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. Sexism favoritism reverse racism

    Wow.... after the way Obama repeatedly trashed Bill's presidency and attacked Hillary in unfair and nasty ways.

    After Obama labeled the Clintons as racists- just so Obama could gain support among AAs.

    Even after stealing the nomination from Hillary.

    I hope this puts an end now and forever to the vile and vicious rumors and accusations that the Clintons were only for themselves.

    If that were true... they would Barack sink all by himself- after all it was Obama's dirty campaigning, his race-baiting and his own arrogance that damaged the democrats chances to win this year.

    Obama will make history as the selfish self-serving ruthless politician who LOST the election for the democrats by playing dirty and stealing the nomination.

    September 7, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. czp

    Watch out McCain...

    Sarah is now after your job and you don't even have it yet...


    September 7, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. Bill Tampa

    Bill Clinton is a great man and will add much to the campaigning of Barack. Hillary will have a big part in an Obama administration. Looking forward to seeing both Bill and Hillary on the road.
    No way can we have MCPainlin in the Whitehouse. It would set our nation back 50 years.

    No way, Now how, No McPainlin...Thanks but No Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

    September 7, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. C Spurgeon

    All the hate stuff needs to go by the wayside and you need to vent all that energy on getting the vote out and making sure you live up to your expectations and just go vote. Stop with the ugly stuff and just support.

    September 7, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Babs

    Secret meetings are not enough. Obama needs to apologize directly and publicly to all Dems on this country for tarnishing the record of Bill Clinton, the race-baiting, and for standing by in silence while his minions totally trashed Hillary Clinton. Then he has to start convincing us he is experienced enough and has the judgment to be POTUS. He could start by doing those town halls with McCain and also releasing all his medical records, school transcripts, everything people are asking for. Lack of transparency is seen as an indication that there is something to hide.

    September 7, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. Diane

    I was not a Clinton supporter throughout the primaries, but Bill is making me takw a second look. I hope he and Barack can get along. The Clintons can help Barack clinch the deal and Barack can help Barack mend the fences with blacks.

    Obama/Biden = America.

    September 7, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  7. Melanie Jones

    Obama talks too much. This IS the real Campagin. Everything the candidates say is either a sound bite that can advance their campaign or be used to as push back against their campaign. This sit down confessionals have to stop. This type of confessional or conversational interviews are for pre-primary interviews and even then you have to be careful. Obama's campaign people are not serving him well. He needs to have set responses for each issue.

    September 7, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. jackie dukes

    Yes Bill & Hillary, please help us out! We need you and we will always love you!!!
    I have never seen such ugliness and hatefullness by a group of people in my life.!!!
    I realize no one is perfect, but with your help we will pull this off.
    I think Obma & Biden did excellent on the Sunday AM shows. I also saw where Obama showed a little humbleness-that impressed me more than anything. Bill, you get out there and point that finger & Hillary you get out there and put a leash on that pittbull!! Tastefully of course.

    September 7, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." ~Albert Einstein

    Vote for Hope!!! Vote for Change!!! Vote for Obama/Biden '08!!!!

    September 7, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. Jorge

    It's time to take the gloves off and make the McCain campaign the CAMPAIGN–TO–NOWHERE.

    People First–Yes We Can.

    September 7, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Frank

    They will even exploit 9/11 for some political headline grabbing. Democrats sicken me to no end!

    September 7, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. " ~ Albert Einstein

    Vote for Hope!! Vote for Change!! Vote for Obama/Biden '08!!

    September 7, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. Rob

    As a Christian the thought that the inexperienced, dishonest and frankly strange Sarah Palin might be President. Scares me as much as the war monger , bitter , flash tempered McBush. When she says the Iraq war is God's plan it gives me chills and not chills of patriotism.
    If the Iraq war were God's plan it would only be because it was one step closer to Armageddon and if that excites Palin then she is as insane as the Iran Mullahs who are trying to bring about the same thing. With Iran on one side and Palin/McBush on the other, WW3 can be the only possible result. I pray that God gives us a man of peace and reason with an even temper in these oh so dangerous times.

    September 7, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. Norah (Boston, MA)

    Bill Clinton said he was supporting Obama and he is showing his support. Obviously he needed time after that long campaign but he is back and ready to roll. I hope that Obama can use Bill in many of those states where he did so well when he was campaigning for Hillary.
    By the way Is anyone else getting tired of these PUMA people? The Republicans can manage to unite after a much more bitter campaign(they are Republicans after all). This group, and whoever is funding them, is a tiny thorn- very irritating. Fortunately I think that most people realize that they are just a few people who are trying to disrupt and divide Democrats for their own nefarious reasons.

    September 7, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  15. Have fun boys

    Hey Bill... after you eat, please barf all over the arrogant Obama for putting his own ego ahead of the good of the party.

    I am now rooting for Obama to fall flat on his smug, arrogant, bragging, cocky face.

    America is tired of this demagogue.

    September 7, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. VA Nurse

    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." ~ Albert Einstein

    Vote for Hope!! Vote for Change!! Vote for Obama/Biden '08!!

    September 7, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. linda from South Dakota

    well, just as long as bill clinton keeps his opinions to himself,,, and really supports obama,,,, this is a guy no one can trust,,, even hillary,, i saw a site that had lots of really "not safe stuff" about the clintons, and i DO NOT turst them... they are like they always were and that is ,,,,, they will do anything they can to get what they want,,,,ummmmm support and dont lie,,,,,,,,,

    September 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. NG in DC

    Lunch? Bring a food taster.

    September 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. Wake Up America

    If McCain and Palin do get in, nothing will happen. The Democratic Congress will give them the coldest shoulder they've ever seen. First McCain is a liar and will not change anything. Why should he, he's comfortable and didn't think we had a problem. The only thing that will change is the soldiers deployment. They will have to go to Georgia. Palin will still be on the learning curve, and will be regulated to the Dan Quayle School of Dont' Say Too Much.

    The only thing McCain wants to change is his address.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 7, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Cathy


    Well if Obama loses then it will be guaranteed that Hillary will lose in 2012. We must stop this inner party fighting...!!!

    Obama wants and needs Hillary supporters JUST AS Hillary will want and need Obama supporters!!!

    As the saying goes..."Don't cut off your nose to spite your face!"

    September 7, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. Jane

    The DNC turned their back on Hillary and now they want my vote – NOT! The RNC has opened the door for us, they will get my vote. The puma group was right all along. I don't trust Obama and Biden was a presidential wash-out, many times over.
    If Obama needed the Clintons so desparately he should have treated her with some respect and dignity.

    He did not want her as VP, but now he expects her campaign.

    September 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. Edgar - Orlando

    To Obama suppoters if you want the WH, make peace with Clinton loyalist!

    September 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. Young Voter

    Thank you Bill! Obama is going to need all the help he can get from you and Hillary. Please help him win...I supported Hillary and was thinking of voting McCain but their speeches at the convention and McCains choice of Palin sealed the deal, Obama-Biden 08!! If we don't elect them, god help me, you and our country!

    September 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. Wil Smith, Jackson, MS


    To all Dem. I am a long time Bill Clinton supporter and worked on both his run for the White House. I also support Hillary, Now is the time we united and Support Obama, It is for the sake of our country and children future that we do not let the Republican continue to sale us out to the world. We all feel safer with Dem. incharge rather then the wreckless, I am very afraid for my children and family with republicans incharge. I feel they will send our children off to fight for oil and other thing that benefit there lobbist and corporations rather then human rights and our national security. We are only pawn to the Republicans Party

    September 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. Fixed for Obama

    Too bad Bill is too much the gentleman and too great a democrat to tell Obama what Obama needs to hear.

    Obama is arrogant, boastful, cocky, derisive, sexist, dismissive, demeaning, condescending, pandering, unqualified, inexperienced, full of himself and sneaky.

    He now has shifted his positions to be identical to Hillary and/or McCain: He supports NAFTA but votes For FISA, he is now for off-shore drilling, he will no longer cut tax on the wealthy, He may or may not meet with our enemies... Obama flip flops so much that no one knows what he stands for anymore.

    September 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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