Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to Meet in NY Thursday

Barack and Bill

Post-convention, the Democrats have mostly gotten together thanks to the well-received speeches of Bill and Hillary Clinton, but there is still a bit of unfinished business between President Clinton and Senator Obama, and it looks like the waters are continuing to warm up:

Senator Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton plan to meet for lunch on Thursday at Mr. Clinton’s offices in Harlem, their first extended face-to-face encounter after more than a year of tense relations, aides said Sunday.

The current plan is for Mr. Obama and Mr. Clinton to have lunch at the Clinton Foundation headquarters on West 125th Street in Harlem with one close aide each. There have been discussions about the men possibly then doing a walking tour of the neighborhood, but that has not been settled.

Thursday is the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Mr. Obama will be in New York for a memorial ceremony at Ground Zero that morning with his Republican presidential rival, Senator John McCain, an event that both candidates say is intended to be non-political.

When Mr. Clinton learned that Mr. Obama would be in New York on Thursday for two appearances, he invited him to lunch at the foundation offices, aides said.

As I said, Democratic unity was still something of a problem in the weeks leading up to the convention until the very fine speeches given by the Clintons. While the hard feelings developed during the primaries may forever prevent the parties from being best-friends, I’m of the opinion that both Bill and Hillary can be of help as we hit the home-stretch. I’m not part of chicken-littles, but it’s clear to me that the Palin pick has changed the landscape, and having the Clintons out on the campaign trail will be of substantial help in motivating disappointed Clinton supporters into donating and supporting the ticket. As such, anything that continues to help the healing process along is a good thing.


September 7, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,


  1. Turner, you are right, and you don’t have to be defensive about being a chicken-little to be concerned about the poll directions. If this dinner gets the Clintons out in the field, that’s a great thing.

    Kudos to Bill for reaching out.

    Comment by dansac | September 7, 2008 | Reply

  2. good, Bill speaks fluent working class and I think he can help Barack a great deal.

    Comment by netrootnews | September 7, 2008 | Reply

  3. If these two are meeting something is up. I don’t trust either of them. Maybe Barack is about to throw Joe under the bus.

    Comment by HillaryAgain?!! | September 8, 2008 | Reply

  4. “If these two are meeting something is up. I don’t trust either of them. Maybe Barack is about to throw Joe under the bus.”

    Nah. Obama promised to have lunch/dinner with President Clinton this summer. This is making good on that promise.

    Comment by turneresq | September 8, 2008 | Reply

  5. I think we will see these two pretty soon on the trail, especially in IN, OH, PA and MI…I think President Clinton will also we doing joints with Biden in FL. Whatever they choose, it will be an awesome combination. I have a good feeling that wonderful things will come out of this meeting. Obama has a pretty busy schedule next week. But, he’ll do just fine. He’s our next President!!!

    Plus the surrogates are out in force next week with Sen. Clinton in FL, Sebelius, Napolitano, Gov. in MI with Obama, Gov. Doyle with Biden in WI, Gov. Culiver + Biden in Iowa, Gov. Schweitzer + Biden in MT.

    What I don’t understand is that McCain has no heavy hitters to surrogate for him. Palin does no rallies by herself and if McCain appears by himself, there is no crowd….Biden gets a crowd, Bill gets a crowd, Hillary gets a crowd, of course Obama gets a crowd (& Michelle). No heavy hitters for McCain. Of course, he could call on the current President since he is pushing his agenda anyway. Now that would be a novel idea….

    I forgot our trio in VA–Webb, Warner, Kaine…appearing with any of the surrogates…And Richardson in NM and Ritter in CO..Rendell, Casey and Nutter in PA…

    This is certainly exciting!!

    Comment by 3O3 | September 8, 2008 | Reply

  6. And he will be at the 9/11 tribute with Barack. How friggin sweat is that?

    Comment by trellskig | September 8, 2008 | Reply

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