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. Listen to Our Children

    The Clinton's have been there and successfully done that. Obama is barely ahead of a party who's destroyed this countries economy and world wide standing.

    That should tell you that there is no way, no how, Obama will win in November!

    Planning for 2012 I can see Obama taking the #2 slot behind Hillary.

    Words don't count in this country, deeds do, Maybe by 2012 Howard 'Yeehaw' Dean, Nancy 'NO NUTS' Pelosi and Harry 'In Search light of knowledge' will all be out of the way and for the 1st time in 12 yrs neither party will try and steal the election from the American Voters.

    Thank you Bill, we still remember those great 90's! We had a shot this time with Hillary but no one including her and you figured that 3 people could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory...Pelosi, Dean and Reid, go do something else in life, please!

    September 7, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. kay

    Hey Dems let's vote for policies not race! Obama/Biden 08

    September 7, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. John

    The Clintons must speak directly to the "Clinton"supporters and point out that Ms. Palin is no Senator Clinton. She is no Senator Biden or Senator Obama either.

    I am watching the 2006 Alaska Governor"s debate on C-SPAN (sorry CNN) and I appeal to all Americans to watch this debate and listen to her answers. I am amazed that she was voted into office by the people of Alaska. She was not at all well versed on the issues and her answers are weak on content. Her delivery is "authoritative" and confident without the depth of abstract thinking a true leader must demonstrate.

    Her answers related to education, the economy, abortion and stem cell research were basic at best. Being confrontational is not the only trait we should be looking for in our number two leader.

    September 7, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. Greg

    Obama, Biden, Clinton, all voted June 6, 2007 against an ammendment to immigration bill 1348 to make English our official language. Therefore, they are traitors of this great nation and should be treated as such. God Bless America and may President McCain keep her strong so that the traitors from within do not destroy her!

    September 7, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. DemsR-united

    Way to go Bill! Obama can and will learn from one of the best Democratic Presidents. How to put Party FIRST!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 7, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. WA Hill supporter

    Bill and Hill are good Democrats. Obama should go public with his plans for Hillary and put all this nonsense to rest. Do the PUMA's need a bigger 2 by 4 to the head to see that a McPa(l)in election would be devastating? I am very afraid, this country (sort of ) elected Bush TWICE. Do not take anything for granted, even the bogus poll numbers.
    Obama/Biden 2008/2012

    September 7, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. Darrell

    This can only be seen as a good thing.The former Democratic President having lunch with the next Democratic President makes sense.Unlike some Hillary (or so called,because I would not offend the real ones) supporters, Bill and Hillary are true blue Democrats and want to do anything they can to make sure Obama wins the Whitehouse.I am sure Bill will have some great things to discuss with Barrack.I wish people would lay off the Hillary thing and be patient.There is no doubt there is a very important job that Hillary will be offered by Obama and that is the biggest reason she was not picked for VP.You all know Obama is a very thorough person and this is one of the most important qualities needed for President,and he will no doubt have a post for her.He will not use the speed dating tactic the Republicans use for VP picks. It would not surprise me one bit if Hillary was to head up healthcare in the Democratic party.Speaking of healthcare why can many other countries have successful healthcare run by government and not Americans.O I forgot it is only Republicans that do not see outside of the US and realize this can be done efficiently through government.If you have a diplomatic President and unity you can find out some good points on healthcare systems around the world that are successfully run through government.

    September 7, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  8. Nichol

    Do your research, Bush and McCain have different policies. Our lives could be in the hands of someone who has little to no experience and confides in a person who is not the sole decision maker "Biden". Americans take responsibility over your own actions and stop asking the government to bail you out of your responsibilities. Why do you think we pay so much on taxes. We are too busy bailing each other out instead of helping our country. Country First with McCain!!!!!!

    September 7, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. linda from prescott

    to John Smith sep 7th, 8:02PM
    well said/Bravo

    September 7, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  10. Voter

    Why are some people voting for a VP??

    McCain and his "shoot first, ask questions later" policy making process is the one running!

    September 7, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  11. Rob indetroit

    No way, No how, no MCsame-MCmoose.

    September 7, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  12. Former Dem

    People think PUMA is about revenge. But really it is about desiring QUALIFIED proven leadership in the White House. I dont think the Bush Administration failed necessarily because of platform, but because of Bush's ineptitude and inability to keep his ego out of his job. HENCE he convinced a nation to get into an unnecessary war. Senator Obama has demonstrated over and over again in his dismal Senate voting record that his ego, and career aspirations matter more to him than casting a vote (every once in a while).
    Undecisive leadership is highly susceptible to corruption; history has shown this to be the case over and over and over again.

    McCain's legacy of crossing party lines to the extent of alienating some powerful people in the Republican establishment resonates true leadership.
    "I would rather lose an election than a war" says enough to me.
    Palin's GOP corruption takedown is killer, too.

    Sorry Hill and Bill, your hard work in the 90s was appreciated by many of us, but we are more interested in competency and leadership than issues...because issues come and go. The effects of poor leadership can last for decades!

    September 7, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  13. Shawn

    I listened closely to what Sarah Palin had to say during the convention. She mostly went after Obama for being a community organizer. I guess she forgot he is a state senator and is currently on the Foreign Relations Committee. On the other hand you have Palin who has only been out of the country one time and that was to Kuwait. She is no Hillary Clinton. They both differ on issues. During Palin's speech she displayed no substance. She did not talk about what is affecting people today. She will be tested during the debates. McCain and Palin both talk about change, but how can you have change when you voted with Bush 90% of the time. Thats not change but more of the same. You can't say one thing and then turn around and say another. The problems we are in today are from McCain and his record proves it. I cant wait for debates to shed some light on McCains record. From the war to giving tax cuts to oil company's that have made record setting profits.

    September 7, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  14. letsputfamilyfirst

    Lets stop bashing and wait to see what comes out of this lunch. Maybe Senator Obama won't barf or maybe the food is safe enough for him to eat. They hate the fact that Senator Clinton lost to him and now they want his trust to get in some kind of position in the cabinet. Bill wants to use one of the rooms in the WH, and Hill wants the WH still. But, all-and-all, they will work together to make the Dems the Best in the White House and the Greatest Preisdent since Kennedy! Go OBAMA 08 thru 16.

    N McShame, McLie, McCheat, No Failin Palin

    September 7, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  15. Sarah Bell, Cleveland, OH.


    September 7, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  16. NYCSF

    Since Clinton has a library, they should discuss what they think of Palin taking away freedon of speech in Alaska. According to the Times article, she had the audacity to ask how she can remove books from the library!!!!!!!!

    As more details unfold on Palin, I think she is one CRAZY person.

    She does not represent American values when she is willing to take away freedom of SPEECH.

    September 7, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  17. Jake

    Obama made a mistake. The Biden pick gained him zero votes. The Palin pick gained the Republicans millions. How could Obama not have picked Hillary?

    September 7, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  18. Mary Anne

    Poor Barry, saying "my Muslim faith," with George Stephanopoulos shows that Sarah Pailin has completely gotten under his skin. The poor fellow falls apart without a script and a teleprompter.

    All style, no substance!

    McCain/Palin 08 The Right Side of History!

    September 7, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  19. HappyObamaSupporter

    John McCain did lead in May, and the polls change daily. Remember, that the polling on Sunday takes into consideration many evangelicals who overwhelmingly support the republican ticket. The state by state polls are trending to Obama. Yes this race will be close, but I do think that Obama/Biden will pull it out in the end.

    September 7, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  20. Obama = False Hope, Bad Change

    The only change I've seen him make is changing his mind on issues. He should have picked Hillary for VP, but I guess he can't handle the pressure from the Republicans that's why he had to pick one of McCain's old best friends, Biden.

    September 7, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  21. Virginia Voter

    Good to see one of America's best Presidents and one of America's future best Presidents sitting down to discuss politics!

    September 7, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  22. Perla

    I'd like to see Larry King invite Hillary and Sarah Barracuda onto his program to discuss the concerns of women in this election cycle. Of course, Palin won't be allowed to come out to play, but that's okay, Larry could give the time to HRC then, or share it with one of 'Cuda's female handlers.

    Seriously, this could go a LONG way to clarifying for the public whether a Dem or Repub administration would take better care of women's rights and concerns.

    September 7, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  23. confused

    U know folks I sit back and wonder why anyone would vote for the republican party. Granted I respect that the old man McCain chose a woman as his V.P. but we all have to realize that he did this as a publicity stunt. I understand that some Hillary Supporters are voting for McCain for the purpose of him chosing a woman as a V.P. but lets be honest he could have chose someone who is much much much more qualified than Palin is. That alone is not a good enough reason to vote for the McSame-Palin ticket. If u're one of the voters who is not happy about the way the economy is going now, do me a favor and sit back and just think how much worse it would be if u vote for someone who has agreed with Bush 90% of the time!!! can somebody please give me a reason why anyone should consider the republican candidates? Palin is not a good enough reason for me!!!!

    September 7, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. CHANGE

    Why no mccain.

    1) We can lower the abortion rate while still supporting womens rights. Look at bush hes pro life and are abortion rate is still high. so much for that arguement McCain.

    2) Obama wants to lower taxes for 95% of america the mccain camp is flat out lying saying he will raises taxes. The only higher taxes is going to the oil companies making 10000000000000000000000000000000 gazillion dollars. but mccain wants to drill no wonder the oil companies give him $2mil for campaign.

    3) Bush was prolife and the abortion rate is still high

    4) McCain is Bush how can this country be so stupid and fall for a republican candidate another 4 years. our economy will fail and we will always be at war.

    i cant type anymore i g2g to be continued

    September 7, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  25. prezobama

    I felt really bad for Bill during the convention. I think it would have shown a lot of unity if Obama, Hillary, and Bill were all on stage after his acceptance speech last Thursday night. Even though he represents the past, he still deserves the respect of a 2-term former president.

    September 7, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
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