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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soundoff (562 Responses)

    I thought he did not need the help of the Clintons to win the election? Am sure he is regretting not picking Hillary. Obama is now running to the Clintons to rescue him but I believe it is too late now. The harm is done and nothing and no one can help Barrack Obama at this point. He reached his peak at the DNC Convention and McCain and Sara Palin has taken over and there is no return for Obama.

    Good Bye Barrack. See you at McCain Palin Swearing In oops! Obama is going to be missing in action at the inaugural ceremony.

    Thank God for Sara Palin.

    September 8, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  2. one of 18 million

    I remember a few months ago the best "political team" on television (Gloria, Jeff, Rolin, Jack , Donna and the rest) saying Obama does not need the Cintons , time to acknowledge you were wrong! thanks queen Palozi e King Reid for more 4 years of Republicans in power.

    September 8, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  3. Shannon wa st

    Good maybe well get off the topic of this Palin show. I am soo sick of hearing about her. I go shopping, shes on all the covers of the mags. I hope they sick the Clintons on them.. I am sick of it. I want someone smart in the whitehouse. We' ve had lets sit and have a beer pres,, it didn't work people.. I am an (I) and I am not voting for a tabs queen and old man river to run my country... Ask your self would you want Lynn Spears running your country??? The "right wing" was all over what a bad mother Lynn Spears is. So why is this ok???
    So, I ask the Dems to send in there sisterhood of the traveling pants and her pitt bull husband to sell this deal.....
    Obama Biden 08

    September 8, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  4. Michael

    The new USA Today Gallup poll shows McCain up +10, 54 – 44 over Obama.
    I have every confidence this election is over. The Liberman and McCain speechs locked up the majority of the independents, this was what they were waiting to hear from McCain.
    Palin has lit a fire in the Republican base that can not be extinguished . And will draw in votes from outside the party base that McCain may have not attracted.
    This is the CHANGE the majority of the American people have been waiting for. Change that will break the gridlock in Washington and turn Washington back to working for the people and solve our problems.
    Obama's change is just to move from the old establishment of the Republican party to the old establishment of the Democrat party. Partisain politics would have been alive and well under Obama, more party self serving gridlock.

    September 8, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  5. jennifer

    To nana: The election WAS Obama's to take, but of coarse it is like a man to be bitter when a woman shows him up like hillary did. Not choosing her as vp was the worst single mistake he made in this campaign. He left the door wide open for mccain to take the lead, and he did. the polls prove it.

    September 8, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  6. Texan for Obama

    This is the most important election of our lives. We have had 8 years of misery and disaster after disaster. We are the laughing stock of the world. It is not about Obama, or Hilary or McCain or Palin. It is about what we want and what we are paying taxes for. What we fought for. Do not fall for the the distraction of Palin. Republicans have done nothing for the American people as a whole. They only helped those that are like them. Wealthy. Obama is the best candidate. I remember in 1992 a govenor from Arkansas was told that he didn't have experience he won anyway. And became a great President. We had jobs and the country was not in debt or hated. Senator Obama stand your ground and run your game plan. Bush/Cheney pretty much killed it for the Republicans for a while. Those have dranked the McCain/Palin kool aid I am not all you to take me off the cliff to ruin. GO OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 8, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  7. Southern Girl

    This morning on Meet The Press, Biden said they will campaign all together. I think this is great and a very smart move. Bravo, for settling your differences and putting this Country First!

    September 8, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  8. Jake

    It is because of you anti-Hillary people that Obama wouldn't choose Hillary either though she was the best choice and because of your narcissism the DEMs are going to lose.

    September 8, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  9. Alaska and Arizona POW for Obama/Biden

    Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman VP and was a democrat. You people get inform before who say such thing that this is the greatest history for women since suffrage. No it isn't; I wonder if geraldine ferraro nomination as first woman VP in the history of US was not matter. People are very inform and saying such things makes people want to laugh at your one sided republican guts. Geraldine ferraro first woman nominate VP, Hillary Clinton first woman to run for the presidency as a front runner for quite a long time and these folks are Democrats. No way, no how, No mcCain son of George Bush.
    We were waiting for a savior to save our country we found Bush as Americans personal savior. Now Bush as a god that kill and distroy economy will send McCain his son to finish the job. No way, No how, No McCain.

    September 8, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  10. don

    It's amazing how those who are for Obama trashed the Clintons and those who supported them during the Primaries (just check any message board you like), and now they want their support back. It will be interesting to see if people can and will be used in this fashion.

    I won't.

    September 8, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  11. Lucas, Nashville TN

    "GO HILLARY 2102" ?????

    Uh... you need to check the math and learn to type.

    September 8, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  12. tremlett

    we love you Bill.

    September 8, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  13. Wisdom

    America PLEASE PLEASE wake up before it is too late. OBAMA/BIDEN is our only hope

    Think ........ McCain =Bush & Palin = Cheney which is beyond scary

    Another 4 years of this & America will be reduced to a second rate country!

    September 8, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  14. evis nash


    September 8, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  15. tremlett

    mike September 7th, 2008 7:59 pm ET


    GO HILLARY 2102

    I am not sure if she has such a huge life span. she is already 60. you are talking about she being 150+

    September 8, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  16. Rick

    Panic is setting in... Going to talk about serious "change". Change as in having Biden come up with some health concern that will make him unable to serve... Thus putting Hillary on the ticket. Trust me this will happen should McCain/Palin start to extend their lead. GO McCAIN/PALIN '08!!!

    September 8, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  17. I.S.

    Too bad the Democrats decided to go with Obama, I'm now a Republican. GO McCain/Palin!

    September 8, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  18. Sheila Hugges

    Senator Obama, Senator Clinton and President Clinton are smart and savvy people. The ability to unit is a genuine step of many to come and full credit goes to all of them. Senator Obama will be President because the American people want a true leader with the ability to bring us together as shown with the Obama/Clinton team.

    September 8, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  19. Michael, watching from Canada

    Its a sign of wisdom and humility for Obama to draw upon the experience of someone who did so much good for his country.

    September 8, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  20. NotSocialist

    GO HILLARY 2102??? What are you shooting up tonight?

    September 8, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  21. Mc"Widow-maker"Cain

    I don't know Mike... if you want Hillary winning in 2102, we're definately going to need stem cell research, so Palin's got to be out of the picture.

    September 8, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. sam

    Where is the "changes" Mr Obama. Now you need The Clintons........more the "same"

    September 8, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  23. Shirl

    Why is Palin campaigning with the President nominee? Is she ready to lead this campaign on her own. Why haven't she talked to the press after getting nominated? Do she have a good speech to talk about, because every since the Convention she has been saying the same more lines alone with John Mccain. Just because she's a woman don't mean that they would get the women votes. Where are the issues? Why would Mccain go and pick someone for VP pick ,when she has a lot of problems herself and lying to the public just to win the White House. Furthermore, if John Mccain is talking about changing the White House, Why did it take him 26yrs to be ready to make that change.

    September 8, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  24. Rick

    We know where Palin stands on issues: Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Family, and Smaller Government. Sounds like the ticket to me. McCAIN/PALIN '08!!!

    September 8, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  25. Bill

    No Obama will not loose, because McCain and Palin are proved liars
    and america and the world can not aford another 4 years of bush policies. Thats why..
    Onama /Biden 08

    September 8, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
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