September 11th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Bill Clinton predicts big Obama win


Sen. Obama met with former president Clinton in Harlem Thursday in their first extended sit-down meeting since Obama defeated Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton predicted Barack Obama will "win" this fall's election and "will win pretty handily.”

The two men chatted with reporters in a photo-op at Clinton's Harlem office before sitting down for a private lunch.

Clinton is scheduled to campaign for Obama in Florida later this month. According to aides, the former president will appear at a mix of fundraisers and campaign events on behalf of the Democratic ticket throughout the fall.

"We're putting him to work," said Obama.

Clinton said he’d "agreed to do a substantial number of things, whatever I'm asked to do.”

Obama smiled at Clinton's prediction that he would take the White House: "There you go, you can take it from the President of the United States. He knows a little something about politics."

The image of the two men meeting comes as a relief to many Democrats who have been hoping to put to rest the "Clinton-Obama rift" storyline. Both Clintons praised Obama in their convention speeches, but agreed a face-to-face meeting with the president was a necessary step in putting the contentious primary season behind both camps.

The two men were said to be dining on a mix of sandwiches, salads and pizza from the lunch chain Cosi.


soundoff (529 Responses)
  1. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    OK!!!, lets all do this since we can not get along. 1. Whites go back to England or where ever you came from.2. Blacks go back to Africa or where ever you came from 3...Mexicans go back to Mexico or where ever you came from...Leave America and give it back to the Indians.The Indians were better off with out the in put of the Democrates or the Republicans.

    September 11, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Keidra

    Well I put it this way/ Washington is not working the way it is /and its obvious that John Mc/ has voted 90% of the time with Bush. I wish everybody will get off the race card also cause its obvious that that did matter since Obama is the dem presidential nominee/ I'm a singl mom with 3 kids who pay hard earned taxes for members of congress to have free health care when my employer just barely paid have of a recent hospital stay I had due to chronic illness. Which now they are garnishing my check for more that 25%. So tell that to John Mc. without a plan, and Soccer Mom who has no clue about the economy, may I mention who never said 1 thing about struggling Moms like myself who are the real pit bulls with lipstick. Which is very scary for my kids future: Someone who just came out the blue with no credentials to be my president. If it looks crooked it is CROOKED

    September 11, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. BK

    Obama can't spend the money from Iraq on his programs because he is moving them to Afganistan. Do you think that war is going to be free of cost there? There will be more lives lost in Afganistan than Iraq.

    September 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. edweena

    I don't know what Bill Clinton will talk about with Barack Obama, but you can be sure that strategy wise, he is a master. And he will give Obama some advice on how to counter the republicans. The GOP created a distraction to railroad the Obama campaign, and so far, it worked, but if there is one man capable on getting back up on his feet after losing some momentum, it's Obama. People don't know him enough to make a judgment of his character, but the man you will see in the coming weeks will be the real Obama, the next President of the United States, and nothing will stop him or the Democrats this year. They will stick with the most important issues. And soon enough, people will realize that the GOP offers nothing but fake illusions to win an election.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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