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. G

    You want to know what the difference between Palin and Bush?


    September 7, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. JacklynD

    Thank heavens. The one person who can give Obama the best advice and professional guidance regarding the economy is Bill Clinton. If these two minds can work together we can truly expect to see our nation turn around.

    September 7, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. Mark

    8 years of Republicans, for crying out loud. Give the Democrats this year, and stop trying to act like that older brother who tells you that you can't do anything. Go Bill, and show them how it's done!

    September 7, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |

    There is no time to be wishin' and hopin' for Hillary in 2012 and
    it won't happen then, anyway. I am sure Obama will take care of
    both Clintons.

    Give him a chance. We NEED SUCCESS IN THE DEMOCRATIC

    ARE WE STUPID, DEMOCRATS! We will lose it ALL! America
    will lose it all

    September 7, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  5. frank

    Hillary is a sell off.

    September 7, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  6. Realistic

    I don't think anybody cares about the few hundred idiot Hillary supporters that haven't come over yet. Goodness knows Hillary thinks that the PUMAs are as much losers as anybody.

    Bill and Hillary are going after McCain and his desire to continue the Bush legacy of more Americans dead in the desert, more maimed Americans being denied adequate veterans benefits, an awful economy, but a transition of America to a theocracy of radical religious right wackos where our new mullahs will be Dobson, Hagee and Robertson. Praise Jesus! (Or leave you non-believers and Jews).

    September 7, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  7. Obama inspires just like Hitler did

    If the Democrats want to win: UNinstall Obama and give the nomination to the woman who actually won it-

    Bill- you and Hillary were the show at the convention. Without the two of you millions would not have bothered to watch Obama spend outlandish amounts of money just to glorify himself.

    I think America already saw enough of him.

    Peace to you and Hillary. I can not vote for Obama now. it would be to approve his dirty politics, it would be to reward the race card and the misogyny he so skillfully manipulated to his advantage.

    September 7, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. paul

    I am a republican in heart but registered democrat, and i wanted hillary to be on top of the democrat ticket,i actually preferred her over McCain...McCain is an old Man who could die at any moment...I Felt bad for Hillary she fought so hard and to have the race took from her for what??? A Novice Black man???? I believe what propelled Brack was the Fact he was Black....And he can Speak well...To me thats just dumb to vote for someone for that reason alone....So i blame black america in general for this ridiculous Predicitment the democrat party is in...

    September 7, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  9. JD Kate

    The Obama/Biden ticket MUST pick up the pace on pushing back and exposing the McCain/Palin ticket for what it is - a combination of stale old biz as usual and extremist views. Let's get the Clinton's in the fray and let them do what they do best!!

    September 7, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. LA2NC

    mike September 7th, 2008 8:01 pm ET

    You don't have to comment. Why don't you go on over to mccains site and blog there?

    September 7, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. carol kesling

    I WOULD PREFER TO HAVE A YOUNG SENATOR AS COMANDER IN CHEIF, AND A STRONG SECOND!!!!! i do not like wife cheaters in the oval office, especially when he was still married to carol while he was dating cindy!!!!!! BILL AND HILLARY WILL RALLY AROUND OBAMA AND BIDEN, YHEY WILL NOT CUT AND RUN.... ANYONE WHO DOESNT THINK MCBUSH AND BUSHY ARE NOY THE SAME WATCH FARENHEIT 9/11.THEY ARE BOTH WAR MONGERS!!!! BUSH HAS DESTROYED OUR CREDIBILITY ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!! you repubs should blame your own party for bankrupting our nation. miss pitbull sholud hop on her dog sled and go home, if they still want her and all the baggage that been brought out.. THE GLOVES COME OFF!!!!!!!!

    September 7, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. go away mongers Ventura ca

    President Clinton and Hillary will fight with the rest of we Democrats to CHANGE this Country-That's what we do- anyone who says they're for McCain because Hillary lost is either lying or crazy. Hillary stands for everything OPPOSITE of the gop. You guys need to let it go-

    September 7, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  13. armando b. vazquez


    September 7, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. Proud American of African Descent

    Why does CNN not let ample comments come in about Palin? what is wrong with the screener's here? I'm starting to believe that you are bias also. Let the American people state there opinions on articles you post! as long as there is no profanity in the comment, let us speak!

    September 7, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. Still for Hill- but now ONLY for Hill

    I would love to hear what Bill has to say to him.

    Boy... bet you are all kicking yourselves... you corrupt NEW democrats that tried to win by fixing and rigging a primary.

    Could have voted for the BEST candidate of all- Hillary- but, no... you all were having so much fun bashing and trashing Hill.

    You all thought you were so cool dividing the party and spewing vitriol and bigoted nasty comments.

    Now you should worry... too many life long democrats, too many women- you know, the lifelong loyal base of the democratic party- have moved on.

    I will always vote for Hillary. But Obama lost my vote when he decised to win by demeaning Hillary and by playing dirty politics.

    September 7, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. Kimber Grace

    Uh oh..........

    LIBERALS for McCain/Palin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (And I honestly believe that President McCain will "go to" Senator Clinton when it comes to health care.)

    September 7, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  17. LEH

    I am a lifelong Democrat. And all of you can pretend and wish away the fact that there ARE disaffected Democrats who may not be able to support Obama.

    President Clinton got played by Obama. He did say the Republicans was the party of ideas–and pretty much dismissed the Clinton legacy. It's pathetic that you call for party unity–when in fact, Obama denigrated Clinton, a former symbol and hero of the Democratic Party.

    It's politics as usual. So much for the change agent.

    September 7, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  18. facelift_4_america

    i am an imigrant who became a citizen in 1980, and i love this country but when i hear mccain talking about bureaucracy pisses me off, because that is the perfect name for him mr. bureaucracy. this country is crumbling and the war seems endless, the weakening dollar is a shameful thing for americans, i was in italy and i tried to buy some shoes because the streets of florence are murder with high heels, i had no euro with me at the time, and i asked if they woud take my american money and they laughed at me. if barack loses the election i we're doomed! and the bimbo that wanted to make alaska independent from the us, whats up with that? that's not putting country first. oh, get him fired because he hurt my sister, bimbo!

    September 7, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. J

    The Clinton's realize that Obama has a really good chance of winning this election and want very much to be seen to have been strong supporters of his candidacy should he win. Smart on WJC's part to invite Obama to have lunch.

    For those HRC supporters who are intent on constantly complaining about Obama's decision not to place her on his presidential ticket, please go vote for John McCain. Don't just talk about it or talk about how Obama is going to lose the election. Go do your part to help elect a couple of European American extremists become president and vice president.

    September 7, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  20. clover taylor

    At The Rebublican Convention they all shouted to drill for more oil,if the republican is given another term we will soon see the real effect of global warming .Do they care about the planet ?,do they have kids?.McBush and McPalin ageenda is all trickery just to deliver us to the oil companies to suck our wallets and take away our homes and our american dreams. Are we going to fall in the same trap BUSH and CHANEY put us in , wake up america!

    September 7, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  21. Nina

    No way no how no MCcain get a cane

    September 7, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  22. Willie Graham

    I refuse to believe the american people would vote for war a third time
    in three consecutive elections. After our image has taken such a beating, after being lied to again and again and again. I really dont know what it would take to make us see the light.


    We need a leader that knows how to lead, a leader that knows how to communicate. People anybody can be a bully, any iddiot can send us into war, how about this time voting for a leader that actually keeps us from war? I refuse to believe we have totally lost our minds.

    Vote Democrat, Vote Obama

    September 7, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. Marg.

    I am glad to see that Bill Clinton has asked Obama to have lunch with him. I understand that Hillary is on the campaign trail helping Obama and Bill will soon follow. I don't understand the "Hillary Supporters" that plan to vote for McCain and Palin. I guess that they don't get it as far as turning around and giving McCain their vote after Hillary asked them to give their support to Obama. It shows that they really never supported Hillary and her policy views. They only enjoy spouting off the the cable stations and the press. They had never planned to support the Democratic candidate for President (Obama). I am a woman and have been a Hillary and Bill supporter for years and am now am a strong supporter of Obama. I do not want another 8 years of a (Bush-McCain Presidency). It is about time that these woman that were Hillary Supporters grew up. Obama is now the candidate for the Democratic ticket. It sounds as if these women were not really Democrats after all.

    September 7, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  24. Kelly

    I supported Hillary during the primaries and the media, pundits, his mean-spirited supporters who blogged night and day, along with Reid, Pelosi and Dean are to blame for the way things turned out. I don't think Hillary should be backing Obama and frankly she is out of the race. She should just go back to her Senatorial position and wait until 2012. If she and Bill jump in now, it will look like they did it for political expediency. I will not vote for Obama as long as he is on the ticket and from the way the Democrats have been behaving in a sexist and nasty way towards Gov. Palin and her family, I wouldn't give them the right time of day. And I'm a liberal female.

    September 7, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  25. Barack & Roll

    It's nice to see them getting along...

    OBAMA 08!

    September 7, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
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