July 10th, 2008
07:22 AM ET
6 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. Greg

    Well of course he forgot, he has to get on with becoming president... with polls showing Obama's election a foregone conclusion, the actual election a mere formality, now that Billary conceded, he's moved on... it's all about uniting the party, and oh by the way, as part of her concession, we agreed we'd help pay off her debt, and back her for senate majority, and anything else they can extort. A new day is dawning, America...

    July 10, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Shelby Y.

    LOL

    July 10, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Perla

    Actually, this was just right. He included her in the speech on her merits and as a part of the ongoing campaign, and then came back to make the gracious pitch regarding her primary debt. His priorities are right where they need to be.

    July 10, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. jimmy from Idaho

    forgot the bitterness and the kitchen sink fight let's all come together and help clinton with her debt to show that democrate are united

    July 10, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. Generation X

    Don't worry Barack, I forgot about her too. This is foolishness having to appease not only HRC but her crude egotistical PUMA, PAC, ORG's. Granted they are doing a service for us by at least talking about Obama but the context has been extremely repetitive, if your gonna criticize someone at least have some new material every once and a while.

    July 10, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Fritz

    This was "almost" news. Why it gets front page billing could warrant yet another story.

    July 10, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. James

    Obama's not committed to raising money for Hillary. And why should he be? Didn't she for a fact rip him apart for months, doing her best to destroy his credibility? One can also see that her heart's not in the nice things she's trying to say about him now. I predict a very cool future between those two.

    Jimbo

    July 10, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. arc, Lugano CH

    Lord Forbid many of Hillary Clinton’s despicable minions accept this as a rectified oversight on the part of Senator Obama instead of spewing out their usual bigotry-laden rants filled with personal attacks and now most recently gang-rape analogies.

    July 10, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Debbie,Ewing,Nj

    Come on you vigilant Hillary supporters. Put your money where your mouth is. Why do you keep chanting Hillary but won't bail her out. Your loyalty is not worth $1.00. That's what it would take each of you so called 18 million supporters to bail her out.

    July 10, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Realistic

    I'm contributing ONE AMERICAN DOLLAR towards Hillary's campaign, which is far more than most of her PWT supporters gave her. Like the PUMAs, while the vitrol has flowed the money hasn't which is why Her Majesty got so deeply in debt - they won't put their money where their mouths are (or even such little money as they can scape out of the couches in the doublewides and haven't yet spent on smokes).

    July 10, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Christopher

    Ok so like why do we care that he almost forgot to do this?

    July 10, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Jo

    Maybe after he caved on the FISA bill and Clinton voted her principles, he wasn't pleased. Besides half-heartedly talking about fund raising, he would make sure that Sen. Clinton's name was placed in nomination and that the delegates were allowed to vote in a roll call vote state to state. Delegates on both sides worked very hard to get to Denver and they deserve the opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice. Both candidates represent historical constituencies and the symbolism is important.

    July 10, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. Grammar Police

    Is this the UK? Who taught this writer to use commas?

    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

    July 10, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. EFM

    Obama seems to get "carried away" a lot. That was his excuse for letting his daughters be interviewed. I hope he doesn't get "carried away" while he's in the White House.

    July 10, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  15. alone in VT

    Change the world?

    Was there some guy in Europe about 60-70 years ago that wanted to do the same thing?

    Bush tried to change the world for the better (freedom, free trade) and he is seen as an imperialist!

    Obama is change we will choke on. Say no to change this November and vote none of the above

    He speaks well but can not seduce me with his empty words

    This guy is a chump

    July 10, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. Ben

    Now I'm just waiting for PUMA memebers to start complaining...

    July 10, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    SPARE CHANGE?

    July 10, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. Ouch

    This is another example of, let me say what I was suppose to say without because that is what the Hillary backers wanted to hear. Now his buddy Jesse has run his mouth again. If he wasn't cause racial turmoil he would starve to death. He indicated that he said it out of context. Jesse you said it, let it go you ran your mouth again and inserted the foot ever so deeper. Do you want mustard with that shoe? Another fine example of racial hatred in the worst kind of way.

    July 10, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. Jean B

    I am getting tired of this! He should be focusing on winning in November. He does not have this election in the bag. He has a lot of work to do. He has to connect with the voters that did not vote for him in key battleground states, he has to make a case with independents and respond to domestic and international events that could derail his message. Everyone knows that Hillary has debt. She was able to raise significant amounts during her campaign. Those same people can give her some money as well. A significant amount of Obama donors are do not have lifestyle or earning potential that Hillary has and Bill Clinton. It is not an emergency for them. If they have any disposable income it would go to feeding their families and trying to make ends meet.

    July 10, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. David

    Why is it his duty to help pay her debt off? It is ironic given that she accumulated those debt trying to destroy Obama and the Democratic party altogether. Now it is his job to help pay them off? Give me a break. The rule is clear, don't spend money you don't have.

    July 10, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. Seam, Florida

    This is funny, but I can understand how he forgot because it shouldn't be his job to help get her out of debt. Why are struggling citizens giving money to pay the debt of a rich politician? It doesn't make any sen$e.

    July 10, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. kmiller

    WE can only hope that he would forget her !!
    She is not a plus to his presidancy.

    more like a thorn in his side.

    send her to work with Gor.,.. far away.....

    July 10, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  23. Phil Newton, Murphy, OREGON

    Don't we have news to report?

    July 10, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. Ann in Iowa

    well, that was pretty lame, but...
    if he would just please make her his vp, we could have some spirit back for the dems..
    as in PLEASE!

    July 10, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. Democrat

    Please, please, please Bush don't touch anything else before you leave office. You have broken enough things. Just kind of sit there and look stupid.

    July 10, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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