September 7th, 2008
07:22 PM ET
15 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. Kayla

    Palin is no Hillary and Hillary needs to let her supporters know that they shouldn't be fooled. Palin is a wolf in sheeps clothing.
    Obama will win because the American public will see through this act and realize that McCain is McSane.

    September 7, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. Rob

    There are only 2 kinds of people that will vote republican this fall – the very wealthy / greedy / irresponsible and the very stupid! So, why does Hillary have to bust her butt trying to coax her supporters into Obama's camp? Are there really that many extremely stupid people in America? Hillary was my first choice too. I would have loved to see her on the top of the ticket and have Obama spend 8 years as vice before running for the top job. Imagine – 16 years of Democratic excellence in the White House! Unfortunately, too many Americans are too short-sighted for that to happen. But still, Obama was a close 2nd to Hillary and will be 1000x better than McSame. So, the only question left is how many extremely stupid Americans are there?

    September 7, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. 2Nurselady

    Bill and Hillary...I have such respect for you both and I do not think you have to do another thing for this man. You have already done for him far beyond anything anyone else would have, especially after having the race card unfairly played against them and being the subject of the blatant sexism that was so pervasive from the Obama camp during the primaries, in my opinion.

    I hope to see you running for President in 2012, Hillary!

    You're the best.

    Hillary Clinton 2012!

    September 7, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. James

    "mike: OBAMA WILL LOSE, GO HILLARY 2102"

    Don't you think she'd be a little old for the job by then, Mikey?

    Heck, she'd almost be as old as McCain. 🙂

    September 7, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. dave in texas

    omg did obama call him self a muslim what a gaff he was talking abc he said mccain ? HIS MUSLIM FAITH and abc had to tell him chritan faith right obama said christian faith right lol oh my i can see the utube now hes gone he might as well step down

    September 7, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. Tim

    mike September 7th, 2008 7:59 pm ET
    GO HILLARY 2102

    Mike – Won't Hilary be a little old to be running in the 22nd Century?

    September 7, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. Elizabeth; Dallas, TX

    If this country votes with their "American Idol" brains rather than their "concern for country" brains, we are in a big heap of trouble! You will see McSame and Sarah Failin' take this country back 100 years with their extremist right wing social issues as they continue to lie and lie and lie.

    I hope to see Bill on the trail. He is a straight shooter.

    September 7, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. April in Texas

    Why thank you Bill and Hillary Clinton. Both of you have shown by your actions that you really do want whats est for america and thats a Democrat as president.. I will say for one who didnt really thrive towards the end of the Clinton years, you are showing me that your not as bad as I had thought. Please keep up the excelent work you are doing for Obama and lets make america even better than it has been in the last 8 yrs.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 7, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. Julian

    People let's take a deep breadth and take off our partisan hats for a moment. Hill's chances of running for President in 2012 is better if Obama loses to John McCain. There is a high possibility at that time that she'll run against Sarah P, basically guaranteeing that either way there'll be a woman President in the WH. The Clintons know this and that's the modus operandi of Hill's PUMAs (go read their blogs; vote McCain now to ensure Clinton runs in 2012). So all the Clintons have to do now is to ensure that nothing they do publicly raises a red flag that is construed as not helping Obama with the elections, like having lunch. You see why this is looking like the end of the road for "Media President" Barrack O.

    September 7, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. Rob

    All democrats need to pull together more than in anytime in our history. we face a future of destructive wars for the glory of a twisted old man and economic depression at the hands of the two most clueless self serving politicians in decades.

    September 7, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. Eric-29-m-PA

    Too bad the Hillary supporters are not united. I will never unite behind Obama. Buy Obama's memoir and you'll see why Obama should not be elected.


    September 7, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. Sabrina

    Oh, now you want Hillary to help Obama, a little to late he should have put her on the ticket, not very good judgement on his part . He was afraid Hillary would over shadow him, well now you have Sarah over shadowing him, he deserves to lose. I would have voted for Hillary but not Obama. Please no nasty remarks I'm a Independent and vote for the person I think will do the best job. McCain/Palin2008.

    September 7, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. jim

    Hello everyone. Obama and the Clintons have something in th works. Whatever the polls say, don't worry. Just make sure to call friends and family, especially in the swing states to get them to register and vote. Most states you need to register soon. WE cannot afford another 4-8 years of this garbage. Smarten up people.

    September 7, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  14. Joe

    Mr. Obama, I think both the CLinton's are now with you, but take a food tester...just in case.

    I would like to add that I am shocked on the lack of reporting on Palin's background. So what if she is not going to answer the media's questions? That is all the more reason to inform us on the things she is unwilling to talk about.

    After all the constant reporting done on the sermon by Obama's preacher while Obama was not even present, why is no one discussing the speech given April of this year where terrorist attacks in Israel were describe as punishment on the Jews by God for not believing in Christ? And Palin was IN the church at the time?

    What about her inquiring as to how to have books banned form the PUBLIC library when she was Mayor?

    What about the complete lie she told at the convention about selling her Jet on Ebay? She sold it to a Republican and took a loss.

    Get to work!

    September 7, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. dennis from chicago

    the spirit is for 9 11...and nothing ELSE o bama you threw away the CLINTONS for BIDEN.......WHY DON'T YOU GET OPRAH FROM TRINITY CHURCH........i hear she's being boycotted by FLORIDA

    September 7, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  16. Democrat Abroad looking for GOP beef

    We need to shut the door on GOP spin machine and get back to the issues: economy, energy, healthcare, science, innovation, outfitting our troops and honoring their service, regain internation relations and respect, corporate governance, fair taxes that place greater burden on those made rich by Bush, ending favoritism and lobbying influences. GOP is bereft of morale authority to lead on any of these issues. Bill and Obama give us a clear message on these issues. Let's roll!

    September 7, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Hillary does have campaign events already scheduled

    Tampa, FL 9/8/2008 at 5:00 PM

    September 7, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. Gigi

    The republicans are united. Democrats and Independents lets unite!!!

    September 7, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Thank you President Clinton. I'm looking forward to good things from you and Hillary not just in the next two months but in the Obama administration as a whole.

    September 7, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. Deborah

    I would really like to understand how anyone who backed Hillary could even consider backing the McCain/Palin ticket. The thought never even crossed my mind nor the minds of my many friends who were loyal supporters and financial contributors of Hillary. The cost of making a point is not worth it - our civil liberties are at stake. Even if you are not crazy about the Democratic ticket, it is still the ticket that gives us the greater chance of finding a way out of this economic mess that we are in, ensuring that the next Supreme Court judges are men and women who will uphold the Constitution, and restoring our place as a respected nation in the world. I am very confused by anyone who would be willing to jeapordize any of the above to make a point. I took Hillary at her word and believe that she meant what she said - this was not about her nor any one person, this is about our party, our country, and our best hope for the future. Confused in Maryland....

    September 7, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. fashionboyny

    You know all these people wanting Obama to loose and say Hilary 2012, that is not going to happen. If Obama looses to McCain, then dont you think that Sarah will run in the next election? People get real and think about what you are saying!!

    Obama 08/12

    September 7, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. Kirk in upstate New York

    Bill is a pretty smart is Hillary is Barack.

    This lunch is a good thing, if a shared culinary experience qualifies as diplomacy within the Democratic party. Personally I would like to see Obama meeting with the likes of Robert Reich, who actually constructed most of the policies that happened under the Clinton administration.

    Very few of these political power-houses are the architects of their policy. I want to see the architects tapped, not the just figureheads.

    September 7, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. gerri


    September 7, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    Obama needs the big guns. I am a Hillary supporter who will not vote for Obama. The Clintons should not help him at all. Didn't he call Bill a racist? Didn't he and the DNC disregard half ot the democratic base? He said he didn't think she could get his supporters, but was sure he could get her supporters, well, here is one he won't get. The polls are getting tighter everyday. Too little, too late for Mr. Ego. He is not qualified to be POTUS. The Dems. are now comparing the opponents VP candidate to their Presidential candidate. That does not bode well for the DNC. Everyone seems to agree both McCain and Biden are qualified. If McCain should die, won't Sarah need a VP? She could then get a Senior Senator to be her guiding light, just as Obama has.

    September 7, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  25. LJinLACA

    The popular vote is only going to be close due to people ignoring their best interests and voting to keep making the rich richer. 51% of us have to get it right so that 98% benefit.

    Visit electoral-vote dot com for some encouraging info.

    Go Obama / Biden!

    September 7, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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