And with the next meeting scheduled for next week in New York City, one might reasonably expect that this would be a good time for Clinton to make good on promises to help Barack Obama win the Presidency.
But as many suspected from Clinton's body language recently -- when the ex-President and Obama met in Harlem and answered reporters' questions -- Clinton may have been very well been crossing his fingers behind his back as he spoke.
Yes, he said, he would help Obama campaign, as soon as time allowed.
But now with the announcement by the Global Initiative that John McCain will be the main speaker at the Initiative's big event next week -- Sept. 23-26 -- it would seem plain that Clinton is slighting Obama and helping McCain.
McCain will give the main address in person and Obama will speak by satellite.
"Senator John McCain will deliver the opening remarks live at the 'Integrated Solutions: water, food and energy' plenary session," says a press release from the Global Initiative.
Glossing over the fact that McCain will be getting a big boost while Obama will be shunted off the the side, the Initiative tries to suggest that both candidates will be equally involved.
"Both United States presidential candidates will have a role in the Annual Meeting," the Initiative said.
All along, of course -- ever since the very heated primary race between Clinton's wife, New York Senator Hillary Clinton, and Obama -- there has been serious tension between Obama and the former President.
There have been allegations of race baiting and more.
Many believe also that the Clintons want Obama to lose so that Hillary Clinton will be able to run again in four years against the Republicans.
Some have maintained furthermore that the Clintons, especially Bill, simply dislike Obama and very much like McCain.
Complicated guy, that Bill, as many photos of him seem to reveal.
It would be so interesting to know if Congressman Charles Rangel, the black Harlem Congressman who backed HIllary Clinton in the race against Obama and has been very close to both Clintons, is reacting in a private way to this news about the Global Initiative and the (apparent) slighting of Obama.
Then again, Rangel is beset with a slew of charges stemming from New York Times stories about having too many rent controlled apartments and so on, and his energies are largely going toward his political survival now.
A shame, in many ways, but this is politics and it's rough out there.
[The Global Initiative invites the richest folks around to their event and at the end of it the attended pledge money to charities.]
Heck. Any presidential candidate would want to be associated with that in a big way.