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. Annie

    Well, Obama had to run for help to the Clinton's after he betrayed them earlier. Seems like ole whitey has to help Obama....Now I was only talking about Clinton's hair....nothing else..

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

    So happy to see this- I had no doubts the media "trumped up" any rift to be a whole lot more than it was- but it is important for the rest of America- to see one of our Greatest Presidents hitting the trails for our next Great President- Barack Obama!!
    Sit back because the next 2 months are going to be one heck of a ride...Yes We Can!!

    No Way, No How, No McCain-Palin

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Those who type in all caps need prozac

    Hillary, 2012.

    We all know, Bill's faking it hardcore in that pic.

    September 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Todd

    It's not McCain? It's not about Obama? Of course it is! It's about which of these two can best lead our country – not who can do the best voice impersonation of "the Rock"!!!
    Don't be fooled into thinking that you are just voting for a platform – you are indeed voting for a person USA!

    September 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. John McPain

    My friends, you better start saving money now to pay for the $4,000 health care cost I am going to charge you.

    Get ready for a bumpy ride!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Foreign observer


    thats the way a smeary Republican writes. Be honest enough to look into the facts. Your analysis is simply wrong.

    September 11, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Josh

    It's good to see President Clinton saying nice things about Obama. I hope he really gets out there and stumps for him. A lot. And soon!!

    September 11, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Matt

    I wonder who Monica is voting for?

    September 11, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |

    we have nothing to look forward to in this alliance

    The quintessential liar and the charlatan

    September 11, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |

    O B A M A --F O O L I S H-–F O R--U S I N G--B I L L -– C--

    D U E---T O---C O N F L I C T-–O F--I N T E R E S T: HRC 2012

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

    Please please please!!! Stop it!!! McCain's VP choice WAS not even Sarah. In his heart, he preferred Mitt, Lieberman and the other governors.

    Under tremendous pressure, McCain PICKED Palin, by accident.

    One thing I dont like and we need to change is that we should let the Recpulican National Convention go first and then the Democrats can go last.

    September 11, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. Enlightened Voter

    I've said it all along Obama will win and big, there really is no choice.

    September 11, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. PRESENT!!!!!

    Yes, we see you next to Mr. Clinton, Senator. There's no need to scream that you're "Present".

    Hillary 2012

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

    What a beautiful photo, you go guys God speed!


    September 11, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. John in Ohio

    There is no Clinton-Obama rift. It is a manufactured myth generated by Republican operatives desparate for a divided Democratic Party and media pundits desperate for a story.

    The real story should be the disaffected Republicans and independents supporting Ron Paul, the thousands of people who held a parallel convention to the RNC right over in Minneapolis.

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

    Stacy from Loudoun, VA September 11th, 2008 1:59 pm ET

    What? No mention of Sarah Palin? Pigs? Lipstick? Pitbulls? Is this CNN?

    If you look on the CNN homepage, you'll see that Sarah Palin's father thinks she's just great.

    Don't worry, CNN's journalistic integrity in intact.

    September 11, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Democrats will win BIG

    Go Dems, GO BILL GO OBAMA, we will because the issues that matter.

    September 11, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. GINGER/ san diego

    Please USA, don't lose sight that the McCain,Palin camp is just
    another extension of the Bush years. Do you really believe that you
    will see change with them???? They use Palin to distract you.
    Since McCain did not even really know this woman, someone told him to take her on . BUT, who is running for President, McCain or Palin. I get the feeling Palin is and McCain not.!! I think the Far Right
    is waiting for her to be able to take the Presidentcy quickly and it is
    a possibility since McCain is in his 70's.
    Think with your brain, not your religion. What is right for our country as a whole to fix our problems around the world.

    September 11, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Paige, NC

    Yay Bubba! This is great news! You can't get a better person to campaign for you than Bill Clinton! Whatever you think of Bill he is one brilliant man! And, for all of you GWB fanatics=McCain/Palin....get ready to lose! And, people are forgiving....and since Obama and Clinton seem to be the ONLY politicians that actually talk about important issues and have a clue about (healthcare, mortgage crisis, job losses, education, etc.), I think people will smarten up really quickly and realize who deserves to be in the Oval Office. Obama '08!

    And, Bill, if you can come through and help Obama come home to victory in November you will be praised until the end of time! YES WE CAN!

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

    Just my humble opinion, but looking at that picture, Bill and Barack don't want to even be standing next to each other.

    September 11, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Pete the Puma

    Wow, Bill can still fool the best of them into thinking he's on their side, huh?

    September 11, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. buba, cincinnati oh

    I'd better see Obama with Hillary, that did him a disservice by staying mum during the lipstik incident.

    September 11, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Bob

    Obama had to start showing some fight and he's done it really well. The speech in Virginia yesterday, his spot on O'Reilly, are all leading that way. ENOUGH!

    Bush has followed Obama's plan around every corner. On Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Pakistan. Bush should actually just let Obama run the war on terror until the new president is inaugurated.

    Biden's comment was obviously self-deprecating to anyone that listened to it.

    September 11, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Brian


    I don't comment much, but when I see someone full of it like yourself I just have to. Neitehr Obama nor Biden attacked Palin until after she gave that snarling hate speech at the RNC Convention that was completely off base. Obama had every right to respond with his own attacks, and his attacks were only related to her claims against him. That's it. Pay attention, and you'll know the difference between a response and an attack. Palin is not immune to criticism or attacks because she is a woman, not when she throws all these outrageous claims out there and recreates her own history.

    September 11, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. bkhdallas

    It's interesting that today the Democrats have President Clinton's Obama endorsement while the Republicans have Karl Rove handing out lame and obnoxious advice to Obama. I'll take the former President's sense of Obama over has been and intellectually dishonest Rove any day of the week.

    September 11, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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