Look who came to dinner
March 8th, 2013
02:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Look who came to dinner

(CNN) – Seems like President Barack Obama has a packed social calendar.

The week before taking twelve Republican senators out to a private dinner at a Washington hotel, the president and first lady Michelle Obama had another power couple over for a quiet dinner: Former President Bill Clinton and the recently-resigned secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

The evening sit-down a week ago was a "private dinner that the president and first lady enjoyed," Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged Friday. It took place last Friday the same evening that Obama put into effect the forced spending cuts known in Washington as the "sequester."

Earnest was confirming a report that first appeared in Politico.

"They enjoyed the meal and enjoyed the conversation but I don't have any more details," Earnest said in the daily White House press briefing.

The meeting came as the president launched a new effort to cultivate relationships with rank-and-file Republican lawmakers, though as Earnest pointed out Friday that effort began before his dinner with the Clintons when he met with Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham to discuss immigration.

Clinton, like Obama, faced a sometimes bitter relationship with a Republican-controlled Congress during his presidency. Asked what Clinton thought of the new "charm offensive," Earnest declined to speculate.

"I haven't spoken to President Clinton about what he thinks of this effort," he said, acknowledging that Clinton "certainly does have that experience."

The Clinton-Obama dinner is a further indication the couples are continuing to patch up the wounds of the 2008 Democratic primary. The selection of Hillary Clinton as Obama's first secretary of state was one step toward reconciliation, and Bill Clinton's speech at last summer's Democratic National Convention was seen by many as a new sign the old rivalry was faded.

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. John, PA

    With the manufactured president-Obama poll numbers falling faster than American Idol ratings; guess the Clintons have to come to his rescue again.

    March 8, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    Kinda reminds me of the story of two guys that went into business together. It seems they bought a truck. Then they went to the farm and bought 200 dollars of watermelons and went and sold them for 200 dollars. After a few times at this they looked at each other. We ain't making no money one chided. What do you think we ought to do the other said. We need to get a bigger truck they decided. Birds of a feather get together.

    March 8, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Pete

    Just remember republicans this and the other meals have been paid for by Pres.Obama,out of pocket.Pres.Obama just giving a huge thank you to Hillary on her sucessful job as Sec of State no matter what you republican posters here say being so ill informed and rediculously incompetent ..Your posters still complaining about the Benghazi embassy incident that cost 4 lives ,nothing that comes close to the lives lost at your lying ,incompetent presidents hands in Reagan,Bush ..Reagan with over 300 military men,women died at 2 embassy bombings and a terrorist attack at a marine barricks and mind you your republican led senators,congressmen did nothing to SoS George Schultz did they or how bout Bushs 2 unfunded wars created with lies and over 5000 military men,women and Iraqi civilians died for no reason but getting Bushs hands on Iraqi crude oil and Cheneys Halliburton no bid contracts making billions..Can you say hypocritical,uninformed ignorents that rant at no other reason but to hear themselves whine!!

    March 8, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. WiredweirdinSF

    Elitists taking care of elitists. Word is also out that the corrupt, lying president is already planning his taxpayer paid summer vacation at Cape Cod. Can't afford a vacation myself, Obozo care taxes and other taxes to pay you know. Apparently only corrupt, lying, inept, incompetent, union toadys can afford them and only when I pay for them.

    March 8, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    John, PA wrote:
    With the manufactured president-Obama poll numbers falling faster than American Idol ratings; guess the Clintons have to come to his rescue again.
    -
    It might interest you to know John the only reason Bill Clinton is called upon, is his appeal to closed minded bigots, he puts them at ease. There are some in this country (YOU) who just "don't trust" anything a person of color does or says because they view them as dishonest. Sound familiar? Then there are those (intelligent) people, who have open minds and want to see this country move forward regardless of what color skin he/she has. Going back to the Clinton's, they're not new to politics and they know full well this works to their benefit. Even if Hillary runs in 2016 (and I for one don't think she will), the Clinton's will need Obama just as much as he needs them now. Make no mistake about it, you'll see the president out there bringing his base to her just as she bought her base to them. Bottom line: the dinner between the Obama's and the Clinton's is just "doing business" as usual.

    March 8, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Laverne

    Silly people like it better when they think there is strife and rivalry involved. These folk have been through a lot together as well as opponents and they have a genuine respect for each other. I think it is great they can now mingle with them as couples vs. political business all the time. The Obamas and Clintons truly are the face of the Democratic Party which is much more than what we can say about the Bush's.

    March 8, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Getoverit

    @Pete

    What difference, at this point, does it make?

    March 8, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Wake up People!

    I'm sure this will be the trending topic for tonight filled with right wing hatred. I was always told it takes more energy to hate than love.

    March 8, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Lisa P.

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    Kinda reminds me of the story of two guys that went into business together. It seems they bought a truck. Then they went to the farm and bought 200 dollars of watermelons and went and sold them for 200 dollars. After a few times at this they looked at each other. We ain't making no money one chided. What do you think we ought to do the other said. We need to get a bigger truck they decided. Birds of a feather get together.
    March 8, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm
    ----------------------------

    And they call themselves "the Tea Party."

    March 8, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Pete

    @Wake up people,It's already started bud and some idiots here are already trying to compare Pres.Obama to that incompetent Bush who took over 450 days off on the taxpayers dime in his first 2 years of presidency..When will these ignorents stop because you can't compare their idiots as presidents to anything we've had in office and that's a discouraging fact for these uninformed,illiterate racists here that still can't get their facts straight if they are facts at all!!!

    March 8, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Why isn't GW Bush ever invited ?

    March 8, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Yanni

    When will be the Bush's invited at the GOP dinner? It would have been interesting. I forgot according to the tea party and the GOP the Bush eight years doesn't exist at all. We landed on Obama's recession and deficit by miracles.

    March 8, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Sharrr

    So many rats in DC ya can't count 'em any more.
    HillBill "Blue Dress" Clintons ~ scare me!
    Blood on her hands now along w/BO for our AMBASSADOR and three other HEROES.
    What happened to Donald Young?
    What happened to Bill Gwaltney?
    What happened to Vince Foster???
    There two couples have sold their souls to the very devil himself. Disgusting.
    What about patient dumping in Chicago?
    What about real estate fraud in Chicago?
    What about Barry's real religion, real name, real bc, real social security number???
    Oh! Wait! There isn't any of those things!! Disgusting.
    IF THESE FREAKS ARE THE FACE OF THE DEMS ~ HEAVEN HELP YOU.

    March 8, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Sharrr

    You can't moderate the truth – can you????

    March 8, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Name lynn

    Obama color an what he want sign is not hurting the people, that is why the rating is going down if its true, obama dont need the clinton at his diner for his rating to come up. The president is during a great job in the white house.

    March 8, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. YBM

    After reading these blogs for a few months, now I understand why the left are called "useful idiots."

    March 8, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. The REAL Truth...

    @WiredweirdinSF – Elitists taking care of elitists. Word is also out that the corrupt, lying president is already planning his taxpayer paid summer vacation at Cape Cod. Can't afford a vacation myself, Obozo care taxes and other taxes to pay you know.
    -------------------------------------–
    And who were the "elitists" in the WH for 8 yrs that doubled the Nat'l Debt, started 2 wars, unfunded Medicare Part D, bailed out buddies failed banks, et al?? The absolute worst administration in history. These guys are positively GOOD in comparison.
    And if you were busy working instead of trolling, you'd have time to learn that you have no "tax" liability under Obamacare if you have health insurance. Too busy parroting Fox to figure that out ??? Talk about inept!

    March 8, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |