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. JK Ashburn, VA

    Who can blame him for forgetting. It should not be his focus right now. He needs to be looking forward, not focused on cleaning up her bungled campaign financing.

    July 10, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. TyWebb

    Barack was too busy thinking about his safety after Jesse's remark about removal of a body part.

    July 10, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Former Obama Supporter

    Don't worry about it Mr. Messiah of the DNC, you want to play hardball, not a problem, the PUMA's got Senator Clinton's back.

    July 10, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Chris11

    He's just using her... he can't even remember the main reason he is there! This guy is so self absorbed! I can't even stand to watch the news anymore because he and it completely lack in substance!

    McCain 2008!

    July 10, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. mike

    No surprise. This guy cannot be trusted. Now this elitist wants amreican kids to learn spanish – shut up! The great thing about america is that you can travel across it for over 2000 miles and everyone speaks the same language, watches the same movies and tv shows listens to much of the same music. We have our culture and i am not compromising it for the the sake of illegal immigrants.

    July 10, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Jenna

    Oh please. Come on, I don't think all politicians are buddy buddy. I am sure there is an underlying reason Obama is helping Clinton get some funds to pay off her debt.

    July 10, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. kitty

    Obama should forget the clntons. they do not wish him well....they're hanging around in case he flubs up and hillary gets to be the queen.

    July 10, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. matt

    isn't it funny how the barrackistanis will jump on McCain for being old and forgtful, yet it seems hussein forgets something every time he speaks in public?

    July 10, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Natasha/Supporter of Democrats/Obama

    Her supporter don't seem eagered to pay off her debt. I wonder why that is to this day. Yet Clinton supporter think she should have been the Chief.

    Let get this right, first of all, Obama has plenty of donors to raise money for the election. Money is not his problem. However it is a problem for Clinton. So I suggest she and Bill suck it up and get their supporters to pay off their debt.

    July 10, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. NotFallingInLine.org

    Hey, anyone else remember what Barry Bam Bam was doing on June 7 while Hillary was suspending her campaign and feigning an endorsement for this weasel?

    Remember how, at the very moment she took the stage to give her historic speech, he went off to play golf?

    And remember how, all the while, the media types with their crushes on BO beat the drums about Hillary having to do everything she could to get this sleazy guy elected?

    NFIL, not going to happen.

    July 10, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. John in Columbus Ohio

    Wish we could forget her.

    July 10, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. Ken-Ohio

    Come on CNN....cover story regarding a near miss of a Hillary fund-raising topic by Barack and you fail to provide any cover of McSame's scary comments about cigarette warfare on Iranians. Is there now a pattern here with McCain rather bizarre humorous approach to the Iran problem, that is now more evident with their missile practice sessions? Not the kind of behavior that one would expect from the next commander-in-chief.
    Get some balance in reporting the critical events in this phase of the campaign.

    July 10, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Andy

    Obama is so courageous. He could have easily let it go at that, but he came back on stage to make an appeal for the hardest working Seantor.

    July 10, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. Richard (from Puerto Rico)

    Barack Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! win on your own, you already prove that, so don't play the wrong cards. Let it be like this, play your cards as they fall, and let the Clintons' play their game, in the end if you do not win, which I strongly doubt, Democrats will judge and place resposibilities where due. In any case is a win win for you and History will be written either way. You are young and I hope that you learn a hard tough lesson from this as well as your spouse. You cannot always say what comes to mind, first you must, must step outside of you and listen to what you will say and how it would affect you for an idividual stand-point, the utter it.

    July 10, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. cedarsands

    His empty gestures belie his true nature. There is no party unity, nor will there be in November. Barack Obama has managed to do what no Democrat has done before – disparage the last sitting Democratic President during the course of his ruthless campaign. May his chickens come home to roost in November.

    July 10, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. jon

    its all about him – if he could of gotten away with out heling her, he would. What a selfish guy!

    July 10, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. Elly

    Good grief give the man a break.....he has been campaigning for 16 months non stop.
    Its rather pathetic for the media to nit pick every little mistake Senator
    Obama makes and some shows on CNN are really pathetic at it !!
    Go down MCsames road for a change
    you know the candidate who is bordering on dementia
    its not Obamas fault if his donors refuse to donate to her
    maybe they should have had a better financier at the helm of her campaign finances

    July 10, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Joe

    This is your debt lady!!! You knew the stakes going in and if you weren't so determined to "do anything it takes" to satisfy your own selfish agenda, you simply would not be begging for money!

    Tell you what....you keep asking for money and and get that green senator from Illinois to beg with/for you and I'll continue to remind the democratic party just how ignorant they can really be! How ridiculous!!

    July 10, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. Nice

    And what exactly were you trying to accomplish by printing this?

    July 10, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. Fishers, IN

    Barack Hussein Obama is scary, think of all the things he forgets.

    Maybe he wants to test the Iranian missles. Let's invite them to the White House. Hussein Obama???

    July 10, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. Laurie-SF

    Oops. I guess he just forgot the minute tail. Shows how important Hillary is.

    July 10, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Lisa

    I'm not giving one red cent to help Clinton out of debt. It was her stubborn fault she got there in the first place. If she would have dropped earlier she wouldn't have such a big debt now. Beside I have more important things to spend my money on, gas!

    July 10, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Gloria Ormond

    It amazes me how this young, inexperienced senator has all the answers to fix all the wrongs both at home and abroad. Obama is just another typical politician, who, because of his oratory talent, is able to draw an occult-like following. Hopefully, theses Obama fans will wake up before it is too late. The only "change" I see coming from Obama is his change in his positions . We need someone with experience in the White House, especially during these difficult times.

    A staunch democrat, I am voting republican this time around.

    July 10, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  24. Alec

    Obama is just trying to win. He only wants to help himself.
    He needs to understand that he will lose Clinton supporters if he doesn't help her.

    July 10, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. Dan J

    Oh that didn't come out very well. That's a bit frosty and artificial, almost like his arm was twisted.

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