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. los angeles

    Daaaaaaaaaaahhh! Even the moronic idiot, Karl Rove, knows that John McSame is going down like a plane in flames this Nov.

    The GOP's biggest fear is that they themselves have pushed open the door of destruction to their own party. The desperation was clear when they choose Palin.

    September 11, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Linda

    Amazing all you Obama people. Now you say. We love Bill, Bill is great. He's so right!

    Just a few months ago, he was a racist and you trashed his wife calling her Billary and Shrill and every other horrible thing you could think of.

    What a difference when Obama appears to be circling the drain.
    I was always for Hillary and still am.

    You Obama supporters are the main ones besides the DNC that drove away so many dems who couldn't bear watching how you were treating the former President and First Lady. Why even Joe Biden said she would make a great President and is better qualified then him. Obama didn't agree! He's ego gets the best of him.

    McCain/Palin'08--but Hillary '12

    September 11, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Kerry in VA

    I am not counting the chickens before it hatches. The people in this country are not very smart. Of all the lies that have been told by the Republicans, we still have idiots out there that do not want change for this country. If they did, we would not see all these crazy responses backing the McCain/Palin ticket. It scares the hell out me that the American people that supports this ticket. The country is falling and they will vote McCain/Palin tto finish it off just because they feel like, and not because of the issues. I do not like the message that Palin is sending our teenage daughters. Its okay to get pregnant at 17 as long as you marry the baby's daddy. I do not want my daughter walking away with that knowledge. When will this country wake and start using some common sense. It not McCain /Palin that scares me, its the Americans that are backing them.

    September 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Hey Hiils for McCain: question who said Obama was liberal? I think even the Republicans have said that Obama is more in the Middle! You need to wake up and learn about politics. You must be one of those idiotic people who were voting for Hillary just because of who she is not what she stands for...everyone I know has to ask..where is the logic in that? Lets vote opposite of what my hero stands for cause she aint in the race! HRC would be ashamed of you...the rest of us on the other hand think you and the others that think like that are idiots

    September 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Thanks Bill, for Lending a hand and let's defeat mccain

    September 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. jen

    Obama should win the election!! He is an outstanding man, very intellegent. Being the first man of his race to be in this spot, do you really think he would let America down? He has alot to prove, and I think he can do it. He is a man of great integrety.

    September 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. James

    Put a fork in Obama he's toast, he's done!

    September 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Onward together to November!

    September 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Jerry in Boston

    If you supported Hillary Clinton simply because of her gender, then go ahead and vote for John McCain because he's pandering to you or for revenge. Whatever.

    However, if you supprted Hillary Clinton because she is an advocate of true equality for women and women's rights, then you are completely insane to vote for John McCain simply because he chose a women to stand beside him on the campaign trail.

    I supported Hillary Clinton. I still believe that she would be a better President than Obama. However, the choice is now between McCain and Obama. Voting for Sarah Palin for VP will not bring Clinton back.

    Obama is by far the better choice of the choices we have.

    September 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Lacy Lady

    Yea!!! Now if only the news media will give this team some coverage like they did for Ms Redneck Alasaka last night.
    Loved Obama on Letterman show last night!!! GREAT Job and was received very well with the audience. Didn't hear any booos like Ms Redneck got in Alaska. Of course they did try to cover-up with yelling USA!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Cindy In Arizona

    I agree with Rove not to continue attacking Palin. Keep the focus on McCain, bad economy and the last 8 yrs of the Bush White House. I want Obama to be more fired up when speaking to crowds. Don't waste time responding to every comment from the McCain campaign.
    If the American people are so stupid to elect another republican and is so gung ho on war, they get what they deserve. How could they re-elect Bush in 04!

    September 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Wake up America

    Jana go vote for PALIN, the pig in lipstick, and leave us alone...

    Vote on the issues, not on the gender... PATHETIC!!!

    September 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. John Smith

    Just scroll down and look at the pictures of women that greeted the new republican VP on returning to the island. How does the world really see us here in America with this type of representation. I am really ashamed, ashamed of how SOME Republican women are presenting the U.S. to the world, after giving the U.S. 8 years of a President who is...

    September 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. We love Sarah

    David September 11th, 2008 1:59 pm ET

    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

    Is that all that Obama did in 4 years?
    Is that all that McCain did in 26 years? You are a real IDIOT!

    September 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. jade

    Obama has problem with women goes beyond the current lipstick controversy. he unleashed his attack dogs on Sarah Palin before he even knew who she is; and now he makes a completely stupid and unnecessary remark about pigs wearing lipstick.

    America is finally seeing the real Barack Obama and we are finding that he lacks the judgment, experience and emotional maturity to be President.

    he is NOT emotional mature to be president! this was once mentioned by Hillary on her fight with Obama.

    September 11, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. KiloWhiskey - Denver

    Bill Clinton can't figure out what the work "is" means....now he's a fortune teller? I wonder that he didn't see his wife's loss coming.

    One loser touting another loser.

    September 11, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. Sandy

    THE--–POLLS--–DON'T-----MEAN---–ANYTHING.

    September 11, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. rain in san diego

    I feel so relieved to hear that Mr. President and Mr. Next P had lunch together....as my Mom says "forgive, forger, move on..."

    September 11, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Strong Hillary supporter

    one can notice clearly that OBAMA is no confortable standing next to Mr. President Clinton. I just love it!

    September 11, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. jason, tx

    If Obama doesn't win hands down in November, I will have lost some faith in the American public. If he loses, I will think Americans are simply idiots. It amazes me that anyone would vote for McCain.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 11, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Mary OK

    Well, I guess I will throw Bill and Hillary Clinton under the bus for supporting a corrupt politician.
    Go, McCain and Palin.

    September 11, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. janine

    What makes me sick is when people post comments about Obama without looking at the facts and hearing the entire speech? Instead they rely on tidbits that the Republicans feed to them.

    September 11, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Noemi in Los Angeles

    Obama all the wayyyyyyyyyyyy!!!

    Latinos for Obama!!

    September 11, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Liliana, FL

    Hey, another lie from the Clintons....

    September 11, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Cindy In Arizona

    I agree with Rove not to continue attacking Palin. Keep the focus on McCain, bad economy and the last 8 yrs of the Bush White House. I want Obama to be more fired up when speaking to crowds. Don't waste time responding to every comment from the McCain campaign.
    The Republicans always try the politics of distractions every four yrs.

    September 11, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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