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. John McPain

    JiminAtlanta – get over it.

    Don't we all wish we could go back to the good old days when our biggest worry was if the President was getting some side action? When you get caught cheating you will lie too. Hell even John McPain cheated along with 1/2 the GOP, but most of us cheat with the other side πŸ˜‰

    Also since you are ignorant I will explain. All exPresidents are respectfully called Mr. President.

    September 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Nana5

    Sad day in the US. I used to think Bill Clinton was a smart man. He and Hillary are just falling like fodder at Nobama's feet. Absolutely sickening.

    His prediction is just trying to keep his standing in the democratic party – pure and simple. Same as with Hillary. They are just doing whatever they have to do to save face with the dems.

    Fact is, they should have converted to Republican after the way the DNC treated BOTH of them and been done with it. I thought they were way smarter than what they are showing by backing Nobama.

    Now, CNN let's see you print this. Sorry I don't share your views about the boy-toy and his non-change sidekick. They have sunk this ship with the help of Pelosi, Dean and the rest of the empty headed dems who pushed out Hillary and SELECTED NOBAMA. Then every body wanted rid of Hillary – Nomaba's hateful supporters could not stand her – now anytime anything happens, who do they go running to????? You got it – Bill and Hillary. Guess they couldn't make it without them afterall. Hindsight is 20/20 and it bites in the butt!

    September 11, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Kevin Novotny

    Great to see the two of them working this out. We need both Clintons to get out there and campaign, and show that Obama is the right choice for so many reasons. Republicans are going back to their strategy of attack because they really have nothing to say, and Bill can help here Lord knows he went through it too. McBush is obviously runing scared and it shows with his pick of Palin. If he actually thinks that women will flock to her beause she is a woman he not only insults all women of this country but those who love them. Hillary needs to speak out stronger to show her suppoters where she and Palin differ, and this is about more than lipstick!! John is a hyprocrite, and Palin is an untested, basically uneducated woman who did well, with a great story.....a bit frightening if you ask me.

    September 11, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. ARB

    I think Bill is going to be sorely disappointed when November rolls around!!!

    September 11, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It will require Obama to talk more about his policies and why they are good for the country. He needs to let Biden talk about the mistakes and problems that the McCain camp has. Let Biden be the attacker and keep out of the whole Palin mess which will get bigger I'm sure.

    September 11, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Debby

    Well Clinton didn't do anything for Gore or Kerry when he campaigned for them. It looks like former Pres. Clinton isn't a racist anymore when they need him unreal.

    September 11, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. d mau




    September 11, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. fella from Chicago

    Well, this should certainly change the race and put the on-the-fence Conservatives, Independents, and women of all parties on the side of Mr. Obama now that he has Bill (I did not have sex with that woman) Clinton stumping for him. Maybe he can get John Edwards to campaign for him as well. Drop the pants and smile for the ladies, gentlemen.

    September 11, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Those who type in all caps need prozac

    Senator Obama:

    While you're there, you might want to confer with Bill about how "Present" isn't actually a stance on the issues facing America.

    September 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Beth - Coral Springs Fl

    Us Florida gals can wait to welcome the Clintons... we love them...

    but most Hillary backers here like me, will never forgive Obama...

    Go Sarah '08 and Hillary '12

    September 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Steve

    Bill Clinton is forced to say that. He knows as well as everyone else in America that Obama is losing his cool, and the downfall of his campaign has already begun! Libs are scared to death as well they should be! lol

    September 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Those who type in all caps need prozac

    Wow, the perfect person for Obama to confer with on behaving like a sexist pig (lipstick optional).

    September 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |

    Time to wake up. Time to get it together and it is time to start coming together to get Obama into the white house. No more McSame leading the polls.....We are smarter than that.

    Put on the Obama pins, put an Obama sign in your yard, have an Obama bumper sticker on your car, it's time.....

    September 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Poetic

    People forget that we still have a month and a half to go.. anything can happen.. any dirt can come up about mccain or Palin.. maybe Billy is right.. Obama will win by alot.. my prediction right now is that he will win but by like 2%.. but Bill may be right..


    September 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    We going to drive fascism out of America, one Reptilican at a time!

    September 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. bob in L.A.

    Bill may be the smartest guy inthe room!
    Let's hope he's right!

    September 11, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |

    Yea... I'm sure he's real excited when alone...

    He and Hillary are tickled to death by Palin... they want another shot in four years

    September 11, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. simp


    You are sad. What a hater you are it's so funny to read blog from unintellengent loud mouths like you. In the words of that bag of hot air palin "thanks but no thanks" LOL


    September 11, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Geezer and Gidget: Gone with the Wind!

    September 11, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Female Voter

    Great to see the Dems work together at this.

    September 11, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Those who type in all caps need prozac

    Somewhere Keith Olbermann is having a special private moment over that picture of his two messianic figures, if you know what I mean.

    September 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Marc

    There appears to be an overwhelming amount of pro Obama sentiment on these blogs. I'm just curious what, if anything, these posters are doing to support their candidate and I'm not just talking about donating money either. If you feel as strong as some of these posts indicate, what are you doing with that energy to get our man into the White House? I live in Georgia, and while I'll vote for Obama, I feel this southern bible belt state will go for McCain. However, I want to and am looking into ways to help out in areas of the country where it might make a difference. What about you? Those independents in the toss up states need to be reached out to. The republican smear and distraction machine must be fought! What are you willing to do?!?

    September 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Leslie

    Nice to see Bill working for the just cause. Obama IS the CHANGE ticket, just like Bill Clinton was. Bill saved us from the downward spiral of republican ruin and Barack will do the same. We need to rid ourselves from the last 8 years of republican rule. It has brought our country to a new low.
    How can McCain be the Change when he is using George Bush's playbook of lies with Karl Rove tactics and has now named Palin (Cheney Jr.), the liar with Bush advisors writing her speeches?



    September 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. No2GOPGimmicks

    I kinda' agree..... but, I'm starting to lose faith in the intelligence of the average American voter....

    I can see them electing McCain... and then start complaining when the economy still stinks, the mess in Iraq is still on-going and all of Bush's policies and ideas are reinforced.

    I mean, they elected Bush twice...then gave him some of the worst approval ratings ever... but, once you cast that vote and elect (and re-elect) the wrong guy, then it's too late to complain.

    I said it before and I'll say it again... it's not all about experience. Sometimes, you just need BRAINS.

    All these so called "experienced" folks are set in there ways and ideas and aren't open to the fresh, new approach of someone else...

    So, America will keep electing these old "experienced" white guys...and then complain about it after the fact.

    September 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Cynthia

    Although I'm proud to be an American, it's more meaningful in this kind of atmosphere. Working together regardless of negativity, race, gender, ethnic nationality, etc. gives me an incredible feeling. Despite the media circus, I tend to focus on what's important - the ISSUES! I will watch less news media, except to get a glimpse of Obama, Clintons, and Democrats on the campaign trail, and look forward to the debate. This is the most excitement I have experienced since Bill Clinton's presidency.

    We, as Americans, must unite and take a stand for what's important. As the saying goes, you must stand for something or you will fall for anything. Obama/Biden – REAL CHANGE; McCain/Palin - SAME GAMES

    September 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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