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. Rufus

    No way, now how, No Mcain. I cant stand the arrogance of this foolish republican, I served in the Military. in the military we all bound together in the same fraternity of oneness and we all bleed the same.

    but for Stupid Mcinsane to portray himself as a war hero? I would suggest him to take a walk on any street, he would see the real war hero languishing in poverty and pain because of the foolish policies he supported with Bush

    September 7, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. defeatfromthejawsofvictory

    Obama now realizes that he absolutely needs the Clinton's and that the far left wing of the Democratic party is the reason that Obama is tanking now.

    Hillary said it would be a fight, and Obama talked about his speech. Hillary said it would take experience and that the Republican's would need to be taken on. Obama talked about a war vote. Hillary had actual policies fleeced out and detailed. Obama said, yeah, I like the way that too. Hillary actually worked in defeating Republican's and the 1st Bush regime. Obama did community organizing and pal'd up w/ Tony Rezko.

    Obama, now leading nationally by only 1 point due to his innefectual bounce, is now interested in talking to the Clinton's. I say the Clinton's should just MoveOn down the road, and let Obama and the far left idealogues clean up their own disaster, and mistakes, that most of us saw comin' from miles away.

    Great job Barry.....Great job.

    September 7, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Tara, IN

    McCain's special formula for winning any arguement is to play the victim. When a reporter is asking him something he doesn't want to talk about, he'll bring up his POW experience. That throws them off every time.

    When talking about his affair with Cindy and how he left his wife and three kids, he said that happened 30 years ago. Well, the POW experience happened 35 years ago, and he's still talking about that. He'll talk about that forever if it will get him another vote. But the affair, oh no, not that.

    Don't allow McCain to make a fool out of you and the country.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 7, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. Lydia

    I hope race is not a factor for these undecided voters not coming out for Obama. He has done everything to prove he is for America. How in God's name can anyone who have been living these last eight years, not see the mess we are in. Now the same people that have had they way with our lives in Washington try to dress up their lies and tell us they are going to do it better this time, just because they have a woman on the ticket. Ladies please don't be fooled. We have let two foxes run the hen house long enough. Judge Obama not for his skin color but by his deeds.

    September 7, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. Marty, FL

    Looking forward to seeing Hillary Clinton in Kississimmee, FL on Monday. Go Democrats!

    No way, no how, no McCain-Palin

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 7, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |

    Obama believes life begins at conception. Of Course he does.
    He needs to clarify that statement, basically, stating that Only GOD
    KNOWS. We do know, right Mr. Obama???? I know!!!

    This is a big factor..................................Obama was "pandering" on
    the Rick Warren show. He needs to clear this one up!!!!! His little
    girls, they began at CONCEPTION. And for those of you that want
    the right to choose, then choose!!!!!!!!!!!!


    September 7, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  7. Sluggo

    If McCain/Palin wins, America will only be a heartbeat away from becoming Idiocracy.

    September 7, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. Damir Kentucky

    The Clintons are greatest democrats ever ! Both Bill and Hillary are doing everything to unity the party and to help Barack win the election in november. If Hillary Clinton was the nomanee, she would have had DOUBLE DIGIT lead over McCain by now. I just have to say, DNC made a huge mistake by giving nomination to Obama instead to Hillary Clinton. Obama will need both Clintons in order to win in November, otherwise, BYE BYE OBAMA

    September 7, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. Steph

    This shows that how much Obama still needs the Clintons. He made a poor decision to select Biden as his running mate. He will not win this election without the help of the Clintons. He is too WEAK.

    September 7, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. america_needs_a _facelift

    i am nervous about obama meeting Mccain in NYC, i don't trust these republicans. nor the clintons! i will hold my breath until nov 5, when obama is elected president, if not europe will be my next home.

    September 7, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  11. Leo

    If the Clinton Machine comes together with the Obama machine this election is over. Period. It'll be like a tank vs a VW bug. Though it's not like McCain was going to win anyway.

    September 7, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. Ohio

    The Clintons have done everything they can do to help Obama. The bottom line Obama does not relate to everyday Americans the way the Clintons do.
    Nothing Obama can do about that so I hope he is not bitter

    September 7, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. GetReady

    Wake up America. It is time to have an intelligence President back in the White House. It is not personality, style or war.

    It is about the American People.

    I think that Sentor Obama is going to one of the greatest Presidents of our 21st Century. A breath of fresh air.

    Yes We Can, Yes We Will Change American to a better Country!!


    September 7, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  14. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Senator Obama has created a rift with the Clinton's that can NEVER be healed.

    Not only did he accuse them of being liars and thieves during the primary election cycle; he also selected Senator Biden as his running mate in spite of the fact that Hillary won more than 50% of the popular vote.

    What an idiot this man is.

    No way, NoBAMA!

    September 7, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. Adam

    I am a strong hillary backer and now I support obama but I disagree with Lisa B about the olive branch to bill in particular. I, and many others, was disappointed with Bill particularly with his comments from SC and then recently when dodged the question of whether Barack was ready to serve. It's okay to have bruised feelings but he didn't act like a good sport and frankly the SC/Jesse jackson comparison was uncalled for, borderline racist. I would have expected more from him and I was disappointed.

    I admire what Bill accomplished during his term but I disagree with his behavior. I think he needs to give himself to time to heal.

    September 7, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. Me!

    Repubs be grandmother always said when you lay down with get up with flees!

    September 7, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  17. cecil


    September 7, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. facelift_4_america

    i am nervous about obama meeting Mccain in NYC, i don't trust these republicans. nor the clintons! i will hold my breath until the day after election nov 5, when obama is elected president, if not europe will be my next home.

    September 7, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  19. J

    Its about time and a good sign for Democrats.

    September 7, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. John

    Looks like Obama is getting desperate now that McCain has not only wiped clean his 8 point lead, but is now leading by 3 points in the polls. So it’s time to forgive and forget, and talk to the Clintons.

    I don’t think it will help, people are starting to see Obama for what he is a liar and a hypocrite.

    September 7, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  21. Javone

    Lisa B: I have always been an obama supporter but I have always felt that she would be great over healthcare. I honestly believe that that has been his intention the entire time. GO DEMS!!!

    September 7, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  22. Barb

    Where is Sarah????

    September 7, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. go away mongers Ventura ca

    The Democratic Party is going to win this election. President Clinton and Hillary will help. We all understand the urgency of this election. Those who don't need to REALLY put Country first by electing someone who stands for what they SAY they do-
    This is no time for spite and immature actions. Our Country's destiny is hanging in the balance.
    I will look forward to seeing President Clinton on the stump and look forward to seeing Hillary in a high cabinet office or on the Supreme Court Bench!

    September 7, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. Phantom of the Oprah

    Send this Phantom back to Oprah.

    She created that celebrity bandwagon that catapulted a man with no experience, no track-record, no accomplishments, no qualifications into the nominee of the democratic party.

    This election is the MOST important election in decades- and Obama threw away the lifelong base of the party, spit on them and on Hillary.

    Way to go democrats.

    September 7, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  25. Ted

    Om nom nom. Lunch.

    September 7, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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