September 7th, 2008
07:22 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama, Bill Clinton to sit down for a private lunch


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Clintons and Sen. Obama sat next to one another last week at the funeral of an Ohio Congresswoman."]

(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton will share a private lunch together on Thursday, September 11, CNN has confirmed.

Clinton issued the invite to Obama after learning he would be in Manhattan for a joint appearance with Sen. John McCain on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to Clinton Foundation spokesman Matt McKenna.

The luncheon is another sign that the Clinton and Obama camps are moving forward in the spirit of unity. Major steps toward healing the party came during the Democratic National Convention where Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton, individually addressed convention-goers, appealing to them to support Obama come November. Sen. Clinton made the motion for Obama to be formally nominated as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Hillary Clinton is set to campaign for Obama in Florida Monday, and the former president has said he will campaign on Obama’s behalf but does not have any campaign events scheduled yet.

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  1. henriettap

    The debates will show who is running the campaign is for real change. McCain keeps talking of change the only change he has done is to adopt his speeches to dound exactly like Obama's.He has no ideas of his own the republicans have no clue what to do with this country except lead us to war.

    September 8, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  2. Rick

    You libs have to know that deep down inside the Clintons would love to see Obama defeated. It's their only chance to get back in power. You know its true!

    September 8, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  3. Helen

    To Mike:

    GO HILLARY 2102"

    You're wrong Mike. You should have said: OBAMA WILL LOSE. GO HILLARY AND SARAH IN 2012!

    September 8, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  4. JB

    Hey Mike,

    I think Hillary will need some serious plastic surgery and organ replacement for 2102. By the way, there isn't going to be a presidental election that year, anyway.

    September 8, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  5. heather4Obama

    Game Is see McCain trying to run his campaign like a hollywood script. This country is in too much shambles to be playing games. I know Obama, Bill and Hillary is going to knock this one down. Three brillian mind meets. Silence speaks volumes...and empty barrels makes the most noise.

    On Board with Obama

    September 8, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  6. diane

    The irony here is blinding!!! Me thinks once again the DNC chose the wrong candidate!

    September 8, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  7. Lyda

    How on earth can Sarah Palin be seriously considered "ready" to run for VP when she has NO experience with African American or Hispanic issues? I've lived in Palin's hometown of Wasilla for many years; it is a tiny little town with 86% whites and less than 1% African American (actually it's just over ½%). She has NO idea what African American OR Hispanic issuea are. She's lived her whole life in this town and when she was growing up...the African American population of Wasilla was ZERO!! I like Sarah Palin personally, but she is in NO WAY ready to become VP (or may even be thrust into the Presidency).
    I cannot believe that she has (so speedily) ditched the people of Alaska. She has not addressed us as a State since she was whisked away by stardom. At the very least, she could send us a video telling us who is "running the store" while she is off climbing the political ladder. I am totally disappointed in her.

    September 8, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  8. BuckBurris

    There are some stupid people in this country. Those who thought GWB would do great things are one type. Those who believe John McCain doesn't mean more of the same are another such. And then there are those who are willing to allow more years of destruction of our country's economy and its diplomatic standing in the world in order to get their darling a chance to run are even stupider - and more unpatriotic.
    One should remind them of who met with and gained support from Rupert Murdock, and later met with the head of that vast right wing conspiracy (Scaife) and joined it to get his support.
    Either we get it right this time or there may not be another time.

    September 8, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  9. sandee in Portland

    Mike, I'm a democrat and my comments are always awaiting moderation. Go President our guy and take out those lying Republicans.

    September 8, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  10. sandra wilson

    Why can we not get along.. I hope and pray that Mr Obama will win and the USA will be a better place for all americans....

    September 8, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  11. Go Dems

    That is great news. We can't afford 4 more years of McCain and Bush in lipstick overturning women's fundamental right to privacy and turning us back to the dark ages like women in Iran. Thanks, but no thanks.

    September 8, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  12. Optmistic

    Good sign in these bad times.
    Dems need all the effort to win this important race and take country forwards.

    September 8, 2008 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
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