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. E.C.Coleman

    To Minnesota're so out of touch, yourself, that you really are just 'quoting verbatim exactly the trite expressions that you've seen others write or heard from the Media.' I daresay that you are either qualified or in a position to name one single example of what President Bush has done through Executive Order that Senator McCain has mimicked. You're so caught up in the 'Hate Bush Campaign ' started by the Democratic Party 8 years ago and the Michael Moore fanatics because of Bush's Election Win over Gore, that you're Sad and pitiful. President Bush will be remembered in American History as being the Outstanding President of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Great Men do not bask in fantastically high poll percentages, but in low ones, for these greatest men are continually the ones who live with controversy. Of course, your precious Media won't tell you that fact, for you only learn the 'real stuff' in school and with an education. Senator McCain and Governor Palin are head and shoulders better thant Obama/Biden and will prove it so, when the GOP wins this Election. Not everyone sticks his/her head in the sand; usually, most persons interested in their country's future will read and learn the issues and determine 'Who is More Qualified.' Bet you cannot even relate how Obama cast Votes in the Senate. If you know and still want to support this unqualified and inexperienced man who knows nothing of our Government, then just go back to sticking YOUR head in the sand and remain uninformed. However, the right man and right woman for the jobs are on the GOP Ticket, like it or not. Their qualifications and experience stand for each and are impeccable and outstanding.

    September 7, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  2. Netty

    A mayor or governor is "sort of like" a senator – – except that senators deal with issues that affect the entire NATION and America's foreign relationship with COUNTRIES around the WORLD !

    September 7, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  3. Col Joe Bento US Army

    Welcome aboard it is ever more important that it become an all hands on deck campaign. Failure is not an option and the stakes are way too high. Our great nation cannot afford to give the same folks who have done us so much harm another four years. America needs to vote its hope and not their fears most of which are manufactured by the lie until you make it duo of Karl Rove and Steve Shmidt. Same speech writers and same smear tactics. They will distract us as much as possible because they are dead wrong on all the major issues facing our land. Best example is Caribou Barbu palin who is head faking our land with lies and they keep her in a cocoon while they try and give her a basic how the world works education. No Way No How No Mc Same! YES WE CAN CHANE IS OUR AMERICA DONT LET THE REPUBLICANS STEAL THE TRUTH!

    September 7, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  4. Debbie

    The Clintons campaigning with Obama is a powerful force. What about Palin's millions of earmarks she requested as a mayor? Will McCain mention her name as well?

    September 7, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  5. Lincoln R A Springer

    Why do the Democrats like to play nice and fair. All is fair in love and war. Please go after the Reps and Mcpalin. You Democrats have got to start playing hard ball.

    September 7, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  6. Jimi NY

    Now we'll see "REAL" pit bulls.


    September 7, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  7. wesley

    Now he begs the Clinton's for help.
    Obama to Clinton
    (on his knees begging) – Please forgive me Mr. Clinton I need your help, forgive me.. (crying out loud)

    September 7, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  8. bern

    Good to hear. The Clintons in particular should be upset with McCain's game playing. His selection of Palin is an insult to Hillary and to all progressive women.

    Palin's little coming out interview will be with Charles Gibson. How exciting.

    McCain's people are afraid to let her be interviewed by an aggressive journalist. She is a lightweight and totally unprepared for prime time. But then I guess she "looks like" change. Then again, anyone would look like change standing next to McCain.

    I hope America understands the danger 4 more years of republican control will pose. Electing McCain-Palin will be the beginning of the end.

    September 7, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  9. rumormater

    Too bad, Obama needsClinton to beat Mccain VP Sarah Palin!!! And too bad, Hillary is a now in no win deal!! If she supports Obama, he will drop her off as he already did any way once he thinks he gets the momentum! Notethat he is very suspicious about Clintons any way. On the other hand fighting with Sarah Palin is hard and the chance for to win is slim. So she may look foolish and loose her political standing!!! The only good thing for Hillary to do is to stay out of the way, half democrates will blame her and half will subconciously support for her.

    September 7, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  10. Positive

    I think the Clintons and Obamas will probably end up very good friends now that the tension of competition is over. They share so much in common. They are all brilliant and all want the best for our country and share similiar ideas on how to acheive it. People do move on.

    September 7, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  11. Fredo

    I love that Godfather-esque picture of the three of them. Here stands the core of the political left: the Don, Sonny, and Michael. That's powerful photography.

    September 7, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  12. frank Jackson

    Mr John smith doesnt remember that WWII was ended by a democrat, nor does he remember that a republican caused the Great Depression, he also forgot about John F Kennedy standing up to the russians in the cuba missile crisis. How funny he forgets these things or even worse, he chooses to ignore it. I wonder if he works for a company where he can be wrong 95% of the time and still be able to keep his job. Obviously he likes paying for 4.00 a gallon gas, which was caused by the relaxation of policies sponsored and supported by Bush / McCain. Its also funny that he has NO problem with spending 10 billion a month on a war that cannot be won but will allow people on his own soil to starve and go homeless. SHAME ON YOU JOHN SMITH!!!

    September 7, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  13. Ilene

    John Smith - you've got a screw loose!

    September 7, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  14. rumormater

    I got moderated too!!! What a freedom of speech??? What's the ideas of liberals or democrates. CNN anchors hide their true color very well, but I did not believe they can go so low!!! If I Don't see my post, I will protest CNN!!!

    September 7, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  15. Razor Willy

    What will they have for lunch?

    September 7, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  16. Greg P.

    No one ever lost an election underestimating the stupidity of the voters.

    Republicans have a mighty infrastructure, from the Wall Street Journal, to all their talk radio surrogates, they get their twisted talking points out on a daily basis.

    The fact that McCain is even in the race at this point is a clear indication of how poorly educated the average American is.

    Clinton knows how to beat the repubs at their own game. Hopefully he'll have some good advice for Obama.

    September 7, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |


    Clinton 2012

    September 7, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  18. John

    Isn't interesting how Obama is always unknown? It only took Sarah Palin a couple days to get known. But put a black man in a suit, and the majority of white American conservatives will treat him as an unknown.
    I feel like I am living in the 1950s rather than in the 21st century many years after desgregation.

    September 7, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  19. baljeet


    September 7, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |

    The life of Christ was an immaculate conception, so we, as mere mortals, don't know when life begins. You evangelicals don't know either. YOU are ordinary sinners, so you are not better than the rest of us Christians, Also, what about when the child is born? Or do you really think you have a pipeline to God. You are ORDINARY Christens like the rest of us! Get over yourselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CNN please post this. These people need a wake up call.

    September 7, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  21. Texas


    People are smarter than what republicans are taking us for.

    McBush and Palincheney are wanting and will only go so far.

    September 7, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  22. Matt, PA

    The Clintons owe Obama nothing.

    September 7, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  23. john sevier

    i am a life long democrat my problems with obama are drugs use also his chicago problems his no votes on importan bills
    i will for frist vote republican ticket js

    September 7, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  24. irony

    drill baby drill=palin's plan for energy and family planning.

    September 8, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  25. jennifer

    More people watched Gov. Sarah Palin's speech than obama's. and McCain is now leading over obama. HA-HA! The clintons ae only making nice for appearances. Bill is a super delegate and has obligation to the party. All the loosers who talked bad about sarah Palin must feel pretty crunchy right about now. can she be mommy and vp all at the same time?OH YES SHE CAN!! How many times must obama be busted in a lie before the obama freaks realize what he really stands for? I am a democrat proudly voting for john McCain and Sarah palin. Some thing really smells fishy about this obama and i like my paycheck! McCain/Palin '08

    September 8, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
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