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. Persio

    Oh now you praise Hillary and Bill. You liberals should be ashamed of yourself. During the primaries all i read was negative comments about Hillary and Bill, but it all seem forgotten now. I was and still am a Hillary supporter and always remember all the trash that was said about Hillary and Bill coming from liberals so called progressive people.

    September 7, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. ED Jones

    It's sad that McCain isn't able to draw more to the cause on his own merit and that the RNC used racial code language and lies to further divide and "red meat" what needs to be more sane, mature and conscious situation.

    September 7, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Ron

    it's called Obama before the party and maybe Bill wants to explain the facts of politics to him

    September 7, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. ED Jones


    September 7, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  5. RD

    bill clinton knows how to beat the republicans

    September 7, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. Get Real

    wake-up Palin is G.W. in drag
    On Saturday, former Bush speechwriter David Frum wrote on his National Review blog, "George W. Bush had very slight executive experience before becoming president. His views were not well known. He won the nomination exactly in the same way that Palin has won the hearts of so many conservatives: by sending cultural cues to convince them that he was one of them, understood them, sympathized with them. So that made everything else irrelevant in 2000 – as it seems again to be doing in 2008

    September 7, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. Christina in TX

    "GO HILLARY 2102"

    Hahahaha! That'd make her 155 years old. Talk about an old candidate.

    September 7, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Phantom of the Oprah

    Obama has destroyed the democratic party with his inspirational speeches that attracted nothing but vocal, bigoted, sexist, divisive democrats.

    Never has any democrat done so much to divide the party and to advance himself by agitating vulgar and insulting supporters into a cult like frenzy AGAINST fellow democrats.

    Apparently Obama was afraid Hillary might overshadow him if SHE were the VP so he went with the antithesis of change. Another old white man in washington.

    McCain had the courage to risk it all.

    Obama may manage to lose this UNLOSABLE election- the election that NO democrat could lose and no Republican could win.

    September 7, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. Mike

    If Bill Clinton gets out into some of the toss up states, he will likely (no one knows for sure about anything) pull a lot of support to Obama. Together with the Democrats gaining in registered voters and the Republicans falling behind gives Obama the theoretical edge. It's his election to lose.

    September 7, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  10. Anne

    Mike, we know you're not for a Hillary, and definately not a Democrat. You're just a republican troll trying to keep the division within the Dem party because having unity within the Democrat party will lead to McCains defeat.

    Hillary – SOS
    Bill – Cabinet position

    PS – Mike all comments are moderted, I've only had a couple of mine posted and I've submitted dozens.

    September 7, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. Jan

    Hillary Clinton is running for reelection as a U.S. senator in New York and President Clinton is busy with his humanitarian work and his foundation, but if Obama is elected he would do well to put her in his cabinet. I'm not sure what President Clinton would want to do in the cabinet, if anything. I think the private lunch between Obama and President Clinton is a terrific first step in healing their rift. Good job in suggesting it, President Clinton.

    September 7, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. Brian

    Squish him like a bug Clinton!

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

    Obama's campaign is in trouble already, he's going to need all the help he can get!

    September 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  14. Ron

    Ohioan; i totally agree as a former Hillary supporter it would have been no contest with Hillary, unfortunately because of Obama she won't see the light of day.

    September 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. Fraser

    Democrats unite! We don't need pandering McCain and his unqualified VP in office (i.e. 5 colleges in 6 years).

    September 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  16. clover taylor

    At the Rebublican Convention they all shouted drill drill drill , did they mean kill kill kill .Somebody needs to stop these crazy oil vampires before they kill our next generation with smog.Is it true that 80% of the oil from alaska is exported to china?.

    September 7, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. redneck4obamba

    This guy named Mike posting comments is a Republicans and trying to divide the Dems. McBush will lose.................

    September 7, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  18. Bill - FL - Independent

    Since both sides have recently decided to scale back the national push and focus on the electoral for the home stretch, I imagine this will be about Bill and Hill hitting the small town pockets in battleground states. I think Obama will let Hill own the healthcare plan, and Bill will promise to go to small, white, conservative towns that are ga-ga over Palin and let the people know they are being played.

    September 7, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  19. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Bill can tell him to put Palin away for good!

    September 7, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  20. texas democrat

    Bill will tell Obama how to tame the pitbull even with lipstick. She is so afraid of the media or afraid of what people will find out about her.I just want them to leave her family alone and stick with the issues. We can win a good clean campaign without all the dirty politics.

    September 7, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. GLORIA

    Hillary, please dont support him...he (Obama) needs to accept the consequences for not picking you as a running mate......Just wait til 2012....My vote instead of being urs is now Palins.

    September 7, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  22. MaryMary

    More than anything else, this election is about the issues. We need healthcare and an end to the constant outsourcing of jobs. The war needs to end and the economy is in desperate need of help. Hillary will be a key person in the Obama administration and we need her and Bill as well. We can't take the risk of McCain and Palin looking out for their good 'ol boys and girls once they're in office. We need a capable, competent woman and not just a PTA mom. Obama brings the party and the country together and will be a president for ALL Americans and not just the wealthy few. This election is not a personality contest; it's about the issues.

    September 7, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  23. SUE

    why would bill clinton meet with obama? obama will never get my vote he did Hillary clinton to could she even wan,t her people to vote for him,after he treated her like trash,,i mean like it time for her people to send this party a message.."you don,t pick for the women" you made us angry at you obama and now we will pay you back nov.

    September 7, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  24. rob

    Good. They can discuss how to best put the nail in the McCain/Palin coffin. These two turkeys are done.
    I can not wait to watch Obama get sworn in and watch Bushwipe board the plane to high tail it outta there. War crimes trials anyone?

    September 7, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  25. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Bill can tell him how to put Palin away for good!

    September 7, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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