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. young voter for obama


    September 7, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |


    September 7, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. ginger

    I visited this great website that shows where each canidate stands on the issues. Did any of you know that in 2000, John McCain voted against sending financial aid to African to fight aids, because he said, "The effort would used only be to fuel corruption." I thought on my god. How could he say such a thing. He didn't look for a solution around the corruption if that was even true.

    I ask that all of you who post in these forums to really research where each of the canidates stands on the issues. Oh, and by the way, it's been noted that Obama's tax plan is really better than McCains.

    You people think you are hurting now if you allow McCain and Sarah Palin in office you really will be hurting.

    September 7, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |




    September 7, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  5. Lin

    Hillary should have been on top of the ticket and Obama should have been VP. That would have been unstopable. They would have been ahead double digits in the polls. Democrats had no loyalty towards the Clintons and Bill who had been a great president. It was the perfect senario for the democrats with gallup today showing McCain leading Obama 48 to 45

    September 7, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  6. Tamarra

    what is the deal with these Hillary supporters who have decided to vote for McCain? Just to let you know about some history- Women got the right to vote in 1920 however people of African decent got the right to vote 1865. I would have been proud no matter who won the primaries because I am a black women. But these white women just cant let us (black people) have our moment. One would think it is long over due. What happened to the time when white women worked with black people to help revolutionize this country to include us too. If Hillary had won I would have supported her as much as Barack Obama. It disgust me that they decided not to support our time.

    September 7, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. Mia

    Sorry Bill and Hillary, but I will not vote for Obama.

    September 7, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  8. Sarah has great judgement.

    Clearly Obama the great phony did not fool Sarah Palin with his self-important bragging.

    For that reason alone, she is qualified to be VP.

    She is not fooled by wolves in sheeps clothing.

    Hillary saw Obama for the fraud that he is, also. That is why she is also qualified to lead. Unfortunately, HRC's hands were tied. She could not fight Obama fair or square- the racist label was flying. She could not criticize Obama- it might damage his chances.

    So Hillary was sacrificed so the lesser qualified candidate could gain an advantage.

    Millions will never forget or forgive that treachery.

    September 7, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  9. You Gotta Be Kidding Me

    How many of you Obamabots have seen the latest Obama gaffe video where he talks about his muslim religion, the interviewer asks "Christian religion?" and Obama realizes what he had said and says "Yeah Christian religion." Looks like that New Yorker cover might be close to the mark after all

    September 7, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  10. Angela from PA

    Hillary has done more for Obama than any other losing candidate in history. As a continued Hillary supporter, I would like to see the olive branch extended more from Obama. Of course Obama did make the comment several times to HIllary " I can win your supporters, but you cannot win mine." Well, perhaps Obama is coming to reality- with his lead over McCain just 1 point now. His arrogance has been very disappointing. Obama has to earn each and every vote to win this campaign- just as McCain has to do the same. Hillary should not have to do it for him and should not be expected to. He made his decision and now its time to stand up and act like the leader he says he is.

    September 7, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  11. Phoenician

    I am amazed at the response to Gov. Sarah Palin's choice as if she has become the annointed one to dig America out of the ditch- Military, economic health care crisis created by the Republican controlled congress senate and White house. Are the Republicans out of their mind. They do have a very short memory.

    September 7, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  12. Bob the builder

    If the Clintons believed that he was unfit for commander in chief during the primary, they need to tell us why they are flip-flopping now. Are they trying to persuade the country to elect somebody who is not qualified? That is not doing any good to the country.

    September 7, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  13. Kris

    As a HILLRY CLINTON DEM – I will NOT vote for obama.
    WHAT does Hillary owe obama after the way he bashed her daily???

    Maybe he should of Picked Hillary Clinton as his VP – we would not even be talking about who would win!!! BUT he did NOT – and that mistake will cost him the election.

    McCain/Palin will get my VOTE – and Millions of Americans feel the same way.

    September 7, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  14. forgiven

    I really agree with Hillarys first opinion on Obama, He is just not ready to lead yet, and personally I still think she feels that way but has to act as if she doesnt because of his nomination from her own poitical party.

    September 7, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  15. whiteboy for obama

    GO BILL CLINTON! a man who knows how to run an economy. mccain will be like bush.

    September 7, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  16. vw

    Unreasonable for Clintons do this for OB.

    September 7, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. Pat

    Hillary: Senator; Bill: Secretary of State.

    September 7, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  18. Rob indetroit

    Charlie Gibson is going to give sarah palin a soft interview,big surprise.

    September 7, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  19. Kay

    I submitted a comment but as usual, it has been either deleted immediately or banned by the CNN staff. I guess the only way to get a comment printed is to bow down and kiss the ground the CNN staff stands on politically. So much for non-partisanship on their part.

    September 7, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. Nichol

    By the way I was at the rally in Colorado Springs and yes the flags that were handed out around the committed crowd of 10,000 devoted supporters to McCain and Palin in honor of holding those thrown out flags. They were waved with honor and pride for McCain is the real hero and the real man of honor. Don't always believe what you hear and read. CNN is wrong on this one. They take a word here and then another one there and lets put it together. Fox is the number one news channel!!!!

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

    John MCbush isn't sure he bought his daughter a japanese car, big surprise.

    September 7, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  22. derimec

    i love the Clintons , love Obama great job.

    September 7, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  23. Ralph Peoria, Il

    The Hillary supporters will not be fooled by just anyone in a dress.
    I've seen Rudy G. in a dress and it was not pretty.

    The Clinton's know that they can't let their ego's get in the way of saving the world from John McCain. They will help and we will win.

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

    How much money will Sen. Obama have to contribute toward Sen. Clinton's debt?

    September 7, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  25. jwhoop

    Good work dems.I hope the american people can put their personal feelings aside pick the candidate that will restore this country's dignity in the world today, or else Bush and his cronies are waiting to finish what they've already started, that is to grag this great nation down the drain.

    September 7, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
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