September 11th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
6 years ago

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. I voted "present", because it's just so hard to make a decison.

    Where was Charlie Rangel in Harlem????

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

    America we have always had our differences, but we managed to get along for the most part. But for the past 8 yrs. our differnces have been as sharp and clear as can be. Karl Rove and our present President have divided this country and we may never be the same. Now here comes John McCain and Sarah Palin, who are going to be just as divisive and hatefull. We as Americans should not put up with this for 4 more yrs. Let"s stop it now. We will not be safer, we will not be better off economically, we will probably have another draft to support the wars a McCain admistration would bring, an unproven V.Pand a very hostile world who happen to be very tired of sacrificing their children to support our wars. Wake up America it is time to try something new. Our wives should have the right to choose, but they will not. Wake up America it is time for something new.

    September 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Bob

    Nice to see Bill back, respecting him again. He is a great campaigner probably the best politician since JFK. Seems like Obama is bringing out the big guns now! And thats sweet!

    September 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Will the real John McCain please stand up, Palin-McCain ticket exposed

    Bill is right again. What's with all the media types predicting doom and gloom for Obama? He leads on the electoral map and John McCain still benefits from the convention and the Palin effect that will disappear in the next few weeks.

    Obama by a landslide.

    September 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Robert Boardman

    Sen. McCain has either lost control of his campaign (meaning it's controlled by religious extremists and Karl Rove's slime machine) or, McCain has lost all sense of honor and integrity. Either way, he's unfit for command. McCain's selection of Palin, (a person who holds dangerously delusional beliefs about energy and war and education) says more about McCain putting Politics first instead o country first.

    September 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Le Troubadour

    Well said, PA Voter!

    It's taking a while but we are making progress.

    Democrats 08

    September 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Obamabot whaaambulance

    The one comfort to this story is that somewhere in America, right now, Joe "Ol' Hoof in His Mouth" Biden, is saying something INCREDIBLY dumb.

    Hillary 2012.

    September 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    To the poster that wants Obama 2 send his 2nd and 5th grade daughters off to war.
    You weren't serious were you?
    To Bill,
    I hope you are "Fired up and ready to go"
    We need ALL Dems to work for victory.
    Put petty prejudices aside for the good of our country.
    McCain/Palin= 3rd world status for USA. NEVER AGAIN GOP!

    VOTE! Obama/ Biden 08-16

    September 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. PUMA!

    Can we please get back to addressing my irrational anger toward Obama because Hillary was not nominated? And why did this article conveniently not mention that McCain was a POW? CNN, this is outrageous.

    September 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. John McPain

    now now – obviously you did not do any research for your comment bc GALLUP and all other polls show more educated people voting Obama in droves.

    I know you wont let being wrong stop you from saying just like Pain and McPain.

    September 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Bottom line: Obama has NO resume, even for change!!

    Where was Charlie Rangel there in Harlem????????????

    September 11, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    'bout time, Bill! Now onward to campaigning to elect President Obama!!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12
    YES WE CAN!!

    September 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Obamabot whaaambulance

    Should have chosen Hillary from the beginning, folks.

    September 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. BK

    Bill Clinton 2 days before he gave the speech for Obama in Denver. 'If candidate X [Obama] wants everything you want and you think he can't deliver any of those things and candidate Y [McCain] you only agree on half of the issues, but you think he can deliver. Who do you vote for? Bill and Hillary will never vote for Obama, they are only doing what they have to do. People don't vote for people that acuse them of being a racist and try to destroy them.
    Note to Obama. Remember us from Florida the ones you didn't want to count our vote. You didn't need it then and you don't need to come down here begging for it now. We are voting McCain/Palin.

    September 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. McCain/Palin Tidal Wave

    Even with President Clinton's help there is no turning back the McCain/Palin Tidal Wave it is over for Obama Nation. Obama's own ego was his downfall and he or his campaign still cannot figure this out. All he had to do was stick to the issues, but instead he goes to Europe and makes himself king of the world. Also, picking Joe Biden who has been in Congress longer then McCain wasn't a great idea. Thanks for all of your help now watch out for the tidal wave.

    September 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Corey in ATL

    With Bill Clinton campaigning for and with Obama. They need to take this opportunity to shatter the myth that Republicans are fiscally responsible.

    QUESTION: WHO WAS PRESIDENT LAST TIME WE HAD A SURPLUS AND BALANCED BUDGET?

    ANSWER: BILL CLINTON!

    Stick that point home. The Republicans have no idea how to balance a budget. Just look at the latest example of our record setting spendng deficit. I'll glady argue this point with anyone.

    September 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Palin 2012 September 11th, 2008 2:03 pm ET

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

    Palan 2012
    ----------------

    Do you really think this is working?

    Go back under your bridge (to Nowhere?).

    September 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. charles

    A tough interview with a Maine reporter yesterday, in which McCain speaks on Palin's national security experience. Uncharacteristically, he's much more at home on the domestic policy side.

    At one point, he says that Palin "was right" on Russia and on Iran. It's unclear what past stances he's referring to. He also identifies her as America's top expert on energy policy.

    Sarah Palin national security experience- she is next to Russia and Energy. its not me thus according to John McCain.

    Ben Smith Politico.

    September 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Sharon Kitchen

    I can not wait to hear President Clinton take on big mouth Rove.......
    Rove has not been a president. Rove has made some very Big mistakes. Why does he think anyone should take his advice...look at where out country is right now.....what a mess.......

    Go Obama/Biden......'08

    September 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    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

    Now Now …your are a blind JEALOUS, MORON…. Go blog your voiceless opinion's in the FOX blogisphere with the rest of the ANGRY Voiceless Folks!!

    Now, back to the prediction…. Bill, you know a winner when you see one!! The photo looks genuine…. Now let's Stomp like Big Dog's from Now until November!!

    BO & JB

    September 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Alisha (Independent voter,) MN

    Jim in Atlanta. President Clinton was not impeached...I bet you voted for Bush twice huh??? It all makes sense.

    September 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. Dave in Houston

    Clinton can show Obama how to kick McCain in the huevos again and again, and still look like a nice guy.

    Bill and Hillary should jump into the spotlight to take some of the overexposure of Sarah Palin out of play.

    If the Clintons contribute to an Obama win, they will instantly return to the highest levels of power in this country. If Obama loses, they both will be marginalized as whiny, powerless outsiders.

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

    Charlotte-
    Obama is a shell of a man? Common sense stupid?
    Not qualified? What are your qualifications, again?
    Got an education?
    It's a free country.
    Say what you want.
    Are they ever going to let Mrs. Palin out on her own? To answer questions – not just read a script? Can't wait.
    How stupid does McCain/Rove think some of us are?
    Oh, I think you answered that question.

    September 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. polar bears 08

    The youth will play a BIG part in this election-maybe we should be also polling the college campuses and younger americans. The facebooks, myspaces and sites where younger folks lurk- Obama has little competition there. The landslide will be with those we have been ignoring in the polls who have cell phones and are younger . . . just watch!

    September 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Veridico

    Come on guys, it's all politics. What do you expect him to say?
    I love the Clintons and certainly hope to see Hillary take another shot in 2012, after all, her nomination this time was stolen from her by DNC and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.
    I hope to see her as the President in 2012.

    September 11, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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