July 10th, 2008
07:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama almost forgets Clinton

At a joint Wednesday fundraiser, Clinton nearly slipped Obama’s mind.

At a joint Wednesday fundraiser, Clinton nearly slipped Obama’s mind.

NEW YORK (CNN) – It was announced last week that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would attend a series of fundraisers in New York together, one to help pay down her campaign debt and the rest to help raise money for his White House bid.

But a busy day in the Senate delayed Obama in Washington, forcing him to combine two events into one where he was supposed to ask donors to help Clinton as well as contribute to his campaign.

Wednesday night, he praised Clinton as “extraordinary” and “tough” - but nearly forgot about her need for funds.

After wrapping up his speech to donors Wednesday evening with an emphatic, “We will change the world!”, Obama left the stage to loud music, only to re-appear minutes later to complete his duties.

“Hold on a second guys, I was getting all carried away. I’ve got one more thing that is important to do,” Obama said to a laughing audience. “Senator Clinton still has some debt. And I could have had some debt if I hadn’t won so I know the drill.”

He then asked donors to contribute to Clinton on the pledge cards under their seats, calling it “part of the process of making sure that we are unified moving forward.”

“That is very important to us, and obviously Senator Clinton would be grateful as well,” he added.

Clinton ended her campaign more than $20 million in debt. More than half of that is her own money, which she lent her campaign during the primaries but is not looking to recoup.

soundoff (597 Responses)
  1. dave

    They make a great team together!!!

    July 10, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  2. It's Her Fault!

    I love ya Barack, but it's sad that you have to kiss Hillary's butt when it's her own fault that she ran a crappy campaign!

    Hillary, nothing personal, but it's called bad management!

    July 10, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |

    I'm a Republican voting for Barack Obama. I'm going to make a donation to Hillary. She is a wonderful and brilliant person and has accomplished so much in her on rite apart from Bill.

    Thank you, Hillary.

    July 10, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  4. joe in VA

    oops! He got all carried away by the moment again!

    Earth to BHO....we need a leader not a rock star. Go back to the senate, gain some experience and then run for prez when you're more mature.

    July 10, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  5. Mike

    Smooth move. Keep angering the Hillary supporters, changing positions to mooch for votes (there are going to be way too many flip-flopping dolphins this fall) and such. What are you doing, Obama? Get some sleep and don't go do the lying deceitful path to win votes from conservatives. Be what you said you were before you "won" this part of the election–I will freak out if McCain wins.

    July 10, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  6. Ann, MI

    I would donate if I knew none of the money was going to pay Mark Penn or any of the other lobbyists who kept their day jobs. A lot of small businesses are still looking for their money. As a small business owner I know how difficult it is to send those bills out month after month and never get paid.

    July 10, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |

    If all 18 million of her "fans" donate, it should solve the problem. I'm beginning to think a lot more about the Limbaugh stuff that went on. Maybe the people that listened to him just don't want to do anything but cause problems.

    We have too many in this country willing to cause problems, but never willing to do anything to solve problems.

    July 10, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  8. me in dc

    Where are Hillary's 18 million voters? If they each gave $1 her debt would be paid. Come on ladies, pony up!

    July 10, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  9. Richard

    We Love you Hillary!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA/Clinton 08! if NOT McCain 08

    July 10, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  10. Belle2

    What a GUY!! Obama fans should remember, after the election, he will forget them too. Jessie Jackson is right, Obama is arrogant and talks down to everyone.

    July 10, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  11. Sandra Lai Lee

    Good luck Hillary and she knew that her problem about math. She did not knew the addition and subtration in Ohio! Wow ! she needs to learn the lesson well! No sugar daddy will help her the debts.. Obama is not sugar daddy for her and may be Bill will help her pay off the $20 millions debt.

    July 10, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  12. Dan, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    No flag pins. They must not support the troops.

    July 10, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  13. Karina

    Well Obama may forget, but we, the die-hard Hillary supporters don't forget. I have said from the beginning, the sooner he announces his choice with Hillary as VP, the sooner he will see the money flow in. We are all waiting to sign our checks. Obama/Clinton 2008!

    July 10, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  14. The Bu

    Please charge it to his mind and not his heart. You should admit that he's at least doing his party in this attempt at unity, although some of you won't see it that way. And please remember, Obama won according to the rules that both he AND Hillary agreed to, so it saddens me that you guys are still upset about it. He doesn't OWE Hillary anything!!!! They are colleagues and will continue to work together, I'm sure.

    July 10, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  15. Balabanto

    Well, that seems just about par for the course, really. It's not like he had a slow day.

    July 10, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  16. I am over Clintons debt

    That should not be on Obama’s priority list of things to do. Clinton got that debt trying to tear Obama down and now she has the gal to want him to help her pay it off, keep forgetting Barack we won’t hold it against you.

    Barack Obama 2008, Yes We Can

    July 10, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  17. Shane

    I don't think Obama should feel any responsibility for helping Clinton retire her debt. Had she bowed out gracefully when the time was right, she wouldn't have had to loan her own campaign millions of dollars. I think it's nice that Obama is helping her out in every way that he can, but I don't think he should feel any obligation to.

    July 10, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  18. Clint, Kentucky

    No big deal here–Obama had two separate prepared remarks for two separate planned events and then the two events were combined at the last minute. So when he finished his first set of prepared remarks, he forgot that he needed to go immediately into the second set.

    With the hectic travel schedule he has, it could happen to anybody and I'm sure no disrespect was intended.

    However, if his plane takes off without Hillary and leaves her stranded at the airport...

    July 10, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  19. Jeffrey Meier

    I think Barack Obama's forgetfulness will continue into this presidency if he's elected. He is so caught up in his own infatuations and the “change” propaganda that he forgets about others and possibly what is really important!

    July 10, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  20. rachel

    Not surprising, he only using her to create a picture that's not true.

    July 10, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  21. Candy West Virginia

    HIllary mismanaged her campaign finances, it was her fault, not Obama's and he is not responsible for it nor should he feel like he is. Funny how her puma/pac chickies wanted her to run this country yet she couldn't even manage her own campaign. Shows how delusional some people are.

    July 10, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  22. Stephan - FL

    OOOOOOOOOOObama. You are too kind to Senator Clinton. too kind... Reducing the most powerful woman in America to a footnote.

    July 10, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |

    Much as am not an American going to Vote for Obama, am greatful to hear that he's helping out on Clinton on repaying back her dates.
    Thats what i call democracy at its best. I wish other countries that pratice democracy borrow a leaf from that.Go OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!

    Arthur Tuhumwire

    Uganda East Africa

    July 10, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  24. CommDirector

    Oh my...
    Wait for it... wait for it...

    Here come the PUMAs saying how Obama is showing his true colors, etc.

    Just another day at the CNN comment scene.

    July 10, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  25. JIM...TX

    I'd have forgotten about it too:) Pretty much like Hillary's first "concession" speech when she didn't acknowledge Obama winning. It's good that people can help HRC out of her own stupidity if they wish but that money could very well be spent helping the Party or a local charity. Lets hope thats all he does for her an EXCLUDES her from the ticket! Her 18 mil? supporters rant about not voting for Obama if she's not on the ticket but it seems FEW are donating to retire her debt. All mouth and no action. Do we really need them?? NOT!

    July 10, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
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