September 11th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
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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. Stop Whining About Rove and Win an Election

    Somewhere Hillary is sitting there knowing she'd have had this thing wrapped up by now.

    September 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. peter chernovetz

    what slick willy and the social worker talked about.
    the decoms want to replace the eagle to a condom,becauseit more accurately reflects the goverment politcal stance. a condom allows for inflation, halts production,destroys the next generation,protects a bunch of pricks,and gives youa sense of sercurity, while you're actually being screwed by ben m.

    peter

    September 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. TAYO, NY

    I HOPE HE DOES WHAT HE NEED TO DO TO MAKE OBAMA WIN

    LET PUT HIM TO WORK IN FLORIDA, VIRGINIA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA AND THE REST OF THE BATTLE GROUND STATES.

    THATS ALL

    September 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. dolarbil

    anyone who makes a post explicitly stating they are a Dem or an Indie, is [probably a republican plant.

    We know what you are by what you say and how you say it hence most of us do not bother to state our affiliation....except you perpetrators.

    It is sad that even forums for the people -by the people have been kidnapped for political gain.

    September 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. jimmy

    It is worth noting that Joe Biden's remarks regarding Hillary Clinton.
    He said Hillary may have been the bstter choice for VP on the Obama ticket . BUT of course, the dems cannot change ,nor they can even ask Joe Biden to quit as the VP candidate for Obama.
    That would be unthinkable and a huge insult and mistake.
    Senator Joe Biden is himself more qualified than Obama to be president. That is why He was chosen by the Obama camp.
    However , Biden did not have the huge support form the Voters like
    Hillary Clinton had and still has.. BIG MISTAKE FOR OBAMA CAMP.

    September 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Stephanie

    SUCH a nice try "Palin 2012" – if you were really a republican you'd have spelled her name right in both places – funny from all of you who were accusing PUMA people of being republicans in disguise! I'm a republican voting McCain, but have far, far more respect for HIllary than Obama. Actually, had the race been McCain vs Clinton, I'd have stayed home on election day.

    September 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. FactCheck

    > They are more interested in Hillary's path for 2012 not in securing
    > Obama's future.

    Bill Clinton is not that stupid. If McCain gets elected, Palin will run in 2012 as the incumbent and effectively shoot down Hillary. Palin seems to have the ability to lie out of both sides of her mouth and she'll end up blaming the failures of the McCain administration on the Democrats. It's how they roll.

    September 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Sick & Tired of Nobama

    He's delusional!! I am sure he hopes Nobama will go down the drain big time and i am sure he will!!
    McCain/Palin

    September 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Steven

    Obama Biden is the only ticket that can help the world make friends with America again.

    Vote Tuesday, November 4, 2008 for Obama.

    September 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Chipster

    Juan Carlos, WHAT....IS....WITH....THIS <<<<

    Just curious because it's most bizarre.

    I hope Clinton is correct. Republicans have a skill for frightening people into voting against their self-interest but given the economy, global warming, and stack of the evidence that Iraq information was manipulated, surely they've learned their lesson.

    September 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. kcmookie

    "You can put chapstick on a pig, but its lips are still chapped, errrrr I mean"

    "Fool me twice shame on you, I mean, errrrr"

    "I am the deciderer, I mean errrrrrrrrrrrrr"

    Geez, where is my flag pin at. Can this election get any more stupiderer?

    Go OBAMA!

    September 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Liz in Atlanta

    I agree. . . President Clinton. . .

    Obama '08

    September 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Nancy

    Thank you Bill. Nice to have you aboard!! Watch out now McSame and Pitbull.

    O8AMA

    September 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Crush Rush

    Bill is right.The polls are fixed.

    September 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Hillary 2012

    With out Bill Clinton blessing and advice DNC candidate can’t win

    Example 2000, and 2004

    Bill Clinton more powerful than DNC

    Bill is a great man Still he ready help Obama

    Bill long life for you

    But my vote for Mc Cain/Palin

    September 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Silence Dogood

    Has Obama ever appologized to the Clintons for all the nasty hate campaigning against them?

    Bill is being really huge for even appearing with Obama if not.

    September 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Super - We need President Clinton on board. With him on the stump he can make his prediction come true.

    September 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Shari, NY

    I hope so Bill, but we need more Democratic congresspersons to let their voices be heard along this campaign trail. They are too silent.

    September 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    I'm happy (and encouraged) to hear Bill feels that way, but don't get complacent about this, counting on a big win. There's still much work to be done and campaigning to do. I lost a lot of respect for both Hillary and Bill during the primaries, but they have redeemed themselves in my book. I've been an Obama supporter all along, but after his two terms, I'll be very happy to vote for Hillary.

    September 11, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. lindapuma

    Oh please Lord In Heaven let Bill Clinton be right for once!

    I can't take 4 more years of this constant nonsense!

    September 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. andy in Alaska

    Honestly, why isn't Karl Rove in federal prision?

    September 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. No2GOPGimmicks

    And to the people putting stuff like "Palin 2012"....

    You've known of her for less than 2 weeks and you're already trying to elect her president...ha ha... there's people on the ticket who've spent months (some, years) trying to gain your vote.

    This is the sort of lack of intelligence and blatant stupidity that I was referring to.

    Wait until your infatuation wears off..... I'm beginning to realize that it's not the leaders as much as it's the clowns who elect them.

    Silly, silly human beings.

    One thing for sure, if McCain wins and it does end up being a 3rd Bush term... THE GOP ARE FINISHED COME 2012!!

    September 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Snoozi

    Oh yeah and as usual the republicans continue to spread lies, tell me when was President Clinton impeached? Keep up the good work, the more you make stupid statements like this, the more dems will get revved up so keep it up, we love it

    September 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. African AMERICAN

    A wise man that Bill is.

    September 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. righteousbrother

    are those war drums i hear!? this election is going to be the stuff of legends no matter who wins.

    September 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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