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. Allen Williams

    Would the Clinton's be involved in they weren't being promised to have their $24 million dollar debt paid off. JUst proves they remain the same – "anything for a buck"

    September 11, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Vince in NC

    McCain and Palin do have momentum, but election day is still 8 weeks away!

    The Palin bounce will quickly fade once its determined that she's just another politician, and from the extreme right of her party to boot.

    Obama needs to focus his message on issues and do well in the debates to win the election.

    September 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Foreign observer

    Bill has the best sense and understands the peoples problems. His support for Obama means a lot and that´s the only way to bring US back on track.

    September 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    I agree with you Mr. President.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 11, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Jason

    I keep seeing lies from liberal bloggers here and as a democrat I am becoming more and more disgusted with the left who I have never been fond of. I am losing my desire to be a part of something so full of hate and lies. I'm not saying the Repub are better I am just shocked that Race is the only reason a person can question Obama not the fact that in a time of outrageous government spending he is proposing so much more. And for the comments he hasn't attacked Palin you are all lying. Disregard the pig comment all together and he has repeatedly attacked her experience which in my mind is as much if not more than his. I am tired of the blind following this man has calling people names and peddling blatant falsehoods. This is how Democrats lose election after election you cry about the dirty hands of the republicans as you are dipping yours in the same mud puddle. Get it together because hope and change is so much differant than hate and lies. You are causing as much division if not more than Rep. but claim to be above it. You and YOUR candidate are not clean stop the hypocracy that you are and stop hating.

    September 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. PA voter

    Thank you, Mr. President and Sen. Obama. It was a difficult primary for both sides, but we know that at the end of the day, it's about America, not Obama or Clinton. We look forward to success in November!

    September 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Central Scruitinizer

    Mccaainnnnn!!!! You and your delicate Poodleheaded Barbie doll best prepare yourselves! The Democrats are gonna steal this one back from the Repubs attempt to hijack this election with the usual distact and avoid tactics. And they will do it honorably......Look Ma No Sleaze. The Clintons are a force to be reconned with !!!!!

    September 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Palin 2012

    You Pumas are idiots. Go home and take your witch Hillary with you. We no longer need you to win this election.

    Palan 2012

    September 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. now now

    Goodness, Mr. Obama sure has all the Democratic big hitters campaining for him. Gore, HIllary and Bill Clinton....

    Suppose he has finally come to terms on what the most educated of us already know: Mr. Obama has no substance of his own and without these "stars" of his party does not stand a chance.

    September 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. John Smith

    The greatest fear of attack is ECONOMICS! Nations go belly up, not because of physical attacks, but because of economic faliures WITHIN. There you have it– let the economy of the U.S. continue to go down the drain; let the rich continue to get richer and the poor poorer. Soon, you would want someone from the outside, not only to loan you money, but to take over your country (attack and defeat the powerful within).

    The problem, as my European friends always remind me, is that 95% of the American voter lacks the basic fundamentals of history. Rather, they have the fundamentals of religion (another form of internal attack!).

    September 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Those who type in all caps need prozac

    Wow, the Obamabot nation IS getting deperate if it's going to the bullpen already. Guess what, America, had you picked Hillary, NONE of this desperate campaign nonsense by the "chosen one" would be occuring, and the election would already be WELL in hand.

    -One of Hillary's 18 million who was not impressed by this empty suit of a DNC candidate

    September 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    No Mr President don't say this. But sounds good . Sen Obama needs to remember he's running against John McCain for president, not Mrs. Palin for president."////// Here one for CNN, no one has talk about high price of gas lately. A barrel of oil is down to a four or five month low about $107or$109 yet gas is still too high. Why oil prices haven't drop as quickly as they went up, should be about $2.50 a gallon or lower make wonder who getting paided. Go Obama/biden

    September 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. LS

    What a good feeling it is to have, knowing an very highly intelligent and good hearted man will be our next President.

    I really never knew what my mom meant when she would describe to me how it USE to feel to be an American – back in her day.

    When Obama comes to mind and heart, I now know exactly what she meant.

    Obama/Biden '08


    September 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Joe Regis

    It is a no brainer!

    Who wants to elect another republican in the White House!!!

    Obama/Biden ticket is real change and reform while the alternative is more of the same lipstick on a pig so to speak.

    The Clinton good time and economic prosperity will be here again!

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. DeniseGA

    EVERYONE has to admit, when Bill Clinton was president the Country was doing well economically.....EVERYONE was doing well....not JUST THE RICH!

    September 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Palin 2012

    Thank God we don't have to kiss up to you anymore. We will win this without your help. Hillary is the true pig in lipstick.

    Palan 2012

    September 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Cant we all just get along?

    Come on Bill.. Help BO out! We need a win!

    September 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. cherrystrawberry

    Thank you Mr. Clinton. I am sorry I called you a racsist during the primarys. Luv Single Black Woman for Obama

    September 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Those who type in all caps need prozac

    Yikes, now Obama's "sterling" qualifications will include "I have Bill campaigning for me"? Hmmm.....don't think that makes you ANY more qualified to be commander in chief.

    Hillary 2012

    September 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. whybuffetmatters

    I am glad to see this. This is important for this country – this is from an independent who voted Republican but have changed by my mind this time. I cannot see this great nation turn into theocractic rule governed by hunters and fisherwoman and false patriotism.

    September 11, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. shirley ann

    What a beautiful site!!! God is so GOOD!!! To all my Democratic friends .....Let's join forces and beat the GOP. We have suffered enough!!!! Love you all...........................

    September 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. independant voter, Texas


    September 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Poetic

    Good ol Billy 🙂 YAY

    September 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. RuthieM

    Great! Don't they look fabulous together. Put president Clinton out there, Obama, send him all over for you, he knows just what to say - when he's on your side...And ignore that Palin person and just go for the McCain jugular!!! Obama/Biden '08-2012!!!!

    September 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Michele, Pittsburgh, PA

    This meeting couldn't have come at a better time for Senator Obama. As an undecided Independent, what I'd like to hear from both Clintons as they campaign on Obama's behalf, is not attacks on McCain/Palin, but issue wise, why will we be better under a President Obama if he's elected? I'm sick of the personal stuff.

    September 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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