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. Scott L

    @DeniseGA, also remember that Bill Clinton had Osama in his sights and did not pull the trigger.

    September 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Bill Clinton's Legacy

    Yeah, maybe this lunch'll just smooth things out until he loses, then on to 2012.

    September 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Sammy

    My first question to Bill would have been what to do about Palin. I hope he said to put all efforts into going after McCain and the economy. Bill knows very well that in the end most people vote with their bank accounts. Also, Hillary really needs to get out there and push for health care again. Talk about how bad things are and getting worse.

    Finally if Palin really is an issue then just sit back and let the people decide for themselves whether or not Palin would be able to deal with those problems if she had to. Moderates will probably say no but its a question of whether or not its enough for anyone to change who to vote for president.

    September 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Paul

    lmao. Wow Clinton predicts a win. Didn't he do the same for Kerry. How did that turn out? lol

    September 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Bush's crusader

    McCain is the only one with enough guts to take out our enemies in North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia.

    With the no abortion policy and a draft, we will have enough solders to continue God's war for our country.

    September 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Dems the Ticket: GOP No Beef

    Based on merit, I agree. Yet with the lies, spin, smoke, and mirrors of McCain lobbists, Bush staff transferred to Palin, and strings pulled by Karl Rove, you never know.

    September 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. American Ariman

    Isn't this the same Bill Clinton that predicted that Hillary would win? Seems to me that he was wrong before and he will be wrong again.

    Nothing to see here folks but more Democrat Propaganda. Move along folks, wake up and realize that Senator Obama doesn't deserve to be president, much less a Senator in our great nation.

    Country First.

    September 11, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Jay

    I don't know if Obama will win big, or even win.

    This is coming form an ULTRA Liberal.

    It's best to have all hands on deck to win back some of our lost rights under republican leadership.

    8 is enough!

    September 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. OBAMA SUPPORTER IN IOWA

    Worth repeating!! Darren will you marry me?

    Darren September 11th, 2008 2:18 pm ET

    The GOP has done more damage to this country than al qaeda.

    Mothers who vote for Sarah Palin will be voting against their own child's best interests. As the last dollars of the supplement check disappear into the already late mortgage, mothers will once again pay attention to issues.

    The last eight years have been nothing short of the sickest get rich scheme in the history of the United States.

    September 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. The Initiation of Sarah

    This is a big joke.It's been some 2 weeks and Sarah Palin is not available to the media at large (excluding ABC/Gibson one-on-one). She should have held at least one press conference already (with the usual questions to follow). She is being preped to meet the world – meaning: she is being fed, brainwashed into the old GOP politics. Doesnt she have a mind of her own? Why is she being sheltered and why is there not more outrage from the mainstream media.

    September 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Diana Ewing NJ

    Two of my favorite men in one photo. I believe also he is worth our Presidency and our vote. I am looking forward to being represented well in the world by B. Obama.

    September 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Snoozi

    David
    get a life and go out to actually make a difference in this campaign like we supporters for obama are doing. geez, you need a leson in the law – articles of impeachment is not an impeachment. show us all where you get your info – IN OTHER WORDS PUT UP OR SHUT UP

    September 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Community Organizer = PeopleHelpnPeople

    Thanks Mr. President...
    My respect and admiration is returning to you and Sen. Clinton after the DNC.

    Obama 08!

    September 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Colleen, weddington, nc

    Yes I believe the polls are flawed as they are based on calls to landline phones alone. Today you need to take into consideration cell phones and the internet if you want real numbers. We can only hope for a landslide. If the Democrats / Independents come out as they did in the primaries all will be good.

    Hillary Supporter for Obama /08

    September 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Wendy One

    Bill just wants a vacation from Hillary and to check out the babes in Florida and to get his travel paid!!

    September 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. lamar

    THE CHANGE OBAMA IS TALKING IS FAIR LABOR LAWS GOOD EDUCATION FOR EVERYONE. THE SENATOR HAS SAID IT WILL TAKE ALL OF US TO MAKE A DIFFERENTS IN THIS COUNTRY. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS MAN HELS TALKING ABOUT REAL CHANGE. MCCAIN PICKED A WOMEN ONLY BECAUSE HILLARY RECEIVED SO MANY VOTES HE BELIEVES THAT PALIN WILL WOE OVER HILLERY VOTES TO HAVE MORE OF THE SAME FROM THE MCAIN\PALIN TICKET. PLEASE ALL GET OYT AND REGISTAR TO VOTE THEN GO TO THE POLLS NOVEMBER 4 TO CAST YOUR VOTE.

    September 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Anna

    Thank you Mr. President of your help. I want the United States to get the respect back from the rest of the world.

    September 11, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. sondyinohio

    Wishful thinking. Obama looks deperate to have help where he obviously didn't think he needed it before. Poor baby, he's never lost before now. And the mortgage mess started when Bill Clinton insisted loans be given to poorer Americans; evidently whether they could afford it or not. Now we see problems spreading everywhere. This female Dem. registered voter is considering McCain/Palin. We have lost all our moderates to the extreme left. Not good.

    September 11, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Typing in all caps is the first sign of insanity

    Wow, the chosen one has gotten desperate if he's already drinking from the trough of Clinton.

    September 11, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Big Win???

    This race is as tight as it could be. Obama has not closed the deal even during the Primary – I do not see just where a "big win" is going to come from. I like Bill and HIllary, and I guess they are doing what they have to do, but I do not agree with Bill on this one.

    September 11, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Pat

    Hey Paris:

    Voting for a hypocrite is a much better choice.

    September 11, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. David

    Sorry Mikey it is fact for 2 1/2 yeras, that is it. it is on congressional record and not on a right wing site. I don't do the right or left thing anyway. The two party system is a sham and a puppet show. the sooner the public can realize that the sooner we can get our Republic back.

    September 11, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Shari, NY

    Republican posters here are in the minority and this is a sign.

    September 11, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Praetorian

    Clinton's credibility just sank to toilet bottom.
    Under the Clinton there was remarkable cooperation between the congress and te President.

    Nothing I've seen shows me Obama has even a small percentage of the political savvy and resolve of Clinton.

    He's a resume builder–next stop President.
    Perhaps Herr Obama should get some management experience first.

    September 11, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Frank

    So Clinton predicts a big win for Obama....Id like to say that I hope his call is correct, however it seems to me that Obama has to really get to work on doing what needs to be done....he shows no aggresivenes in completing the job he started out to do so many months ago and there is very little time left and Im wondering whether or not he is really up to this task....Do you hear me Obama??? Its time to really get on the job and fight the good fight if you want the White House!!

    September 11, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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