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. Raymond Duke

    Did you really expect any difference from this guy . He is all about himself. He can't handle his senate job and two fund raisers without forgetting one of the main purposes behind them. What is he going to do when he has to amke decisions all day long on a variety of subjects including foriegn policy and economical issues. Hillary Clinton just needs to go on and pay of her debt and not try helping this guy. That tells you what he thinks of her without his B>S> rehortic. I loved the way him and his wife used their daughters for political show. Where is msnbc's snide remarks about pimping your daughters. It is just a family gathering for them, the Obamas. For the Clintons it was that their daughter was a " well you know what". Obama didn't slam the media for them remarks. What could he say now if some slime ball made a remark about his daughters after this stupid " I'll use anything or anybody move". I know what he and his campagin will do. They will fall back on the race card. They wouldn't comment on this if we were not black,WAA WAA.. You might not like it but Jesse Jackson was right.

    July 10, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Simple Wisdom

    Senator Clinton and her campaign managers, mismanaged what funds they had. Therefore, even with Senator Obama requesting his supporters to help her, they will make the final decision to do so.

    The Clinton's are capable to recover their own debt, especially, with all their loyal backers. (One would think so?)

    Seriously, if they only read the writing on the wall, they would of opt out of the race and put their support, after Super Tuesday in Senator Obama campaign!

    But, being Old Boy School and Negative Ego, they just couldn't let go!

    Well, now they have to dig themselves out of their own grave!

    July 10, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. Phil in KC

    I'm not sure why it's incumbent on him to help pay off her debt. She's the one who went so far in debt to finance a failing campaign. It was a long shot; she took a gamble and she lost. Now it should be up to her to pay up. Number one rule of gambling: only risk as much as you can afford to lose.
    Still, if he agreed to do it, he should take it seriously and be a little more heartfelt about it. But it's not a huge deal, as far as I'm concerned.

    July 10, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Kofi

    Thats a smart move. keep it up

    July 10, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. MD in GA

    Senator Clinton's supporters, such as Ms.Rothchild who recently called Senator Obama an elitest again (And what a joke coming from a Rothchild.) are not making the thought of contributing to Senator Clinton very attractive.

    Most of us in "Middle America" are crying everytime we have to go to the gas station so if we are going to try and send money it will likely be for the upcoming campaign, not to a failed campaign that gave the Republicans more amo to use against Senator Obama then the law should allow.

    Senator Clinton needs to have a private talk with Ms. Rothchild and the like and tell them to 'SHUT UP". They are not helping her cause or the Democratic Party's cause for that matter... True, everytime one of her supporters makes another negative comment in public, one of his high dollar supporters closes their checkbook.

    July 10, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. New Yorker

    Disgusting- raising money for the multi-millionaire Clinton's? There are plenty more deserving people and causes.

    Obama will change Washington? Yeah right!!!

    McCain 08
    Substance over Hype

    July 10, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. H

    SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 10, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. Paula Hussein Mack

    That is hilarious!! That must have hurt her ego abit.. I still think her debt is her debt.. let her millions of supporters handle that. I love Barack's great sense of humour!!

    July 10, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. Peter

    Cnn, that headline is dumb (much like many of your headlines). "Obama almosts forgets Clinton." Makes it sound like he left her, when in reality, you mean "In midst of speech praising Clinton, Obama almost forgets to mention Clinton debt to Obama fundraisers."

    That would be a less sensationalist, but more accurate title... but of course you just need ratings, like the headline "Poll: Obama and McCain in dead heat," when the poll actually showed Obama up by 6 points w/ no margin of error... but you were just referring to how Obama's lead is basically the same as it was before. Great job!

    July 10, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. AdamW

    Clinton wanted to be president of a country and couldn't even manage her own check book. I hope Obama's accountants are better than hers. We really need change in this country. The common man and woman are losing their jobs and going in debt just trying to buy food...and creditors don't forgive our debt or help us out. Instead they report us to the axis of evil and ruin our credit and we sink further into debt. meanwhile rich folks who make serious bank cry and beg for our money to relieve their debt. What a country we live in. How about Clinton take some responsibility and pay her own debt like the rest of us have to.
    I will never contribute to any of these rich politicians. Obama will get my vote but not my dollar until he changes this country for good.

    July 10, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Sharon

    His arrogance just keeps on going. Even Jesse Jackson thanks he is not the one to be President. Not yet. Of course JJ had to apologize but now we know how he really feels.

    July 10, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. Republican for Obama

    I'm sure Senator Clinton doesn't take that personally and appreciates all that Senator Obama is doing to close her debt.

    Obama '08

    July 10, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. RallyGrrrl

    Yeah, there are a lot of people watching, Mr. Barack; don't think that we will overlook you overlooking Mrs. Hillary. Everyone makes mistakes – just don't make any regarding her.

    July 10, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. LIZ

    Isn't his words of " I GOT CARRIED AWAY " been used quite a bit lately! LOL.....
    Stay on tops of things!!

    July 10, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  15. Rebecca; Texas

    What a loser. This man will never be presidential.

    July 10, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  16. Republican for Obama

    Obama haters at the ready...



    July 10, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. DPZ of Houston

    I seriously doubt she will be VP......Good job Obama keep up the good work.Jessie Jackson is fraud!!!

    July 10, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  18. DPZ of Houston

    Good job Obama keep up the good work.Jessie Jackson is fraud!!!

    July 10, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  19. EMJ

    Where is my comment CNN? While I am at it, why is this even news? The guy made a mistake. Oh, I know, that is a reason for weirdos on here to trash him again. Why doesn't PUMA pay off her debt?

    July 10, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. Mike Dallas

    Petulant PUMA’s

    All right, I have had enough of all the complaining from all 18,000,000 of you. Therefore, it is time to speak sternly to you on some points of interest.

    Point 1.

    I voted for Clinton in the Texas primary but about 2 months before the finish of the primary, reality kicked in, and I realized it was time to "change"(sorry). So, I did, while you and your candidate choice, my former choice, kept running up debt for another 2 months with the remotest chance of a primary win. There is a remote chance God could touch a fingertip to my driveway, and turn it into gold bricks, but that miracle and the miracle of a Clinton win, had about the same odds of actually occurring. However, she continued to run and spend funds that would have been put to better use, fighting Republicans in the general election. I say, that alone did harm to the Democratic party, and you can take that as your payback, so you SHOULD be happy with the damage done and consider yourselves paid in full. But no, NOW, you whine about how you want to be "wooed" by Obama. So, now you want more Democratic dollars spent winning over supposed Democrats??? It is way past time to either see an analyst and channel the anger or simply grow up. But whatever you decide, do stop that pitiful, poor me, whining! It sets my teeth on edge to listen to HRH and Cheney for 5 seconds, but if all 18,000,000 of the cry-babies will stop, I promise to sign up for summer camp in Crawford!

    Point 2

    Speaking of crying babies, go ahead and vote Republican or stay home. Get your spite vote out of your system. Relish in the fact you helped to defeat Obama and voted in McCain. However, be aware that a John McCain win will allow him to perhaps appoint two conservative Supreme Court Justices, which will result in an overturn of Roe v. Wade. So, once again, as it was in my youth, abortions will take place in hotel rooms rented by the hour and the surgical tool of choice will be a coat hanger, sterilized by a BIC cigarette lighter. So, remember that when your granddaughters and great granddaughters die, because the "surgeon" took the $500 paid up-front, and ran, leaving them to bleed to death, you had your petty way, and you spoke and decided a spite vote was more important than the lives of you granddaughters. Just know that all 18,000,000 of you, put them in that motel room, just as if you had personally served them up to the butchers yourselves!

    Point 3

    Don't make me speak sternly again.

    July 10, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. Ryuken

    Aarognace and the American people do not like it, regardless of what the media tells us!

    If Obama doesn't pick Hillary as his VP I'm voting for McCain!

    July 10, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. Dan

    As you can see Obama only thinks about himself and really doesn't care about Hillary.

    July 10, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. Frank

    Obama got all caught up in his big ego moment. How bizzare is this preacher?? This is a dangerous person....someone who believes he is always right. By the way.......Obama wants our children to speak Spanish......why should the illegals speak English? Democrats are so far left I see them as being non-Americans. Vote OUT the Democrat party!

    July 10, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I'm sure Obama would like to forget Clinton permanently.

    July 10, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. Charles

    lol i love how he handled it after remembering hehe:)

    July 10, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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