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. john

    Obama/Biden '08

    maybe Obama might make hillary his secreatary of state?
    it could work...

    either way, mccain/palin dont stand a chance

    September 7, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  2. Rave

    Bottom Line : McPalin will loose
    OBAMA / BIDEN (2008 -16)

    September 7, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |

    The Clinton's influence will definitely help Obama.


    September 7, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. Dale in Utah

    I can't remember a time when a candidate made any cabinet position promises before the election but to those who supported Hillary you can likely presume Secretary of State will be offered. Health and Human Services will be likely if not State. I wish Obama would announce a list of potential cabinet posts so we know what an excellent pool of choices we can expect. McCain says he will have Democrat(s) if elected. Right! Has anyone told the old senile war monger that Lieberman is not a Democrat anymore (and good riddance). The Palin bounce will fall very soon once people see what a nasty animal hides behind that superficial lipstick. What an insult to Pitbulls, far more civilized critters.

    September 7, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  5. TheTruthHurts

    Why do we incessantly try to make more of this than is really there? These are grown-ups people. They all respect each other. They all agree on the things most important in our lives. They all fight hard for what they want.

    We the public are the sore winners or sore losers. It's the silliness of us as supporters that perpetuates this mess. They are moving on with life. The real question is why can't we?

    September 7, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  6. how

    It's funny how Bush wasn't at the convention in person to speak, but had time to appear with smiles in a ad with the twins, it proves that McCain SAID he votes WITH Bush 90% of the time.

    Didn't two experienced republican politicians say that they didn't think this TRICK was going to work for McCain?.....YES

    CNN…….TRUTH, was stated by two woman that are Republicans, I don‘t think this trick is going to work. Guess they didn’t figure that he WILL fool some fools

    McCain = Bush another 4 years............

    September 7, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  7. phillygirl

    Maybe Palin can stop in and serve a moose burger. This election has turned into a true soap opera. If the old man and huntress win, I'll definitely move out of the country.

    September 7, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  8. David H

    Isn't Hillary being paid by the citizens of NYS to be a NY State Senator? Why is she campaigning in Florida for Obama on the public tax roles? This has always amazed me that the tax payers of NY aren't outraged by this fact. And she has the nerve to say that the economy is Bush's fault but yet she is not present in NY creating jobs instead she is using our tax money for one parties purposes. HEY HILLARY, GET BACK TO WORK.

    September 7, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  9. Linda

    They can eat dinner and have a jama party for all I care. It still will not change Obama's indoctrination and his ultimate agenda. Anything coming out of it will be window dressing for unity.

    I agree with mike. Why is it when a Democrat all their life doesn't want Obama it is labeled as racist, or 'really a Republican' as 'already healed' thinks? There are those of us for Country First. We saw what Party first got us the last 8 years under Bush.

    Obama is so much like Bush it is disturbing. Same smirk, same swagger, same my way or the highway mentality. And his blog robots are vile. They must be getting paid pretty good to stay on line 24/7.

    September 7, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  10. dre

    one has to consider that leadership is for the person who can perform the best, what is in our nations best interest, regardless of what party he or she represents, there has to be a certain level of respect for both candidates. both sides have achieved greatness in their own right and deserve repsect whether we agree with their policies or not..

    September 7, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  11. shocked

    Palin is a joke.
    The other candidates have been torn apart for the past 18 months and yet Palin is hidden from the public and the press. She will be on the ballot and we don't have access to her possitions on isues that have been front and centre from the start.
    Clinton's are there and we will see them distroy John Boy and his playmate

    September 7, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  12. Military Joe

    First let me start off by say that if America votes in McCain/Palin as the leaders of this country we all should be ashamed. Second, reading some of the other comments to this article that ensure that we do have some ignorrant people in America and closed minded, self destructive people in the Democratic party. John Smith, who added his comments above, sounds like the true Republican. John, I am serving my country in the military and am a Democrat. I know that I could defend this country better then 9/10's of the Republican base. I also fight for everyone in this country, not just for the rich. To Lisa B and Mike, you need to understand that while Sen. Clinton received 17 million votes, Sen. Obama also received 17 million votes and won the right to fight for the White House. Now I have heard way too many times about the Clinton supporters and what, when, and how Sen. Obama need to do to win them over. So here is what I have to say to you all. If you choose not to vote for Obama, then you will vote republican and all those issue that you supposedly care about will be deferred until 2012 as Mike put it. That means Sen.Clinton will have to court those Obama supporters who are having so much trouble getting help from those Clinton supporters. They may remember how Obama was treated by those so called Clinton/ McCain supporters. So lets put our heads together and get the self-serving Republicans out of the White House and get this country back on track.

    September 7, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  13. The Truth

    I thought it was already said that Hillary would be in the cabinet or on the Supreme Court.

    September 7, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  14. Mad

    Um wow- I thought the angry liberal bloggers said it was Clinton who was racist- why would they have lunch together then?

    I really was doubting McCain before- and Obama almost got me with the more of the same junk
    then I went into McCain's record and saw that this is the change we need
    someone who reaches across party lines

    Im happy to be a Democrat who has never vote Republican until now.

    September 7, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  15. Richard B.

    OH, so it's not ok for the former Gov of New york to make fun of Obama for community org but they meaning Democrats can refer compare Obama to Jesus. Well where do they get away with that and you even show the T-shirt on you show and you show it off with pride. So, now Obama is like the son of God right because the Democrats say so.

    September 7, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  16. Teresa

    Don't count the chicken before they hatch . The dream ticket is Obama and Biden. This what we want change . The country dosen't need four more years of broken promise. We need help now with healthcare, employment, econmy. As is now the richer get richer and the poorer gets poorer.

    if you want change then vote Obama and Biden. They will make change.
    I beleive everything that Obama saids he will change the country. I have childern and unemploy. I have a college education and even went back to get more education .

    PLease Vote !!!!!!

    September 7, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  17. Tam, CA

    When Hillary and Obama had their secret meeting a couple of months ago, she knew then what her role in his Cabinet will be. Yes she will be in a powerful role over healthcare and education as well, and more. She may not be the funeral going VP that Palin would be (and won't get the chance to be), but Hillary will be a more powerful person in the Obama Cabinet and using her networking role as a Senator for these past years. Elect the Democrats so all of our community organizers and workers along with Hillary can get to work strategically for all women and children, and needy families and communities. Something the republicans have no intention of doing.
    I hope this gets posted and not just moderated.

    September 7, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  18. Wreme

    Yes we can. I always know the clinton family is true democrat, they will conjugue their efforts to make sure someone who really can change the current situation of the country. It is clear we can't take another four years of Bush/Mccan... keep up the good work! Let's do everything we can to elect Obama. The country can't afford neither Bush/MCcan. When it comes to Palin, Hillary let's take care of business, don't allow someone coming from no where steal your supporters,,,,

    September 7, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  19. Errrrrr....

    did you know that neither the Republican party nor Democratic Party are mentioned in the U.S. Constitution..........but a Free Press is specifically called out as necessary to the working of our democracy.....

    Wow these party's want us to think they care!

    Remember, the system aint nearly as broken, as those corrupt politicians who want to blame it for failing you.....

    All crisis can be traced back to incompetence, complacency, and greed

    "The truth shall set you free"

    Set the precedent with Bush/Cheney for presidents to come,lie to us, break laws, create a war..... and you will be punished to the fullest extent.....never ever again

    September 7, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  20. Mad

    Look at their faces-
    Clinton is the real sad one
    Obama is looking like he really didn't want to be there

    September 7, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  21. dre

    a large percentage of americans never served in the armed forces, that includes half the senate, since when is it a prereq. for anyone to hold office, just because mc cain served doesnt ma ke him a viable candidate..

    September 7, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  22. Luv/Canada


    September 7, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  23. Shelly

    May be he is negotiating replacing Biden with Hillary !!!

    September 7, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. Texas Trail Kitty

    No. America will lose if Obama does not win. Rememer. people, IT ABOUT THE ISSUES. not Obama or McCain. The Republicans have made a mess in America. If you are happy with this mess, then vote McCaine/Palin. If you you love America, vote Obama/Biden.

    September 7, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  25. Obama/ Biden 2008

    It's a good sign. I think if Obama get elected and Hillary helpe him in this process, there would be an effective position for hillary in Obama administration. I can't get it why people want to tolerate Republicans for another 4 years after all the mess they created in this country.

    September 7, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
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