR PARTY.
    GOOD BYE.

    June 6, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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