Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton talked by phone today.
Here's the release from campaign spokesman Bill Burton:
“Senator Obama had a terrific conversation with President Clinton and is honored to have his support in this campaign. He has always believed that Bill Clinton is one of this nation’s great leaders and most brilliant minds, and looks forward to seeing him on the campaign trail and receiving his counsel in the months to come."
And here's the release from Clinton Foundation Spokesman Matt McKenna:
"President Clinton had a very good conversation with Sen. Obama today. He renewed his offer to do whatever he can to ensure Sen. Obama is our next President.
"President Clinton continues to be impressed by Sen. Obama and the campaign he has run, and looks forward to campaigning for and with him in the months to come. The President believes that Senator Obama has been a great inspiration for millions of people around the country and he knows that he will bring the change America needs as our next President."
This continues the studious courting of the Clintons by the Obama campaign. Obama's speech in Unity, N.H., on Friday included a long pro-Hillary riff but also a good nod to the former president's service and value on the campaign trail.
Earlier today, on MSNBC, chief Obama strategist David Axelrod said Obama and Clinton (Bill, not Hillary) could see each other as soon as this week.
The Obama campaign knows it needs to settle these waters, whether they are genuinely roiled or not. Yes, it's true that the former president was a bit irked that he hadn't heard from Obama. But its seems worth pointing that the onus could have been as much on Bill Clinton to congratulate Obama as upon Obama to kiss the metaphorical ring of the former president.
But the process of Unity, Level Two (or is that Level 42?) has now begun. Stay tuned.