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

Bill Clinton predicts big Obama win


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.


soundoff (529 Responses)
  1. Debbie


    Picking and choosing the bills that were voted for? Who would have thought. I would laugh if it wasn't so pathetic. It is just the sort of thing that I have come to expect from this campaign. The spin cycle is out of control and it is far easier this election to see what is over the top. If you are so gung ho on voting records why don't you post the ones dealing with Veterans issues? Why don't you post that McCain DID NOT VOTE FOR the new G.I. BILL? And the fact that Veterans have a better view of Obama than they do McCain.


    September 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Will the real John McCain please stand up, Palin-McCain ticket exposed

    If you are a Republican or an independent making less than a 100k per year or even if you make more than that; Ask yourself some questions.

    What would be the world view of the USA if the Palin-McCain ticket wins the election.

    Do I really want the rich people in the country to become even more rich including John and CIndy 7 houses McCain.

    Do I want to risk putting more young Americans in harms way after they get drafting by a McCain led government? John McCain and Sarah Palin obviously don't mind their children going to war. Makes me think......................................

    September 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Venus

    Go get em' Bam and Bill!

    Weclome to the "O" Team Clinton!

    September 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Stop Whining About Rove and Win an Election

    RIP Keith Olbermann's Career

    September 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Sally

    Yea, Bill Clinton really wants Obama to win,,,,wink,,,,wink> He and Hilliary are hoping for a defeat so she can run in 2012 as the democartic candidate. Being military I hope McCain wins I cannot serve my country under the democratic ticket where neither candidate has any military experience or understanding. I cannot think of a president who was elected by the people with no military experience whatsoever in a time of war.

    September 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Patches

    "Another thing, Obama needs to stop the lying and quit acting like McCain is another Bush term because he votes for his policis all the time. Check the facts BO. You voted more for the Bush policies than McCain. heres a list of all bills signed into law by Bush since 2006"

    Your analysis is flawed as it doesn't count the numerous bills that Obama voted yes to and were vetoed by Bush. Which is approx. the same number that went into law, which by your numbers, means Obama only voted with Bush less than half the time. Just saying

    September 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Todd

    Clinton and Clinton are aiming for the Supreme Court. Also, what people seem to miss is that they actually love this country and they don't think John McCain is the right guy. Republicans like running for office and winning, they just don't like governing as today's news about the sex scandal at the Dept of the Interior proves once again.

    So now that cooler heads have prevailed, and self interest has aligned (i.e. Supreme Court), Bill and Hil are on board and sizing their robes.

    September 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. DJ Los Angeles

    Obama is taller than Bill? Never seen a photo of them side by side.

    Once all the hype, lies, and media obsession is done...Obama and the actual issues will be back in focus.

    September 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Joseph

    JiminAtlanta September 11th, 2008 1:57 pm ET

    First of all, Obama, Bill Clinton isn't the President of the United States now. Second, Clinton lied to the American people and was impeached, so I wouldn't believe him if he said "good morning." He thought Hillary would win. See how that turned out?


    clinton wasn't impeached, he finished his tour of duty as president

    September 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. DeeNewyork

    This is wonderful. Thank you President Clinton! Plus you both look nice together.

    Good Bless!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. It's time for MANDATORY K-12 Economics Education!

    Obama is Carter, is Mondale, is McGovern, and when the election is over we're going to name a new landslide after him: The Obama-slide.

    I'm predicting at least three consecutive terms of Conservative presidents and there's nothing the socialists, oh sorry, I mean Obama-ites can do about it.

    September 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Ms. Brown

    So happy to have the Bill Clinton I love is back. Democrats please please unite.

    This is for our party. United we stand...divided we fall. Then they WIN!!

    Let's all put our personal feelings aside and do what's best for the Democrats.

    September 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Obama's The Man!

    GO OBAMA! You wait until we send Palin back to Alaska! Then she can sit back and tell her daughters all about the birds and the bees........oh, oops, it's a little too late for that welfare case, isn't it?? Ha ha!!

    September 11, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Enlightened Voter

    David – then mccain LIED when he said he voted for bush 90% of the time?

    September 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Peggy in Ohio

    I pray you're right Mr. President! We need you!

    September 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. Desperate all-caps typists need prozac

    Settle down, people, settle down.
    Remember, the only thing Billy Boy cares about is his legacy and the CLinton name. He'll put on a nice show and all, but his endgame is Hillary, 2012.

    September 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Sarah L., Fayetteville, AR

    I am honestly offended by how many women on this blog seem to be voting based on anatomy and nothing else. How on earth could you have supported Hillary and now support McCain because he chose a woman as a V.P.? Did you care anything about what Hillary stands for?

    September 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. james

    This country needs an economic enema-– Obama is just the Democrat to flush the Republican hypocrits out of Washington.

    September 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    It's interesting to see the rupugs that are stating that they NO LONGER need to suck up to the PUMAs. Admitting you "sucked up" to them in the first place to get their votes shows your willingness to deceive and win by any means necessary.

    September 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. FreeNLovIt

    I wanted to whip Kerry, Richardson, and Nanci's behinds. I have few things to say, but I'll reserve it until after the election to tell them exactly how I feel about these nuts!

    September 11, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Willam from Texas

    Hey Bill, didn't you hear what Joe Biden said about Hillary being a better VP than he?

    September 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Steve

    I cannot think of a finer Democrat than Bill Clinton to go to for good advise and insight into what it's takes to be a great President. He is and will forever be the best President despite his personal failings. He, just like Obama is a very smart individual, unlike McWar and the EMPTY HEADED COWBOY in the White House now.

    September 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. energy

    Have you heard the news?

    Inside sources are suggesting that Joe Biden may be dropping out of Obama ticket, because of the "Palin Power". Do you think Hillary should accept the VP position, if Biden withdraws?

    September 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Obama Supporter!

    Excellent news Bill, especially since Mccain annouced Palin is to be sequestered for the remainder of the campaign "NO MORE INTERVIEWS" after ABC tonight . Also Palin "WILL NOT" be campaigning on her "OWN" Mccain will be "BABYSITTING" until November!!

    PLEEEEASE!! Who wants a baby in the white house?????

    Obama/Biden 08!

    September 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. GA for Obama

    now now- No. We ALL realised Obama is SMART to employ the heads
    ARB- I think you will

    September 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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