Two Presidents: One Private Lunch

By Gorman Gorman

Sep 14, 2009 11:21am

ABC News' Yunji de Nies and Karen Travers Report:President Barack Obama will join former President Bill Clinton for lunch in New York this afternoon.  The President will deliver a major address on the economy, one year to the day after financial firm Lehman Brothers collapsed, which at the time threatened the stability of the entire U.S. financial system.  Aides say they will dine alone after the President's speech, though no word on where the private lunch will take place.
The two men saw each other last week at the memorial for late CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite.  They also spoke briefly at the funeral for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy in Boston last month, where Mr. Obama delivered the eulogy. Their last extended meeting was on August 18th at the White House, after the former President traveled to North Korea, to aid in the release of jailed journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. UPDATE: Obama and Clinton are having lunch at Il Mulino, an Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village known for its veal and shellfish.  Image credit: CBS News' Kia Baskerville. The restaurant even has a modest link to global politics. The Il Mulino is owned by two brothers, Fernando and Gino Masci, who were born and raised in L'Aquila, Italy. President Obama traveled there in July for his first G8 summit with world leaders so perhaps he will be familiar with their style of cuisine.

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