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. sario

    JiminAtlanta,
    What is your problem? Presidents, whether past or present, are ALWAYS referred to as "President so and so".

    Obama didn't say CURRENT President of the United States! You are desperate LOL.

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

    I wish I could vote for Obama, but I'm a man of my word. I'm voting for McCain since he didn't Hillary for VP.

    September 11, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Cindy from NC

    I hope Clinton will truly campaign for him. Even though Hillary didnt' win will I hope she campaigns her heart out because had it been vice versa, he would have done the same for her because he knows what's at stake.

    Surpreme Court Justices (BTW, should have a 10-20 yr term limit)
    Global Economy – selling out the american people and our country to nations like the China, India.

    SO GO BILL, GO... We need to take the tatics of the republicans at this point. By Any Means Necessary...

    September 11, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Nicole , Portland, OR

    Agreed by Millions, who care about issues, rather than lipstick on a pig..

    September 11, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Spencer from VA

    By the way Sen. Obama, VIRGINIA is yours for the taking!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN/CLINTON/WARNER 08-20

    September 11, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. cindy barba

    I would like to know what kind of promises Obama is making to Bill Clinton. Obama treated Hillary as if she was some trash and now both are campaigning for him

    September 11, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. brenda

    is there any reason why you people (liberals) insist on calling sarah names? does it make you feel good? felel like a big man? when did she ever call you names and why should this even matter. you people have to stop it. we understand that you do not like her for whatever simple reason you can think of but why cant you just come out and say that you are against the ticket? you feel that you have to call her names because you want to express exactly HOW MAD you are. thats why you do it. so why are you mad? because her mere presence on the scene has caused a tidal wave of fear form the dem party and obama especially. OMG! whta will you do now that there is a noce lady on the scene who is very much liked by all of those folks that YPOU thought liked obama? AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! what to do now. oh yea, lets call her names. geez, get a life. if you call htis fine lady names i wonder what you call your female family memebrs and female friends? dems=disrespect for women.

    September 11, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Mary

    And this from a man that said I DID NOT HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN!!!!!!!!VERY FUNNY

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

    Boston
    Yes, and he didn't have sex with that woman!

    Hey Boston, At least it was with a Women!

    September 11, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Lets hopes so....no wait...I know so

    September 11, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Bill in Colorado

    What a surprise! Bill Clinton predicts Obama will win the election. I am stunned.....a total surprise.

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

    Didn't he also predict Hillary's big win??

    September 11, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Robert Anthony

    McCain and Palin continue spewing their lies and employ known Gestapo tactics like using their so-called Truth Squad who do nothing but recite standard script as their personas are paraded around the so-called media elite shows defending Saint Palin against questions about her qualifications and past leadership decisions. Hmmm! America’s recall is short—isn’t this the same thing the Bush Clan has done for years—with the media feeding into it!

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

    Bill Clinton is an idiot.

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

    Clinton is right as usual...

    September 11, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Pete the Puma

    That siren you hear is the Obamabot Whaaaaaaaaambulance whisking the Chosen One to his next desperate meeting with someone who has wildly more of a clue about winning this election.

    September 11, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Steve

    Didn't "Slick Willy" also predict his wife would win the election? Dems are in trouble, and they know it.

    September 11, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. CC Atlanta

    The young Luke Skywalker goes to the venerable Yoda for advice – what a great team they would be. In being gracious, Bill Clinton is resurrecting his image as a great President – if he was allowed to run again today he would have won handily.

    September 11, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. rabblerouser

    BO's too stupid an arrogant to see a snow job when he hears one. When he threw Hillary and Bill under the bus, along with 18 million voters, doesn't he think that's going to come back to bite him? Is he really that dumb???

    September 11, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Paula

    On behalf of my daughters and future grandaughters.....Shame on a Democratic woman who votes for palin and throws away our hard-won rights.
    Republican women: nevermind, you just don't get it.

    September 11, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. comeje

    Ofcourse Americans are very smart people, they can't be fooled by all these distractions like "lipstcik on a pig". People are suffering in the richest nation in the world.
    It would be very surprising if Obama is not elected. But i trust Americans, they will prove that they are smarter than some think.

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

    Jason,

    It was completely obvious by the end of your first sentence that you are not a Democrat. Nice try. Dems don't really use the words "liberal" and "the left" in sentences tinged with anger.

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

    From a Canadian: Obama is by far the better choice> I hope you Americans don't screw up like you did electing Bush

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

    He'll be wrong, we don't need a dummy in the white hoiuse.

    September 11, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. go away mongers Ventura ca

    President Clinton is 100% correct!
    ENOUGH!~

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