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. shakespear for OB

    You go get them all Mr OB we need all the big guns now (TEAM) its count down time now. obama/biden/clinton/clinton08

    September 11, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Seth Grahame-Smith

    JiminAtlanta what world do you live in?

    The economy was doing great under Clinton and his policies

    The economy is a disaster under Bush and his policies

    Clinton lied about a personal affair

    Bush lied us into an illegal war killing thousands of our troops and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis. Plus he and his staff have lied repeatedly with overt contempt for all judicial and congressional inquiries on dozens of serious issues including outing a covert CIA agent, rendering innocent civilians, unwarranted spying on US citizens, torturing people to gain questionable information, issuing political propoganda as video news stories, intimidation of the press and civil dissent. Bush has been consistently graded as one of the worst Presidents of all time by Republicans, Independents and Democrats. He has been an unbridled failure at virtually everything he has done.

    Yet you want to continue his failed policies!

    Because Clinton got BJ?!?!

    Open your mind, look past your nose and wake up to realize that this country needs a new!

    September 11, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Get a life

    We want to hear about the real news not about a sad excuse for a lunch meeting earlier today. I guess CNN has nothing better to report on! How sad!

    September 11, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Bruce

    Now is the time for every good man to come to the aid of his COUNTRY. The issues are too big to end up with 4 more years of the SAME OLD SAME OLD.

    If you do not make more than $250,000.00 per year you will see your TAX GO DOWN!!!!!

    If you have children and want them to get a good education you can't waste this chance secure their future

    If you are sick and tired of the negitive no plan campain you MUST VOTE FOR OBAMA

    September 11, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. James from VA

    I agree with Joe from NY. The Democratic leaders need to come out in FULL FORCE to support Obama. The Republicans are ruthless and will say and do anything to get elected.

    And as far as Palin is concerned...WHAT A JOKE. It sickens me every time I hear sometime about her. I think my 2 year old is just as qualified as her.

    September 11, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. LB

    If your college kids haven't registered to vote yet, give them a call. Obama needs their vote to win, and the college kids and parents need Obama to lower college tuitions. McCain has never mentioned one time anything about reducing the price of college tuitions. But then he wants your son's and daughters to go to Iraq and fight not attend college to get a higher education and better paying jobs.

    September 11, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Pat Riot

    American's are dumb for supporting for McCain? That is about the "dumbest" insult I've ever heard.

    What is dumb is believing a government responsible for most of our problems can solve them my liberal friends. Government can't fix the economy, it can't fix health care, it can't fix the stock market, it can't fix the housing market, it can't fix schools and it can't fix your family.. Not only can't it fix these things it shouldn't! Government should protect it's citizens so that they have the opportunity to correct the problems in their own communities.

    September 11, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Jeanne Beans

    They are keeping Sarah from reporters except for very controlled circumstances. THAT in itself should be attacked. Her father is even doing an interview–see in the article here at cnn what "nice" things he has to say about her. Wouldn't almost anyone's father say this stuff?

    September 11, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Not a chance

    Not going to Happen Bill. Biden did a great job shooting himself and the ticket in the foot yesterday.

    Not to mention Obama's two books about himself and no Laws speaks volumes about what his presidency would be like. Americans are not fooled to have another Mtv president. You were bad enough.

    September 11, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. BK

    I hope the PA people remember Obama calling them bitter and clinging to their guns and religion.

    I hope the Ohio people remember Obama telling the Canadian government he is not going to do anything about NAFTA. Its just polical postering.

    I hope the people of Florida and Michigan remember that a revote was stopped by Obama, because he knew he would lose.

    I hope the people remember that Obama is all talk and no substance.

    September 11, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Lynn

    If the Democrats were hiding their VP choice from the media for this length of time I would imagine McCain and his merry band of campaign managers / lobbyists would be crying – no, SCREAMING foul!! They would be saying it was an outrage!

    I really think this a disgrace and a diservice to the American people who have a right to know who their next possible vice president might be. They really do must think you are all very stupid.

    September 11, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Hill's / for McCain

    We are so disappointed to hear that President Bill Clinton and Hillary are campaigning for an inexperienced ,radical,liberal,candidate such as Obama. Our country could not possibly be better off in Obama's hands,rather than McCains. Lieberman had it right,and the Clintons should have followed suit. Obama has promised everyone the moon,knowing he can't deliver once in,but all he is interested in is getting the White House.

    September 11, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Independent Dave

    God I hope so, but we're in the crapper now because the electorate (and supreme court ) put GWB on the big seat for the last 8 years.

    September 11, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Chris in Atlanta

    It' s good to see Bill coming around. As for the comments on the polls, it's hard to guage the feelings of ~130 million people from polling ~700-1000. Keep the faith. As long as the Obama camp sticks to the issues, and reminds America of why change is needed (BUSH/Republicans), he will be fine.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 11, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Ex-Republican for Obama

    McCain should be President, he deserves it because he was a POW and disagrees with better benefits for Veterans. That's what we need, a POW.

    September 11, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Susan

    We want Obama to win, but seriously think if Biden steps down, and Hillary is the VP choice, Obama will win by a landslide.

    Obama 08

    September 11, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Average Joe Voter

    Let's see...

    Bill Clinton won in 1992 370 electoral votes to 168 over Bush Sr.. Then in 1996 379 to 159 over Grandpa Dole.

    I don't see Obama winning by that much in electoral college at all.

    I see Obama winning the popular vote because of all the newly registered democrats in this years election.

    But the 270 that is needed to win, will be VERY close!

    September 11, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Ted van Tol

    Latest news:

    The USA are attacking the Taliban in Pakistan.
    That is just what Barack Obama said one year ago!
    It seems that the Bush adm. got inspired by the
    political ideas of Barack all the time!

    So, who has the right judgement here once again?

    Barack Obama for President!

    September 11, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. DNC Smear Squad

    Our official position is that Sarah Palin's legs are too nice to allow her to be President!!!

    September 11, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. David

    Lawrence- there is no spin to mine, just a fact. And yes Ron Paul has been on to something. that this two party system is a sham by the elite and the majority falls for it. Understand that and you also understand the Clintons way of politics as well as Bush, McCain etc. My views are healthy as I am independent and look at the facts.

    September 11, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Hill's / for McCain


    September 11, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Dale

    On this solemn 9/11 Memorial day least we morn yet another future Great American tragedy??? It was on Bill Clinton and his administration's watch that the Al Queda grew and Bin Laden conceived & planned thier 'blood-thirsty' attack on America. There is no doubt American's safety will surely diminish making this great country once again vulnerable to possibly a more lethal attack if Obama and the Democrats are again elected to the White House. We need a President and administration with guts and backbone. Something that cannot be learned at Harvard or playing Jesus of Chicago!!!

    McCain/Palin for a Strong America in '08

    September 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. MissPriss

    Just noticed Karl Roves pic (above)....looks alittle like Porky Pig to me....without the lipstick?....he's still a pig!

    September 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. DrMan

    Let's all bow down to psychic Bill Clinton. Oh hail mighty sage!! We worship you who predicted Hillary would be the next president!!.......Wait a minute...

    September 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Eileen from Maine

    Obama needs to win by at least 5%. We all know from the past elections that the vote counting and machines will be skewed in the favor of the Republicons by 2-3%, so the Democrats only way to win is to have a large majority of the vote.

    September 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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