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Bill Clinton predicts an easy win for Barack Obama

The Ticket opined two weeks ago that Barack Obama would be well-served to avail himself of Bill Clinton's manifold political skills -- pronto.

Today, the man who once dominated Democratic politics and the one who hopes to for years to come took a small step toward merging their interests: Obama trekked to Clinton's Harlem office in New York and had a lunch meeting with the former president. Former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama meet for lunch in New York

During a brief chat with reporters before they went behind closed doors, Clinton at least delivered a sound bite favorable to Obama's cause.

With national polls showing John McCain catching a wave after his pick of Sarah Palin as a running mate, Clinton was asked about the state of the race. He replied: "I predict that Sen. Obama will win and win handily."

The perked up Obama, who said: "There you go. You can take it from the president of the United States. He knows a little something about politics."

Clinton, without specifying, said he's "agreed to do a substantial number of things" on behalf of Obama's campaign. "Whatever I’m asked to do," he added.

Most immediately, he'll stump for Obama on Sept. 29 in Florida (where, despite Clinton's optimistic spin, the Democratic ticket needs help; a new poll of the state's voters by Quinnipiac University gives McCain a solid lead).

The pool reporter for the photo op, Martha Moore of USA Today, noted that no handshake was exchanged between the men in the presence of the media.

After the get-together, an Obama aide issued the following statement:

President Clinton and Senator Obama had a great conversation in Harlem today. They discussed the campaign briefly, but mostly talked about how the world has changed since September 11, 2001.

Sen. Obama praised the work of the Clinton Foundation around the world and President Clinton applauded Sen. Obama's historic campaign which has inspired millions around the country.

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 election. President Clinton said he looks forward to campaigning for Senator Obama later this month.

A Clinton aide told The Times' Peter Nicholas that along with the Florida appearance, the ex-president will raise money for Obama (apparently a growing source of concern within the candidate's camp) as well as hit the road for him "throughout the rest of the cycle.''

The aide said of the two-hour talk between the two: "It went very well.''

-- Don Frederick

Photo: Associated Press

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Very funny! especially coming from a guy that said the exact same sentence 3 month ago about her wife and AGAINST obama!!! hahaha

you ain't ever gonna win now mr mccain...go back to searching for your luck charms

"NOT EXPERIENCED " quotes from Bill, Hillary and Biden--
What has changed since they said this a few months ago--NOTHING

I think this election is shaping up to be like Clinton's in some ways. The economy is once again in trouble. The public needs a real leader. And the GOP has made "culture wars" the center of its campaign. Even with all of the attention the McCain campaign has been getting with the announcement of his running mate... he has still failed to outline an agenda that would help middle class people. I like McCain... but Obama is at least talking about stuff that matters to me.

This presidential election is the most stressful I've ever seen, tying the one between Nixon and Kennedy back in 1960. Because imagining the Republicans to continue with their intellectually bankrupt plans to continue plundering America is like waiting for the results of a rectal cancer test. When this one's over, I'm going to bed for a week.

LMAO Clinton wants Obama to win about as much as McCain wants Obama to win. Hillary wont be able to run in the next election if Obama wins and he wont be able to get his skanky behind back in the Whitehouse either.

Sounds to me like Clinton and Obama just got together to smoke blunts. They're both way high!

Is this the same guy that predicted Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee??? Bill go shack up with one of your hooker friends.

Pipe down Alex. Bill means that the party will win, whether it was going to be Hillary or Barack at the helm. And, MN, the snipey GOP rhetoric is empty. Just wait until the debates when each candidate can really show their stuff. The person that continues to take pot shots instead of talking substance will be the loser. I believe that loser will be McCain because just saying the other guy isn't qualified doesn't tell anyone anything about you. Also, the debates are often the turning point when many unsure voters make their decision. Deep breaths everyone.

"NOT EXPERIENCED " quotes from Bill, Hillary and Biden--
What has changed since they said this a few months ago--NOTHING"

You believed him then why not now? Since you put SO MUCH into what he said as being IT, then why not believe him now???

Palin and all the sexism crap will soon come to a close.
Guaranteed. The only reason it won't is because a certain group of people would be afraid to admit they were wrong and mislead yet again, by the republicans.

watch your back Barack, Bill want you to lose so Hillary can run in 4yrs. And reclaim his legacy. Rember what everyone said about the Clintons, if they want you gone they get really chummy

This will be a tough fight for Barak Obama and Joe Biden; they must not loose focus that the election is against 4 more years of George Bush and focus on the actual changes that will be made. Governor Palin is a sharp individual and a great asset to the "State of Alaska"; however, the deceptive resume' and comments from those that worked with her in the past tell of an all too familiar similarity to George Bush and Karl Rove.

Yeah, if we can't even trust a man's word about what he knows, we're really going to put a lot of stock in what he predicts.

As a Christian, It truly concerns me that so many other Christians are still falling for Republican manipulation tactics. Please consider everything carefully before you vote in November.

This is a very interesting read concerning McCain's choice of Palin from an unusual and surprising religious perspective. I highly recommend checking it out - and send it to those you think need to hear it:

John McCain will win easily.

The report said the poll saw McCain ahead in Florida.

But the Democrats have registered 400,000 new Florida voters in the last six months, and these are too recent to be included in the lists used by the polling companies.

That being said, we know the Republicans are busy trying to de-register as many Democrat voters as possible so as to steal this election too.

We will see if Charlie Crist has a smidgen of integrity and doesn't pull the tricks of Jeb Bush by (for example) ensuring there are insufficient polling booths or voitng machines in black areas to capture all the votes within a single day.

This election could end up in the House, or the Supreme Court again! If the second one happens, the USA will be a laughing stock and compared to Zimbabwe.

Bill's lying again

Hey Blip,

So I'm not sure what you are watching or reading but I have heard Sen. McCain speak about his ecconomic plan and how he will help reinvigorate the middle class several times.

I remember watching Laryy King after each night of the Republican Convention and the Obama Campaign official just kept saying that none of the Republican speakers were mentioning the ecconomy, including Palin and McCain. I'm not sure what Convention he was watching because I heard several of the speakers mention the ecconomy. I think he was just hoping that if he said something enough times, people would just believe it.

Please evryone, don't just lap up what the campaigns tell you. Do some non-partisan research. I have found to be a great source of info. Both canidates are streaching the truth in ads and quoting the opposition out of's really sad.

For instance, Obama likes to say that McCain voted along party lines 90% of the time. This is true. But he fails to mention that he has voted along party lines 97% of the time. On the other hand, the McCain campaign keeps demanding an appology for the "pig in lipstick" comment Obama made. I heard it and I don't think for even a fraction of a second he was talking about Palin.

Do your own research everyone. Then vote the canidate that best represents you. Just for the record, I am a regestered independant who happens to think McCain is better suited for the Presidency this time around. But if Obama wins, he will still be my President and have my support.







RIght on! GO Obama!

I AGREE WITH JOE BIDEN. ----------------

On Obama's appeal: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean that's a storybook, man." -----------------------

On Obama's experience: "I think he can be ready, but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training." ---------------------------

On Obama's threat to go into Pakistan after Al Qaeda: "The way to deal with it is not to announce it, it's to do it.... The last thing you want to do is telegraph to the folks in Pakistan that we're about to violate ... their sovereignty." ---------------------

On Obama's pledge to meet with leaders of rogue nations: "Would I make a blanket commitment to meet unconditionally with the leaders of each of those countries within the first year I was president? Absolutely, positively no." -------------------

On Obama's Iraq plan: "My impression is he thinks that if we leave, somehow the Iraqis are going to have an epiphany. I've seen zero evidence of that." ------------------

I ALSO AGREE WITH HILLARY CLINTON: ------------------------
"I know Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience that he will bring to the White House and Senator Obama has a speech that he gave in 2002." --------------------------
"More than ever before, our workers will need good job training for the jobs of this new century. But we can't afford on-the-job training for our next president. That could be the costliest job training in history." --------------------------------
"And we don't need Obama’s trillion-dollar tax increase that will hit families already facing higher energy, health care and college costs. What we need is to focus on the real crises of health care and Medicare, and on expanding opportunities for poor, working and middle class families who are struggling now." ----------------------------------
AND BILL CLINTON: ------------------------
It is wrong that Senator Obama got to go through 15 debates trumpeting his superior judgment and how he had been against the war in every year, numerating the years, and never got asked one time, not once, ‘Well, how could you say, that when you said in 2004 you didn’t know how you would have voted on the resolution? You said in 2004 there was no difference between you and George Bush on the war and you took that speech you’re now running on off your website in 2004 and there’s no difference in your voting record and Hillary’s ever since?’ Give me a break. “This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.” ---------------------------------
"I think that they (Obama) played the race card on me. And we now know, from memos from the campaign and everything that they planned to do it all along."

I agree with Bill Clinton on the outcome of the election. The public and the news media only operate in the short-term, where Palin has given McCain some sort of half-contrived "bounce" in meaningless polls. However, when you look at the long term, there is no way this guy McCain can win -- he's Bob Dole all over again. After 50 more days of late night comics mocking him, lousy campaign ads, and three debates highlighting his frailty and skeleton-like physique, the masses are not going to vote for him. Too bad for him, maybe 10 years ago he could have done better.

How is King Obama going to pay for your universal healthcare? and all your hand-outs...taxing you, not just the wealthy. Read his tax reforms, and kiss your retirement goodbye. How about a 39% tax on your IRA, or any college fund, etc. 28% tax on any profit if you sell your home. He is going to reinstate the inheritance tax. Man, Is that what everyone wants?? I don't.

I read an article that we are once again the laughing stock of the world over our election, We have got to be the only place that allows politicians to bring trivial things like "lip stick on a pig" effect our decisions instead of what the canidates are bringing to the table, i dont know about the rest of you but im tired of the propaganda machine and would jsut like to hear what the next president is going to do to fix the situations for most people. #1 being 6% unemployed and unable to find work, with so many people out of work how do they expect to get there pay checks that are paid for with tax dollars from working Americans. Now is no tthe time for blind party affiliation. Please vote wiht your brains this time people! Had Ron Paul recieved the republican nomination i would breath easy feeling a no lose situation but with McCain Im scared for the future of this country and for my children

Not only is William Jefferson Clinton correct in his political observation as to the anticipated outcome of the Presidential race.
I think republicans will sorely regret having redirected resources they had been focusing in an effort to sandbag vulnerable downstream house and senate seats.

> "NOT EXPERIENCED " quotes from Bill, Hillary and Biden--
What has changed since they said this a few months ago--NOTHING

Really? I thought he gained quite a bit of experience by outdoing an experienced president.

And I think he'll do well against McCain. McCain chose a gimmick as VP, rather than someone capable of governing. Their claims about Palin simply don't match reality, and the ONLY reason she was chosen was that she could move the polls.

As a matter of fact, EVERY one of the 10 other Republican women who are Governors or Senators is more experienced (and a better pick) than Palin in terms of governing (though I doubt many would move the polls like Palin did). True, only 9 of them are eligible (the 10th one was born in Cuba, which disqualifies her), but Palin is right near the bottom 10% of the Republican Senators & Governors in experience. Rather like how McCain was 5th from the bottom in his class of 900 in the Navy.

We don't need a country run by dunces who hire based on partisan loyalty instead of competence. If we had *competent* leaders, rather than electing the dumbest folks in the Republican party, Osama would have been caught by now.

But what do you expect? Have the Republicans done ANYTHING right in the past 8 years? Why give them 4 more to screw it up further?

I used to think that the ultra-right-wing zealots who supported George Bush were bad, but Obama's supporters have been the most abusive, threatening, and hostile group towards opposition that I have ever witnessed or heard about. They have caused blogs opposing the Senator to be shut down. They have made threats of physical violence and death threats against people who oppose Obama. They have made threats against Hillary Clinton's delegates. And now, they are attacking Sarah Palin with every form of slander imaginable. The actions of the people who follow a person, sometimes give a clear indication about the person they are following - consider the racist Rev. Wright and the terrorist Bill Ayers. They are either the most mentally challenged or the most brainwashed supporters to ever sully the face of the earth since the hoards who worshiped Hitler in Nazi Germany. They can see no wrong in their Messiah, and hurl insults, attacks and race cards against all who dare criticize Obama. They are as flawed and dangerous as Obama himself, and should give all of us one more reason why the inexperienced, deceptive, ruthless, arrogant, divisive, race card throwing, racist black liberation theology believing, fraudulent Obama must be stopped in November. One more thing; remember that a vote for any but McCain, will only assist Obama, so make your choices carefully.

Yay! This is going to be very entertaining watching Bill Clinton on the trail. I may not agree with global issues under his administration ... but, well - actually I would love him to give an insight to his current understanding in a world touched by 9.11 and a country changed from the perspective of having been out of office. He has an interesting succinctness to him, and a way of making things cumbersome immediately relevant and frankly palatable. But aside from that he was an astute student of economics if we are to believe Greenspan. It would be great to have him out there illustrating how macro level policies can have an effect on the change in our pockets ... and what this job/industry market in the future can look like. Obama and Clinton share an astonishing ability to look at things from a very broad perspective and make connections to local events ... they see things, I think, that many don't see - and some of us need to be led in that way. Y'know, to get a sense of the vision of what could be .... what I liked about Clinton administration is that they were able to effectively delineate what they did right. And I think this needs to happen for democrats. The reality is that MOST people do much better under a democratic administration!! Including deserved services from the government. And they are more fiscally savvy in providing services that ultimately reach a wider consumer base to generate the level of cash flow that is needed to maintain a resilient economy. Why widen the base of middle class? Because that is who spends the money to float the asses of big business! For big business to exist it needs a market that is most definitely NOT strapped. The same for small community businesses ... how many have closed? But most importantly I hope he begins to shed light on this alluring position: throw out No Child Left Behind!!! Yep. The key reason that the work force is now unable to think innovatively. And we need innovators to confront the current energy crisis and industry crisis.

I guess Bill Clinton must be a psychic or have a crystal ball so that he can now tell the future. Could he please tell us what the next winning lottery numbers are while he is at it.

" "NOT EXPERIENCED " quotes from Bill, Hillary and Biden--
What has changed since they said this a few months ago--NOTHING"

Well, Sarah Palin didn't know what the vice president did a few months ago, so that seems to have changed. What else ya got?

Wait till the real negative ads come out just before the election:

Ad #1: Hillary video saying Obama's not qualified.

Ad#2: Bill video saying Obama's not qualified.

Ad #3: Obama video tearing into Hillary.

A party divided and held together with masking tape. Democrats/ Liberals: God Damn America

The President predicts that McCain-Palin will win.

The Ex-President predicts the Obama will win.

So what?

Bill is not prophet and is a known liar.
Remember him deceiving the American people?
with "I never have XXX with that woman (Monica)"?

Pie in the sky predictions by a guy who was dis-barred
for life because he commited purgery and obstructed
justice are worth as much as current shares of lehman
bros.Lets face the hard facts...Bill Clinton came out of his
clumsy participation in his wife's campaign as a race-card playing political dinosaure and Obama blew it when
he ignored Hillary in choosing a running mate. Try to imagine how she feels about beeing dumped in favour of
the Delaware wind bag who stands to get eviscerated
by Gov Palin in the vp's debate.What goes around comes
around and the Chicago offspring of this nation's most
corrupt political mafia will go down in history as the biggest political flopsicle.

This is awesome for McCain and the deathblow for Obama! Clinton said the same thing about his wife months ago. Pure hype on his part. The Obama campaign is sputtering and losing altitude because people are starting to realize that the emperor has no clothes.

fred jones,

you sound like a wing-nut

There's a very true saying that states that you shouldn't stock your hope chest full of worthless values and that's all McCain's campaign has been running on all summer. In the end American people are going to vote for someone who at least has a clue how bad our economy is and how bad it's getting. Obama gave yet another phenomenal speech on Dave Letterman pointing out that we need to focus on real issues, life changing and life affirming issues. Anyone who's willing to continue to waste 10 billion dollars a month on Iraq and thinks that their job is secure, in an economy that is further headed down the drain should definitely vote for McCain.


(Come to think of it, that might not be such a bad idea, given the Times' present condition.)

Even Barack [middle name redacted] Obama's supporters realize that there is nothing to him. He is the quintessential "empty suit," a sort of portmanteau candidate into which his admirers are invited to pour all of their hopes and fantasies, rather than evaluate what is really inside his mind, his character, and his record.

Today Mark Monford, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, suggests that Obama's candidacy is based not on his politics, not on his record, not on his qualifications, but on his very being:

May God protect the United States of America if Obama gets in. It is so obvious he is an empty suit, has questionable past and associations with people of dubious character, and frankly when he speaks does not sound convicted or sure of what he is speaking about. Noticed his views change according to what group he is talking to. Does not build confidence in the listener. What does Obama believe in besides putting himself on a pedestal? Feel he needs to grow up and gain more experience. Even two-faced Bill Clinton said that convincingly just a few months before. Is there no pride when he and Hillary now say he is ready for the presidency when everyone really know how they feel. They all lost my vote, and of many others. Was shocked yesterday when 3 die-hard democrats told the group I was meeting with that they have gone over to McCain!

right-wing are so gullible to demagogues who say one thing and do another. rah rah rah... ignorance is bliss.

obama is an elitist and bad because he wants to give average americans 3 times more tax cuts than mccain?

where bracket do you fall under? enough already.

……………… MCCAIN …………. OBAMA
Income ……. Avg tax bill ……. Avg. tax bill
Over $2.9M …. -$269,364 (-4.4%)… +$701,885 (+11.5%)
$603K and up…. -$45,361 (-3.4%)… +$115,974 (+8.7%)
$227K-$603K…… -$7,871 (-3.1%)…….. +$12 (+0.0%)
$161K-$227K…… -$4,380 (-3.0%)….. -$2,789 (-1.9%)
$112K-$161K…… -$2,614 (-2.5%)….. -$2,204 (-2.1%)
$66K-$112K …… -$1,009 (-1.4%)….. -$1,290 (-1.8%)
$38K-$66K …….. -$319 (-0.7%)….. -$1,042 (-2.4%)
$19K-$38K …….. -$113 (-0.5%)……. -$892 (-3.6%)
Under $19K ……… -$19 (-0.2%)……. -$567 (-5.5%)

The man caught with his pants down is now a psychic?

Pamela is either smoking a controlled substance, or is wealthy.

Here's the truth about Obama's tax plan. Unless you are wealthy, you will be better off with Obama than McCain.

Here's a simple calculator (plug in marital status, no. of earners in household, no. of kids) to see how each candidate's plan affects your taxes:

'always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.'
- john quincy adams

What America needs to focus on is how the Republicans -- and John McCain is very definitely a Republican who has supported his Leader 93% of the time and on all major issues! -- have changed and how they are changing America.
It goes well beyond their secrecy and their attack on our Constitution.
We have the choice of thinking and voting our American values and interests or voting like Mississippi and expecting that the future will bring us Mississippilike wages and benefits. (FritoLay pays Mississippi workers $5 less per hour than they do Illinois workers doing the same thing.)
America has been steadily becoming more like Mississippi over recent decades. I think that needs to change.
I am a Mississippi born and bred recneck and I approlve this message!

You can always tell which side of the fence these posts come from. If they are simple, idiotice and completely unrelated then it has to be republican. If they are clever, insightful, and relative to the topic then it has to be a democrat.

May God help us all if McCain wins. It will be the end of the great experiment.

Just so you can have a little more knowledge of how the world of Washington works....
Bill Clinton is the one who has ruined our economy (as well as the whiners that need baled out and don't take responsibility for themselves) with a lot of actions he took. And if you don't believe me- you need to get more educated on policies. It has taken years for this mass of bad choices and policies of Clintons to take effect- and here it is. He totally ignored signs of invasions on our land (9/11) as well. It takes a conservative to get things into shape...and they don't whine.

UH HUH... what else did you expect him to say? Obama is gonna lose big?

Well, it's not gonna be a big loss, but a loss nonetheless. Just as you can put lipstick...

He's really rushing out to stump for Obama...Sept. 29th?! It's obvious he really wants Obama to lose. At this point it's all about Hillary in 2012. Hillary will spend a significant more amount of time doing NOTHING than helping Obama. HIllary would be up double digits right now!

WHAT IS THE TRUE NATURE OF OBAMA’S SO-CALLED “RELIGION?: The problem I have with Rev. Wright's church, is that Rev. Wright, by his own admission, preaches black liberation theology, which is a very racist theology based upon the conflict between the "black oppressed" and the "white oppressor". That is why, for example, Rev. Wright portrays Jesus as black, and his murderers as “garlic nosed” “white people,” because that is the only way that the story of Jesus will fit with his theology. That is also why so many of his statements are framed as black and white issues (e.g. "rich white people"; “world in need being run by white people's greed”; Natalie Holloway was a "white girl" who "gave it up" on an Aruba beach; “white” America got a wake up call after 9/11; the "garlic nosed" Italians in the time of Jesus who killed the “Black Jesus” were "white people"). Consistently making the point that Jesus was black and his murderers were white is very much like the bigoted fundamentalist Christians who continually make the point that the "Jews killed Jesus." We all know what that is code for; that means that the Jews are evil, as a group, and responsible for the murder of Jesus. Rev. Wright, Obama’s 20 year “mentor and spiritual adviser,” is guilty of the same type of bigoted rhetoric.

I would recommend to all those interested that they research black liberation theology, and in particular, the writings of James H. Cone. Rev. Wright acknowledges that Cone is one of his theological mentors, and the church's website recommends his book "Black Theology and Black Power." I have the book, and have read it cover to cover. Here are just a few quotes from the book about this theology:

(1) “To be Christian is to be one of those whom God has chosen. God has chosen black people." (2) "While it is true that blacks do hate whites, black hatred is not racism." (3) "All white men are responsible for white oppression." (4) "Theologically, Malcolm X was not far wrong when he called the white man "the devil." (5) "If there is any contemporary meaning of the Antichrist, the white church seems to be a manifestation of it." (6) "Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community. Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love."

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