Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama plans to lunch with former President Bill Clinton this week in what will be their first extended face-to-face meeting since the bitter primary season.
Obama intends to meet Clinton for a private lunch Thursday at the Clinton Foundation headquarters in New York City, Obama spokesman Bill Burton said Sunday. Obama will be in New York that morning for a memorial ceremony at the site of the destroyed World Trade Center, where he will appear with Republican presidential rival John McCain to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Clinton extended the invitation after he learned Obama would be in town, Burton said.
Relations between the former president and Obama have been somewhat strained following the heated primary season, in which Clinton's wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, also sought the presidential nomination. During that time, Bill Clinton repeatedly questioned whether Obama had enough experience to be president compared with his wife.
During his speech at the Democratic National Convention last month, Bill Clinton expressed strong support for Obama's candidacy and made clear he will do what he can to get him elected.