November 14th, 2008
09:06 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama, Clinton meet in Chicago

Sen. Hillary Clinton met with President-elect Barack Obama Thursday in Chicago sources tell CNN.
Sen. Hillary Clinton met with President-elect Barack Obama Thursday in Chicago sources tell CNN.

CHICAGO (CNN) – President-elect Barack Obama met with New York Sen. Hillary Clinton late Thursday afternoon in Chicago, two sources confirm to CNN.

The meeting was held at the request of Obama.

One of the sources says Clinton went to the meeting because "she knew Obama wanted to talk about whether she would have a role in the administration."

UPDATE:
An Obama transition source says the meeting came about through Sen Lindsey Graham, a McCain supporter, and Rahm Emanuel, Obama's new chief of staff. Both men have had a "longstanding relationship," according to the source and worked out the meeting.

soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. janet

    i hope Hillary get the job we need her god know that someone need to be in Washington that know what is going on in the world Hillary should be liveing in the white house but people was to dumb to see the light and vote for her so good luck Hillary i will feel a lot safer with you back looking out for the country, Janet in WV

    November 14, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Sue in MI

    The other great thing about this speculation is that we won't have to listen to Palin today! The difference between a true leader and a wanna-be will be ever so clear. Go home, Sarah!

    November 14, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. GeezMcD

    Well, Ms. Clinton, I do hope it becomes so. Bring your knowledge and enter it across the world. President-elect Obama needs your input for the Secretary of State job!

    November 14, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Sarav Chithambaram

    Yes, I am all for it.. It will be awesome to see Hillary as part of the new Administration. Why not? She is strong, articulate, capable and has proved herself again and again. For Christ sake, she is a democrat.

    November 14, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    How does CNN or any one else know why she met Obama? Stop making more out of nothing, everyone knows Obama admires Hillary and vice versa. I hope Hillary will be in Obamas administration because I think she can bring together the health plan that all americans can afford, and I like the Clintons.

    November 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Steve

    I think it is important that President-elect Obama is guided more by intellect and what's the right thing to do for the US than by emotion – meeting with Senators McCain and Clinton shows, to me, that he recognizes the importance of these individuals and (hopefully) his willingness to work with them. I appreciate that folks don't think this looks like change, but we need to look beyond the superficial and consider change as a different approach and style to Washington politics, because the faces won't change (nor should they necessarily).

    November 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. Karen-phoenix

    NO Palin ever!!!! This women has NO education and all her kids are high school drop outs!!! NOT a good image for our youth! BUT Hillary is great! Has masters degree and so does Chelsie–Great image for our youth!!! Hillary will be great where ever she goes. I do think she and Barack have become friends and so has Michelle and Hillary–both highly educated women who care about their children and the education levels of America's children!

    November 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Change?

    I thought we were going to have a "Change" from the past, not warmed over Clinton representatives. If Obama's argument during the primary debates was Hillary inflated her foreign relations experienced due to just being married to the President, how come that has changed? President Bush used warmed over Reagan and Bush Sr cabinent members. Lets get some real goverment outsiders – put me in the run the department of energy.

    November 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Joe in NJ

    It wouldn't surprise me if he had already promised this to her in exchange for her not making waves after he won the Democratic nomination. She could have easily run as an independent if she wanted to, in which case McCain would now be President-elect.

    November 14, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. dlm

    COOL! I'm climbing back up on the bandwagon!

    November 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Ms. Jenny

    To all you mentally challenged, bitter Republicans who keep whining about "but I thought he was about 'change'" – let me explain something to you.

    OBAMA is President. No one else. Understand?
    HE is the agent of change.
    Obama will CHANGE the influence lobbyist have in Washington.
    Obama will make government more open and transparent.
    Obama will change this countries economic and foreign policies.

    So it doesn't matter who else is in the cabinet so long as Obama sets the agenda. They ALL "serve at the pleasure of the President". How the hell does Hillary Clinton being Secretary of State affect Obama's ability to implement the change I've described? IT DOESN'T!!!! You guys are just petty, bitter, sore losers who are grasping at any excuse to criticize Obama. Grow up.

    November 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Obama Woman from the Start

    I agree, Max. CHANGE means sending the Clintons away to another country. Iraq, perhaps.

    November 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. pam Eugene OR

    I do not want Clinton to be Sec of State. Very big mistake!
    I have had enough of Bill Clinton for a lifetime.
    Please go with Richardson or Kerry!

    November 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Alex Kersha

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Put Clinton in the highest position possible where she can do the least damage.

    Cheers.

    November 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. amused but happy in Vegas

    I think Obama should appoint Palin to some position where she can do little damage.

    Let her fail early and visibly, and get her off the national stage.

    November 14, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    Sounds good to me. She'd make a great Secreaty of State. She would have made a better president, but what can you do.

    November 14, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. Kim

    Obama doesn't owe Clinton anything, the Democratic Party owes it to her. She got pushed around by her own party. Not by Obama.
    Having said that, Obama would be making a big mistake in not including Clinton in his administration. She would be perfect for Secretary of State.
    As an Amercian living abroad, I see her as a great point of contact for foreign heads of state. Not only does she know how to handle them after 8 years in office, but she's smart. That, and she can string together a coherent sentence... a skill possesed by few these days.

    November 14, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. Super D

    Obama, please select someone who actually has credentials.

    Hillary is soooooooo whatever......she can be president, vice president, supreme court justice, now secretary of state.

    Gimmie a break, she's not that talented.

    November 14, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. mayah

    He said it yes we can and yes we will, AWESOME President OBAMA..

    Change has come to AMERICA

    November 14, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Gaylon Barrow

    As many of Clinton EXs as OBAMA is surrounding himself with he may at least know that he does not have the brain-power to run this ship by himself. But, why would Hillary want to gamble her political carrer with this man who is so unscrupulous?

    November 14, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. LAR

    I would expect Obama to look to his own party first for cabinet members. But I was hoping to see more creativity or new thinking. Not the same old faces. These are the same people that have given congress its 10% approval rating! Where's the evidence of change?

    November 14, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Hillary was well travelled as First Lady. However she wasn't negotiating with world leaders, she was largely doing photo ops. There are people much better qualified than her to be Sec. State, like Colin Powell, who has already done the job. Appointing Clinton would just be political payback. Is that change?

    November 14, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. Matthew

    State or Defense – she'd be phenomenal in either position.

    November 14, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. SKI

    LyonsPhilly November 14th, 2008 9:14 am ET
    Keep Condoleeza Rice. Hillary for healthcare. ------------------------------------ Awesome Choice. I second this one and Hope and Pray it becomes true.

    November 14, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  25. rm

    @Fred Anderson, Nyer & Max:

    You 3 should really go far in life with all of that positive energy you ooze......

    November 14, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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