November 30th, 2007
01:01 PM ET
10 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. tlb

    hey dmw...get your panites out of a bunch! Obama is making a run no one anticipated. Give the man credit! We are sick of Clinton ok??

    Now you take care...

    November 30, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    My dog can run the country better than it's being ran now...give me a break!!! Obama would be a great president! Why should he settle for a VP position first???

    November 30, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Stever, Kansas City, MO

    Hilarious how they're sitting at a window seat just trying to, you know, have a private little breakfast.

    November 30, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Meks, FL

    Some of you are just downright dishonest in presentation and the worst thing is that you accuse candidates you don't support of anything in the book. You mention Obama is leading in IOWA polls released this morning but you did not mention he was not leading in the same IOWA polls released yesterday by Rasmussen. Interesting the margin for Clinton and Obama is the same in those polls 27%-25% but reversed in each of the polls. If you really want to be honest look at the average of the polls in IOWA. I bet you know the answer which is why you chose to ignore yesterday's poll and mention today's. The truth is that the race is too close to call and i really do think Hillary has the edge since she has a 2-point average lead across all polls. What is really happening now is that the liberal media is waging a psychological war against Sen Clinton's campaign with the intention to derail it before the election. Why now? Because they initially thought the perception of polarization and her Iraq vote will derail her but once they saw most people are willing to pass on that, they decided to use negative aspersions and publicity to psychologically wear down the inroads she has made. Have you watched MSNBC in the last 3 months? Do you have a sense they are really independent journalists or an extension of some candidates campaign office? This is a media house where narratives are passed between them and two democratic candidates campaign. You would have guessed which campaigns by now. Scout the liberal blogs, you will get a feel of how the vocal minority is trying to hijack the party from the progressive majority. Take a lesson from what happened in connecticut – the same cabal used the blogs and the media to derail Sen Lieberman and get Ted Lamont as the democratic nominee. What happened? Sen Lieberman was elected as an independent trouncing the same Ted Lamont he lost to in dem primaries by over 60% vote. The silent majority always have the last say. Do not buy into the liberal media and blogs hype over Obama. If any other candidate has 1-page resume as he has, he wold not be standing for Presidential election. If the liberal media is concerned about their liberal views why don't they support (hype) kucinich, who embodies all the traits of a liberal rather they overlooked him. Ask yourselves why? The truth cannot be any further. Who sold Obama to the populace? the liberal media. Is there really anything to him? None, nada. The liberal media will make you believe he is eloquent. Do you really think it is true? have you not watched him in 10 debates so far? Can you really swear on your mother's grave he is more eloquent than the rest of the field? The answer given by MSNBC is that though he does not seem to be a good debater, he is more eloquent. Though technical this may sound true to a casual observer but it rarely ever happens and generally untrue, and specifically distasteful coming from MSNBC(but what else do you expect from the extension office). Even if for one moment, the party decides against all wisdom to nominate Sen Obama (As a matter of fact that will not really happen, no matter what the liberal media will make you believe), those who think he can win the general election are just as nimble-minded as the same jokers that put Ted Lamont up for the election. The majority is silent and has been consistent in their choice. In Obama's candidacy you see many people who are united in one single ambition and purpose – to deflate former Pres. Clinton reverence by the majority of the democrats – rather than helping the lots of the people of this country. This is orchestrated by a some powerful democratic billionaires who have their hands in the liberal media and are no longer friends with the former president. This propping of Sen Obama was an act of desperation on their part. History will evetually reveal the voice of Jacob and the hands of Esau. On a final note, Iowa caucus will be won by either Edwards or Sen Clinton. Mark this day and let's wait till the morning hours of 4th January.

    November 30, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Andy, New York, New York

    Bloomberg is a billionaire businessman who once was a democrat, then became a Republican to run for Mayor of New York, and now he belongs to neither party. Maybe he is an opportunist rather than a politician, and if so, it may explain why he is a successful businessman who is doing a good job running New York. What tips he had for young Obama is not clear, but what is clear is that both men have shown they are tired of Washington politics – which Hillary represents!

    November 30, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Bloomie and Obama– now _that_ I could live with if Edwards doesn't start proving his case that he's a far better lawyer than either of the two frontrunners.

    November 30, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |

    he might of left a big tip in NY. But in the hotel he stays in NH he never leaves a tip! NOT A PENNY!

    November 30, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Monte Brown, New York, NY

    Obama is a Republican-lite who wants to punt the ball back to the reactionary right wingers.

    Hillary Clinton is the most qualified, the most experienced candidate and she's READY TO LEAD ON DAY ONE.

    November 30, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Zeke Tustin, CA

    Sorry to inform you Chad from Wisco but Obama is not running for VP..In case you didn't get the memo that Obama is running for President. You go apply for a Managers position but get offered a janitors position. Think about it.

    November 30, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. john williams san diego, ca.

    Any combnation of Obama will be fine with me, as long as it does not contain and can defeat the smartest woman in the world.

    November 30, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Independent in IA

    Osama Obama needs all the input he can get, since he has no original strategy. He talks a good game, but that's all it, and a game.

    November 30, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Tom

    Your dog is too inexperienced to run the country. My cat has more experience and well trained. Vote my cat.. TIGER 08

    November 30, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Corey, Bloomington IN

    So Hillary wants to "turn up the heat" (alienate) Republicans (who want to send her into space, by the way), and Obama wants to have breakfast and conversation with them.
    And yet people wonder who will unite this country??

    November 30, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Yvonne, Las Vegas, NV

    Yeah Monte lead what another four years of problems and stress for hardworking Americans. Time for change and now. Stop repeating others. Think for yourself. Well I guess that's the problem. OBAMA 08

    November 30, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Linda in SFNM

    OH PLEASE. NO, HARDLY. Obama folks are trying to create a stir and as usual, CNN is right a long with them.

    Could Obama have sit only closer to the windo for his photo op?

    I'd say they aren't very good with secrets if this was intended to be.

    November 30, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Ryan, New Jersey

    Did I really read a comment up there that insinuated that Obama was a republican of some form? I really think the people who support Hillary at this point fall into one of three catagories: Older democrats who want to go back to Bill Clinton's presidency, Big corporate types who are afraid the buffet line will end with Obama in the top spot, and anyone who has just never heard Obama speak. Listen to the man, his genuine intent to make things better, not worse, oozes from the man!

    November 30, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. tired of corruption lv

    Note to Monte Brown

    The Clintons (both) rejuvenate the republicans. How do you think the repubs came into power.

    Due to Bill Clinton, the dems lost the house & senate to the republicans. His and Hillary's unethical and immoral behavior paved the way for the takeover by the religious zealots on the right. Bill capitulated constantly to the republicans and passed legislation that the republicans wanted. He never won anything.

    Hillary lost the health care issue in the 90's with a dem congress and would NOT take up the fight with a repub congress – how is that winning.

    The republicans were unable to make anything stick to the Clintons but a lot of Clintons' friends went to jail or fled the country due to the shenanigans of the Clintons.

    The only thing the Clintons have won is a "get out of jail free" card given to them by a public that refuses to look behind the curtain and a media wanting to cash in on the Clinton controversies which are money makers.

    November 30, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Paul Dallas TX


    You are wrong....Obama represents Black America and that's it....

    November 30, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Daniel O

    Hillary is gearing to beat republicans to pulp if she can, and any democrat who gets on her way.
    Obama is looking for ways of working with repubs for the good of the country.
    What a difference!

    November 30, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. PS, KC, MO

    He spoke to Obama today. He spoke with Hagel a few days ago. Hagel's not running for President and he's a Republican. I think people are reading too much into this. Much ado about nothing.

    November 30, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Jason, Omaha NE

    If Obama was white, nobody would have ever mentioned him running for president. I don't judge people on their race, negatively OR positively. I wouldnt vote for someone just bc hes black. He's a black guy that gave a good speech in 2004. woopty doo!

    November 30, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. Christian, Tampa FL

    For someone not running for President, Bloomberg sure is being active in the political process. I think that's great, because there are so many more positions other than Presidential candidate that a leader can take during this election process.

    November 30, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Todd, Redondo Beach, California

    Looks to me like Bloomberg is floating his position as a VP. Interesting that a person of some success would support a Democrat that would have a ruinous effect on his own personal wealth... guess there's no accounting for intelligence.

    November 30, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Chad, Wisco

    The truth is that Obama will most likely not win the Democratic Primary, I dont like any more than most people but for some ridiculous reason people think Hillary is a good canidate. In my opinion I think Bloomberg makes a better current President than Obama, however I would not mind Obama being the VP now and then running. If there is a Bloomberg/Obama ticket, which none of us know will happen, I think it would be Obama with the VP part of it. That is all I was saying.

    November 30, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Seam, Philly PA

    This goes to show you how much respect other parties have of this man. Obama can get more things done as President because he is open to conversations with different people that may have different opinions. True leader.
    Stay tuned people.........Keep doing your thing Obama, and ignore all the haters. Obama 08'

    November 30, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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