June 17th, 2008
04:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama praises new hire - estranged ex-Clinton campaign manager

(CNN) – Barack Obama had high praise Tuesday for Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager, who recently joined his campaign as chief of staff for his yet-unnamed running mate.

“Patti Solis Doyle I think is a terrific, experienced campaign hand,” Obama told reporters aboard his campaign plane. “She’s from Chicago. Her brother and I organized on the southeast side of Chicago when I first moved to Chicago as a community organizer, so I’ve known the family for a very long time.”

“I think that she will bring not only a set of skills that we're going to need as we put our ticket together but she’s going to be a terrific adviser and offer insight and judgment that will help us," Obama added.

CNN’s Jessica Yellin reported Monday that the Clinton campaign is angry about the hire. Solis Doyle left the campaign in February after a string of disappointing primary results and rumors surfaced before Clinton even bowed out that Solis Doyle would join the Obama campaign.

A top Democrat close to Solis Doyle told Yellin that Solis Doyle would not have accepted the job if she believed Clinton would be Obama's choice for vice president.

On his plane Tuesday, Obama also addressed the boos for Clinton he tried to silence at a rally in Michigan on Monday night.

“When I got out there I shut that down, and made very clear that Senator Clinton deserves respect. She ran a great race and we are moving forward because we want to win in November,” said Obama. “You know I think people were still in primary mindset, and we're moving into general election mindset.”

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soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Cindy,CA

    This move on Obama's part was a clear slap in the face to Hillary. We are not stupid. This seems to be the status quo of how Obama operates. Nice...

    June 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Lynn

    Patty Doyle was in the tank for Obama all along. I made the right decision to switch to Independent. I don't want any part of the Democratic Party that I have been a part of for 40 years. His arrogance just keeps on going. He praised Hillary yea sure – just trying to get her votes. Obama and Dean and some of the elders of the party has split the party. So all of you Obama Supporters please don't call me a Republican or a racist. I just do not like him or trust him with the most important job in the world.

    June 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. Will

    Anyone who allows or helps McCain to be president doesn't believe in anything Hillary had to say. It's not Obama or the Democratic party that betrayed her but her own supporters in the long run if they vote against her ideals in the coming election.

    It only would prove what the media say..people don't care about the issues in an election what-so-ever. they all act as if the American public are morons and we tell them yes but voting blindly.

    June 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Jenna

    What a slap in the face, Just another bunch of crap for people to add to their long lists of why they will not vote for Obama...

    June 17, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. sarah

    and yet obama encourages these people to disrespect sen. clinton and then tell her supporters "hey you gotta vote for me" uhh no they dont

    June 17, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Jenna

    What a slap in the face, Just another bunch of crap for people to add to their long lists of why they will not vote for Obama...

    Women Democrats for McCain

    June 17, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. Venus

    Way to go Bam! Great way to remind us that we are on the same team!

    Go Obama!

    June 17, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Real Democrat

    Todd said:
    "She probably is the one that sabatoged the Clinton's for this very reason. What a mockery!"

    Are you freakin kidding me? What an idiot. The fictional world some of you Hill Maniacs live in is truly scary.

    June 17, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. An Independent Hillary

    This Patti Solis Doyle sounds like a loser. She couldn't make it work for Clinton, and now Obama wants her? If Patti Solis Doyle said she would not work for Obama if Clinton was being considered for VP, all the more reason to suspect her of malice when taking this position – and maybe to suspect Obama for insincerity as well.

    I do commend Obama for sticking up for Hillary today – I had almost decided to vote for him. Then he goes and hires this loser.

    Hope Patti Solis Doyle doesn't do for Obama what she did for Hillary – which was not a dang thing! As much I want to vote for McCain out a spite, the last thing we need is 4 more years of Republican mis-rule.

    June 17, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. NC Attorney 4 Obama

    Judy, are you serious?? Just because Obama has decided to hire someone who he feels is well qualified for the job, you are offended? How was Doyle disloyal? She was fired!! If anything Clinton was disloyal to her and used her as a scapegoat for her own failings! It is just amazing how you and other Clinton supporters will find anything to blame on Obama. I guess it would be too much for you to actually think that it was a nice gesture for Obama to hire someone who has close ties to Clinton. Does this not show that he is trying to bring the two camps together?? You have no idea what went on behind closed doors between Doyle and Clinton so for you to automatically view Doyle as a disrespectful traitor is short-sighted, narrow minded and based on absolutely nothing.

    June 17, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. Ralph

    How dare he hire her. She once worked for Hillary. She belongs to her ... forever. As Republicans, I mean disgruntled Hillary supporters, we should all vote for McCain.

    June 17, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. Beverly, NYC

    Judy, you don't have to search for a reason to vote for Obama, if the thought causes you this much angst then please don't vote for him, there feel better now.

    The Clinton camp used Patti Solis-Doyle as the scapegoat for the Super Tuesday losses. Senator Clinton should have told Bill to shut up, gotten rid of Mark Penn and his overpriced firm, but it was her choice to stick with the boys, Penn, McAuliffe, Ickes, Wolfson etc. and have them steer her down the wrong path. She didn't do much better with Solis' replacement, that tells me the voting had more to do with the candidate herself. As for the booing, Clinton supporters booed also at her concession when Barack was mentioned and she said nothing. Barrack has turned the other cheek too much in this campaign, and been slapped repeatedly. Don't lecture Barack supporters about respect. You have to give it to get it. Why not put your energies into getting her out of debt, so the Nominee whose supporters you dislike so much don't have too.

    June 17, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. Thee, Los Angeles

    Here we go again. They fired her, now they are crying bloody murder because Obama hired her. Will this ever stop. Can HRC campaign supporters grow up. Get over it!!!

    June 17, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. rhonimus

    Are there any adult bloggers around? A lot of theses entries are pretty childish. Please read your posts prior to submitting to make sure it makes logical sense, without anger.

    June 17, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. Keep Your Eye On The Prize Obama

    Judy, Todd and your Ilk...still not taking any responsibility for your personal behavior? Still need a scapegoat for why the world is so unjust and unfair and disrespectful (somehting you both feel free to lecture others on but have no problem exhibiting quite nastily on your own)?

    Why don't you all go see if Cindy McCain will let you help her bake a plagarized recipe victory cake for Johnny boy since he's your next best hope for all that you need "right" in your world that Obama can't delivered. The party (literally and figuratively) WILL still go on.

    June 17, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. Jackie

    I wish Obama would go away. It appears he needs her to win.
    Hillary 2012.

    June 17, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. beth

    there goes the unity right out the window and to think I was second guessing my choice to pick Mccain
    this is one hillary supporter that will never back Obama niether will THOUSANDS

    June 17, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. jane in CA

    Why is that higher % of Clinton supporters don't want to vote for Obama and lower % of Obama supporter don't want to vote for Clinton if either is the nominee in GE? It's the way the candidates conveyed to their supporters during their primary campaign. Now since Sen. Obama is the presumptive nominee, Clinton needs to work harder to erase the powerful negative impacts she was very successful to put in her supporters head about Obama. Hopefully she will do just that in the near future. She will be on her way to success on everything else except the presidency at this time.

    June 17, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. Venus

    Re-read the story! Obama and Patti has know each other for years!

    How is this a slap to Hillary? Some of you need to grow up!!! What is Obama suppose to do? Would Hillary be as kind to Obama as he has been to her?

    Also... to some of Hillary supporter's... it's OK. if Obama lose in Nov. But... if your Hillary run again in 2012... we too won't forget! Not voting goes two-ways!

    June 17, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. lamg

    Isn't it ironic how no one recognizes the fact that Hillary Clinton's supporters booed the mentioning of Barak Obama's name when she ended her campaigne by encouraging her supporters to support him? But, when Barak's supporters turn around and demonstrate the same behavior, it's a problem.

    Or, the fact that he continues to receive much more criticism than Hillary, John McCain or Cindy McCain can ever fathom.

    Talk about double standards!

    June 17, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. Democrats Unite

    I don't understand why HRC supporters are upset about this. Solis-Doyle took a job within the democratic party....like a true democrat. Are former Clinton supporters not allowed to take another job without being labeled as traitors? Do the Clinton's somehow own you once you work for them?

    And why do SOME HRC supporters think that the 18MIL people who voted for Obama don't count? Yes, 18MIL people DIDN'T support HRC.

    June 17, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. EDW

    Putting down Hillary Clinton's supporters will not bring the Democrats together to beat McCain. Can't we all just get along?

    June 17, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. jack

    write in HRC

    June 17, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. Kris

    PUMAs: fifth column republicans.

    Remember what Limbaugh exhorted his listeners to do . . . ?

    June 17, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Peggy - Tx

    Patti Solis Doyle sounds like a highly capable person whose recent experience as Senator Clintons former campaign manager makes her well qualified for this position. I do not know the detail of why she was let go by Clinton, but likely it may be less about her capabilities and more about the various personalities within Clinton’s staff, which I heard continued to fight with each other after Doyle left the campaign. This is an opportunity for Patti Solis Doyle to continue in her excel in her chosen career and I wish her well.

    For all those supposedly Clinton supporters who are going to vote for McCain, Just do it – I believe everyone should vote their conscience, but I do not believe anyone who shares the core values of the Democrats party will vote for McCain. The same stale talking points repeated again and again in comments from disgruntled Clinton supporters lack sincerity. I think you all are bitter Republicans that have no substantive issue to rant about so you are trying to split the democrats and are copying from the same dumb list of talking points.

    June 17, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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