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. SUE

    To all you good people who hated the Clintons,trashed Hillary in ever way you could,now you wan,y them on Obama side..I thank it to late now..I am a demo never voted for a rep. before no matter where obama promises to put the clinton if he win he will not get my vote..this party has went to pot,and I hope obama looses big time nov. 4 we all but beg you to put Hillary on your ticket but you dumped cold water in our we will pay you back

    September 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. GOP for OBAMA

    Where's the 15 point bump the GOP promised me?
    What a sack of McCrap the GOP has become.



    My money's on Obama '08

    16 years of Winter, GOP ! ! ! !

    September 7, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. PUMA-Jessie

    What happened to all the Obama bashers, Instead of screaming their hatredfor the Clinton's they are talking nice nice. I don't believe that Clinton's can now pull his chestnuts out of the fire. With McCain now leading in the polls and when you factor in a "Bradley" effect, even a small one, he is a big time loser.They will be going after Sarah Palin and accusing her of being a community organizer. And as bad as that is it still will not turn the tide. Obama is a serial flip flopper who will do or say anything to sway a vote.

    September 7, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. Scott Tucson

    The democratic October surprise....dump Biden for Hillary.

    September 7, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. GOP for OBAMA

    Anybody see 60 Minutes? Seems Bush may have called in McSame about backing the surge CUZ there was a little "secret" nobody else knew! Maybe the surge isn't the ONLY reason the war is turning..... hummmmm...............................

    I smell Rove (and I'm holding my nose)

    September 7, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. Wayne

    Americans didn't buy that experience line from John, so he switched to Barack's theme of change. McCain watched the entire Democratic Convention and said, "Why can't we do the same thing". This is not a maverick, but a moucher. He hasn't had a new idea since the 1970's. I hope America doesn't fall for the geezer and the Gidget.

    America wants real change, not change some multi-millionaire with so many houses he can't count them, thinks we need.

    He's just like Bush, when the press is getting too close to the truth, he goes into hiding or says, we're not talking about that anymore. Let's face it, idiots voted for Bush twice and where has it gotten us–$4.00 a gallon for gas. Brilliant.

    September 7, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. Penn Voter

    Sounds like some ring kissing is about to happen in NYC.

    September 7, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. obama rocks

    to Mike who said earlier that Hillary will win in 2102???? 2102??? what are you talking about? this is not just a typo, it proves are confused you are. Hillary is already on board with Obama and so is the vast majority of Hillary supporters with a brain. You are one of the very few who continue to wonder around with no agenda.
    Viva all the former Hillary supporters who joined Obama and many more on their way to support the real chance candidate. I just hope you consider the issues when you cast your vote.

    Obama all the way!!!

    September 7, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. Kimbellie

    I would like CNN to research on the number of colleges the Republican VP went to for one undergraduate degree. Did I hear 6 colleges?

    Are there any other American POWs in the republican party, or is there just one POW who needs to be rewarded for his sufferings for America?

    September 7, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. Just Plain Tired - St. Louis

    Obama would have been criticized no matter whom he chose for V.P. Taking Hillary Clinton would have made him look like he wasn't man enough to stand on his own. Oops! I guess that's what McCain decided to do by rushing in Sarah Palin when he started to feel like he was going to lose. The reality is that Obama, debatable experience and all, blindsided everyone. If he had lost to Senator Clinton, she would not have offered him the V.P. spot either. Things happen for a reason. I am glad to see the Clintons come together for the good of their party and principles. If Senator Clinton's REAL supporters would do the same, there's probably no doubt that she's going to get one of the most important positions in the cabinet that will benefit us all.

    Not voting for Obama just because you're angry is like cutting off your own foot. Yes, maybe he cut his off too, but God has a plan and it certainly isn't for Republicans to continue to screw us while smiling in our faces. Anybody who lets anger and resentment blind them to the realities we face deserves whatever they get. Any woman who will vote for McCain just because Hillary didn't win wasn't a REAL supporter anyway. Maybe they'll enjoy moose hunting, watching 10-year-old rape victims like the child in Ohio have to carry and give birth to a baby while being a foster child herself. Certainly they'll get a kick out having themselves and their children systematically driven into poverty while Cindy McCain models her $300,000 ensembles in front of them. GOOD FOR YOU, BILL AND HILLARY, FOR REMEMBERING IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT YOU!!!

    September 7, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  11. Mary

    The Clintons will unite behind Obama. Any Hillary supporter who thinks he or she can sit out this election and then have Hillary successfully win in 2012 is naive. The next president will be a two-term president.

    September 7, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. NurseNOH

    This election is somewhat amusing. The McCain/Palin camp has jumped on the bandwagon of being for CHANGE. How ridiculous is this. Its almost like follow the leader (leader being Obama/Biden). McCain/Palin are not for change. They are for current policy. Palin didn't turn down the money for the bridge to "No Where". She took the money, but for "other" purposes. She hasn't stood up to Washington. Such a fake and a liar. And if she doesn't want to hang with the "big dogs" then she needs to get off the porch. She's fair game when it comes to the media, smear campaigning, and anything else a man running for VP office would be subjected to. Her popularity will dim as the election draws near. Especially when all the "goods" come out on her. She's not the squeaky clean soccer mom that she portray's. I'm interested in seeing what is going to be brought out of the vault next.......STAY TOONED AMERICA

    September 7, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |

    Thank God for Unity of OUR PARTY. Thank you to Bill Clinton.
    Thank you to Hillary Clinton. Our Country and Obama needs your

    It would be a travesty should the Republicans win this election.

    In listening to dateline this evening, I am truly shocked what
    Bob Woodward, one of the most respected Authors on Politics,
    has written in his books, THE WAR WITHIN.

    Mr. George Bush, Pres. of the U.S. did not do well for our Country
    made the biggest mess imaginable! More years with the Republicans
    in the white house would be the gravest sin committed in our Country
    by Bush and the Bounty of Republicans on his "team".

    I cannot excuse Bush, Cheney, McCain, and the newscasters and
    radio talk show hosts that are "horrible people" who believe it is
    o.k for our country to continue on this path of destruction. i.e, Hannity
    Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and we are a country of fools that believe
    these evil people.

    Catholics, Evangelicals, think twice, three times before you vote

    Palin is just a pretty face and Maverick is not going to listen to her.

    NO WAY, NO MCCAIN. NO NO PALIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    September 7, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. Emma, Connecticut

    Republicans act as if McCain was the only POW; no he was the only POW that the then Republican party embraced. (Pictured with Nixon..."I am not a crook.") It is an insult to so many young man (now senior citizen) that retuned from Vietnam and had no where to go; no home, no job, no father that was an Admiral. Most just had bad addictions to drugs and faced long lines at Veteran hospitals. This is what needs to be address and provisions need to be made so the veterans that return wherever this war is over don't face the problems that "normal "Americas did at the end of the Vietnam conflict. This is just another reality that McCain just "DOESN'T GET”

    September 7, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  15. Paula

    I hope Bill and Barack come out of that lunch with a plan to fight the McCain Ticket so hard they won't know what hit them. I am so appalled and angry that after 8 years of hell, 1/2 of this nation would vote for 4 more. My god, what is wrong with people? Don't you all know the abortion issue is a tease the repubs gleefully use every election? They will never overturn Roe V Wade as long as the Evangelicals are around.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 7, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. =)

    we are united... this republican turned democratic girl is pro obama!

    September 7, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. ABG

    With McCain closing the gap in the polls, Obama better get Bill & Hillary out there campaigning, after he clears out her debt, of course!

    Sure seems like alot more energy and excitement coming from the Republican ticket.

    September 7, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Danny

    Hey John Smith...In the name of Christianity The Republicans lied about WMD in Iraq and they are responsible for more that 300,000 Iraq lives...including women and children. And guess what? After all said and done, The Iraqs want America out of their country.
    Gotta love them Right Wing Christians!!!!!

    September 7, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. Astrid

    Vice-President Sarah Palin.....Get use to it, you nutty people.

    September 7, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. Dave, Illinois

    Boo Ha Ha Ha. The Democrats are starting their meltdown to November. The angry crazed Clintonians versus the Children of the Corn Obamites = great entertainment. The Dems are truely a party of disconnected loons.

    September 7, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. For freedom

    I dislike Obama's health care plan- NOTHING is worse than a Universal Health Care plan that is NOT Universal.

    That means that responsible people will keep on paying for the Health care costs of the irresponsible people who choose to opt out of paying for Insurance.

    I will ONLY vote for Hillary's plan- I do not mind the poor receiving health care for free, or getting credits to pay... BUT those people- like myself- who can afford Health Insurance should have to pay for it.

    We must have Homeowners insurance and Car insurance- and those things are less valuable than our health. We are willing to pay for those but not for health care.

    Universal Health care means EVERYone pays in (according to their income means) and EVERYone is covered. No other plan gets my vote.

    September 7, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. Ron from Baltimore

    Thank you, once again, President Clinton, for going out of your way on behalf of the country and we the people. There is obvious mutual respect for each other, you and Barack, and you certainly share a pool of wonderful skills and traits this nation needs.

    It would be so great to have you on the Supreme Court, sir, and Sen Clinton in the Cabinet, with President Obama. Sen Clinton could be so much more effective as a Cabinet member than as VP or as a junior senator.

    Sen Biden and Sen Obama both involved in teaching Constitutional Law-that should take the Justice Department by shock! Obama 2008!!!

    September 7, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. TW

    Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are the pride of any Christian who has read The Book of Matthew.

    September 7, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. Independent Voter

    As of this evening, McCain has moved AHEAD of Obama in the polls.

    I hope Howard Dean is reading about it.

    September 7, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  25. JHF - Bozeman, MT

    It is interesting the number of silly comments that seem to get posted regarding these various articles and moves between the Clintons and the Obama campaign.

    I began supporting Obama after Hillary went negative and derogatory. I don't "hate" the Clintons, but I do think they could and should step up and out to help the Democratic party reach its fullest potential and I believe Obama needs to eat a little crow and allow them to step in to a degree.

    McCain is attempting to steal the show with Palin and is attempting to turn the Obama message into his own. If there was ever a time for Obama to turn into a bulldog, it is now. And if he can't do that, then he needs to utilize those with guts and gumption who will. Having said that, there isn't any reason why Bill Clinton cannot step out on his own and help accomplish some of that.

    September 7, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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