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. Democrat

    Too little, Too LATE.

    September 7, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  2. Another woman to slam

    Yes Sarah and Hillary are different as night and day on the issues.

    They are both great women warriors that stand and fight for what they believe in and for the people they represent.

    On the issues they are WAY different- so... ALL you ANTI-Hillary, anyone but Hillary, a woman yes, just not THIS woman, Hillary haters and bashers... YOU MUST LOVE SARAH PALIN- after all she is NO HRC.

    If you hated Hillary you must love Palin, right? Oh... so it WAS misogyny all along. You bigoted, sexist haters will slam ANY woman.

    September 7, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  3. Franklin

    How can anyone in this country conceive that the word "uppity" have racial overtones. I'm 67 years old and have heard that phrase used since I can remember. Long before blacks could vote. It was used for everyone who had money and thought they were better than anyone else. Anyone who placed themselves higher than anyone else , which seems to be happening here. This year, for the first time ever, I and my family are not voting democratic, we will see what happens and hold all of the democrats at fault. This is a raciest election and America will pay the price. John McCain, in my opinion, is not the best choice, but Gov. Palin could be.

    Thank you

    September 7, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. texas DEM


    YOU GO BILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    NY SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 7, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. Jack

    Let's see who would I rather have speaking with our potential leader, Bill Clinton a proven President that led an 8 year expansion of our economy with a $3 Trillion Dollar surplus or Ms Palin & John Mcgeezer two failures of politics?

    I know who I am going to vote for – DEMOCRAT ALL THE WAY!

    September 7, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I am proud of the Clintons. I am sure both Clintons will play an important role in the Obama administration. Wow, the Obama administration...that sounds great! GO OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 7, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. PUMA 4 HILL

    Look at Hillary's face... she has lost a very dear friend and supporter. You can see she is in sincere and genuine agony and pain...
    Then look at Obi ONE's face and all you can see is a smug elite expression.

    Where's the BEEF?

    September 7, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. Ron L

    Some of you Hillary supporters are really EXTREMELY baffling?? Line by Line if you compare the policies between Hillary and Barack the difference is almost indistinguishable. AND YET you would rather see John McCian win, which would lead to 4 more years of SLIGHLTY modified policies than Pres. Bush. Which means four more years of losing jobs, losing income, and no real improvements in Health Care policies. It really doesn't make ANY sense.
    The biggest reason Hillary loss was a POORLY ran campaign. And I am sure "she realizes this". Barack, Bill, and Hillary realize that 4 more years of Republican economics is unacceptable and they will work together to stop it.
    It will be clearly evident in the next two weeks..

    September 7, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Better hurry. G.O.P. lies travel faster than the truth.

    Obama 08!

    September 7, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. Careful what you wish for

    During the primaries it was all Hillary hatred.

    Oh I would vote for a woman... just not THIS woman.

    Anyone but Hillary.

    Anyone for VP but Hillary.

    Well you ignorant intra-party divisive haters of fellow democrats- McCain has answered your prayers.

    He has given you a great strong conservative REPUBLICAN woman that is nothing like Hillary on the issues. You must be in heaven now. Hope that Sarah is your cup of tea- Hillary sure wasn't.

    September 7, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. SF

    To all you Hillary supporters......I believe each and every one of you supported Hillary because she was an intelligent woman who understood each of you and the issues you felt were close to your heart. The very thought that McCain thinks that adding an unknown woman to his ticket who cannot even compare to Hillary will, somehow, make all of you support him let's send him a strong message and use Hillary's words!!!!


    September 7, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  12. Indian Immigrant

    Bill, Your and Hillery's enthusiastic support for Sen Obama would elevate the Clintons in the democratic party and save Chelsea generation from disaster with John Mcsame and barracuda Sarah Cheney at the helm.
    Please be a sport.

    September 7, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  13. Rob indetroit

    to the american people how is it that in a week where palin ,MCbush
    give speeches and take swipes at Obama, and dont give details on the economy health-care they dont talk about any thing important to the american people, how do they move up in the polls, ask your selves that next time you look in the mirror.

    September 7, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  14. Mads

    obama now need the clintons. PUMA!!!!! obama is not ready to be the president. VOTE FOR MCCAIN. AND GET HILLARY IN 2012

    September 7, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  15. spare me

    Please tell me one thing Obama has done in the Senate.

    September 7, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. Jess

    Why is CNN, and other news casters, contining to ask Obama questions about Palin? Obama is not running for Vice President, he is going to be the next President of the United States. Furthermore, I am sure Hillary and Bill will be important parts and players in Obama's eight years tour in the White House.

    September 7, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  17. Jean

    The Clintons are smart Democrates "YOU DON'T CUT OFF YOUR NOSE TO SPITE YOUR FACE.

    The big picture is extremely important!!!!

    If we supported any one of the candicates it is time to unite this battle needs all Democrates united the alternate is dreadful.

    September 7, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  18. TJ

    I am not sure why the Obama campaign does not bring up the Keating five scandal at all to show the similarity between the economy now and the subprime crisis and John McCain. It seems such an obvious argument. And the press except for a recent piece on Fox news about McCain does not seem to touch this issue. Why is every one so worried to talk about this issue?

    September 7, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. Pamala Brooks-Hawthorne, Ca

    I think these so called "PUMA" groups need to wake up and get off of their emotional roller coaster. This is politics ladies and gentlemen....the majority rules, and the minority, although entitled to their views, should follow.

    It is shameful to me that the bitter, scorned HillRaisers would consider going against their own party just to seek revenge on Obama. It is not obama they will be hurting, it is the democratic party. He did not do anything wrong like...tamper with the votes.....hmmm I smell a Bush #2 folly. Obama won fair and square....get over it. The "PUMAs" are no better than Joe Lieberman who calls himself a democrat, but supports McCain.

    I am just glad to see that Hilary and Bill are finally on board and doing what is right for the party. They are not letting their egos ruin our party. If these supporters are truly behind Clinton, they would follow her lead and support our new Democratic leader.

    I think people just don't know what they want and that is dangerous because people like elect leaders unqualified to lead the country.....I guess stickin it to the man is more important than the well being of our country.

    September 7, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. suzanne

    Obama is going to regret not picking Hillary Clinton as his VP. There are many Clinton supporters like me who will never vote for him because of the way he, his supporters and the media treated Hillary.

    September 7, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. kay

    After eight years of Bush ,who John McInsane has voted with at least 90% of the time,how in th world is this race is even close!!! Racism and America.....I guess that's an everlasting marriage. God please bless America. Go Obama!

    September 7, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. lisa beltran

    as a life long latina democrat from the south side of chicago, obama has not made a difference in my community, he does not have the experience nor desire to connect or make a difference of middle america. mccain/palin has my whole-hearted vote. change that is backed by actions– more than rhetoric.

    September 7, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  23. Anthony

    Obama is going to need his help. After Obama said recently that he is going to delay repealing the bush tax cuts on the wealthy after becoming president I would like to see where he is going to get the money to do all the things he says he is going to do. If you want to vote for a realistic candidate vote for McCain. If you want someone who makes a promise for things that only work in a world without problems vote for Obama. Obama has great ambitions for the US but his inexperience is jumping before looking.

    September 7, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  24. Truth be known

    Democrats... hating members of your own party- especially a popular expresident and his candidate wife is generally NOT a wise political strategy to win.

    Obama recklessly used that vitriol to his own advantage. Now even BILL and HILL may not be able to put this humpty dumpty hypocritical and bankrupt party together again.

    I don not know why they are so willing to try to help the hateful cheating Obama. He is perfect and he is the one... why does he need the help of Bill and Hill?

    September 7, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  25. Lifelong Black Democrat

    We love you, Hillary and Bill, and always will. Keep on truckin'-America desperately needs what you have to offer! I'll hold my nose and vote in November, but it still hurts!

    September 7, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
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