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. Lorna, NY

    Finally, Obama can relish in his victory.

    June 6, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Belle

    John YOUR comment was just as offensive as Mike's. What are YOU BOTH trying to prove? That you are vicious?

    June 6, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Chi4Obama

    TO: "Angry White Woman June 6th, 2008 10:21 am ET

    The fact of the matter is, that Obama won fair and square. OK, maybe Hillary may have been treated badly at certain points during the McCain. But couldn't Barck say the same thing?? That is just the nature of politics. And in the end, we are all on the same team.

    So go ahead and vote for John McCain out of spite. The Democratic party doen't need people with your attitude anyhow.

    Democrats forever (Obama-Clinton united)

    June 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. sc00ter, Norfolk, VA

    They need to run together, think people an African American and a White Female on the same card. They bring the best of both voters together, they would win by a landslide, Obama canot win with the voters that Clinton brings

    June 6, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Anita

    Oh man, the republicans are in sssssooooo much trouble. What a great thing Obama and Clinton did. Putting your feelings aside for the good of the country. Do you smell that? That's change a comin. Smells so good.

    Obama/Whoever '08

    June 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Belle

    Paula, your comments are rude. No ONE including the media has coddled Clinton in this entire process. So keep your viciousness to yourself.

    June 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. BigAce

    STILL, STILL, EVEN STILL

    THE HRC SUPPORTERS CANNOT ACCEPT THE FACT THAT THEIR CANDIDATE LOST, PERIOD!

    FOR THE LAST TIME, IF YOU FEEL LIKE SUPPORTING MCSAME, THEN GO AHEAD. YOU DO NOT NEED TO EXPLAIN TO US YOUR REASONS. BUT WE WILL NOR WILL SEN. OBAMA BE BULLIED, FORCED OR LOBBIED INTO "GIVING" THE VP SLOT TO HRC.

    Whew! Apparently Mike of Raleigh doesn't realize that the that more Obama voters rejected HRC than HRC rejected Obama.

    HRC had her opportunity to win the nomination and choose who she wanted as her VP. She doesn't nor do you get to choose or have a say in the matter at this time or any other time.

    June 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. an adult

    What is wrong with people.
    The nature of campaigns is to get your opponent out of the race, and to win.
    IF WE ARE HONEST WITH OURSELVES-Some of the attacks from supporters of both have been equally harsh and hateful. The two of them have enough integfrity to work it out & do whats best for the democratic party and the country. Together or on different fronts.
    So haters see ya! and keep hating until you get sick, and the rest of us-the majority will work hard to win back the White House.

    June 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Amen

    Guys it is time for democrats to unite and focus on the great challenges waiting ahead of us.

    June 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. sc00ter, Norfolk, VA

    They need to run together, think people an African American and a White Female on the same card. They bring the best of both voters together, they would win by a landslide, Obama canot win with out the voters that Clinton brings

    June 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Chantel

    To Hillary supporters, if you vote MCain, enjoy suffering the consequences. Obama can run again and will remain in the senate. You will only hurt yourselves. Please trust, that if you all and Hillary cause Barack to lose, we WILL NOT Support Hillary in 2012. Your nastiness can go both ways. Black voters put Bill in office 8 years, see if we help you in 2012 or beyond if you take this from Obama. Why is it people are so hateful toward Obama. The man won fair and square. Women voters, do you actually think McCain has your best interest at heart? Forget about your reproductive rights....

    June 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. gary

    YOU HATERS GET OVER IT. IF O.B. PICKS HRC ,ITS BECAUSE HE KNOWS SHE IS THE BEST . YOU KEEP HATING ON THE CLINTONS , YOUR CANIDATE O.B. WILL LOOSE EVERYTHING. UNITY IS PEACE AND TOGETHERNESS , NOT HATE WHAT YOU O.B. SUPPORTERS BRING. THATS WHY O.B. AND HRC MET SECRETLY. THEY DIDN'T WANT THE BIAS MEDIA ,OR YOU HATERS TO KNOW. ITS HIS DECISSION. IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY AND CANIDATE, YOU BETTER START GIVING CREDIT AND RESPECT WHERE ITS DO FOR (HRC) AND HER SUPPORTERS. O.B. KNOWS HE NEEDS HER AND MAY EVEN PUT BILL IN A CABINET,POSSIBLE FOREIGN AFFAIRS ,WHICH BILL CLINTON NOWS ALOT ABOUT. ITS TIME FOR YOU HATERS TO GET A LIFE AND GET PAST YUR BIAS, AND HATE. THIS COUNRY NEEDS BOTH HRC AND O.B. TOGETHER.

    June 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. andy k

    Initially, I was angry that Hillary lost. I was threatening to vote McCain but if Hillary is willing to work with Obama, I think I am more inclined to vote for Obama, even if she isn't on the ticket. Though if she is, I think it would be pretty powerful. With her on the ticket, its the message of "Change with Experience." McCain's campaign wants more debates because they know they can run circles around him on policy but if they have to debate Hillary on policy, McCain loses. Obama draws the crowds and inspires everyone while Hillary beats down the GOP on policy. Perfect match huh?

    June 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Susan

    It is time for everyone to stop the back stabbing and back biting. We must unite, or we will loos more of our civil liberties in November.Democratics must stick together, or the rein of terror and war will continue. Kepp talking Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton. Let us all work together to crush the Republicans in November.

    June 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Hnic

    Hillary supporters – Last nights meeting was about how to incorporate Hillary voters with Obama's, her role in the new adminstration, and also ....how to get paid for some of the debt she incurred. Hillary is 30 million in debt, at least 10 of that was money Hillary took out of the clinton's bank account. So for all of you who keep insisting that Obama needs Hillary more than she needs him, think again. If she doesn't get VP, she wants to be made whole again. She still owes staffers paychecks, and herself money. Obama may be able to buy her silence....

    June 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. John Smith

    I DO NOT think Edwards would ever want to serve on a ticket with Hillary. As you might have observed during the primaries, Edwards felt much closer to Obama than to Hillary. My sense is that Edwards, Obama, Byden, and most of the others simply DO NOT share the values of the Clintons. These people know the Clintons very well, and none has come out to support her. They will never serve on a ticket with her. I share in their values; thus, I will no longer support any Clinton in my life. The Clintons betrayed my trust and respect before they left office, and have continued to do the same!

    June 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. OBAMA YES

    First thing she needs to do is pay the money back and stop being sleazy

    June 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Linda31

    I was going to comment about Mike's statement, but I think the board handle it beautifully!!!

    I thnk it is wonderful to see these two human beings (cause I think we forget that) come together, minus the political ruckus is a great thing and say good things for are future.

    June 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Response to angry white woman

    Please be realistic when you make that statement. The media is not "nice" to anyone. Don't let the way they handled and continue to handle this issue sway you vote for McCain out of anger. That is only going to hurt all of us if we have another 4 yrs of a Bush administration hidden behind the name of John McCain.

    Hopefully there will not be others that defect like you because of anger or any other issue just because Obama is the Democratic nominee. In reality, Obama and Clinton's platforms were not that different, you should want CHANGE over any thing McCain promises. Please don't make that mistake.

    June 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. MelissaMinneapolis

    Angry white woman,

    You're a fool. McCain's Supreme Court appointees will do more to undermine you as a woman than your protest vote could ever be worth.

    June 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Chi4Obama

    Obama & Clinton go to a secret location after working hours...
    Hmmm, it makes your wonder if they were doing more than just talking politics (wink).

    Democrats United.

    June 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. HerbTee

    I am getting extremely sick and tired of bitter, divisive HRC supporters constantly making "voting threats" against Obama. I absolutely don't feel Obama should bow and kiss the butts of HRC supporters to get their votes! After his nomination, if bitter HRC supporters refuse to support Obama ONLY because it's "a woman's turn", or because he bested the Clintons politically at their own game, or because his campaign followed the rules laid down and still won or because he's an African American, then DON'T VOTE FOR HIM!

    If Obama loses to McCain, then he loses! But this is HIS election to lose, and no one else's. He should pick his own VP and the HRC supporters should suck it up and stop sniveling! Obama is his own man, will pick his own VP and will develop his own platform and agendas. Let him lose during the GE if bitter HRC people don't support him. But Obama should NEVER kowtow to HRC supporters who threaten not to support him out of racism or bitterness. Either you people accept him, or vote McCain, or stay home and save the gas! Stop posturing and threatening about voting for McCain and JUST DO IT! Vote for McCain! Git er done, then let's ALL suffer the consequences because of the bitter, the ignorant, the selfish and the racist ones!

    I don't understand what HRC supporters want from Obama. Do you want him to quit the race and hand it over to Clinton to satisfy your selfish lusts for a female president? I watched C-SPAN coverage of the RBC proceedings and was disgusted the way HRC supporters behaved. They behaved liked street thugs...same as the FL Republicans in 2000. As a lifelong Democrat, if the DNC loses the GE because we're still divided, then we DESERVE to lose and only have ourselves to blame!

    June 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Irene

    People are saying that Obama needs Hillary to win in November.

    HOW SO?

    He won the Democratic Presidential Nominee so he can win in November without her. Many Many people who were Clinton supports will vote for Obama. Not all of her supporters think only of themselves but for the democratic party.

    Time for you people to Grow Up !

    June 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Hnic

    If Obama and Hillary can meet and come together, the voters in their parties should be able to do the same. After all the infighting is over, everybody has to realize what the bigger picture is... making sure those who support Bush policies aren't allowed to continue enforcing them.

    The Dems infighting needs to be over. We need to shake hands and all get on the same page, because we are family. If we don't, 2 years from now, we'll think what's going on now in this country was "the good ol days. We need to shut down the lies, the rhetoric, the sexism, racism, and all the other ism's that are dividing up the Dem. Party.

    With all the voters that both Obama and Hillary can bring to the table, we should win in November. But the question is to Hillary supporters, how bad do you want it? Protest votes, and no votes equal at least 4 more years of suffering. I personally don't want to suffer another 4 years, so I'm putting my money with the "presumptive nominee"

    June 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Jeff

    Who cares why they met. Definitely a losing combination. You DemocRATic clowns need to understand that Barack Obama cannot win the presidency because he will not carry a single state in the south against McCain. I don't care what the pundits say. The south is still very much divided along racial lines and that is the way it is going to stay. A black man aligned with a much loathed Hillary Clinton creates a losing ticket for the DemocRATs. It is so funny watching you DemocRATs fumble all of yourselves. The irony of this whole situation is that when you guys lose this election it is just going to solidifiy the national mentality that a "black man" or a woman is not prepared or qualified to lead this nation, thereby setting back the possibility of attaining this goal anytime in the near future. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

    June 6, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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