Barack and Bill Lunch

By Julia Hoppock

Sep 11, 2008 2:18pm

At President Bill Clinton’s office in Harlem today, at the William J. Clinton Foundation at 55 W. 125th Street in New York City, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and the former president broke bread for the first time since the contentious Democratic primaries.

A variety of options from Cosi were available, including sandwiches, salad and flatbread pizza.

The two briefly entertained some questions from reporters.

When will Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail?

"I’m going out this month," Clinton said, "as soon as my Global Initiative is over, I’m going out."

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

Will the former president be out frequently?

"I’ve agreed to do a substantial number of things," Clinton said. "Whatever I’m asked to do."

What do you think of the state of the race — is it too close for comfort?

"I predict that Sen. Obama will win and will win pretty handily," Clinton said.

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

"That’s what I think is going to happen," Clinton said.

– Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

UPDATE: For what it’s worth, here’s a joint statement from the two Democrats’ spokesmen: “Pres. Clinton and Sen. 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 Pres. 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 Pres. Clinton, and ensure safety and prosperity far beyond the coming the election. Pres. Clinton said he looks forward to campaigning for Sen. Obama later this month.”

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