January 24th, 2008
10:14 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama: Vice President Oprah?

Oprah for vice president?

Oprah for vice president?

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Politicians make a lot of ambitious election-year promises, but Thursday night, Barack Obama is making a few he might have some trouble keeping: if elected president, he’ll rename the tenth month of the year "Barack-tober" and choose Oprah Winfrey as his vice president.

The Illinois senator floats these and eight other "campaign promises" tonight as he counts down the daily Top Ten list on "The Late Show with David Letterman."

The most recent in a series of candidates to yuck it up on a late-night talk show, Sen. Obama will also propose putting Regis on the nickel and appointing Mitt Romney "secretary of lookin' good."

In the pre-taped segment of The Late Show, Obama warned Letterman not to try to "muss [his] hair," like the talk show host did to John Edwards when he appeared on the show Tuesday.

–CNN Associate Producer Rachel Streitfeld

Full list after the jump

"Barack Obama Campaign Promises"

10. To keep the budget balanced, I'll rent the situation room for sweet sixteens.

9. I will double your tax money at the craps table.

8. Appoint Mitt Romney secretary of lookin' good.

7. If you bring a gator to the White House, I'll wrassle it.

6. I'll put Regis on the nickel.

5. I'll rename the tenth month of the year "Barack-tober."

4. I won't let Apple release the new and improved Ipod the day after you bought the previous model.

3. I'll find money in the budget to buy Letterman a decent hairpiece.

2. Pronounce the word nuclear, nuclear.

1. Three words: Vice President Oprah.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (277 Responses)
  1. Ken

    I personally would love it if he could keep all of those promises.

    I find it very funny and tasteful.

    For a democratic race that has become much of a battle in recent weeks and starting to get quite ugly. This is the perfect time for this to be released just day's before the South Carolina primary, bad media choice, bad media title.

    All in all, it's Okie Dokie in my book!

    GO Barack (Speaks out More, I like that)

    Go Hillary (My Second Choice)

    January 24, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  2. ReeltyStar



    January 24, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  3. chevyk

    ahahaha what a president! Come on this man is just great. Vote for Obama. I am a white man from a 90% white state, oregon, i hope you do the right thing. Obama a positive for a positive future today.

    January 24, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  4. Michele

    I love #4. I really wish someone could do that one.
    Oprah would never be VP. It would be a demotion, especially the salary.

    January 24, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. me

    Steve – you said it right – and a New Yorker at that! I hope other New Yorkers are as lucid as you and not vote for someone who hasn't even established residency in NYC and claims to be a senator from there.

    I am a Canadian, an immigrant and the way the Clintons are running the campaign reminds me of my previous home – 3rd World country – dirty, undignified, shameless, base. It's even worst because of the advance technology, truly a triumph of the evil of technology.

    If the Clintons become your presidents (no typo error here) I will lose all respect to America. I thought political dynasties are the stuff developing countries are made of. Imagine, through America's sponsorship, it has driven away countless dictators who are mostly from their countries' political dynasties. And now you are in the brink of having another one, one political dynasty after another!

    Wake America. A Clinton presidency will be the final nail to your coffin.

    January 24, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  6. Pennsylvania for Change

    "The Clinton Campaign today announced the endorsement of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. Hillary joined Rendell to make the announcement during a press conference today at Philadelphia City Hall." – HRC for President web site


    Obama gets an endorsement from a bum on the street and it sits as the top story on the Ticker for 24 hours... No mention at all about Governor Rendell's endorsement of Hillary.


    January 24, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. Bimmer

    OPRAH could not stand Hillary overshadowing her as a woman President, so she rushed to endorse Obama.

    Maya Angelou, on other hand, was logical in explaining her decision of endorsing Hiallry over Obama in a TV interview aired in Canada

    January 24, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. Kurt

    Romney is looking good – and not just his appearance!

    He'll also be looking good next January as he is sworn into office.

    January 24, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  9. Nice

    Hillary Clinton is the best choice – for polarizing the entire America.

    Can't you see – she and husband have succeed to polarize the Democratic party. For the sake of unity, please take her back to Arkansas...

    GO BARACK!!!

    January 24, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. Margarita


    January 24, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. FunnySC

    This is very funny, shows he will say anything to get elected....hahaha.

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  12. Censored again?????

    Barack become President,

    Oprah becomes VP,

    CNN becomes compulsory viewing State Propaganda Bureau,

    Oprah Show becomes compulsory viewing State Cultural Show.

    Hey, it's a joke!

    January 24, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  13. Bob, Portland OR

    Maybe everytime somebody posts something racist and stupid on a message board, they should lose a random key from their keyboard. Not that they use all of them anyway. All that spelling and grammar stuff can really slow you down when you're running on 7 neurons.

    January 24, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  14. We report You decide

    The two O's will be better than in the whitest house than the two "C's". President O and Veep O. Lets face it. Obama is all Hope and hes been preaching it since the idea of running president jump up in his head. The cllinton want to "boil him" til he becomes like them. No. We need HOPE, Hope we can all believe it. NOT Lies.

    January 24, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  15. brian

    "Baracktober" is funny!! Have you ever noticed that Letterman's #1 – is always an anticlimax?

    January 24, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  16. Jay

    The thought of Bill Clinton in the white house with nothing to do.

    January 24, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  17. Steven Bucklee


    January 24, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  18. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    Repeat-ENOUGH! Obama 08!

    January 24, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  19. Jonny

    Interesting: every single comment left by a Hilary supporter is a rant or a complaint. Regardless of who wins the nomination, one thing is for certain, the Clintons have successfully divided the Dem. Party and may be on their way to handing the presidency back to the GOP.

    Hope it was worth it Hilary.

    January 24, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  20. Jose F.

    I'm for Barack Obama all the way president elect of the United States, first Tuesday in November '08!

    Barack Obama will look out for the interest of all USAers. He comes across as head and shoulders above most honest, competent, and skilled (i-n-t-e-l-l-i-g-e-n-t, etc.).

    Barack, if we the voting eligible citizens of this country are foward think enough to trust him as our national leader and executive representative, will be President to: 'white, black, asian, and latino' U.S. citizentry faithfully.

    Obama '08

    January 24, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  21. John, NC

    We are very lucky to have HILLARY.

    Wake up America, and vote HILLARY CLINTON for president. But first, felleo Democrats, let have the level-headedness to nominate her as our candidate. OBAMA has more to learn, please don't let us push him into something that he is clearly not ready mentally and emotionally for.

    Don't make the mistake of voting another Repo into office. See what we've got under George Bush, because people said they want someone they can have a beer with. Ha!

    Go HILLARY 08

    January 24, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  22. Marc

    I agree – Go Barack – Go Away!

    As Lynne Samuels calls him – The Beige Yuppie. He doesn't say anything except "Change, change, change".

    January 24, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  23. Henny

    No matter how people try to spoil this great man, he will still win and deliver something great!!! Just beleive me, Obama is the best candidate the demoscrats can ever produce to tackle republicans.

    January 24, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. dushyanth patel

    Funny Obama.... fun apart VOTE HILLARY.. bet shes would be the best.. America loves her.. World loves her.. so does my country India..
    to save the America and the World from Obama's funny side and kid attitude.. VOTE HILLARY

    January 24, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  25. Hooks

    Is Obama the funniest politician ever??? I think so!

    January 24, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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