November 30th, 2007
01:01 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama, Bloomberg hold mystery meeting

Obama and Bloomberg had a surprise breakfast Monday in New York City.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New York may be Sen. Hillary Clinton’s home turf – but the man in charge, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, met this morning with Barack Obama, one of her chief rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The pair sat down for coffee and eggs in midtown Manhattan, just a quick cab ride away from former President Bill Clinton’s offices in Harlem. The mayor might be a billionaire, but Obama still paid, and left a big tip – almost 60 percent.

While Bloomberg has always spoken well of Clinton, he feels no special hometown loyalty to the senator, who failed to endorse him during his two mayoral runs, when he ran as a Republican.

Bloomberg reached out to the Obama campaign, according to campaign spokesman Bill Burton, who told CNN's Mary Snow the pair discussed issues from the economy and education to homeland security and global warming – but wouldn’t say whether the two talked about a possible presidential endorsement.

“They have a shared belief there is too much game playing in Washington and not enough problem solving,” said Burton, who added that there are no future meetings on the books.

Bloomberg, who is no longer registered to any political party, has long pledged to steer clear of national politics and the presidential campaign, but his morning meeting with the Illinois senator (which only appeared late last night on Bloomberg’s schedule, and caught many Obama-watchers by surprise), comes on the heels of a similar meal with Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska, just a few days ago.

Obama and Bloomberg first met earlier this year, when the mayor came to Washington to press for more Homeland Security funding for the Big Apple.

- CNN Associate Editor Rebeca Sinderbrand

soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Banko

    Obama represents Blue America and Red America.

    GO OBAMA 08

    November 30, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Tyler, Cincinnati, OH

    I would vote for a Obama/Bloomberg or Obama/Hagel ticket. Wouldn't hesitate one bit.

    November 30, 2007 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Wallace Chicago IL

    I love it!!!

    It's funny how Hillary supporters don't give this guy his due when he continually meets with power players with significant influence.

    Why do these people meet with him, because they like to hang out? No, because they are interested in his cause and respect him as a man, public figure, politician, and potential President of the United States of America.

    Hillary supporters, give the guy his due. I support him and will support the candidate who wins the Dem nomination, not because of party affiliation (I'm an independent), but because of what they will do for this country.

    Just as you have to respect Hillary's White House "experience", you have to respect this guy's experience, positions, and shrewd political moves.


    November 30, 2007 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Chad Baltimore Maryland

    Who wouldn't turn down a free breakfast it doesn't mean Mayor Bloomberg is endorsing him. Oh and by the way GO HILLARY!!

    November 30, 2007 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. localjim

    I hope Bloomberg endorses Obama. It would say alot.
    I wish i was that waiter.
    Obama/Edwards '08.

    November 30, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Paul NY, NY

    "quick cab ride away"? Clinton's office in Harlem from Midtown? What are you kidding me? Maybe by helicopter. Try driving 125th street without a secret service detail.

    November 30, 2007 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. Erin, Omaha NE

    Well, it looks to me like Obama is just continuing to "WALK THE TALK". He's always claimed to be the candidate who wants to work hard to join republicans & democrats rather then further divide this country, and this shows that he's serious. I applaud him for continuing his campaign of honesty and transparency with both parties. GO OBAMA O8!

    November 30, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Noah, Lexington MA

    I would pay a large amount of money to know what those two were talking about...

    November 30, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This could be a friendly visit. It could also be a way for Obama to get some information on the former mayor of NYC. There could be policy points that Bloomberg would think that Obama should hear from a mayor of a major US city.

    November 30, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Newton, Newport Beach, CA

    Even as a Republican, I might be able to go with a Obama/Bloomberg ticket.


    November 30, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Chris, Iowa

    In an Obama administration, Bloomberg will be head of the Department of Breakfast.

    November 30, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Mike Miller, Maitland, FL

    If Obama teams up with Bloomberg, this would be an administration everyone would love. They're both smart, no-nonsense guys. And we desperately need that in Washington.

    November 30, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. monica, rochester new york

    Obama can more easily bridge the gap between Republicans, Dems and Independents. This skill alone would be a huge improvement in "the ways of Washington".
    The time is right for the special leadership Senator Obama brings. We want to start thinking of ourselves as a united country not red states and blue states.

    November 30, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Tim, Powder Spring, GA

    Some people talk about uniting the country but all they do is talk. I think Obama is walking the walk.

    November 30, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. TransparentTrollop

    This is why Hillary is gathering dirt on Obama. Just watch her use it..

    November 30, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. alex, NY, NY

    Bloomberg is god. Support from Bloomberg would most certainly put Barack ahead of the "Clinton LIE Machine."

    November 30, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Ed, New York, NY

    Bloomberg is simply planting seeds all over the place to fuel the speculation of his bid for the presidency. He's likely running with Hagel. This Obama meeting is intersting, but he's met with Jeb Bush, Obama, the Governator, Hagel, and many other politicians around the country. He has Nancy Reagan in his corner. He's made a point to clarify his stance on gun control (Just don't give guns to criminals). He's not hiding his crash course in foreign policy, but he's certainly not talking about it. A personal connection certainly gave him a slightly hidden place in GQ's latest issue. Simply put he's carefully constructing his platform as the rest of the crowd sways from side to side. He is the best candidate. These seeds will sprout in March, and it will be explosive.

    November 30, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Eva,Newton,Iowa

    Good for him. Micheal Bloomberg is one of the people who doesn't like the current administration because of the lies and the hype this country was put in. That is why he likes Obama. He worked for his money. He is educated and knows how hope can lead you to do marvelous things. How disappointed was the media trying to say Bloomberg is running as in independent, so that he could devide Obama votes then endorse Hillary. It is not rocket science CNN that you had to come around and formulate a way to campaign for Hillary.
    Shame on you CNN trying to kill Obama campaign in Vegas debate. I donated for him and I still donate to see him through. I can not help to see your pure negative approach you took since July against this men. We trust him more than we do trust Hillary and I wish him well.
    Obama 08!

    November 30, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |

    This show's strategically, that Barack Obama can form any kind of alliance for the good of the nation. He is not just running to prove a point or to revive blacks from years of inequality. America needs to maintain its stance in the world, because believe it or not, we have adversaries on the rise ( Russia, China, Iran, and Mr. Chavez). Only a great person whos versatile can fill this shoes. Brilliant move, Barack!

    November 30, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Scott, Ft Lauderdale, fl

    Obama is making the right moves and seems to be catching his stride. Watch out, we are in for a BIG change soon in poll numbers.

    November 30, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. Daniel, NY

    In more amazing news for Obama, he now leads in a new caucus poll from Iowa released today by ARG! The lead is small, but it is a momentous trend.

    November 30, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Walter Poe,Westerville, Ohio

    LOOKS like someone is looking for a VP to me. Oh yea.....hey Obama, if you need a VP give me a call......

    November 30, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Yumi,Hawaii

    Many people love to hear Obama speak. Whether the media has driven him crazy by trying to say he is negative when he differentiate himself from Hillary, we still love him. When he gets nominated or not, we still love him. You get it CNN? He would win on a landslide if he gets the nomination. No doubts about that.
    Go Barrack we have your Back!

    November 30, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. cicilia,nashua,nh

    It looks like one should not be positive in America because the media will come crushing you. This is bad for the kids who are looking up this guy. I can not help with my vote not to vote for him. I really think he can be an amazing president that people feel they trust. He is a man of character,Integrity and he doesn't like when the media and journalist poke his family. I like his attitude.
    I don't think I am ready for Bush clinton Bush Clinton cycle again. I just want someone different and I think I have him this time around.
    who else apart from Sen. Barack Obama!

    November 30, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. MM, New York, NY

    The 60% tip was $10 on a $17 meal of eggs and potatoes at a midtown diner. Big deal.

    November 30, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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