September 11th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Bill Clinton predicts big Obama win

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Sen. Obama met with former president Clinton in Harlem Thursday in their first extended sit-down meeting since Obama defeated Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton predicted Barack Obama will "win" this fall's election and "will win pretty handily.”

The two men chatted with reporters in a photo-op at Clinton's Harlem office before sitting down for a private lunch.

Clinton is scheduled to campaign for Obama in Florida later this month. According to aides, the former president will appear at a mix of fundraisers and campaign events on behalf of the Democratic ticket throughout the fall.

"We're putting him to work," said Obama.

Clinton said he’d "agreed to do a substantial number of things, whatever I'm asked to do.”

Obama smiled at Clinton's prediction that he would take the White House: "There you go, you can take it from the President of the United States. He knows a little something about politics."

The image of the two men meeting comes as a relief to many Democrats who have been hoping to put to rest the "Clinton-Obama rift" storyline. Both Clintons praised Obama in their convention speeches, but agreed a face-to-face meeting with the president was a necessary step in putting the contentious primary season behind both camps.

The two men were said to be dining on a mix of sandwiches, salads and pizza from the lunch chain Cosi.

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  1. Mr Big

    I think the Clintons are going to teach Obama a few things about politics and vengence.

    September 11, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Lorna, NY

    I agree with Bill.

    September 11, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Abby

    Welcome to your senses, Mr. Wonderful President. We ill always love you and quickly forgive you.

    Obama/BIden 08-16
    Clinton/ M.Obama 16-24

    September 11, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    Clinton... I love'em..... Obama is coming along... before you change politics you have to win on the old platform... Then he can change the mindset of the game later... We as Americans need to re-think our differences and try to imagine how the other side feels.

    I am not making predictions but I am praying for Obama and our Country

    -V

    September 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Olivia

    Great!
    Obama 08/12, Hillary 16

    September 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Tim

    I just got a tingly feeling running up my leg all the way to my gag reflex.

    September 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. independant voter, Texas

    Obama "will" win, as long as he dismisses and doesnt comment on petty things, sticks to the ISSUES..and I sure hope Clinton advised hin of that..Good to see Bill back out in the public ! Pigs, or lipstick doesnt matter !!!! Issues DO

    September 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    He's right.

    OBAMA 08

    September 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Mike in Columbus

    but McCain was a POW

    September 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Rob indetroit

    If, president Clinton say's Obama will win big then Obama will win big.!

    September 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Charlotte

    Sorry Bill, I disagree. He is still not qualified. Obama has thrown away half of the base and is book smart, common sense stupid. i will not vote for this shell of a man.

    September 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Tony O. in MN

    I like Pres. Clinton prediction!! Obama/Biden 08

    September 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. WB, PSL

    There you go! Former and Present Presidents of The United States of America.

    Hillary Supporter for Obama '08 & '12

    September 11, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. WOW

    Thank you President Clinton ... this election is too important to have the repubs mess up another 4 years.

    September 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. ANGIE

    Bill clinton is a smart man he knows

    September 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Vicki Webster

    Billy you know how you rally feel about OHB why are doing this sillness.

    September 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. David

    Yeah right. Bill and Hillary have been MIA for the most part for a reason. They are more interested in Hillary's path for 2012 not in securing Obama's future. They do the minimum to look like they are supporting him but the Clinton back room dealing is going into full effect. If you doubt it you don't know their politics.

    September 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Sara

    Let's get to work with some serious campaigning.

    September 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. David Orbach, New York, NY

    Excellent. Bill and Hillary are going to come through in a big way.

    September 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. MD Democrat

    Bill, you are awesome and we still love you here in Maryland! Do every single thing you can do to make your prediction a reality. The country cannot afford to screw this up.

    September 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. baby mama

    a Dem predicting a Dem victory?? shocking...............could there be gambling in Casa Blanca too??

    September 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Pennsylvania

    Obama is no Bill Clinton. next.

    September 11, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Dee Jay a young republican

    YES IM SO HAPPY

    the best president of our time and the next Best president of our time

    IM SO HAPPY

    GETTEM OBAMA,BILL,BIDEN, and Hillary

    September 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. SueM

    Bill's wrong. McCain will win. They've got the momentum and Obama is going to have a hard time making up the huge chunk of support he's lost.

    Maybe in 2012, Bill...

    September 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Matt

    Well there you have it! No need to have the election now!

    September 11, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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