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. Abe

    Perhaps they should campaign for what is better for the country, than what is better for their party and themselves.

    September 7, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. no more lies

    Give me a break john smith. you sound just like a them fake republicans thats all about themselves. good judgement over being wrong 95% of the time,obama was right.. you guys really think we are stupid,lol.. play that game somewhere else cause its not working here.

    September 7, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. sandy

    This is a move in the right direction and should have been done long ago. The Clinton's have to accept defeat graciously, move forward to help the Democrats get elected or this country is going to be in dire straits if the Republicans get in there again. This Palin has not been grilled like Obama and Clinton were grilled and I seriously doubt she can take the heat. We will have to see.

    September 7, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. pritz

    Hey Mike,

    one of the reasons CNN asks to moderate your comments is because they lean to the left. I'd be surprised if they even post my comment.

    September 7, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. kat philadelphia

    "and the former president has said he will campaign on Obama’s behalf but does not have any campaign events scheduled yet."

    hillary clinton has already done more for the obama camp than is neccessary, and more than most primary candidates (who lost) have done. i think the media and those who think that hillary and bill need to campaign more for obama should lay off. hillary's speech at the convention was more than enough. and finally I'm sick of the media trying to make it seem like there is a rift between the clintons and obama.

    September 7, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. Melissa Sandoval

    If Obama can't win this election by himself, then he's completely useless. Go McCain/Palin 2008!

    September 7, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. Tennessee

    Obama is popular because he has a face for everyone. Berating the Clintons and their 8 years in office and now he is trying to usurp their success when he was revealed to be an empty suit. He and his surogates this past few days have tried to take credit as "democrats" for all of the Clinton's success after spending nineteen months belittling and criticizing the Clintons during the primariles. Hypocracy!!!!!

    Obama will say anything just to hear a crowd shout out his name. Over the past two weeks I have noticed how Obama supporters are trained to chant "Obama," while McCain supporters chant "USA." Maybe what this election will decide is whether we are about the person (the United States of Obama) or our country (the United States of America).

    September 7, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. No Way, No How, NObama

    Suddenly, You expect us to believe that the Clintons are relevant?

    For 17 months Obama spit on their names and called them "old school."

    Flip Flop Much Barry?


    McCain/Palin '08

    September 7, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. valwayne

    Do you suppose while they are having lunch that "The Obama" will apologize for: Letting his worshippers lable Bill Clinton a racist, or lable Geraldine Ferraro a racists, or for the sexist treatment of Hillary, or for not bothering to even act interested in her for the VP spot, or for spitting on Hillary by sending out his VP announcement at 3:00AM? Suppose he will apologize to the former President of the U.S. for any of that? Doubtful I would say........"The ONEs' level of arrogance rarely recognizes when they've done something wrong. Hillary 2012!!!!

    September 7, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. linda gibbs

    I like seeing the clintons and obama getting it all together. i like it

    September 7, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  11. Brandon


    September 7, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    P.S. Bill and Hill and voting McCain 08

    September 7, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. patrick

    Wow, i mean anyalyst were really right about unity coming to the Democratic party. As far as putting Hilary in a top Cabinet position, i think that goes without a doubt. Obama has already said he is going to push Hilary's universal healthcare! By the way, can anybody tell me what Mccain has vowed to do about Healthcare at all. I just have not heard anything on the issues of economy, healthcare, or jobs for that matter.

    September 7, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  14. IndyEnigma

    Sen. Obama had better check his food for Polonium... trusting the Clintons is as foolish as meeting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad without conditions. I wonder what they'll talk about... I can imagine something from Bill Clinton like "Remember, just wag your finger emphatically, say 'I did NOT discuss politics or social policy with that man, Bill Ayers!' and look very stern into the camera". Maybe Hillary Clinton can offer some tips on hiding the Annenburg Challenge documents until after the election, similar to the mysterious case of the missing Whitewater paperwork.

    September 7, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. time 2 unite

    Go clintons! You have won back my support and trust by putting our country first. We have way to much on the line!

    Obama\biden 08

    September 7, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  16. Kim J

    I think it would be great if McCain gave Hillary a place in his administration.

    September 7, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. Chris

    I hope Obama sends out both Hillary and Bill on the trail. We need to push McCain's buttons in hopes that his true colors come out. I am so sick of hearing about Palin. Obama needs to sic Hillary on her since shes hiding from doing any interviews.

    September 7, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. Nannie Turner

    President and Senator Clinton are the heart and soul of the Democratic party.Howard Dean,Nancy Pelosi and all the Obamanuts are radical left wing nuts who have temporally taken over the party.When Egobama loses in November they will all slink back to their slimy holes and Senator Clinton will run again in 2012 and win by a huge margin.If a poll was taken today including her name she would beat both Mccain and Obama.I will still vote for McCain to prevent Obama from winning in November.He will never get our votes.No matter how many lies he tells.He is scummerier than Bush and Cheney.

    September 7, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. timber (ex dem)

    Why does CNN keep comments in moderation FOREVER??!
    Censorship perhaps? Leave it long enough and it will close for comments or be put way down the bottom where very few will see it.
    We are not stupid!

    September 7, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  20. jdm

    This is the morning after the storm. The Clitons have a chance to be bigger than anyone would possible think!
    Who would you rather be? "A Pres. or the Pope!" Quote from a Prince song!

    The Clinton have a chance to be in any cabinet post they chose in OB Admin.
    In a Mcain-Palin admin. they won't get anything!
    Palin would run for Pres. in 2012 and knock Hill out the box. If you like Hill? This is they way to help. Any other way, you was BSing about backing Hill!

    September 7, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  21. Katz

    This is good. I originally supported Sen. Clinton and am behind Sen. Obama now. Sen. Obama is a brilliant man, but he needs the counsel of those with experience. We must get this country back on track as a nation that puts its people and their needs, not corporate profits, first.

    September 7, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  22. Marc PDX

    It's no secret that Bill Clinton is miffed with Obama. He probably wants to know why Obama has not made good on his promise to help Hillary retire her debt. After all she has done everything for Obama that she agreed to do. AND Obama's campaign was just crowing last week about raising $10 million in one day after Palin's speech. Obama expects an awful lot of the Clintons considering he hasn't exactly lived up to his end of the bargain (and considering his campaign called both of them racists and some of their supporters as well). I expect that false promises is exactly what we'll be seeing when he's prez. But at least he'll be popular.

    September 7, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. Sammy

    Perhaps it's to talk about a possible role Bill might have in an Obama administration. There are some interesting possibilities.

    Oh and to respond... nobody knows who will win. At best people can hope. Who knows. Maybe it will come out that McCain picked Palin because he likes young women. Well actually we already know that. But would he pick a VP with that in mind?

    September 7, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. evis nash


    September 7, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. Tony M

    Yes John Smith of Christ did begin at, and as an immaculate conception.
    2. Higher taxes do not necessarily mean more money for the poor. Where has Obama listed exactly where the money will be allocated.
    3.Life is recognized by Catholics and most Christians to begin at conception, therefore maintaining the health of the mother and infant during the gestation period is every bit as critical as the care which should be afforded to the 5 pack cigarette smoker.
    4. It would be great if you could point out Obamas great judgment accomplishments, since you point to Bushes record, but Bush is not running and clichés are useless, facts on accomplishments and great judgment do win votes.
    6. Dems like President Clinton, JFK and Johnson certainly knew how to fight wars and some were actually lost by Dems.
    7. Sucking a baby out of a mother and using the word moral do not equate. Basic moral beliefs are founded from the 10 commandments.
    8. The constitution was founded with the 10 commandments as the base, such as it illegal to steal and kill.

    September 7, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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