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. Pastor John

    CNN gets the facts wrong again. Clinton did NOT make the motion for B Hussein's nomination. She was the representative for the NY delegates who moved to suspend the rules and nominate by acclimation. The motion was already made by Bela Pelosi and several states had announced their delegate choices. It was NY's turn when Clinton spoke.

    To Mike: You are right Obama will not win. But I don't think Billary will be alive in 2102.

    September 7, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  2. Barbara, San Francisco

    Well now that Obama is trailing in the Gallup poll by 3 points. all of a sudden he needs the Clintons. I hope the Clintons dump him after he dumped on Hillary by not picking her for VP.

    Picking Biden was a horrible mistake and now Obama is stuck. Sarah Palin has turned the election upside down and Obama has no one to counteract her. But, it's his own fault. With that kind of decision making, we really don't need him in the White House.

    McCain/Palin 08'

    Sarah Palin 12 & 16'

    September 7, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  3. Tina

    I am prolife, however, I also believe that man republican or democrate can control what moral decisions people make. Even God gives all man free will to decide to do right or wrong. It's not up to us. I think religion should be left out of politics. I understand trying to make things right, but we can only answer for ourselves. God will deal with the rest.

    September 7, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  4. Ron Pab,San Francisco

    some of hilliary supporters will not listen to her because they
    believe she shouldu be the nominee in the first place.
    Obama even did not include her in VP selection.Thats disgusting
    the Clintons should stop supporting him.

    Too sad democrats are divided.And her supporters will rather
    support Sarah,THE HOCKEY MOM.

    Palin Power 2008

    September 7, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  5. shawn

    MCcain/Palin 08.... they truely are the best ticket you watch

    September 7, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  6. Tina

    I'm sorry above I said man can control I ment can not control what moral decisions man makes.

    September 7, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  7. tim

    President Clinton will have to have nausea medicine before he can
    campaign for Obama.

    September 7, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  8. Mary Anne

    No, I am not supporting McCain out of spite or revenge. I was a Democrat my entire life and so was my husband and it was bad enough when the right wing of the Dems attacked the Clintons a few years back but when the left wing did it too, with none other than Obama leading the charge, that is when I decided that the Dems needed to be taught a lesson. So, the best way to teach a politician a lesson is by NOT electing them to public office. This is our goal and we are also please with John McCain being the candidate because he has always struck out on his own even if he was popular in doing so. Perhaps the Dems can learn something from him?

    September 7, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  9. Disgusted

    Good move for the democratic party. This is a battle that the democratic party must win or else our country is going to be in a much worst shape than it is now. Senator Obama will be the next president of the US and there is nothing that can stop what God has put His hand on. Keep the faith Senator Obama and stay in touch with the Father. Republicans have been in power too long. Thank God for you and may He place a hedge around you. We love the work you are doing to make this US a country of one people, not a group of red states or blue states. If we are one nation under God, it is time to unite republicans, democrats, independents, and conservatives as one.

    September 7, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. Bill Colorado

    The difference between Sen Clinton and Gov Palin? Last I checked Senator Clinton was not running for either President or Vice President. Perhaps this confusion is the problem.

    I also think Obama followers dont get it. Gov Palin is not interested in attracting Clinton supporters. Just the rest of the voters out there.

    September 7, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  11. jane

    don't do it Bill or Hillary, he is using you.

    September 7, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  12. Hillary Boy NY

    Poor Nobama, he's desperate now! McCain is leading nationally with only 2 months until election day. That's what he gets for picking Biden over Hillary

    September 7, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  13. Mary Anne

    I will never be healed until Obama and his campaign goes down in smoke in November. Than, if the Dems come to their senses, I will be back to vote again. If not, I will press the GOP button for a long, long time. I am so done with this nonsense!

    September 7, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. Uh

    No Lisa B. Obama has extended and extended enough already. I was not crazy about the HRC campaign, but ultimately would not have minded seeing her on the ticket. But this perception that she needs to be constantly soothed, stroked and coddled is a bit much. HRC probably doesn't even expect it anymore. I think had her supporters not tried to play hardball (voteforboth, PUMA) and tried to strong arm Obama into selecting her, he might have felt that her presence would not be a constant distraction.

    The primary has been over for months now and we still have people hollering about how they will punish the party b/c HRC is not on the ticket. Believe me, Hillary's not done yet and her day will come, in the meantime both Clintons offer good stuff and they should not hold out.

    September 7, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  15. James Carville

    LOL....... look at Obamabots' comments on this page!!!!!!
    they realise how inexperienced and naive Obama is and how badly they need the formerly demonized Clintons.

    Obamabots are dumb hypocrites as usual.

    September 7, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  16. Mary Anne

    Mike be careful, they will tell you that you an angry white woman who supported Hillary! lolol

    September 7, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  17. dre

    too soon to draw one knows for sure what will happen when either candidate gets into office, if history taught us anything is what the candidates promise and what they will deliver often delivers disappointment.
    so lets the candidates do their thing and lets forego the derogatory comments..

    September 7, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  18. Pat Iyar

    Obama, i pray everyday taht you will win and get these republicans of the Whitehouse. How many times has McCain mentioned fight and war in the RNC acceptance speech. McCain just does not get it,
    Obama 08'

    September 7, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  19. Paper thin

    Obama has done nothing with his time in government. He can write two books about himself but not create one single law. Paper thin experience no thanks,

    September 7, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  20. Patou

    if there's a woman who should make history, it's the one who earned 18 million votes : Hillary Clinton !!
    we have to fight hard, so that Sarah Palin won't steal the spot from Hillary ! To do so, we have so prevent Sarah Palin from being elected this year ! Because, if Sarah Palin get elected, she'll be in the white house as VP and have enough experience to beat Hillary in 2012 !!
    McCain and Obama only have 4 years !
    If Obama wins in 2008,( and he will) , Hillary bill be our candidate in 2012 !
    but if McCain wins ( which is impossible), Sarah Palin will have an easy task in 2012 against Hillary !
    Let's all prevent Sarah from making history..that's not her fight..! Hillary is the one who started it !

    September 7, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  21. Californian

    Obamba is a nobody with no experience (except as a 'community organizer' (LOL!) and Biden is a big mouth doof ... together they equal the losing ticket! Go REPS!!

    September 7, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  22. Crispus

    The sad thing is there are people who just want Obama to fail because they cant believe he is genuine. He is criticized because he is smart and well educated. Some people are taught that if a guy like Obama is successful it is because he took an opportunity from someone more deserving...someone white.

    September 7, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. Joan, Kentucky

    I sincerely believe that McCain -Palin is not what our country needs . In the first place, Palin is not qualified to step into the presidency if the need arose. With McCain being 72 years old, (76 before a term is over), and a survivor of 4 occurances of cancer, do we really need to take that chance?
    I also believe that Barack Obama is smart enough to offer Hillary a position in his cabinet or appoint her to the Supreme Court. Bill Clinton will also be a valuable advisor to him.
    American`s better wake up and consider this election prayerfully and carefully.

    September 7, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  24. Colman

    There is a cry in this land. It is a cry of 40 million who do not have health care. It is a cry of hundreds of thousands who have lost jobs, their jobs have been shipped to overseases. It is the cry of many who cannot afford the college fees for their kids. It is the cry of millions who have to work doubles and tripples to make ends meet. It is a cry of millions who have lost their homes. The cry of millions who have to dig soo deep in their pockets to fuel thei cars. It is the cry of veterans coming from Iraq wounded to wait for months for health care. The list is endless and all a mess of Macbush. This country is in a real crisis. That is why we need change, and need it now.

    All those millions who are hurting, come on now and vote Obama-Biden. They have a plan for you. Republicans have a plan for themselves but not you. They will never tell you but if they take White house that is the time when you will understand it. But it will be too late.That is why they are saying this is not a campaign for issues.

    No Way No How No Mac-Bush-Pain.

    September 7, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  25. Dan, IL

    To a previous poster, Hillary will be dead in 2102 – we all will. Enjoyed the typo. 🙂

    With Palin on the scene, the democrats are getting nervous. Obama and the Clintons believe that "making up" may be their only chance of winning the election. The noise level is very high out there among liberals and the media – it's obvious they are very concerned about this election.

    This country will ultimately elect McCain and Palin.

    September 7, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
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