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. Francisco Cardenas

    So, Obama is meeting Bill Clinton at the Clinton Foundation offices ... isn't this the same Foundation that the Obama Camp was screaming and demanding for disclosure on who was donating money to it?
    Politicians will always be politicians just like cow dung will always be cow dung.

    September 7, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. deborah

    United we stand!!!

    September 7, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. Republican for change

    Picture of a former and 2 future great Presidents of USA.

    Stop the GOP = Plunder in 2008

    September 7, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. Linda of Atlanta

    I am very glad that President Clinton, the one I voted for, is back! I look forward to his putting his considerable intellect and talent forward to advance the best interests of America.
    President Clinton, more than anyone else, must know that McCain and Palin would be very dangerous as President and Vice President for America with two wars and an economy that is in serious trouble. After all, he was the last President who presided over a peaceful and prosperous America!

    September 7, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  5. jose morales

    yes i,m voting for mc cain cose he does respect america and she didnt need a commitee to tell him who to pick for vp i like to know with obama if we have a crisis then he 1st will create a commitee to solve it and hoping by then is to late to do anything ,his record in the senate is voting present ,cose he want no troble with republicans or democrats,let me say it like it is ,he has no huevos to deside anything
    mc cain would do a better job in the white house, and yes im a democrat that supported hillary,,,,please all hillary supporters please think whats best for the USA and vote republican this time and for hillary in 2012

    September 7, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  6. SteveJJ

    Isn't this adorable, Barrack and Bill having lunch together. And Obama Mama Campbell Brown will probably be there to cover every word and every bite.

    September 7, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. mary kirk

    Obama is unfit to be President,guess he'll enlist the Clintons to go and fight the girl Palin for him.EVEN the Clintons can not change or rewrite Obama's pathetic professional resume:bought n' owned(Soros,Reid,Pelosi,Daley,Axelrod...not to mention Rezko) Chicago style political hack,his brief IL state senate period marked time with "I'M here,present votes" then US senate short timer experience is UNremarkable as he did nothing but run(aka ADVANCE HIMSELF) for the DNC nomination and sell his memoires,Thanks but no thanks DNC,VOTE McCain/Palin08.

    September 7, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  8. jaguar

    With the economic disaster of the last eight years (Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac bailout, I think this election might be a single issue one: Race. Lets see how Clinton can help.

    September 7, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. Rich Minnick

    September 7, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  10. Nowhere Man

    The Chosen One probably wants pointers on how to pick up Babes from The Great Philanderer himself. Why else would he want to meet with such a rutting pig of a person?

    September 7, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. Don Hiller

    comments are closed for this article.....

    September 7, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. Sylvia


    September 7, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. Stephen

    @Lisa B.

    I guarantee Hillary will be part of his cabinet. And I think there will be a new position dedicated to universal healthcare which she'll be in charge of.

    September 7, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  14. Derek

    I am tired of these polls.QUESTION : how many people where polled ? when where they polled ? Who where the people that where polled ? I do not know anyone that has ever been polled including myself. If u are not going to poll everyone do not report them b/c they are not accurate.

    September 7, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  15. ROCKY



    September 7, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. Bottom line: Obama has NO resume, even for change!!

    Translation: Nobama will try anything to get elected, even swallow his pride to get Bill into the mix. Bill harpooned him in the primaries, but all is forgiven now. They are pulling out all the stops to get this non-achiever elected.

    September 7, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  17. Roberta

    The republicans seem to be very excited because Palin can read. I quess they set the bar very low, as well as their expectations because of the last republican clown they were goo goo over.,

    September 7, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  18. FreeNLovIt

    You want to fight! Leave it to the Republicans! We Demo dogs need to call them home to rest.

    These two parties CANNOT live without each other. The Ying/Yang relationship is perfect with both of them. Cold and Hot. Hard punch/soft punch.

    Tai Chis is the way to win. Hard punch – Republican... Soft Punch.. the Democrats...

    September 7, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  19. FreeNLovIt

    Soft punch absorbs the toughness and turns it against the enemy. We need soft punch... it can only be Obama.

    September 7, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  20. 78,yr. white 4 Obama /Biden 08/12

    All you have to do is look at what has gone on in last 8 years /Republicans keep harping about Congress well who is it that vetoes at the end isnt his name Bush?
    I could care less what gender /Nationality I go by what he has done starting from scratch /his judgement and intelligence he gave up wages he could have had but was more interested in helping others than the amount of his wages .
    Did you see the McBush'twins ", Phooling .Cheney,Rove,Graham and their gang volunteering to help disadvantaged people ?Not in this life .
    Speaking of negative vs McPhalling and still coming out of the woodwork what a looser but they need to check her" Dairygate" that is another bag of worms "Just google Dairygate &Polin" .
    The Soccer .Sports Center in Wasilla is still in the courts on some of Phailings dealings.
    Run out of paper printing all her falures .

    September 7, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  21. Florida voter

    HAHA Obama already lost with not chosing Hillary! Mccain won when he chose Palin.

    September 7, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  22. Bob G.

    Bill and Hillary,

    They'll do it – but they won't mean it!!

    Perhaps Obama will tell the world why he chose NOT to make Hill the VP candidate.

    September 7, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  23. Stan

    Not sure how to comment to this news; let me check McCain's website and get the talking points...

    September 7, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  24. Joey N.

    It's time for the Clinton's to step aside. I think their great and I am a staunch Hillary supporter but time is up, the decision has been made! If Obama thinks he could win this fight then why enlist the aid of the Clinton's? The people will decide!

    "The people should not fear their Government...The Government should fear their people!

    September 7, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  25. Texan

    I can't believe this. After all the Clintons are responsible to train Obama to be a President. It's a shame that they trashed them during the primary. Democrats are dump. What goes around will comes around Democrats will lose this election. Obama and his supporters should be a shame of themselves that Obama has to turn around and ask the Clintons for help. Why Clinton and not Ted Kennedy? He’s the one who started this mess any way. Hillary kept on telling them that Obama can't win over and over and what they did to her? They slashed her up if I were Clintons I wouldn't even bother. Obama doesn’t deserve help from them.

    September 7, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
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