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. nc

    Obama got my vote now

    September 11, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Former Democrat

    SORRY BILL, THAT'S WHAT YOU SAID THE LAST TIME FOR AL GORE.

    OBAMA WILL NOT WIN, BETTER GET USE TO THAT AND DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY CAMPAINING FOR HIM.

    September 11, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. PoliticoPundit

    Democrats are so UNITED, Bill meets Obama for lunch and it become national News. LOL

    At least news media wants them to be divided so they can make stories out of their meetings.

    Good Luck Democrats.

    September 11, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Nowhere Man

    Ya mean, like your wife was the inevitable candidate, Herr Slickster? This jerk gets too much credit for being some political genius. If it hadn't been for Ross Perot siphoning votes from Bush in 1992, he woulda been just another Dumbcratic Loser brought out once a year for the DNC convention like Dukakis and Mondale. Come to think of it, he is a Dumbcratic Loser aynway.

    September 11, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. A. Clarke

    AMEN !!! Now let's take America back from the miserable Bush/McCain/Palin axis of incompetence.

    September 11, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Palin 2012

    Pumas,

    Thank God we don't have to kiss you butts anymore. Silly little people. Palin is the real deal, Hillary is nothing.

    Palin 2012

    September 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Jeanne Beans

    I agree with Bill Clinton even though I dislike his moral values. Barack Obama IS going to be our next president. Thank you, Bill, for doing whatever you can!

    September 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Hall for Obama

    Karl Rove, advising the Democratic presidential nominee to avoid attacking Sarah Palin directly if he hopes to win the White House in November

    Karl Rove Need to go straight to jail. What rock did he craw out from under? He is a big fat face snake. I guess McCain got Karl in his pocket. Karl needs to save all his advice for McCain? He can not stop all the people from vote for Obama, now he may be able to steal the election as they’ve done before. NOT THIS TIME
    Every time I get ready to post it is close:

    September 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Dan in NJ

    David...the statement that McCain voted with Bush over 90 percent of the time came from McCain's own mouth. He was proud of it when he was sucking up to the republican base.

    September 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. THIS HOCKEY MOM FOR PALIN

    YA RIGHT! PALIN IS GOING TO TAKE THAT LIPSTICK AND SHOVE IT UP OBAMAS YOU KNOW WHAT. I LOVE PALIN. PALIN FOR EMPORER!! WE NEED A WOMEN WITH THOUGHTS IN THE WHITEHOUSE! NOT SOME SIDESHOW THAT ONLY SMEARS THE REPUBLICANS!!

    PALIN FOREVER!

    September 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. COUNTRY FIRST McCAIN / PALIN

    Bill Clinton likes to say that people thought he was too young and inexperienced to be President.
    Well, it turns out he was. He allowed all the bad guys in the middle east to get away. He almost destroyed our military so he could have a surplus in funds. And because of his immaturity, he disgraced the white house and his wife and daughter because he could not control his cigar habit.
    No obama will not win this election – UNLESS he steals it. I think the votes really had better be counted in Ohio. The DNC will try their best to find away to "stuff the ballot box" so their puppet will get into the white house.
    What a sorry end you've come to Bill Clinton. Both you and Hillary are being used. When will you learn that black people will turn on you in the blink of an eye.That fact will never change.

    September 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. South African Obama Supporter

    To all Americans,,,,,,,, this is a world view esp. one based in the middle east – you guys need to ensure that you choose the right person for your country's future! I used to love visiting the usa n have some great friends but for the last 8 yrs, Bush policies – double standards, lies – going into Iraq just for the oil – messing up a beautiful country to avenge his fathers bad name in the mideast! very sad – at the moment americans are not liked very much at all in the mideast and so you really need someone like OBAMA to CHANGE the way the WORLD VIEWS THE USA! If you guys vote mcsame/palinthic into the white house – the rest of the world, esp the mideast is going to carry on having the bad feelings we do right now! So you have to do the RIGHT THING AND VOTE FOR OBAMA/BIDEN!

    September 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. midwest values

    JPG Midwest....

    Thank you for pointing out "facts" and not spewing lies and hate like alot of the BHO groupies... BO supporters.. Show us what BO has done positive. Give facts. Maybe you can change some people still on the fence's minds.

    Vote on record and values...

    September 11, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. PALIN 2012

    THANK YOU PUMAS!!! YOU HAVE HELPED SARAH REPLACE HIL AS TOP FEMALE IN POLTICS. HILLARY IS A LOSER AGAIN!!

    September 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Jana

    I AM A FORMER DEMOCRAT AND A WOMAN AND I DO NOT LIKE THE WAR THAT DNC OPENED ON WOMEN. NEVER OBAMA. SORRY BILL, I LOVE HILLARY BUT OBAMA IS A PIECE OF NOTHING AND YOU KNOW THAT. DO NOT FOOL YOURSELF.

    September 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Obama 08: White, 60 yr old female

    McCain/Palin: no honor, no integrity, no policies

    Media: little objectivity; cover the smears and present lies as "attacks" rather than fastcheck them; not interested in presenting policies; perfevt example no coverage of Obama's major policy statement on education

    September 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Spare Us

    Why do we need a former president who himself said "Obama lacks the experience to lead this country" now changing his mind to back Obama. What ever happened to a politician standing behind his/her own words.

    Many Democrats have also forgotten that Hillary ousted Obama during her run for the nomination.

    September 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. jim

    I love that republicans have the temerity to post things like: intelligent people vote for McCain, dumb people vote for Obama. Who voted for Bush, not once, but twice? Who voted for Bill Clinton? I'm sorry, but dems have the moral highground on this one. We were not so easily fooled by a fake cowboy, nor so easily scared by the "lack of experience" argument in 1992.

    September 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. carol

    Shame on YOu Karl Rove trying to hijack this election!!!

    September 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Mel Joyner

    Obama will win! He will be president for 8 years, and then Hillary will win in 2016!

    September 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Tracy - Oakley, CA

    Of course he will. They are polling young people, first time voters nor voters who haven't voted in a long time....Thanks for reminding us Bill!

    September 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Lipstick Laden Pig

    Oink, Oink!!!! Soooooooeeeeeeeeeeeey!!!!!!!!

    Wow, what a non-story. Can we hear about what the Chosen One will be having for dinner later, too?

    September 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Hillary supporter now for McCain/Palin

    What has always worked best?

    One party in control of congress AND the other party in control of the presidency.

    Remember, we have a do-nothing democratic congress.

    The main reason to vote for McCain

    My vote goes to the experienced candidate: Senator McCain

    Webster's dictionary defines obama followers as a group of low-esteem, mean-spirited, hateful, empty-headed people easily led by an unqualified, arrogant, radical elitist!

    September 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. End the Bush Problems - CHANGE= OBAMA

    No more Bush/McCain. Bring on Obama.

    September 11, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. roberto

    Sara Palin is the Clarence Thomas of women. I do not think that McCain's thinly veiled Vice Presidential choice will fool anyone for very long. McCain's avid supporters are the same people who will vote Republican no matter what. Everyone else knows things have got to really change in this country. And it ain't going to happen with McCain Palin.

    September 11, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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