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. Liz in Atlanta

    Hey Sue M
    this is for you . . . .
    Obama hasn't lost any supporters. . . the woman Sarah is bringing into the campaign are all conservative republicans already McCain was having trouble with. The media even says that everytime they have those old, white ladies on the air going on about Palin.

    Also, NEWSFLASH McCain supporters. . . these polls are giving you false hope. Did you know they poll only registered voters who usually vote in every election? They don't poll new registered voters or people who are registered and haven't voted in years. . . . .

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 11, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. wilma

    Today! A somber day! 9-11
    Bush,Rumsfeild,Gulliano, Bad image!
    Obama,Clinton. Good image! There is hope! You tell them RuthieM.

    September 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. no way, no how, no mcshameless - Michigan

    I agree with you, Sir.

    None of my friends or relatives were ever polled,

    and we're all proud Obamabots!

    We pay not attention to corporate media spin masters hired by Neo-cons.

    BTW, you two look fantastic, Sirs.

    September 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Al

    President Clinton may have been guilty of infidelity but compared to BUSH hes a saint
    At least hes not responsible for thousands of americans dying, maimed for life and thousand of Iraqis dead and displaced bc of a war Bush and Cheney and Rove instigated with false propaganda
    They are all war criminals!!!

    September 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. ENE M DIAZ

    MC CAIN -PALIN TICKET IS RAISING THE AMERICAN FLAG VERY HIGH UP TO THE TOP. THEY ARE READY IN THE LEFT,AND READY IN THE RIGHT, WITH THEIR HONOR. NOTHING IS UNDERCOVER,OR BEHIND CLOSSED DOORS. THERE IS NO WAY AROUND IT. NOT TWO FACED. SWIMMING UP, THEY ARE THE BEST. THEY WILL FIX UP OUR ECONOMY, BEATINGCROOKED, CORRUPTED POLITICIANS, THAT ARE MAKING UNFAIR AND ILLEGAL ARRANGEMENTS TO AFFECT NEXT POLLS RESULTS. THEY ARE ADDING FUEL TO THE FIRE ,WITH MULTIPLE FLAMING POINTS.///

    September 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. laura

    Mike in Columbus says ' but McCain was a POW ' .... yeah so are we all suppose to be POW's of McCain??

    September 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. joyce

    welcome back to arkansas bill with you and hillary we will take back our big house the six of you will be unstoppable

    obama/michelle/biden/jill/hillary/bill
    all the way to a better world

    September 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Obamathru&thru

    President Clinton, A Big Thank you! You've put your wounded feelings aside and are thinking Country first. Hillary Supporters, please come around. Don't take it so personal – Think of what its going to be like under McCain/Palin- We will be stuck in the same rut while the rest of the world moves ahead. We've got so many problems right now. The Republicans are going to use the same old tactics and policies – Paddling us backward instead of forward.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Lawrence

    Isn't politics so strange? People take a story, and believe what they want to believe no matter what. Case in point:

    there are people like "now now" who see Clinton going to the stump for Obama as being indicative of Obama's inexperience and need to be surrounded by stars of the Democratic party.

    There are people like "David" who claim that this is just subterfuge on the part of the Clinton's for their 2012 presidential bid. That would kind of negate "now now's" comment.

    There are people like "Jason" who somehow turn this into a tirade about race.

    And many other viewpoints. I am not singling anyone out. Isn't it just strange how stringent everyone's views are? It's gotten to the point that, depending on our party affiliation, we'll all read the same exact piece of FACT and spin it for ourselves to suit our predisposed notions. That's just strange. It can't be healthy. Maybe Nader and Ron Paul are on to something.

    September 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Eugue

    What do you expect President Clinton to say? You don't expect him to say that Obama will not win, do you? Do you think President Clinton stupid enough to say that Obama can not win to be blame if Obama lose this Nov?

    September 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. LB

    As a former President, who better to tell the American people that McCain isn't qualified to be the next President, not to mention his sidekick the beauty queen whos longest elected qualifications was a mayor to a backwoods, small town of 5000 people.

    September 11, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. RRB

    This election has stopped being about the electability of our leaders, It is about who Americans are, and which Americans will turn out ot vote.

    September 11, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Keep believing yourselves, dems...The center is clearly identifying with, and moving towards McCain/Palin – And the polls are all showing it!!! :)

    September 11, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Dennis

    Go Bill/Go Obama/Go Biden!

    September 11, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Lexis

    McCain has his little "PItbull" protecting him from the real issues. He, himself, has said he knows little about the economy and healthcare. The issues he does know about it how to train your dog to speak! LOL! GO OBAMA!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Palinocchio

    Alright Bill!, Now let's go expose the fraud that is McCainocchio & Palinocchio!

    September 11, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. former hillary supporter now for Obma

    AND THEY ARE BOTH LEOS!!!! LOL

    JUST LIKE ME!!!

    Great leaders and very smart!

    September 11, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Paris

    Obama should have asked what Bill meant when he l said in his speech at the DNC “ With Biden’s wisdom and experience and Obama’s insight and Instinct America will have the national security it needs”.
    From this statement you can conclude that even Bill Clinton knows that OBAMA doesn’t have the wisdom and experience to be able to be the president by himself. He needs his VP for that.
    So sorry if I don’t really feel like voting for a co-presidency.

    I am voting for a commander and chief and really don’t like the idea to leave the future of this nation to Obama’s Instinct!!

    September 11, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. April in Texas

    To SueM - Obama hasnt lost votes, McCain just excited his base is all so its still leaning Obama's way..

    While I didnt like Bill towards the end of his presidency hes starting to become more likeable to me as is his wife Hillary.. I do think his prediction is right as the world needs change and can not afford 8 more years of the republican brand. It will not be just more of the same but worse because of the deficit we are now in. Putting one who claimed he doesnt know much about the economy would be devestating for america.

    Enough already!!! The choice is clear... Obama/Biden all the way....

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 11, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. DClaire

    Right on ..... It is People First than country...We the People and yes community organizers- I just returned from ground Zero and it still makes my heart cry-

    D.claire

    September 11, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Mella

    As far as Clinton he should went to jail for perjury, If Obama doesn't quit with his acusations he might be sued Boy I hope so He is disgrace to the Democate party. I was alway a Democrate not any more I am so sick of the Welfare getting everything.

    September 11, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. laura

    Joseph September 11th, 2008 2:27 pm ET

    First of all, Obama, Bill Clinton isn't the President of the United States now

    Onces a President you will ALWAYS be call President or Ex President .. duh!

    September 11, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. Palinontoloty

    Would like the main stream media to investigate and report on the following ...
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    “So Sambo beat the bit -h!”

    This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

    According to Lucille, the waitress serving her table at the time and who asked that her last name not be used, Gov. Palin was eating lunch with five or six people when the subject of the Democrat’s primary battle came up. The governor, seemingly not caring that people at nearby tables would likely hear her, uttered the slur and then laughed loudly as her meal mates joined in appreciatively.
    “It was kind of disgusting,” Lucille, who is part Aboriginal, said in a phone interview after admitting that she is frightened of being discovered telling folks in the “lower 48” about life near the North Pole.
    Then, almost with a sigh, she added, “But that’s just Alaska.”

    Racial and ethnic slurs may be “just Alaska” and, clearly, they are common, everyday chatter for Palin.

    September 11, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. lisa

    We will win the white house we just need to continue to support Obama. Because once we get the White House back the Rep will never get it back...............

    September 11, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Sherry

    CHANGE is coming! Tomorrow is a new day and as long as the Republicans keep Palin from reporters, in two weeks, it will be Sarah Who?

    September 11, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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