June 27th, 2008
03:44 PM ET

How united are Obama and Clinton?

Click the Play Button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Today's rally with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in Unity, New Hampshire, was the latest in a series of staged events designed to show that all is forgiven between two former rivals for the Democratic nomination. Like a children's fairy tale... if it doesn't have a happy ending, it won't sell.

Yesterday, Clinton praised Obama in front of two major interest groups that had supported her in the primaries. And the two Democrats appeared before a group of Clinton's top donors last night. Clinton told supporters that Democrats "are a family" and Obama hailed Clinton and her backers, for their passion. Both Obama and his wife Michelle gave the maximum $2,300 to help Clinton retire her debt.

But how close-knit is this family really? The fact is each is forced to rely on the other as the general election ramps up. Obama needs Clinton to help convince her supporters to vote for him in November. And Clinton needs help in paying down her campaign debt, plus she wants to know that she'll be treated as a top surrogate throughout the campaign and at the convention.

Fine, but there are sticking points. Aides describe the relationship as one that's "slowly thawing" with a lot of unanswered questions. As we told you in the Cafferty File yesterday – they're reportedly using a high-powered Washington attorney to negotiate some of these issues.

And then there's Bill. The former president and Obama have not spoken since Obama wrapped up the nomination. Wouldn't you think the last sitting Democratic president might want to talk to the party's presumptive nominee? There may be less here than meets the eye.

Here’s my question to you: How united do you think Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton really are?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Uche writes:
They really do not have to be united, Jack. It’s a matter of how united they publicly appear to be.

Karen from Maryland writes:
Common causes can unite common enemies. Let them unite because the alternative of McBush, McSame, 100-year war McCain is unthinkable.

Gerald writes:
She's united… with his bank account. Now that the extortion has been codified by her lawyers and Obama has acquiesced with an opportunistic bribe, all is wonderful. It's "business as usual" in the "politics as usual" realm.

Tom writes:
They are very united, Jack. Both of these are heart-driven public servants ready to do whatever it takes to advance the public good, even sign on with a same-party adversary. “We’re all family,” Hillary says, and I think she means it, so much so that I’m supporting Barack at her behest.

Deb from Oklahoma writes:
Jack, It doesn't matter if they are united... it matters if their supporters are united.

Peg writes:
Jack, It’s time that the mainstream media give up on this silly story just to get ratings. There are many more important things going on to talk about. It’s time for one of your famous comments on how silly this storyline is. Democrats are united, and poor John McCain will have to go back to the Senate. I know he hasn't voted since April, but I think he still has a job there.

Nancy from Tennesee writes:
I'm not feeling the love between these two. It reminds me of two people who just got a divorce and are trying to be civil in front of the kids. The bad thing is the kids are old enough to know the show is all for them.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • New Hampshire • Unity
soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. Carole Graves

    Barak and Hillary will be as united as they need to be. Why not ask a REAL question, like are you better off now than you were 8 years ago???

    June 27, 2008 at 12:48 pm |
  2. Tony - Brownsville Texas

    They share the same belief which is DEMS cannot allow another republican to take office and to me that is all the unity I need.

    June 27, 2008 at 12:49 pm |
  3. Emma, San Jose, CA

    They are putting on a show of unity that belies the Clintons' wrath of losing the nomination. But Hillary has her eye on the presidency whenever that might be possible. Her showing of support for Obama is her own campaign for presidency, in case the next time is her turn.
    It would be great to see her take a break from the campaign trail.

    June 27, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
  4. don in naples, florida

    Call me a cynic, but the wealthy always unite. Their ultimate goal is to divide the people to keep us weak and confused while they exploit us. Sure they had their differences while campaigning but now they will appear as strong allies to try and win for the democratic party. It really doesn't matter because the democratic party and republican party seem to have the same goals- Build a huge national debt to trickle down onto the working class. The democratic party adds to the national debt through social program funding, and the republicans build debt through fear mongering, defense spending, and corporate tax breaks. Our government is broken.

    June 27, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
  5. Michelle

    I think they're as united as they have to be to win. At bottom, they both want a better government for our country. They have some differences, yes, but hopefully those will evaporate and come convention time, we will all be holding hands, singing Kumbayah.

    June 27, 2008 at 12:56 pm |
  6. Rachael in Princeton, NJ

    They're united enough. Once the Clinton's finish licking their wounds, which today hopefully marks, they come out full force for the party.

    June 27, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
  7. Latte-drinking Intellectual

    Hillary knows that she needs him. Not just to help pay her debt, but if she ever wants to run for president again, which I believe she will, she must secure some sort of cabinet level position. She has learned that just being the spouse of an ex-president is not enought to win over the kind of support necessary. She needs to show she has executive level know how and the ability to work with former rivals. Obama also needs her to help push some of her more reluctant supporters over to him and away from McCain. To the extent that they have the same agendas, they are unified. Do they like each other? Anyone can look at their pressed smiles and see the answer to that one.

    June 27, 2008 at 12:58 pm |
  8. John St. Louis Mo

    Wheather or not they want to be united is not an issue, they MUST be united if they want the policies of their constituants to be pushed forward. It also is a matter of wheather or not they can unite the democratic party, and I feel they not only can but will. Those who say they will stay home or vote for John McCain are not true democrats but rather snotty little children who have decided to take their ball & bat home and leave the game to the real players, I feel they would throw the baby out just because the bath water was dirty. We must defeat the republicans in November and REAL democrats know that.

    June 27, 2008 at 12:59 pm |
  9. Karen in Maryland

    Common causes can unite common enemies. Let them unite because the alternative of McBush McSame 100yr WAR McCain is unthinkable

    June 27, 2008 at 1:04 pm |
  10. Willow, from Iowa

    Jack, I don't think they will ever be close friends. They probably don't even really respect each other. But they both want the Democrats to win in November. And I think they both will smile and be friendly in public to achieve that goal. And that's all that really matters. Its going to be difficult for HRC to NOW say that Obama is such a good leader and should be President. We don't forget THAT fast. But for the good of the country, they better be good actors.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  11. Nick - Oklahoma

    Jack – They are united as two people who tore each other down for 16 months can be.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  12. Anthony Smith

    VERY! They will do anything to make sure the Dems take back the White House. An analogy would be when siblings fight during childhood. However, when an outsider attacks the family, the siblings then stick up for each other to protect the family. Obama and Clinton have their own agendas, but the first and most important one is not letting another Republican ruin this country like Bush!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    June 27, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  13. Caryn, Washington DC

    Hillary doesn't seem as narcissitic and tyranical as she did during the primaries. As big of a disappointment as losing must be there must be some sense of relief and it shows. I think that they will grow even more united as some of the bitterness thaws. I am still waiting for Bubba to come around.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  14. Floyd in SC

    Hi Jack,
    Unimportant–united,split makes no difference for November. It will take an act of God for the republicans to win in November. An act of god like turning a septuagenarian into a fifty-year-old; or, perhaps, he might actually ask somebody what is important to them, the American people, instead of thinking that we are all like children that need a parent to tell us what is good for us.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  15. Talbot

    This is a political marriage of convenience if ever there was one

    June 27, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  16. Cathy in MD

    Unity is a good thing. Pictures are nice. Unfortunately, I feel this comes too late. And, even now, the Clinton camp continues to apply pressure by placing demands and conditions with each step forward. What will Hillary’s role be at the convention? Should her name be symbolically put into nomination? The battle continues. So, what would otherwise be one united Democratic Party feels more like one divided Party. The Clintons know that Obama needs their influence to undo the damage and rally support, and I suspect they are comfortably aware of the power this gives them. Sorry to be a Party pooper.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  17. Uche

    They really do not have to be united Jack. Its a matter of how united they publicly appear to be.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  18. Elizabeth Anderson

    Why is so much made of Hiliary Clinton. She lost the election. Would all this emphasis been placed on being gracious to Obama if he had lost the primary? I am a 67 year old Afro American woman who wanted Joe Biden to be the next president and would like to see him as VP or at least an important part of the cabinet. I wish you all would stop tow towing to the Clinton's. Barack Obama has been far more gracious than eith Clinton.

    Please explain why Obama is the presumptive Democratic candidate, so why is Senator Clinton the most important news item?

    Am I stupid are what?

    June 27, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  19. Tina (Fort Worth)

    What do you want a miracle? Hillary is only putting on her second face to protect her first one. She will run the next time and will say she is committed to the Obama camp cause right now her boat has sunk and she needs money to help her save grace.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  20. John T. Lucas

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Obama and Clinton are very united. They are both Democrats to the core and want the party to be successful in the fall. I cannot believe the superficiality of many of your viewers when it comes to Hillary Clinton. She is ambitious but would never betray her party or even Obama, who has suddenly moved to the right on all issues and soon will be to the right of McCain, it seems, if that would get him elected. The last few days have convinced me that Clinton is far more honest than Obama, and at this juncture it would be only her support of him that would convince me to vote for him, especially after his stinkeroo on the death penalty that finds him in bed with the obnoxious and repellent Antonin Scalia.

    John Lucas
    Victoria, BC

    June 27, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  21. Katherine Heckman

    Clinton is a team player...and let's face it...she is good at putting on a pleasant face and demeanor with grace and dignity in the midst of adversity when it comes to the men in her life. I support HER, not Obama!!! I hope she can continue to "fake it til she makes it" while Obama continues to change his positions and shows he will do WHATEVER it takes to get elected (i.e. campaign financing PLEDGE broken). THEN, I hope she takes that smiling face and she kicks butt in 2012!!! Unless the Democrats come to their senses before the convention (as Obama shows who he really is between now and then) and she makes it to the White House in 2008. She may or may not be united with Obama in reality, but I am not! I will write in on my November ballot the name of Hillary Clinton or not vote at all. I admire Clinton and respect her judgement, but I will have to pass on the Obama support EVEN if it means more of the same...The way I see it, we will get more of the same regardless of Obama or McCain winning the Presidency!

    June 27, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  22. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    Very United. As I write I am watching Hillary speak in Unity New Hamshire and all I see is sincerity. It confirms that politics has no permanent foes or friends. Both have by their U-turns in respect to their relationship with each other shown that they are what they are- POLITICIANS. The feelings of an eternal enmity between both remains in the imagination of the press and critics. Politics like no other field has the highest crescendo and the lowest lows and unless you can go with the flow you can't survive as a politician which explains why some are politicians and some are journalists and both are awesome careers. Hillary fought a spirited campaign and lost and recognizes that their can only be one, but that she can be part of that one, and she is playing a superb and genuine role that deserves commendation.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  23. Greg ...Cabot AR

    Jack, they are as much united as a divorced couple would be after a custody ruling.

    They put aside their differences for the sake of the kids because they both knew that continuing the battle would destroy any chances for success in the November election.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  24. grd

    She's united–with his bank account. Now that the extortion has been codified by her lawyers and Obama has acquiesced with an opportunistic bribe, all is wonderful. It's "business as usual" in the "politics as usual" realm. So much for "change". It's disgusting that Barack puts his little contributors' money directly into her bank account. His small-scale, hard working and sometimes low income contributors didn't sign up for this blatant bribery felony. I'm a proud Liberal, but Obama's behavior is becoming repellent.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  25. Bobby Barkanic

    About as united as Olmert and Abbas. It's a moot point though. Even if they're not united, I find it hard to believe that Clinton supporters would swing all the way to McCain in November.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  26. Liz, from MO

    Time will tell if the unity is for real or just a cosmetic one. The unity might be a give-and-take arrangement but let's hope it will stick for the good of the Democratic party

    June 27, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  27. deborah rice

    i am watching the unity,nh scene and i wonder do people really think that if obama puts hillary on his ticket as vp that it will not give bill clinton a 3rd term? i like them both just not on the same ticket.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  28. Jenny Rome Ga


    Remember Bill is still out of the country. This will change.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  29. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Probably not as much as they are letting on. Apparently, though, Hillary has decided she must be faithful to the Democratic Party by strongly supporting Obama. I'm sure it is a stretch for her. I don't, however, think Bill Clinton will ever be a strong supporter of Obama.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  30. laraine pittsburgh

    By the looks of today in Unity-I'd say VERY united. And that's a good. thing.
    If after you saw these two dynamos together, you didn't get excited about this election and our country, throw some dirt over yourself–you're dead.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  31. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    As united as you can be with a woman that tried to stop you from getting the ultimate job in your career or as you can be with the guy that stopped you from doing the same and cost you 20 million to boot.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  32. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Does it really matter?? These are two politicians doing what they think they must, sort of a categorical imperative. I doubt that her opinion of his abilities has changed one iota – mine certainly has not -and no endorsements, and I care not if FDR, JFK and Harry Truman appear in 3D holograph and exhort me to vote for him, will make him one bit more qualified, or will add one line to his resume, which is the thinnest of any nominee in history!

    In short, I do not care what Hillary does now, I don't want either Obama or McCain!

    June 27, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  33. Jay in Houston

    After 8 years of Bush, who wouldn't unite? Remember, even old foes Britain and France had to set aside their mutual dislike for each other and unite against Hitler's Germany.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  34. Tom C, Stuart, Fl

    As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
    "H.L. Mencken" I totally agree. Like you, Mencken was a satirist, too.

    Tom C.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  35. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    Well, Obama just wants her voters, and Clinton just wants his VP spot. The answer? It is a marriage of conveniance.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  36. aaron suleske

    Those two are as homogeneous as oil and water. With a high speed stirrer the two blend momentarily. Remove the stirrer and they separate. The furor of the campaign is the stirrer. They'll be back to fighting in December, win or lose.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  37. Peter TX

    they are as united as the united nations--very disunited but smile for the cameras.

    Peter, Dallas

    June 27, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  38. Cliff from Pennsylvania

    I beleive they are united as much as possible.With the support of all the DEMOCRATS who believe in change ,it can be achieved by voting for OBAMA . The GOP claim he doesn't have the experience .Neither did the BOZO we have for President the last 71/2 years . waken up AMERICA We don't need 4 more years of this type of COWBOY politics

    June 27, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  39. Bernice

    She will need the Democratic 'full support' in eight years.
    So, reluctantly or not, she will be as unified as is needed.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  40. Karen (Nashville)

    United. Untied. Very close, don't you think? This unity will become unraveled fast if Clinton finds any way she can possibly dislodge Obama, and believe me, she's looking.

    June 27, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  41. Differ in MD

    Jack – Like 2 peas in a glass pod!

    June 27, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  42. Candie

    They're about as united as oil and water. But, most politicians are good actors and they will put on their "happy faces" until November 4th.

    Philadelphia, PA

    June 27, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  43. Brittany R.

    Hillary cannot simply tell us to vote for Obama after telling us
    how unqualified he is in foreign policy. He did not become anymore qualified to be our president than during the primaries.

    My vote is not transferable. I voted for Hillary on Super Tuesday.
    I am voting for McCain in November.

    Brittany R.
    Tempe Arizona

    June 27, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  44. Miss B

    Hi Jack.

    About as united as Lou Dobbs and Nancy Grace.

    Miss B,

    June 27, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  45. Michael Lorton, Virgina

    Jack: I think they are "partially-united" or about $2,300.00...the remaining balance $29,977,000 disjunct.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  46. George Carlin McxKinney, Texas

    I don't see any unity in their campaigning together. They are both after something and they each think the other can help them get it. That is not Unity. That is called greed and self serving politics and nothing more. You can not promise change if it is more of the same. If it involves the Clinton's on any level it is just more of the same.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  47. David, Orlando, FL

    They are politicians who are used to “strange bedfellows.” They will do whatever they must in odered to obtain their mutual goals. Need I say more?

    June 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  48. Nick - Cary, North Carolina

    Hi Jack,

    Obama is the only game in town. Hillary realizes that she has a high profile now, but needs Barack to stay in the limelight. Barack realizes that there are 18 million Hillary votes that he'd like to have. Additionally a loss to John McCain would do incredible damage to the Democratic party (if they can't defeat McBush they are in a world of hurt), so it is not really a question of unity so much as enlightened self interest, a force far more powerful than unity. They know they need each other and the party needs them both, they will be best buds!

    June 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  49. Michael Smith, New Orleans

    Barack and Hillary are about as 'United' as 'The Great Uniter" – our current President who called himself a 'Uniter' because of his ability to unite political parties. I don't think America can afford too much more politican brand of unity. We need a big change, and we need Barack Obama.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  50. deborah rice

    why do obama have to pay hillary's debt, didn't she know she was out of money and needed to get out the race? is this standard policy or is this just the clinton standard for obama?

    June 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  51. Tearched Scott Chicago, IL

    After hearing the speech that they both gave in Unity, New Hampshire I think they are more together on uniting the party. There were alot of hardcore Hillary supporters and I think that both of them talking to the people and showing their unity will comfort them enough to get behind Barack Obama. He is the best man for the job and can bring about more change, and not more of the same that McCain is offering.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  52. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Jack Obama and Clinton are united enough in front of the cameras to get votes and raise money and probably even off camera with each other. God only knows how they really feel. Michelle and Bill probably know the truth too. I doubt they really feel as peachy as they appear.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  53. Kevin, Ohio

    The whole notion of Senators Obama and Clinton being united is some what over rated. Politicians and known to be band wagon jumpers matter the out come in any electorial process. They both will appear to be united for the sake of their party in order to win back the white house. Mrs. Clinton will play her role as all good politicians do and maintain a positive image with a gracious smile saying " I support Barack Obama for president and so should you". In return for endorsement of Obama, she may just get the Vice President slot everyone being wondering about for the past few weeks.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  54. Terry, Chandler AZ

    They are not quite joined at the hip united. It is more like a couple who stays together for the kinds type of united.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  55. Kevin, Ohio

    The whole notion of Senators Obama and Clinton being united is some what over rated. Politicians are known to be band wagon jumpers matter the out come in any electorial process. They both will appear to be united for the sake of their party in order to win back the white house. Mrs. Clinton will play her role as all good politicians do and maintain a positive image with a gracious smile saying ” I support Barack Obama for president and so should you”. In return for endorsement of Obama, she may just get t

    June 27, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  56. Bill,Quarryville. PA

    About as united as President Kennedy and vice President Johnson were.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  57. Deb, Oklahoma

    It doesn't matter if they are united...it matters if their supporters are united. Personally, I have been a die hard Democrat my entire life but refuse to vote for Obama. I believe BO is the one responsible for the divide in the Party. I'm not sure I can bring myself to vote for McCain but I can guarantee I WILL NOT VOTE DEMOCRAT this time around.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  58. Jed in Redding, CA

    Seriously, what does it matter if they're really united or not? She's on CNN –RIGHT NOW– saying that she wants Obama to be president and she wants everyone that voted for her to vote for him. I mean, what choice does she have? Hey everybody! Let's sacrifice me and my husband's credibility, reputation and historical significance and advocate everyone who voted for me to vote for McCain/Nader/Barr and/or write me in as a candidate! As long as she says she's united, that's all we're ever going to really know about or need to know about.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  59. Frank Yorktown, VA

    They seem very united but I don't know about her supporters. The real question here is Don't any of the people in that hugh crowd have a job? Today is Friday and it appears that half of New Hampshire turned out to see them. Many I noticed were young people that don't realize that if Obama is elected that they will be worse off than they are now and they won't hear from him again until 2012.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  60. gail Centre, Al.

    Jack, She can stand on stage with him from now till the general election, but Istill will not vote for Obama. Iguess it's MCcain for me.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  61. RIGHTon in MN

    Perception is reality and they "appear" to be uni-ted?

    June 27, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  62. Betty - AL

    More united than most can imagine.

    And they need to be – we need to be also, or we're doomed to 4 or 8 or 12 or 16 more years of the same stuff we've been fed for the past 7-1/2 years.


    June 27, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  63. Linda in Virginia

    Can't get any more united, Jack

    June 27, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  64. Terry in Hanover County

    Mr. Obama and Ms. Clinton are united against a common enemy: Bush and a continuation of his policies via McCain. Even if Obama and Clinton are like oil and water, even if she's only in it for the money and he's only in it to get her supporters' votes, they've seen the enemy and his name is "W." Come November we'll see if the majority of voters see it that way, too.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  65. Judie

    They are united politically out of necessity to win the election.

    St. Augustine, Fl..

    June 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  66. Bob in San Jose, California

    Bravo Hilliary! I never thought I would ever say that after her disappointing conduct in the primaries. But today she showed the guts and strength it takes to be a gracious 2nd place finisher. As much as I am against it, I am warming to the notion of her being on the ticket, IF and only IF, Barack Obama honestly believes he can work with "them." Bill Clinton's noticeable sulking and silence the past few weeks may cost her again this year. Wouldn't it be ironic that the ex-president could publicly hurt his wife one more time if he doesn't wholeheartedly show a complete committment to another precious trust, his party this time. Forget about your legacy Bill, check your ego, accept enthusiastically this new inspirational leader, and stop shooting off your mouth on the stump! Now that would truly be CHANGE America would love!

    San Jose, Ca

    June 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  67. Karen an Independent from Pennsylvania

    A very costly unity. Would she be so supportive if he did not agree to help pay her campaign debt. Seems like extortion.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  68. Ernie Hinds from Maryland

    I think they that are united in the sense that they both have a similar vision for where they want America to go in the next 4 years. I don't think they are the best of friends though

    June 27, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  69. Rocky from Chicopee, Ma

    I think they got united last night at the Mayflower Hotel; worked for Spritzer, didn't it? I just can't figure out who wore the maid's costume.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  70. Ronny

    Brittany R. from Arizona,
    Hilary voters such as yourself are the ones who make me sick. Allowing emotions to cloud your judgement, both of them are 90% alike and they both admit it. Also, how can you be a female and willingly vote for McCain? Just because your nominee did not win? People like you are acting like 2 year-olds and this is why people outside of the USA laugh at our stupidity to continously vote in Bush-like politicians.
    At this point i'll vote for a Hilary, Obama, a dog, a plane, even a cartoon character. I not even a Democrat, we need to prevent GOPs from regaining the whitehouse.

    Ronny NYC

    June 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  71. Steve from Brownsburg Indiana

    Isn't it funny how just last month, they were telling us that each other's plans were wrong for Americans, now, "let the bells ring out" , Barak is "a" ok with Hilary. Do they think we have forgotten this? DO they believe that we somehow believe that all is well with the Democratic Party? The two of them make about as much sence as a one legged man in an ass kicking contact. Hopefully, the American people will decide to quit getting kick...

    June 27, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  72. Karl in CA

    They will be as united as they need to be to achieve victory for the Democrats in November. In fact, I can see an Emmey or two in the making for this performance.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  73. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    I am convinced that Hillary Clinton is totaly loyal to Obama. She gave it her best shot, now she stands behind her party's nominee. However, most of Hillary's supporters do not see it that way. Their trust in Obama has lessened over the past few days, alone. I can't read Obama. I don't know how he thinks of Hillary.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  74. Fox in Florida

    Politicians unite together so they can futher their carrer in public service. But no ammount of unity tours can convince me that Hillary Clinton actually believes Obama will be the best President. After all the negative things she said in the primaries towards Obama It's impossible to believe that she doesn't harbor at least some resentment.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  75. SC voter for Hillary

    How united are Hillary and Obama?

    After watching their Unity Tour, I came to the conclusion that united they put on a good show... they make a really GREAT team.
    I half-expected him to announce her as his VP, right then and there! But he didn't.

    I guess when he does pick a VP, we'll find out just how sincere he is and has been with all his complements of her – or if he's just using her for his own benefit. I'm holding my vote til then.

    My vote will go to HILLARY, the most experienced candidate ~ and if Obama's on the same ticket, he gets a vote as well.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  76. Terrance Lewis

    I am an Obama supporter and I have been from the start. I have to be honest and say that the only candidates who I thought ever had any integrity were either to short or too funny looking to be elected. Obama and Clinton seem like they are in a bad private an tolerable public marriage. As long as they both get what they want they can smile and pretend they can tolerate each other

    June 27, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  77. Fish, MN

    As united as a man and a woman; didn't you see how they hug and kiss? Humor aside; I am very much encouraged to see the hear felt unity; both sounded themselves. I will donate to Hillary now.
    Obama's dedicated supporter

    June 27, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  78. Darlene - PA

    The problem with your statement is that Hillary doesn't know the meaning of united. It has always has been and always will be about her and her agenda only, she could care less if the party is united or not. She is only doing this show to get her money back, money that she mismanaged running a poor campaign.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  79. William Fredrick Cooper (National BestSelling Author)

    The Obama-Clinton relationship is akin to the journey of two boxers before, during and after a spirited battle fight. Initially confident in their agendas, the bitterness of their camps resulted in major trash-talk. During the fight for the democratic nomination, the haymakers landed left their campaigns punch drunk along the politcal ropes. In spite of those heavy blows, there were no knowdowns. Today's united embrace as evidence, both candidates earned a healthy respect for each other as the final bell sounded. The voters ruled in favor of Barack Obama, via split decision, yet there were no real losers. A Rematch? Maybe in 2012, but for now, they must work together in arms, for the sake of change.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  80. Rick in San Luis Obispo

    The answer – they will be as United as they need to be in Public. Mr. Obama does not need Hillary, he needs her supporters. Most will come over. He has the money to do everything else. What remains is to stay careful and not make a mistake – while the conservative groups behind the scenes paint him as a Black candidate. Need Hillary – No.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  81. Glen in Laurel, MD


    Clinton's main argument, that Obama is inexperienced and consequently unqualified, is still being tossed around by her supporters. Until she publicly counters the argument, the show of unity will be no more than a show, serving no purpose other than to allow her to claim to be a team player.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  82. Esther from over the rainbow

    as united as we all are on your blog!
    I hope not i prefere to be optismistic at this point.
    I want all those things she and he said about my country.
    I want unity.
    I want to not look into the future and see us more divided.
    I seen us when we were a great nation and growing and inventing and making things and doing the american dream with style. I want to change the balance of this life. equality for all opportunity for all liberty for all justice for all.
    I want it to be here and now.
    after her speak I know wish she would be his VP choice.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  83. Mike, Syracuse NY

    He needs her supporters, and she needs his money. It's a match made out of self interest. If there were such a thing as a sincerity meter, it would be pegged low for both of them.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  84. Chuck in MO

    They probably mix about as well as the overpriced foreign oil and the
    floodwaters of the Midwest would.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  85. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Politics is perception and it is good to see her being a trooper in Unity NH. It appears that she is gaining on acceptance and getting behind him to help end this madness in Washington. At least I hope so.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  86. Angie from Hampton, VA

    They looked pretty united, but underneath it all Hillary is holding a grudge. Clinton's do not like to loose and that is why Bill has not endorsed Obama. I do hope she is not the VP. I just can't help but remember JFK and Johnson???

    June 27, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  87. Cynthia

    This is a big first step. With time she will be there because she knows she has to and it is the right thing to do as a Democrat. Her supporters will look at what is best for them personally and most will join in. Those that don't and go to McCain – if McCain were to win, they are willing to suffer along with the rest of us.

    Besides, they know if Senator Obama loses and Senator Clinton runs in 2012 – she will lose because payback is a ..................

    June 27, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  88. Bill from Alabama

    If you have any future Democratic Party ambitions,you have to be willing to put the Party's cause before all personal convictions. I believe Hillary will do just that,but I find it hard to believe that she thinks Obama ,the most radical and inexperienced nominee in history,is the best man for the job.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  89. Sid in Texas

    Obama and Hillary on stage together smiling.-A classic example of strained tolerance...

    June 27, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  90. Ray Kinserlow

    I did not see the Unity event but I heard they kissed. Now Bill has a real reason to be angry.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  91. Terri, TX

    They're unified enough to work on getting a Democrat in the White House.

    To all Hillary supporters who plan to vote McCain...If she decides to run in 2012, don't forget she'll need the other 18.1M of us who supported Obama. Payback is not nice.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  92. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    As hard as it must be for Hillary to swallow her ego, she is out there doing the right thing. She showed a lot of grace and class in Unity this morning......had she conducted herself that way during the primary season, she might have seen a different result. I don't think Obama and either Clinton will ever be "close", but they will tolerate each other to achieve their political goals.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  93. Karen-Phoenix

    I watched the whole "unity" on your stream. It was fantastic and they
    are great together!!!! They will unite the democratic party and Obama will win by a landslide!!! They speak to the American people, not the lobbiests or wealthy!!!! AND they speak of future, NOT past and not of war but of peace and in times of peace the great American middle class will thrieve under Obama as president and the world will be a much safer place to live in. I have not felt safe in the last 8 years under Bush but when I hear Obama/Clinton talk, that little part of me that says its safe again comes out more and more. We can all sleep better tonight because of Obama/Clinton!!

    June 27, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  94. Russ, Seattle

    These are politicians, you/we will never really know.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  95. Democrat No More/San Diego

    Politicians are politicians. Nothing has really changed despite Obama claiming he is a reformist. Clinton has the pressure of the party to stand by Obama to unite the party. I have been a democrat for thirty years and now will never vote democratic again.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  96. Terry from North Carolina

    Looks real good on TV, you people do a wonderful job making everything look rosey. Hillary will never get over losing this primary and her chance to be the big dog. This is all a smoke screen all she wants to accomplish is paying off her campaign debt.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  97. sarah, indiana

    who cares? the dems have already lost my vote for picking an unqualified, empty suit as the nominee. i would not have voted for clinton either.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  98. Lisa Small

    They are absolutely united on the need to win this fall, despite the slanderers who claimed that Clinton would want Obama to lose so she'd have a better shot in 2012. Clinton is smarter — and more patriotic — than that.

    Eight years of Republican misrule has destroyed the Supreme Court, destroyed our civil liberties, destroyed our civil rights, destroyed our economy, destroyed our international reputation — and destroyed more American lives than Osama bin Laden did. Clinton knows, and the voters know: we can't afford four more years of Republican insanity.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  99. PAUL, VA

    I can only thank the 'original' "uniter" (Dubya) for this – –

    June 27, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  100. Gwinn & Carol Oregon

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Katherine (1:32 p.m.)
    You excuted better than we could our feelings. Hillary has done more for women than anyone in American history. Even our son a republican voted for her AND his son. We also will not vote for Obama. No matter what... we still feel experience is the trump card in a strong America. Sen. Hillary Clinton is truly a lady full of grace.

    Gwinn and Carol

    June 27, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  101. Jan Patoka Illinois

    Hopefully this unity will be for the good of our country. We need Hillary to BE the Vice President Jack, her expierience is very much needed. If he dont ask her to the BIG dance in the fall, my respect for him will deminish ,If he cant SEE that he needs her and we want her ,his decision making ,to say the least is limited.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  102. Les Young Oklahoma

    I think that every Democratic realizes that this is the most important Election in the last 28 years. All we have to do is look at where the economy is going. Look what is going to happen in Iraq, and the kind of money wasted with private contractors. This has been the most irresponsible administration of all. I think this is reason enough to bring the party together.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  103. Border City Canadian

    They are both in need...of each other. Alone they are both in a no-win situation, but their appearance today still looked staged. They seem to be showing good face because they are both Democrats looking to defeat the Republican machine in November, rather than truely united in their belief in each others talents. Obviously their basic beliefs are similar and they agree that they are both better for the country than McCain, but it's still a "what can you do for me" situation rather than "what can I do for you?"

    I'm still not sure if Hillary has much influence over the 20% of her supporters that say that they'll vote for McCain. Maybe Obama will give away far more than he'll receive, not because Hillary is unwilling but because she is unable to sway those of her supporters that are still very bitter. This is apparent within her own campaign staff. These drawn out, mud slinging primaries only divide the party.

    Windsor, ON

    June 27, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  104. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,they are about as united as a married couple who hate each and stay together for so good of the children.This kind of relationship never works because the kids get torn apart in the process,in this case the democrats are the kids,and Bill Clinton is the spoiled step child!

    June 27, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  105. Independent

    After watching their Unity Tour, I came to the conclusion that united they put on a good show… they make a really GREAT team.
    I half-expected him to announce her as his VP, right then and there! But he didn't.

    I guess when he does pick a VP, we'll find out just how sincere he is and has been with all his complements of her – or if he's just using her for his own benefit. I'm holding my vote til then.

    I want to vote for HILLARY, the most experienced candidate ~ and if Obama's on the same ticket, he gets a vote as well. - otherwise,

    June 27, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  106. Joe in DE

    They say that they are united but can you trust politicans?

    We willl see when he VP is announced.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  107. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    They both are passionate about the same things–that's what unifies them and that trumps everything else. That's why they will both work hard to get Obama elected. Even for those that believed she was the most experienced candidate, if you believe what she believed in and you respect her, then you must vote for Obama. She'll play a big role in his presidency in one way or another.


    June 27, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  108. Andrew


    Today's unity speech proved that Obama and Clinton are more united than ever. In fact, I was expecting before the end of the unity speech that Obama would announce his decision to elect Senator Clinton as his VP running mate. I assume the two are waiting to see how their unity speech affects the polls to make a final decision on the VP running mate.
    The unity is strong between the two and it can only get stronger.

    Los Angeles, CA

    June 27, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  109. Jim Tx.

    Terry from NC hit the nail on the head! HRC is playing nice so Obama supporters will pay her debt since her "supporters" are all talk an NOT that devoted really:)

    June 27, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  110. juice-Canyon Lake

    I think they are united albeit the Republicans wish they were not. That is what grown ups do unite behind a common cause; children take their toys and run home if their way is faltered.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  111. susan, pa

    Hillary has always been a team player. They are united and the dems will win this november.
    I wish the Obama supporters would understand one thing though when they speak of Obama paying down her debt. Hillary can and will raise far more money for Obama than the 10 million he may help her with.
    Her big donors can not give any more to her, they have already given what they legally can. They can however start to contribute to Obama's campaign and she has encouraged them to do so.
    He needs to do the same with his supporters.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  112. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    As Obama has said in many of his speeches "words do matter" however, in this case "actions speak louder than words".

    June 27, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  113. Shirley-Ohio

    Well Jack on a personal level I do not believe they are united at all, but on a political level Hillary has a rep to protect and Obama has presidency to win which appears to make them very united.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  114. mitch martin arkansaw

    i cant believe i'm saying this,but,i'm coming around,now, and i dont think hillary as vp would be such a bad thing.even if she didnt believe in the kind of change obama has brought to politics,i think she will adapt quickly,and see that the tide turned ,the more negative she campaigned.people want real solutions ,not petty bickering.mcbush is on his way to learning that lesson ,too.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  115. elaine, atlanta

    I think they are united.They both were very good today.Now that the healing has begun they need to get to the business of winning this election.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  116. alicia

    they will do what it takes for dems to win.even going to unity ,to unite for change what a cliche dont get me wrong i am a democrat myself but this shows how much of a politician they are.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  117. California Voter

    Jack, they are united as politicians. However, it will take more than this to unite some of us to support Obama. Without Hillary on the ticket it's no to Obama. He needs her more than she needs him to get the vote.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  118. Jaye from Williamsburg, VA

    Jack, this is like pot calling the kettle black. Give me a break. We all know that Hillary HAS to do this in order to maintain her standing in the party. If she were truly wise, she would rurn in November as an independent. Why not? Then we will have Clinton, McCain, Obama, Barr and Nader. That's quite a choice from a country that sports more than 300,000,000 citizens.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  119. Jerry -Roselle, Illinois

    I don't care if Hillary and Obama are joined at the hip
    as long as they keep the Republicans out of the White House!

    Another silly Friday question!

    June 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  120. Mike, Ohio

    Jack, They are alot more unified than the media gives them credit for. They know the stakes are high and the the Democrats must win back the Whitehouse in November. I’m not for the party for corporations I am for the party for us working folks, that would be the democrats!

    June 27, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  121. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Jack, as united as two political reptiles can get!! Enough said!!

    June 27, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  122. Rob In DET

    With todays rally over maybe we'll see an end to john mccain pandering for clinton voter's

    June 27, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  123. Jeff

    Jack, Hillary will show as if she is united. She will demonstrate unity for the good of "the party' , but inside she is knows she is faking it . Once her twelve million dollar debt is at zero I think you will see a little less unity and a little less Hillary.....although there may be better chance for unity if Bill can talk Barack and Michelle into becoming real party swingers!

    Jeff in Florida

    June 27, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  124. Dori in AZ

    Ah, Jack! You and I grew up with people that taught us a lot about family dysfunction and trying to make sense of the nonsense. Makes politicians much better to understand, doesn't it? Hillary and Obama will be okay. At least, as "okay" as they can be. Everything is relative. No pun intended!

    June 27, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  125. L.A. Boston


    They may appear "unified". Their supporters however are a another question.

    Many supporters are not voting Democrat this time around and many reason that since the house and Senate will remain in the hands of the democrats than having John McCain in office will force him (even though he has a record of doing so) to work across the aisle. In that case it won't really hurt if McCain wins.

    Hillary will be free in 4 years to have another bite at the apple.

    Only time will tell.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  126. Tiffany, Lansing, MI

    Let's put this in perspective. Who said you had to be "friends" with your coworker? These are coworkers. They have the same goal every four years: Keep the republicans out of the oval office. If everyone does their job we should not have a problem attaining our goal this year. At this point, Obama's job is to get elected, and Clinton's job is to help him. No more no less. Now can we please find something else to talk about??? I hear Vern's got a new video out.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  127. Ellaine

    If Obama iis sincere he will pick Hillary as his vp. Time will tell.
    She can help him more than anyone else. We need them both.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  128. Caycee, Pearl City Hawaii

    They united enough for the voters to rally behind.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  129. Peter E, Boulder, CO

    They are united, period. Disproving, once and for all all those predictions about how arogantly she'd take the fight to the convention and destroy her party.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  130. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    If they hate Bush one tenth as much as I do and do not want to see a continuation of his disastrous policies, they will unite out of necessity. No matter how much they may dislike each other they need to unite to end this madness.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  131. RON

    they look so cute matching and all.... Hillary obama

    June 27, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  132. Masha9

    Obama needs Hillary's voters and money from her donors. That's all!

    June 27, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  133. Pepou

    They need each other. Period.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  134. Darren S.

    I'm not to sure of that answer, Jack, but I am sure Hillary Clinton is a better loser than her hubby.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  135. Arnold,WV

    Hey Jack,They are as unified as you get with inlaws at a family reunion.They both have to suck it up for a while.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  136. Hillary supporter from Texas

    As nice and generous this unity rally was i actually did enjoy it. But im still voting for McCain because now Obama wants to use Hillary and pretend he really enjoys having her around. Not buying it, sorry..........this voter is not stupid.

    McCAIN 08....HILLARY 12

    June 27, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  137. Renee from Seattle

    I think for all involved that they will unite for a comon cause and that cause only.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  138. Ally - Toronto

    I am sure it's like the forced family bonding that goes on during the holidays. Everyone pretends they want to spend time with other family members but by New Years, in this case Election Day, they can’t for it to end, so they can be themselves again.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  139. Peter E, Boulder, CO

    Why are you still asking questions about Hillary? Last time I checked Obama won the primary season. The rest of us moved on. Why won't you?

    June 27, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  140. Marilyn

    It doesn't matter if they are united or not. Moderate Democrats are not going to vote for Obama anyway and the majority of Republicans certainly will not.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  141. Jonathan, St. Petersburg, FL

    I think there’s some irony that during the primary campaign, the pundits loudly and continuously speculated how both candidates were tearing apart the party, and that Hillary Clinton specifically was doing irreperable harm to Obama’s campaign, and the Democratic Party in general.

    Now the two campaigns seem to be doing a good job of making amends, and are making sure that they’re addressing the issues that need addressing. Now pundits are criticizing how they’re going about it, which to me says that the talking heads just aren’t happy unless they’re complaining and pointing accusatory fingers.

    Shocking, isn’t it?

    June 27, 2008 at 3:43 pm |

    Hillary is doing what is right "let bygone be bygones", she is aware that only one can be the President. They will mend fences and unite this party.

    Yes, there are wounds and if carefully taken care of they will heal. Bill's ego will dry up and he too will be on board. We should praise them all for truly trying to pull this party together. Again, feeling are hurt but you take what you dish out and move on.

    Media will you please share on what kind of person these two are to be eagerly engaged in the unity of the party and loving this great country.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  143. Rodney- Stafford,VA

    Jack I think they're close as far as the democrat party goes buy as friends........get back to me later on that

    June 27, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  144. Ted Beaverton, OR

    Hillary and Barack will be just fine, It's Bill that's being the turkey. His biggest problem is likely that he's never lost an election. Then to lose it to what he probably considers a rank amateur is something he can't fathom. While Obama may not have the years of experience many people think he should have and gets berated for, look where the oldest tenured and experienced Representatives have taken us in the last 8 years. Nowhere except further into debt. for lower and middle incomes and richer than ever for the richest. Plain and simple, It's going to stop. We WILL get back to using the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  145. Karen from Arkansas

    Well, they coordinated his tie with her pantsuit.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  146. Jan, Seattle, WA

    I don't know, but they look good together.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  147. Peter E, Boulder, CO

    Once again shows how Obama will do anything just to get elected, including sucking up to a former rival he repeatedly described as an old, backwards, corrupt democrat.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  148. Lisa

    I think Hillary is very tight in her support for Obama. After all, if she doesn't play the 'Unity" card, she won't get her $2300 to help pay her debt. Since when is the nominee expected to help retire a candidates debt? Thank God she didn't win because she can't manage money well.....

    June 27, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  149. Lucius

    I'm sure they're united enough, but to be honest, Obama has more than enough reason to not trust Hillary. She stayed in the race long after she could reasonably win, and now she's asking him to help pay her debt. Why should he help pay her debt when she ran it up weakening his position prolongedly, slinging mud at him the entire time? Yes, he needs her voters, but I sense some distinct bitterness over having to help her raise money she should have never spent running against him.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:48 pm |


    June 27, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  151. Humphrey from Chicago, IL

    Come on now. Clinton supporters are hard-core. They will vote for McCain just to vote for Hillary in four years.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  152. Diane Glasser

    Their campaign was like the Hatfield's and McCoy's feud and it seems until the race is over after the election in November they will act like the Brady Bunch. Diane from PA

    June 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  153. Mark, Oklahoma City

    If there is one thing Hillary has learned is that you always keep your options "open." She will support Obama as long as it serves her best interest. Odd how she hasn't actually released her delegates to vote for Obama at the convention.....isn't it?

    June 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  154. Howard

    Jack – It's symbiosis. These two need one another in their mutual quest (as well as MANY Americans' desire) to unseat and unravel this regime. Their professionals – they'll figure it out !

    June 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  155. Debra in La.


    I am an Obama supporter and after seeing Obama and Clinton together today, I say Hillary for VP. I never thought I would say that but the two of them together would be a force like no other. Love or hate her, Hillary is one hell of a politician. If she hated being up thier on stage with Obama, you'd never know it.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  156. A Kraft Naples, FL

    they will be as united as they have to be to win this election

    June 27, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  157. Tom from Boston, Mass.

    There's a reason for the expression "Politics makes strange bedfellows." Obviously they need each other – Obama needs her supporters and Hillary needs his money. Now ... just where does Bill Clinton fit in that bed?

    June 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  158. marilyn

    they are as united as they need to be

    it's the Dem voters who will not be reunited

    a close primary like that – lots of unrepresented Dems

    if they didn't think Obama was competent enough in the primary, they have not necessarily been "won over" and may not be

    June 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  159. Allison / Dayton, Ohio

    I think their on the same page but, I still think Hilliary & Bill have their own agenda. But, Barack & Hilliary will lead the public to believe that they've reunited in a strong way, which in my mind, will send a strong message to the conservatives people that will support John McCain this November.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  160. Bruce St Paul MN

    They are Shaq and Kobe, Abbott and Costello, Martin and Lewis. It doesn't always take a lot of love to make a successful team. I don't think Ike really cared for Patton, but he needed to win. Billy Martin evidently loathed Reggie, but he needed to win. Barack and Hillary will get along just fine as long as that mutual need exists. After the election? I think they will still get along fine, as long as Barack keeps Hillary's campaign promises.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  161. Gramma Faye /Idaho

    The gracious lady will do what it takes to keep the Dems united. If she gets the co opperation that is needed. Every woman in this USA should show her the respect and admiration she deserves. All you Hillary haters on Obama's camp should take a lesson on being gracious and stop the hate. His isn't the second coming –he is just another fast talking male politician

    June 27, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  162. NK, Ottawa

    This is a competition. When you are in a competition, you try your level best to be the number one. You do not compromise with anyone whether it is your brother, friend or anyone else.

    Once competition is over, you become again friends. That's the rule of the game. If it was not Hillary and former first lady and bill clinton was not her husband, people would not have given that much emphasis on it.

    I believe even if it was Obama, with the same number of votes and support, media and other people would have written him off long before.

    The rule of democracy is if you loose by 1 vote, you loose, no other consideration. The point I am making that the whole issue is important because the name and man Bill Clinton is there.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  163. Xavier, Saint Louis, MO


    Any relationship takes time; however, I think they are off to a great start! There was a lot of "bad blood" between the two campaigns and all of Hillary's negative unnecessary attacks didn't help the situation either; but their differences are nothing compared to the 8 years of madness this country has been through. They will do whatever it takes so we don't endure another 4 years of McSame.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  164. Rod

    Whether they like each other or not, they will display unity for the sake of their party.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  165. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Can you say oil and water? The only way Obama can "unite" the party is by naming the only person qualified to be President his Vice President. Without Hillary on the ticket with him, he doesn't stand a chance.

    June 27, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  166. Collin Price

    They appear to be very united, but one has to think that not all is as it seems. HIlary puts on a very good show for Obama's sake. As much as she does not like Obama, she can, and does, put away her sword to unite the Democratic party and get Barack into the White House.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  167. Rod


    Whether they like each other or not, they have to convey a sense of unity for the sake of their party.

    Miami, FL

    June 27, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  168. Shawn

    It's a marriage of convenience. All options are kept open, and party specific agenda's are kept on track. I'm not a democratic supporter, but I do realize the democrates will hold a lot of power by the end of this year. Hopefully they will be good stewards of that power and finacially responsible with tax payer dollars!

    June 27, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  169. Mucaad

    they are very United. they unite as we as Americans planning not to see the new McSame Bush in the Office next time because we are tired of Bush's politics.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  170. Ken in NC

    Jack they are working on a united party but as rough as things were in the primary it is a process that will take time. As for the former President, well I hope he will come around. It would serve to the best interest of all 3 of them for him to come around. If he doesn't come around it is ok. The world will go on.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  171. ricky curtis, new orleans

    Jack it doesn't matter because the media will find some kind of fault in their unity event....

    June 27, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  172. Kerry Diehl

    Politicians don't do anything unless there is something in it for them.

    Her support and cooperation will be probably be in exchange for a seat on his cabinet, the VP ticket or perhaps a seat on the Supreme Court.

    kerry diehl
    grosse ile, mi

    June 27, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  173. L.M.,Arizona

    About as united as McCain and Romney are. Family values aside these are lawyers and politicians if my life depended on it I wouldn't buy anything from them.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  174. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    This is just another kumbaya moment staged for public consumption. They hope that the electorate will eat it up and send money. It makes me want to gag.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  175. Storm Turner

    It was clever of them to ask a republican – who voted for McCain in the primary, to introduce these two rivals as Sen. Clinton and the next POTUS, Barack Obama. That was unity.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  176. Jon

    I think they are about as unified as they'll ever be. If you listen close enough, you can hear that signature Hillary "cackle" as Obama and her posed for their Unity photo-op shortly after taking the stage. A few more laughs, a few more kisses on the cheek, and nothing short of a miracle will truly bring us all together.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  177. Chyrel Wallace-Jackson

    Good Grief can we just have something more substantive than BO's & HC's supposed unity and her on his VP ticket. For goodness sake gas is approaching $5.00 a gallon in Illinois. I am so tired of this non-issue of unification. As one poster already said they tore each other down, for over 16 months and are expected to be unified. Give us all a break and our wallets for crying out loud. I can't afford another 4-years of George Bush's policies. What needs to be discussed is what is anybody doing to solve this current economic crisis we're now having with gasoline prices nationwide. Would someone unify on that issue Please.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  178. Jim from Winston Salem, NC

    Jack, If Hillary were to accept checks payable to "Obama/Clinton" rather than to "Hillary Clinton", then you know they are united. Guess what....she won't.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  179. Ann Marie

    They both want the Democrats to win in November, and they know they must unite in order to achieve that goal. Whatever animosity they may feel toward one another, they are doing a commendable job of covering it up. They act like they are friends. Who knows. Maybe they are.

    Some of their supporters just aren't going to let go of their rancor. Others will join forces for the good of the party.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  180. vern - anaheim ca

    i think clinton and obama must get their respective supporters together and they will if they want to defeat the republicans in november.both are team players and loyal democrats despite what they may feel about each other.they want what i do,a democratic victory in november

    June 27, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  181. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    Political people don't unite, they cut deals, CUT being the operative word here. There are lawyers involved and Bill isn't in yet.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  182. Rightwing Wacko Merica

    As united as water is with mud

    June 27, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  183. klolo Gainesville ,Florida

    I really dont know Jack, it looks so real on tv, but something deep inside tells me its just fake, all political calculations about their future.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  184. Irene Osborne

    Jack, Wasn't it nice to get a break from the "Clinton" circus for a few weeks. Now that the Clinton's are going to campaign for Barack, I hope they don't take over the media and all. I don't care how much they campaign for a Democratic President, just so Hillary is not put on the ticket. I've noticed some of the headlines as "Clinton-Obama Unite", doesn't CNN have that backwards, it should read "Obama-Clinton".

    Irene from Montana

    June 27, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  185. Josefina

    Dear Jack,

    It's amazing what $30Millon worth of debt will buy these days. If they were any closer they would have to get a room. We just need to wait to see if former Hillary supporters will believe the so-called "Unity" tour.

    Houston, TX

    June 27, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  186. Jay R. from Indiana

    Not very. The sad part is that girl CNN had on tv today. And, I am sure she isnt the only one in America like that. She stated that she only supported Hillary because she was a woman! Kind of like a black guy saying he was supporting Obama because he was half black. What has this world come to??

    June 27, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  187. frank in phoenix

    united? well, given that Obama is considering paying off the debt Hillary created by overspending her budget on anti-Obama attack ads, I guess we can put a price tag on her friendship. how does $20 million sound?

    June 27, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  188. Jessica A.

    I think that they are a little less united than they'd like people to think. It all seems a little strange...one minute they are shouting at each other and the next they're all lovey-dovey. And they actually think we're dumb enough to believe it. I think they're just trying to make it less weird when he appoints her for something or chooses her as a running mate.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  189. Juan

    I don't think that Clinton and Obama are very close. Like you said, they're simply using each other. As a Clinton supporter, I don't believe a word Obama says. Therefore, I will vote McCain, unless there is an Obama-Clinton ticket.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  190. Armando


    They are united enough for the Democrats to take the White House in November. 🙂

    Armando Viramontes
    Sacramento, CA

    June 27, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  191. Jon Witten


    Obama and Hillary are like Siamese twins... joined at the wallet

    June 27, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  192. Chryssa

    It's getting more and more believable as the weeks go by. The primaries only ended 3 1/2 weeks ago, and he's already won over half her supporters. Add the 3,000 Unite for Change parties happening across the country tomorrow, and we're on the right path.

    Boise, ID

    June 27, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  193. Greg Martin

    After watching the Unity event, I find them both very convincing about the high stakes of this election and the need to unite to elect a Democrat for President this fall.

    As a former Hillary Clinton supporter from New Hampshire, it is enough for me that Senator Clinton has thrown her full support to Senator Obama. I don't want more of the same in the White House with Senator McCain.

    As for President Clinton, no one will work harder for Senator Obama. Just you wait and see.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  194. John

    Obama's new Attorney-General = Hillary !!! (sweat revenge!)

    June 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  195. JC

    They seem to be as credibly united as whip cream and oysters. Individually they may have some appeal to some people but they just don’t go well together. The problem with Clinton is that she can’t seem to get beyond the fact that although she had million of voters support her run for the nomination, Obama had millions more... that’s called democracy Hilary, stop trying to change the rules....

    washington dc

    June 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  196. Glenn, Houston

    Jack, we are really beginning to gel as one united Democratic party again. The election is shaping up to be a repeat of the 1964 Goldwater disaster. Poor McCain!

    June 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  197. Stefanie

    It is essential for the Democratic Party that Clinton and Obama present a united front. As questions of party unity hover overhead, the combination of these two political super powers' words are highly influential in the general election. Barack Obama will be handing McCain the presidency on a dinner plate should he not chose Hillary Clinton as his running mate. Since the Democrats have shown a rather meek tendency when it comes to general elections, perhaps Hillary plus Barack equals success...

    June 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  198. Randy Tibitts


    Hilary spoke like a Veep and Obama spoke like he had that plan. He sat while she spoke, she stood while he spoke. There you go.

    Dublin, GA

    June 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  199. Rick H

    Hillary seems really be united, and when she gets the 22 million back Bill might even say something

    June 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  200. Connie

    Richmond, VA

    No one buys that "all is forgiven", Jack. What counts is that Hillary does what every other losing candidate does: concede, congratulate and endorse the winner and then support him!

    If Wolf (and the rest of the media) would stop "stirring the pot", that would go a long way towards "unity". But then I guess ratings would go down.

    I must give Sen. Clinton her due, however. Today she sounded like a true democrat and gave the best speech of her life. Bravo!

    June 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  201. Tanna Dee

    They are only united in front of the camara. Until Obama picks Clinton as his running mate he will never have the full party behind him or her supporter. I will go with McCain if he doesn't pick her. She has worked too hard to be dismissed...........
    The excitement and glory is gone without her. A true Clinton fan!!!

    June 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  202. Prince of New Orleans

    It seems as though Hillary was sincere during the rally, but Obama seems to be doing pretty well without Hillary's support. Let's get on with already, it's time for a serious debate. If Hillary would have gotten out sooner ,she wouldn't have run up all the debt that she has.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  203. Karen, Idaho Falls Idaho

    Hi Jack,

    They aren't united at all. Hillary Clinton is loyal to the Democratic Party and would support any Democrat as a candidate for office. She owes Mr. Obama NOTHING. He is the candidate and should be able to carry his nomination without leaning on her in order to attract her supporters.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  204. Joanne

    Both Senator Obama and Senator Clinton know they must be UNITED in order to defeat the Republicans in the Fall and when all is said and done we democrats will stick together and Change this country for the better I am an avid Clinton supporter and now I am an avid Obama supporter we must be if America is going to be great again.Yes We Can

    June 27, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  205. Judy Knight

    Jack, I think it would be great if we quit harping on what Obama and Clinton may or may not do. All of the work they have done entitles them to some consideration.

    Just a quick thought. I think there is a difference in News and gossip. When the news media goes over and over things that can or do cause trouble it is like brain washing. No one benefits those tactics; Ask the right questions Jack and we will all win.
    J.K. In Idaho

    June 27, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  206. Lynne Weidmaier

    I think that the Clintons are about as close to Obama as I am to my ex-mother-in-law.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  207. Tom

    Hillary wants McCain to win and the country to be in worst shape 4 years from now. That's how united her and Obama are.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  208. Adele

    Why do we have to dissect their relationship? We should just accept what they showed us today and move onto defeating McCain.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  209. Vicki Holzhauer

    Well, they certainly look united! His blue tie even matches her blue suit, and they are smiling big together. for the cameras. But you have to know her heart is breaking after coming so close and then losing to him.

    I'm a Hillary supporter that is committed to voting for a Democrat no matter what, so they didn't need that show of unity for me.

    But I hope for the sake of our country that the party unites for the fight in November.
    We can't afford another 4 years of the same old, same old.

    Vicki H
    Cleveland, Ohio

    June 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  210. Mortimer

    Brava, Senator Clinton, for a great job in Unity, NH, today!
    And Bravo, Senator Obama, for your typically intelligent, insightful,
    and inspiring remarks! Let all good democrats who are disgusted with the republican mess in Washington rally behind Obama, with gratitude to Clinton for her great contributions to this country and
    to the democratic party! It was so great seeing these two great
    democratic leaders united and moving forward to throw the republican
    bums out of office! The momentum is with us dems now,
    deo gratias!

    June 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  211. jamesp

    Look.... Mccain doesn't stand a chance in hell of winning this thing. The democrats have a movement and a real slogan. The Republicans have at best a character assassination attempt that no one is buying at this point. The republican best hope (Mitt Romney) no one wanted to take serious.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  212. Andrea

    HI jack have you ever heard of family feuds ...my grandmother always told me never get into family mess because once they make up you will be on the outside saying this is the thanks i get now they have made up

    June 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  213. Connie

    Richmond, VA

    Unity is good, but I'm glad Obama has shown he can lead and possibly win on his own.

    And to John T . Lucas: you must not have a daughter. I agree with the SCOTUS' decision along with Obama on the death penalty for rapists.

    To Katherine: I'm astonished that so many STILL don't understand the Democratic Primary process! Nothing was "stolen" from HC; Obama WON the nomination! The Super Dels. (100 of them) had endorsed HC before the contest even began! How fair was that to BO and the other candidates? Keep pouting...I'm sure John M. REALLY cares about you even though you're not filthy rich. NOT!

    June 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  214. Gene

    On a personal level the healing process will take years. Politically, Obama, the Clintons and the DNC will git-er-done!

    June 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  215. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Don't they just make a lovely couple? 🙂

    June 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  216. Darr/Cleveland/Ohio

    About as thick as toilet paper

    June 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  217. Pam

    They're united by money. He's got it, she needs it.

    June 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  218. judy from wisconsin

    I was impressed by the poise and enthusiasm shown by Hillary in her speech. I hope her avid supporters will follow her in support of the Dems. Only God can help us if we have another Republican Administration in 2009. We are in serious trouble in every way and we need the Clintons and so many other good minds in the next administrations. I only hope the 25% who claim to be jumping to McCain think seriously about the dreadful consequences for the country.

    To the people mad about Obama not taking the public money–all I can say is we are going to need more money to weather the Swift Boat type liars that we know are coming. On Wisconsin and On Dems!!!!!

    June 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  219. aware

    What a boring question Jack!

    They make an excellent team, and Obama is needs a mentor. He is a novice.

    Hillary's character traits include loyalty, wisdom, perseverance, a strong work ethic, an ability to get things done, and the knack of putting issues into language and detail that people can understand.

    He has charisma and she has gravitas! 🙂

    June 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  220. Dave

    Nothing more than partnership (if you can call it that) by necessity. Bill Clinton, sadly, is baggage for BOTH Barack and Hillary.

    Atlanta, GA

    June 27, 2008 at 4:37 pm |