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. Elizabeth; Dallas, TX

    What I do not understands is why McCain think he is a Maverick when he misses 63% of Senate votes and Karl Rove works for his campaign as a "consultant"? Are we really this stupid that we will keep the GOP in power? COME ON PEOPLE!

    Thank you Bill Clinton-

    September 7, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. FreeNLovIt

    I love America! The power to sit down with your enemy and have a meaningful conversation, is the power that built this nation.

    September 7, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. projectial barfing

    This is news? Everyone has to have lunch...

    September 7, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. Ken, LA California

    This is owesome, we need these two guys to strengthen the party.

    September 7, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. B

    As an aside :

    Goveror Palin's recent pit bull remarks may be attractive to the right wing crowd or a liberal who has just been mugged.

    In my view, Mrs. Palin's family crisis (pregnant daughter and new born) is sure to have a psychological impact on her and the family.

    It will depend if America wants to move on from the Bush / Cheney / Rove / years.

    Hopefully, McCain,72, wil retire now.

    September 7, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Beerock H. Uhblahma must be getting desperate.

    September 7, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. interesting


    Obama is in TROUBLE. President Clinton said it best at the DNC Convention:

    You have Candidate X, who you agree with the issues, but you realize he won't be able to get a thing done.

    Then you have Candidate Y, who you don't agree with at least 1/2 of the issues, but the other 1/2 you agree with, you know he can get the job done.

    Obama is in Trouble.

    PUMA 2008!

    September 7, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. renee

    Go Bill and Hillary, win this election!!!!!!!

    September 7, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. Jay

    I am glad that two of the greatest men in our lifetimes are going to come together for a good cause. I know the Republicans are mad and such unity. I am glad that the Palin / McCain ticket is falling apart.

    September 7, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. FreeNLovIt

    I really appreciate the Republican Machine, but after 8 years, it's time to step down. The Machine MUST step down and let the Democrats, re-powered is battery and create the next generation jobs.

    Give this election to the Democrats, once they rebuild the economy and get it going, you can have it back.

    Think of a caterpillar. You want to be a butterfly? Let the caterpillar coccoon for a re-birth. We need to cocoon and change our tactics on the economy.

    September 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. CB

    Bush, Rove, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfvovitz, Libby, Rice...8 years. Remember. McCain is not running as an independent.

    September 7, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. Say Cheese Obama

    Help me, before I mix another metaphor, again.

    September 7, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Stephen

    Can Brother Huckabee go to the lunch too ?

    September 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. Ray from CA

    Bill sent the invite?
    Im stunned :O

    September 7, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. Butch - Greenville, SC

    Hillary – and Bill too – better be offered plum jobs in Obama's administration, if you ask me. They've done 1000% for this country, more than anyone else.

    September 7, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  16. FreeNLovIt

    It's just amazing why does Obama always have to fight with more than one people? It's just silly. Bill poking at the side and now it's Palin poking in the behind.

    What a drama!

    September 7, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Charlie in Maine

    Thanks Bill I knew we could count on you.

    September 7, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. Jaison Biagini

    glad to see we are past the primaries.
    i watched all the guys on sunday political shows. is bob schiefer the weakest guy out there? he didn't ask a hard question, nor did he ask a follow-up!! of the 3 i thought biden was the best, even better than obama. mccain was bad even without having to answer a tough question. biden gave the best answer on the pro-choice side i ever heard a politician ever make.
    i love that mccain thinks charlie gibson is a real interview. gibson will ask about fingernail polish color. lets see palin with brokaw, stephanopolis, blitzer, and matthews.

    September 7, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. sonnyboy


    September 7, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. Will

    If McSame somehow wins...does this mean that the same women who voted for Hil voted for Palin just because of her sex, being that HRC and Palin are on opposite sides of the spectrum.

    I guess if McSame gets into office, we deserve what we get. End of the Roman Empire fellows.

    September 7, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. Sarah palin on CSPAN Now!


    September 7, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. FreeNLovIt

    It was great! Obama was getting kicked out and body slammed by the Clintonites. Eventually, he survived.

    This time he's getting whiplashes by McCain's female twin, Palin. It's awesome!

    September 7, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. Student

    Thanks Billy for Supporting this young but yet powerful senator.

    September 7, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. Independent Just Decided to Vote for Obama

    The TICKET should have been Hillary Clinton for president and Obama as her vice president.


    But Obama thought he could win, that he didn't need Clinton (and thus didn't even vet her) and he will pay for a really really big


    I will still vote for Obama because I believe in supporting the Democratic Party PLATFORM. The party platform is what Democrats BELIEVE IN.

    It is far more important than the person .

    However, in America we vote for the little picture instead of the BIG picture.

    CHINA is laughing all the way to the bank.

    September 7, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  25. GOP Supporter

    There is NO sign of unity between those two. There's Democrats, Republicans, and Clintons. They are all for themselves. Watch your back end Barrack. Don't trust them!! Why am I sticking up for Barrack?? It must be that I am so glad another Clinton is not going to be in office at least for the next 4 years!!

    September 7, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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