September 7th, 2008
07:22 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama, Bill Clinton to sit down for a private lunch

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The Clintons and Sen. Obama sat next to one another last week at the funeral of an Ohio Congresswoman.
The Clintons and Sen. Obama sat next to one another last week at the funeral of an Ohio Congresswoman.

(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton will share a private lunch together on Thursday, September 11, CNN has confirmed.

Clinton issued the invite to Obama after learning he would be in Manhattan for a joint appearance with Sen. John McCain on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to Clinton Foundation spokesman Matt McKenna.

The luncheon is another sign that the Clinton and Obama camps are moving forward in the spirit of unity. Major steps toward healing the party came during the Democratic National Convention where Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton, individually addressed convention-goers, appealing to them to support Obama come November. Sen. Clinton made the motion for Obama to be formally nominated as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Hillary Clinton is set to campaign for Obama in Florida Monday, and the former president has said he will campaign on Obama’s behalf but does not have any campaign events scheduled yet.


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  1. hoek amsterdam

    If Hillary becomes His Secretary of State
    he will have an easy win of this election.

    September 7, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  2. SIL

    I AM VERY HAPPY TO HEAR THEY ARE GOING TO MEET. I THINK THEY NEED TO WORK TOGETHER AND HAVE THE DREAM TEAM.
    IS ALL ABOUT SHOW THE PEOPLE THAT DEMOCRATS"REALLY CARE" ABOUT OUR COUNTRY AND NOT SOMEBODY ELSE, WORK FOR OUR COUNTRY ECONOMY AND NOT SOMBODY ELSE ECONOMY, ABOUT EDUCATION AT HOME NO ABOUT ANOTHER COUNTRIES, IS TIME TO STOP GETTING INVOLVE IN OTHER COUNTRIES PROBLEMS WHEN WE HAVE ENOGH IN OUR OWN HOME. GO OBAMA CLINTON I KNOW, IF YOU HOLD ON TOGETHER WITH BIDEN YOU CAN SHOW THIS BIG COUNTRY THAT YOU ARE THE SOLUTION. I KNOW IKNOW
    REMAIND THIS COUNTRY, THE TOWER WHEN DOWN IN REPUBLICANS TIME!!!!
    WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT? THEY CAN PROTECT THIS COUNTRY. THW WORLD DO NOT LIKE US RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS POLICIES.
    GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

    September 7, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  3. That's Just sad!

    Calling in Hillary, Oprah, and Bill.

    Desperation is showing through ... he needs the girls to bail him out.

    He screwed Hillary and she's an idiot if she falls for his trash now. Oprah is all about race so of course she'll open her trap in his defense. I wonder if she'll note that she was smarter than he was by leaving Wright's so called church because even she couldn't stand the hate?

    The dems had this one in the bag and have been working hard to find a way to throw it all away.

    Instead of Bill and the girls, why isn't he using the Joe Biden "attack dog" he put on the ticket? BTW, Joe has a son and a brother that are lobbyist.

    If that's not enough ... they are in hot water for fraud. True ... look it up!

    Raisin' McCain/Palin 2008

    September 7, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. Power hungry but thin on resume

    America will now suffer because of the self-indulgent abuses of Obama.

    This primary has been all about adoring and adulating and worshipping Obama.

    It has been all about getting out there and creating this myth of Obama.

    Obama made a reckless grab for power at a crucial time in history- gutting more qualified candidates- just so his ego could be stroked by making history.

    It was foolish and selfish and self-serving of Obama to gamble in this way at this time in history- just for his personal gain.

    The Clintons know what Obama has done and they will try to save the day because they are TRUE democrats and selfless servants of Americans.

    Obama is in it for his own glory.

    September 7, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. WA

    Americans who are so selfish, naive, and failthful to a party that even after destroying America's Image internationally and showing complete indifference to their people, state publicly they will vote for them again, need a Health Care Program more than the rest of us!
    Republicans can't win on issues so they're using sympathy and gender.

    How many times will I have to endure McSame's POW, military, life history? ENOUGH already! It is absolutely Shameful that this man would try to use his service to garner votes! Does he have no shame? What about other POWS who endured the same or worse? What about the servicemen from, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Viet Nam War, why not tell all their stories too?

    I have heartfelt gratitude, praise, and respect for all our heroes past and present BUT why should one man be given all the Glory and the other millions who gave as much be totally ignored? This man has the nerve to profess he is a Leader who puts his Country First! What sector of his Country would that be? Looks like it's only the McSame Sector to me! Maybe if we all get down on our knees and prostrate ourselves in his presence he will GO AWAY and take that excuse for an experienced, wannabe, Bureauocrat Palin with him! Then we just might have a chance at getting our Country back! Citizens who would jeopardize their Nation so profoundly with another Republican vote should be held accountable!

    September 7, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. interesting

    USA Today Gallup Poll:

    McCain 54%
    Obama 44%

    Gallup Poll:

    McCain 48%
    Obama 45%

    Zogby Poll:

    McCain 49%
    Obama 45%

    I like the trends. PUMA 2008 until the end!

    September 7, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  7. Josh

    The truth is that Sarah Plain's electrification of crowds is stage managed.Like robots the crowds boo to buzz words " tax increase" , "barack Obama" , " Joe Biden" etc and " Cheer to "tax cuts", " moose" , " baracuda" , " Hockey Mom", "Country first" .Its a theatrical trick which is actually working.The Obama Camp should get back to the big rally strategy because the McCain campaign to stage managing crowd excitement to potray that their campaign has gained enthusiasm

    September 7, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  8. Dorothy M. Oliver, Greensboro, NC

    Senator Clinton has worked hard to get health care for all Americans to the extent that I believe this issue is now on the front burner and cannot not be postponed. She is admired and respected in other countries and has the knowledge to be a very good Secretary of State. This is good preparation for any future presidential aspirations she may have. What do you think?

    September 7, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. Petey

    dems/libs are imploding. Fabulous.

    September 7, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. CNN's scared to post this?

    Must be true .. they hate the truth!

    Calling in Hillary, Oprah, and Bill.

    Desperation is showing through ... he needs the girls to bail him out.

    He screwed Hillary and she's an idiot if she falls for his trash now. Oprah is all about race so of course she'll open her trap in his defense. I wonder if she'll note that she was smarter than he was by leaving Wright's so called church because even she couldn't stand the hate?

    The dems had this one in the bag and have been working hard to find a way to throw it all away.

    Instead of Bill and the girls, why isn't he using the Joe Biden "attack dog" he put on the ticket? BTW, Joe has a son and a brother that are lobbyist.

    If that's not enough ... they are in hot water for fraud. True ... look it up!

    Raisin' McCain/Palin 2008

    September 7, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  11. Dr. WAH

    "All" Democrats, not just the Clintons, but everyone who call themselves democrats must rally around the Obama/Biden ticket. It is totally up to us. There is a segment of democrats that will not support Obama because of the ebony hue of his skin. We really need to get beyond this mind set.
    If you truly want to elect the Obama/Biden ticket, you know exactly what you must do. If you need encouragement, view the movie, "Remember the Titians." This will give you courage to "do the right thing."

    God Bless,

    September 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  12. tiff

    GEORGE BUSH DIFINATELY HAD EXPERIENCE AS GOVERNOR IN A POPULATED STATE AND SCREWED UP. I'M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY THESE PEOPLE VOTED FOR HIM TWICE!!!!!!!!

    JOHN MCCAIN CAN BE A HERO ALL HE WANTS BUT NOT PREZ.

    September 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  13. S Callahan

    Sen. Clinton represents my State and you can bet she has her boxing gloves being fitted and she'll come out swinging, it's all in the timing.

    I'm glad Pres. Clinton and Sen. Obama are meeting on such a sacred day for New York State.

    ps cnn would you please stop deleting me...

    September 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  14. jessica

    Why would hillary help Obama. he treated her like crap! she should just hope McCain wins so she can campaign in 2012. although she is probably thinking that if McCain wins, there goes her chance for the first female v.p. and possibly president.

    oh, and John Smith, you are an idiot. Life does begin at conception. If it didn't why would anyone need condoms.

    yes, Clinton and Palin will not attract the same voters. that was not what McCain is trying to do. he's trying to attract real people, not the left elite that is Obama.

    September 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. tess

    it appears the cnn articles are just read by the cnn television watchers so i have decided to stop reading this page and turn it over to all the liberals who are so vile – you can read each other and feed your hatefulness – you all learned well from you heros the clintons

    September 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. God was watching

    Obama took a knife to Hillary Clinton... now for the sake of all Americans, the Clintons are being BIG about it and doing what is best for America.

    Obama does NOT deserve it. Obama did not win fair and square.

    What a nightmare for the history books Obama's mad grab for power will prove to be. What a shame the DNC permitted this non entity to steal the nomination for his own personal glory. Too bad winning was so important to Obama that he sacrificed his party and his country for it and risks losing an all-important election.

    September 7, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  17. Typical CNN! Won't post negative bama stuff

    If it's not in favor of the "one" they won't post it 4th attempt!

    Calling in Hillary, Oprah, and Bill.

    Desperation is showing through ... he needs the girls to bail him out.

    He screwed Hillary and she's an idiot if she falls for his trash now. Oprah is all about race so of course she'll open her trap in his defense. I wonder if she'll note that she was smarter than he was by leaving Wright's so called church because even she couldn't stand the hate?

    The dems had this one in the bag and have been working hard to find a way to throw it all away.

    Instead of Bill and the girls, why isn't he using the Joe Biden "attack dog" he put on the ticket? BTW, Joe has a son and a brother that are lobbyist.

    If that's not enough ... they are in hot water for fraud. True ... look it up!

    Raisin' McCain/Palin 2008

    September 7, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  18. Ann

    Go Bill, Obama can use your help explaining how good he will be for the economy and just how bad McCain will be. Thanks.

    September 7, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  19. Bryan Kirchoff

    I am a little mystified at the influence that Mr. Clinton maintains. While he used his convention speech to subtly congratulate himself on the 1990s, his actual leadership acumen deserves some scrutiny:

    1) For starters, if the economy was good in the 1990s, it certainly helps that his administration happened to land in a historical lull between existential threats. While the ethnic violence of the 90s was chaotic, it did not pose a threat to the global economic order like the Soviet Union or Al Qaeda. It's amazing how well your economy can do absent a threat to your national existence.
    2) Mr. Clinton cited a number of negative trends over the past eight years, such as income inequality, etc., but he never let on as to whether any of those trends actually started prior to 2000. For example, if I remember correctly (please check me), there was already talk of the economy slowing down in the third quarter of Clinton's last year in office.
    3) The "power of our example, example of our power" line made for great speechcraft. So, does that mean that all of the bombs and rounds that President Clinton ordered used in Somalia, Haiti (almost), Bosnia, Kosovo (without UN authorization), Iraq (twice), Sudan, and Afghanistan were loaded with "example"?
    4) Note that one of Mr. Clinton's biggest successes in balancing the budget, welfare reform, came from acting like a conservative. Furthermore, his significant cuts to the military are part of the reason our forces are so stretched today – even if you believe Iraq was completely unnecessary, what if another conflict had occurred?
    5) Mr. Clinton, like many others, holds contradictory positions on job outsourcing. On the one hand, he worries about maintaining the job security of Americans. On the other, he notes that people around the world want jobs; presumably, he would suggest the lack of opportunity is what fosters radicalism. So which is it? Do we keep jobs in the U. S., or do we provide jobs to stave off terrorism in the Third World? Either (a) the Third World will continue to smolder in poverty, (b) American jobs will be sent overseas, or (c) other countries will eventually develop jobs on their own, in which they will make cheaper products that will displace U. S. goods here and abroad. I do not begrudge him concerns on either of these counts, only the pretense that, without developing a completely new economy, we can somehow have both.

    Bryan Kirchoff
    St. Louis

    September 7, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. FunneistBlogInAmerica

    Clinton is probably trying to get Obama to make him his Vice President instead of Biden...Clinton is always trying to steal the spotlight

    September 7, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  21. Enuf Said

    WHy don't ya all wait until November 4th? There will be one man standing. Enuf said. Go do something productive in the meantime instead of wasting bandwidth!! YOUR CUONTRY NEEDS YOU TO BE PRODUCTIVE!! Lets NOT vote for Nader. Lets vote for one of the two lesser evil devils. OBnut or MCnut. Whichever flavour we may like. Myself I like peanuts!!

    September 7, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  22. Dan from Kitchener

    This blog likely will not be printed but it's the truth. After 9/11 the U.S. invaded 2 countries. Afghanistan where they had the support of a large number of legitimate countries and Iraq where they had little or no support by anyone other than Bushes poodle Tony Blair.

    Anyway the point is if Americans elect McCain in November you will almost certainly see a large pull out of troops by all the other countries currently fighting and dying in combats basically abandoned by U.S. forces.

    Everyone is well aware the Iraq invasion and it's subsequent occupation is illegal and if you choose to stay this course then it will only be a matter of time until you will be going it alone.

    If you think this won't happen or won't matter then you better get your heads out of the sand and understand your only way out from that point on is the draft.

    September 7, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  23. steve from ca

    Never forget that Obama does NOT have the experience that Hillary has. The democrats wanted Obama they got him.....as I republican I would have voted for Hillary because of her experience. Now I will vote McCain because of his experience. Maybe Sarah is the new fresh blood but that is at the vp level. Obama as their own party members have said DOES NOT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE. Remember we are electing the PRESIDENT. Hilary for 2012 but McCain for 2008. NO OBAMA

    September 7, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  24. 'Bama for Obama

    mike, hillary and most of us will be dead in 2102.

    September 7, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  25. COOLBREEZE

    MIKE, YOU ARE RIGHT!!! CNN WILL ALWAYS SAY "MODERATION" FOR B.O. BAD RIGHT-UP. I TRIED TO PRAISE OBAMA, THAT WORD "MODERATION" DID'NT COME UP. I GUESS THEY DESIGN A PROGRAM THAT WILL ISOLATE ANTI-B.O. COMMENT AND PRO-OBAMA COMMENT. I GUESS THAT'S THE NATURE OF THIS BUSINESS, EVERYTHING IS MOTIVATED BY SOMETHING OR SOMEONE FOR SOME WEIRD REASON!!!

    September 7, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
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