Bill Clinton predicts Obama will win 'handily'

Bill Clinton Hosts Barack Obama In His Harlem Office
Former President Bill Clinton meets with Sen. Barack Obama in Clinton's Harlem office September 11, 2008 in New York City. Mario Tama / Getty Images
/ Source: The Associated Press

Former President Clinton shared sandwiches at his office in Harlem with Barack Obama on Thursday and predicted that the Democrat will win the presidential race "pretty handily."

While a group of reporters and photographers watched, the two began their meeting at the Clinton Global Initiative offices with small talk about Clinton's commute from Chappaqua, N.Y.

Clinton kept his answers short when he was asked about his involvement with Obama's campaign this fall. The former president noted an already-announced trip Sept. 29 to Florida.

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

Asked if he would be doing more, Clinton said, "I've agreed to do a substantial number of things, whatever I'm asked to do."

Before reporters were ushered out, Clinton was asked where he sees the race between Obama and Republican John McCain.

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

Obama added: "You can take it from the president of the United States. He knows a little something about politics."

Obama and Bill Clinton appeared less friendly toward each other at times during Obama's Democratic primary battle with Clinton's wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. After Obama clinched the party's nomination, both Clintons gave strong speeches in Obama's favor during the party convention in Denver.