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. Kris Hussain from AZ

    I guess somebody needs to help poor Hillary. You PUMAs and Hillarepublicans dont want to spend a dime on your failed canidate. Sad really. She was counting on you.

    July 10, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. Kentucky

    And Obama wonders why many Clinton supporters have not joined forces with him yet? He still has his little underhanded ways of slamming Hillary Clinton. She has been the adult so far.
    Obama had better realize he can lose this race. Dissing 18 million supporters is unacceptable. Obama is an elitist.

    July 10, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Jessica

    Oh please guys, this is blown way out of proportion. He has so many speeches to give and he ends them kinda the same way every time. So what if he forgot for a millimoment. Is the man not human? At least he came back and fixed the issue with Clinton. He obviously cares that much. He just forgot to mention the money. He didn't forget her....He mentioned her way before the speech ended. The media is horrible and I know some people are going to go around talking about Obama now. This is ridiculous.

    July 10, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Mark

    A great Black leader said today that Obama should have his ball's cut off!! Wow how deep is that folks?? Now black's everywhere can start to see what a fake Obama is! Black's have been giving Obama false hope for months and trashing Mrs. Clinton's name. Now that a great black leader of today come out, black's can start to understand that Obama is a poor leader and will not be good for our dying Nation. Thank-God !!

    July 10, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. BHO Not my candidate

    just like BHO forgot that he wants us to teach all our kids to learn Spanish(which isnt a bad Idea)....

    July 10, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. elaine

    Why in the world should I help finacially someone who has $108,000,000???? She continued her campaign even though the math did not add up...she tried changing the rules....florida and michigan does not and should not count....delegates determine who the winner is....superdelegates determines who the winner is...popular vote should determine who the winner is....etc..etc..etc...
    I think she and her supporter really have some nerve to ask Obama and his supporters to help with the bill when all she did was ran a dirty nasty negative campaign against him....I think Hilliary has used more hateful and dirty tactics against McCain than the republicans have to date and what is sad about that she was a fellow democrat...anything to get back into the WH.....go Hilliary....go and pay off your own debt or have your woman supporters and PUMA send you the money you need....they all say how much they love you than show it by sending her money today.

    July 10, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Jan

    I notice, the closer it gets to election time, the more cnn moderates positive McCain comments. However, they do take positive Hillary comments, which they moderated before! way to balance the news CNN!

    July 10, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Any one but Hillary for VP

    Hillary ran up debt unnecessarily. Obama is only doing this because he is a good guy, he sure didn't need to. Hillary is a multimillionaire anyway.

    July 10, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Richard (from Puerto Rico)

    THE CLINTONS' ARE TOO HEAVY TO CARRY, SO CUT THEM LOOSE AND GO ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS WHICH IS WINNING THE W.H.
    LET THEM PAY THEIR DEBT, I THINK HISTORY WILL WRITE THAT SOMEHOW YOU BOUGHT YOUR WAY INTO THE W. H. IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS SCENARIO, LOOK INTO IT DEEPLY, SO YOU BE WRONGLY PORTRAYED AS THE BLACK PRESIDENT THAT PAY HIS WAY INTO THE W.H.
    LIKE CHICAGO CONGRESSMAN , LUIS GUTIERRES, WOULD SAY, "THINK ABOUT IT"

    July 10, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. PUMA PAC

    What a selfish and arrogant SOB!!!

    Enough – no way can he become this great nation's leader. His cult followers and thugs bullied and cheated their way to his nomination.

    We will remember in November... anyone who would attend a church and listen to Wright more than once is a disgrace to this country.

    Down with Obama..
    McCain '08 for Clinton '12

    July 10, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. High School Students for Obama

    That's a good one!
    I hope Obama soon realizes that he needs Clinton to win this year – he needs to say that she will be his running mate and unite the party as soon as possible!
    Obama/Clinton 08 !!!!!

    July 10, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Travis

    Obama needs to watch it....Clinton supporters just may forget him in November!!!

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

    July 10th, 2008 10:09 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    THE CLINTONS' ARE TOO HEAVY A LOAD TO CARRY, SO CUT THEM LOOSE AND GO ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS WHICH IS WINNING THE W.H.
    LET THEM PAY THEIR DEBT, I THINK HISTORY WILL WRITE THAT SOMEHOW YOU BOUGHT YOUR WAY INTO THE W. H. IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS SCENARIO, LOOK INTO IT DEEPLY, SO YOU BE WRONGLY PORTRAYED AS THE BLACK PRESIDENT THAT PAY HIS WAY INTO THE W.H.
    LIKE CHICAGO CONGRESSMAN , LUIS GUTIERRES, WOULD SAY, "THINK ABOUT

    July 10, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. katiec

    So called Hillary supporters will have a field day with this!
    I, as an Obama small doner will not contribute to Hillary
    because I think Barack is going to need everything he can
    get to fight off the swift boaters and the dirty fighting
    republicans.
    Enough Hillary, Barack bashing. It is time for us "true"
    Democrats to pull together and make sure our
    representative is elected to office.
    For those of you who say you will vote for McCain, make
    sure you explain to your children, grandchildren and
    great grand children that you supported a person and
    a party that has created burdens that they will forever
    be victims of. Tell them how you support the party that
    has created the largest deficit ever and almost destroyed
    our education, medical system and ruined our economy
    Also, give them an extra kiss and hug when they go
    off to war, letting them know that you support them
    possibly losing their lives for your "cause".

    July 10, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. shtuey

    Thanks Barry, but we've got her back. We don't need your "help." Why don't you just take your FISA vote, and extraordinarily poor tax plan and go on being the Democratic Bush you fraud. You're a disgrace.

    July 10, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Dave

    If each of Hillary's supporters (18 million) gave $1.17 each to her, Hillary's debt would be washed away. Where are Hillary's supporters when she needs them?

    It's only $1.17 folks!

    July 10, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Ryan

    Thanks CNN for reporting the news.

    Coverage lately has been pathetic.. how is this news but John McCain confuses Sunni and Shiite is not?

    July 10, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Necie

    Big deal because......?? I'm actually considering contributing to the debt because I care about the vendors who have not been paid yet...THAT is the only reason. Not to appease HRC die hard/won't support Obama/narrow minded/spiteful voters.
    OBAMA '08

    July 10, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Herman in LA

    CNN can post this comment because I am tired of it all…

    Is it November yet, I am getting tired of the media and all of this election BS every little thing being picked up on...

    Worst political season and coverage in 50 years...

    Can’t wait until Barack wins and it’s all over…

    July 10, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. PAT FOR OBAMA

    IAM SO GLAD HE DID, THIS WOMAN DOES NOT DESERVE TO GET MONEY FROM OBAMA

    July 10, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Micah

    He is such an arrogant man.

    July 10, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Richard (from Puerto Rico)

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    THE CLINTONS' ARE TOO HEAVY A LOAD TO CARRY, SO CUT THEM LOOSE AND GO ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS WHICH IS WINNING THE W.H.
    LET THEM PAY THEIR DEBT, IF YOU AS MUCH AS HELP, I THINK HISTORY WILL WRITE, SOMEHOW YOU BOUGHT YOUR WAY INTO THE W. H. , IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS SCENARIO, LOOK INTO IT DEEPLY, SO YOU WOULD NOT BE WRONGLY PORTRAYED AS THE BLACK PRESIDENT THAT BO UGHT HIS WAY INTO THE W.H.
    LIKE CHICAGO CONGRESSMAN , LUIS GUTIERRES, WOULD SAY, "THINK ABOUT"

    July 10, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. "I wanna cut his n*** out."

    Paging Dr. Freud! Barry doesn't care about Hillary's debt. He won and she's old news to him.

    July 10, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. NO OBAMA CRY BABY OBAMA

    AS ALWAYS OBAMA THINKS OF NO ONE BUT HIMSELF. HE AGAIN FLIPPED FLOPPED HE NEW THIS WAS SUPPOSE TO HELP HRC BUT HE WAS TO WRAPPED UP IN HIMSELF. AFTER THOUGHTS ARE JUST THAT NOT IMPORTANT. MY POINT OF VIEW IS HE WANTS BOTH CLINTONS TO CAMPAIGN FOR HIM AND THAT IS WORTH AT LEAST $18,000,000 WHICH IS ABOUT $1.00 PER VOTE THAT OBAMA NEEDS DESPERATLY. THIS IS JUST ONE MORE INSULT HE GIVEN TO CLINTON AND HER SUPPORTERS. HE HAS DONE NOTHING TO UNIFY THE PARTY IT HAS ALL BEEN LEFT UP TO HER.EVERY TIME HE TURNS ASOUND HE DOES SOMETHING TO UPSET VOTERS. OBAMA/ CLINTON 2008 OR DEMOCRATS FOR McCAIN 2008 AND HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON 2012

    July 10, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. TerryDo

    That is O.K. Hillary, come November Obama will not be almost forgotten, he will be long gone forgotten.

    What a self-centered gem of a person he turns out to be, of course it is not surprising that he is in a me-mode, after all Michelle is always talking about taking off her me-hat.

    ME, ME, ME, ALL MINE!!!!

    July 10, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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