Obama, Bill Clinton discuss 9/11, campaign, world affairs

September 11, 2008

obamaclinton.jpgNEW YORK – Barack Obama  and Bill Clinton talked over lunch on Thursday about the economy and world affairs in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and what the former president can do to help the Democratic nominee defeat Republican John McCain in the Nov. 4 election.

In a joint statement, the two men said they had a “great conversation” during their meeting, which came on the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“They discussed the campaign briefly but mostly talked about how the world has changed since September 11, 2001,” the statement said. “They also spoke about what the next president can do to help make the economy work for all Americans, as it did under President Clinton, and ensure safety and prosperity far beyond the coming the election.”

The lunch at Clinton’s office in New York’s Harlem neighborhood was the first lengthy meeting between the two since Obama emerged as the victor in his drawn-out Democratic primary battle against Clinton’s wife, Hillary. Bill Clinton has been widely reported to have nursed hard feelings about his wife’s loss, although he strongly endorsed Obama at the Democratic convention in Denver and plans to campaign for him in the coming weeks.

“We’re putting him to work,” Obama joked to reporters as he stood with the former president in an office reception area lined with books, photographs and memorabilia.

“I’ve agreed to do a substantial number of things, whatever I’m asked to do,” Clinton said of his plans for campaigning on Obama’s behalf.

Asked for his predictions about the close White House race between Obama and McCain, Clinton said he though Obama would win “pretty handily.”

To which Obama replied: “There you go. You can take it from the president of the United States. He knows a little something about politics.”

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Photo credit: Reuters/ Mike Segar – Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama and former U.S. President Bill Clinton appear together outside Clinton’s Harlem New York office, following a lunch meeting Sept. 11.

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McCain’s Health Care Tax Increase
http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2008/ 09/mccains_health_care_tax_increa.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/01/us/pol itics/01mccain.html?ex=1367380800&en=ab9 d7899e24d3425&ei=5124&partner=permalink& exprod=permalink

Don’t doubt it. He’s full of lies. This just adds to the list.

And don’t forget to check this out, and pass it on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH0xzsogz Ak


Kevin B

I’m saying it now: President Barack H. Obama, Jr., 2009 – 2017

Posted by Kb | Report as abusive

On the anniversary of 9/11, these seem like a timely read:
http://www.911truth.org/
http://911research.wtc7.net/

Posted by GaryD | Report as abusive

TERRORISTS WILL ATTACK AMERICA AGAIN !

At a recent meeting of thh House Armed Services Committee, testimony by the head of a Bi Partisan Committee revealed that Iran has been testing a new type of weapon. They have already had at least two successful tests of the delivery system for this weapon called an EMP weapon.

That testimony revealed that the United States is ill prepared for such an attack. We effectively have little defenses which could stop such an attack.

That testimony also revealed that should Iran be successful, such an attack would kill between 70% to 90% of the ENTIRE POPULATION on the lower 48 states. Quite a sobering thought.

The United States is busy developing a counter to such an attack. It promises to be an effective deterrent for such an attack. It is amazing that Barrack Obama has stated on video that he would cut all funding for the development of this defense system.

It appears that Russia has been funding the Iranian program and supplying technology on many of the aspects of how such a weapon works. If Iran is successful in attacking the United States in such a fashion, Russia becomes the One Major Power, and runs little risk of retaliation.

Go to this website to hear Barrack Obama talk about slashing funding for this program. You can also read more about the potential attack and see links to the textimony.

http://www.harvybing.com

IS ANOTHER 9-11 COMING ONLY THIS TIME KILLING MILLIONS OF AMERICANS? You Be The Judge.

We honor the fallen with a heart of fear, 9/11/01 we all died just a little and our country…. Yea what about our country?

Posted by Jim | Report as abusive

[...] finished their lunch and are smoking cigars and drinking espresso. It is September 11, 2008, and their first one-to-one contact since the primaries ended. Phoniness is oozing from every pore of bot…. The theme from “The Godfather” is heard playing in the [...]

[...] finished their lunch and are smoking cigars and drinking espresso. It is September 11, 2008, and their first one-to-one contact since the primaries ended. Phoniness is oozing from every pore of both politicians. The theme from “The [...]

In his new ad Obama looks directly into the camera and defines a leader of real change ending with: “You need a leader that can unite the country”. Ha ha ha, as a yellow dog liberal who has voted straight democrat for the last 40 years, I’m dismayed that the man who can’t even unite his own party can display such hypocrisy. He’s not ready, nor will he ever be. Hubris, pride, arrogance, conceit, deception, these are Obama’s traits that undermine his character and debilitate any effectiveness, he is a pompous bird and arrogant SOB. I voted for Hillary, I will vote for experience again, with McCain. Liberal for McCain 2008.

Posted by Sam in Kingsland | Report as abusive

This is the craziest election ever. Just food for thought, John McCain and his new running mate have been proven to have lied and twisted records, John McCain lied to the American public, finished bottom of his class and only wants to be pres. to have that badge of honor. He has pandered his liberal self to appeal to the far right conservatives (just for political gain and ambition – check out the Youtube video of John himself saying so – youtube – the video that should end McCains presidental run)
And he has stayed in the middle or switched positions on several key issues important to you die hard conservatives. Nice track record. Now why would you vote for him??

Posted by Barbara | Report as abusive