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.

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soundoff (277 Responses)
  1. neetabug

    Can anyone tell me why Barack jumped on the subject of Hillary working on the Board of Wal Mart. Didn't his own wife Michelle work on a board, She just got off last year, when her husband started running for president

    January 24, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  2. Beth

    Did everyone see how many times the Republicans said Hillary Clinton in the debate tonight.. Shes definatly the frontrunner....

    January 24, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  3. Patty

    Let him take a slot at the Comedy Central. Leave leading the country to Hillary!

    January 24, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  4. Maia

    Jay – yes, the thought of Bill with nothing to do in the white house is scary!!! And they said that "boredom is the workshop of the devil..." Think about it Jay, he was then the President, perhaps the most in demand person in the world and yet he was able to do a lot – A LOT – of other things that shouldn't be done by a President ...

    Oh no – I cannot imagine, that after another 8 years of another clinton president – we will hear again in TV prime time the words... "I did not have _____ with that woman..." with the wife in the background, now the president dismissing it as "a right wing conspiracy"...

    January 24, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  5. Reality Check

    Earth to CNN blog readers: Guests don't write the jokes on a show like that. Letterman's writers wrote the list!

    January 24, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. True Democrat

    Honest, witty, humble, intelligent, wise... here he is, folks: a president our nation can finally be proud of.

    Obama '08!

    January 24, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  7. me

    At least I can laugh at this for a while. I find it really pitiful the way that Bill Clinton ic campaining (ooops wait a minute. who's the candidate???)....

    Wake up America!!! YOU'VE ALL HEARD IT said that politicians will say anything to get elected. I'm tired of listening to the Clintons explain "..what I really meant was.." Ask yourself, truly, do you trust Hillary? Is that your dream for America? To elect someone who you believe to be, at times dishonest? Who smokes but does not inhale? Who looked YOU in the eye and said "I DID NOT have sexual relations..." Who votes for a bill but then hopes it will die?

    This Letterman dialog proves that you know what Barack is saying, when he serious and WHEN HE IS JOKING. You feel you can trust him as President, but the Clintons are counting on thier ability to distract you from the truth again while looking you in the eye.

    Wake UP!!!

    January 24, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  8. Democrat

    NY Times Endorses Clinton

    On the Democratic side, the Times called Clinton "the best choice for the Democratic Party as it tries to regain the White House."

    It said Barack Obama had built an "exciting campaign around the notion of change, but holds no monopoly on ideas that would repair the governing of America."

    Clinton, wrote the editorial board, "sometimes overstates the importance of résumé," but "hearing her talk about the presidency, her policies and answers for America’s big problems, we are hugely impressed by the depth of her knowledge, by the force of her intellect and by the breadth of, yes, her experience.

    "We know that she is capable of both uniting and leading."

    January 24, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  9. Myles Jordan

    The letterman thing was only a joke people. What, are you Clinton supporters that stupid or are you all asleep? Wake up!

    I bet this will wake you up! Some time between now and super Tuesday, Al Gore will endorse Obama. I would say Sunday or early Monday morning...he'll do it late so the Clinton machine will not have time to spin it. Just like Hilary said, "now the fun starts"!

    January 24, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  10. shayd1

    Way to go Obama!

    But, fyi....if Oprah woke up making the V. P.'s salary she would slit her wrist and then jump!!!!!

    Obama 2008!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  11. Dwayne, Pa

    Our Governor (Pennsylvania) may be endorsing Hillary Clinton, but not all of us in Pa are.
    GO OBAMA!!

    January 24, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  12. BobW

    I'm a New Yorker and I am not happy with our carpetbagger Senator. Remember her promise? She promised not to use her position as a stepping stone to the presidency.

    January 24, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  13. Helena

    Ruth: Remember Obama voted "Present" 130 times. Of course he did not read that bill. Hillary will be our next President and she will take care of business.

    January 24, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  14. Beth

    wow how come the media has not jumped on that story of Michelle being on the board of Wal-mart, I just looked it up its true.......

    January 24, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  15. pl. at the UN for a while.

    Well, maybe. But the voters are not going to forget this one for a while.

    January 24, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  16. John, NY

    dushyanth patel January 24, 2008 11:00 pm ET
    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

    Hey Mr. Patel,
    Please do not speak for the entire country – India. There are hundreds of students working for Obama. There are major donors from prominent Indians to the Obama campaign.

    January 24, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  17. April

    Wow, everyone seems to be taking this promise thing so serioulsly and close to heart. He joking people. Its a joke, funny haha. I cant imagine having a president without a sense of humor come on people. Hes a good guy and he can make a difference in our country. VOTE OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  18. Jane from Minnesota

    Billary is not the front runner. Sorry. Obama leads the delegate count, and with SC, he'll have a commanding lead. He'll also gain momentum into Super Tuesday.

    Obama is the best man for the job. Period. The true Clinton Colors have shined through this week. No more Bush's. No more Clinton's.

    God Bless America, and may God bless Obama.

    January 24, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  19. richard

    The last 75 speeches from Obama in a nut shell. Hope, change, togetherness, unity, etc. etc. I was an Obama supporter untill I did a large amount of research on him and his contacts. It did not take long to relize that he is nothing but a politician like the rest. I noticed that people supporting Obama had no clue as to what he is about and his past. He could say I hope one day to drink milk with a cow on the moon and bring unity to the nation and that would be real change. His supporters would wail and cheer. Obama, Obama, Obama having no idea what he just said. As long as the key words about the meeting with the cow had change, hope, unity in there. It got old real quick and I have noticed more and more people realizing this and supporting the Hillary camp. Do the research. Hillary is the GOP's worst nightmare.

    January 24, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  20. Tatty Alan

    The Previous posters do realise that they aren't his jokes, right?

    January 24, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  21. xtina - chicago IL

    Wait – isn't the Vice-President hidden away most of the of time in a bunker, awaiting a possible danger to the President ? Doesn't the VP also speak very little? Then , hell YES ! Oprah for Vice-President !

    January 24, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  22. Mati

    What an idiot. "Bread and circuses"=Obama. Yeah, right.. with jokes and excitement heading into recession. Jokes are best things on empty stomach. You are not even original Obama, other left-wing leaders used same tricks. Make the crowds laugh..

    January 24, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  23. Beth

    If you look at super delegates shes ahead and if you look at all the super tuesday states almost all of them she is ahead and most way ahead. wake up call Jane from Minn

    January 24, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  24. James

    Ruth: Remember Obama voted "Present" 130 times.

    If you are not from Illinois and unfamiliar with the state's parliamentary procedures, please refrain from commenting. In Illinois, the "Present" vote is used to signal that you will not vote for the bill in the current form, yet will vote if an area of the bill is altered. These votes help prevent a bill from dying and parties reach a common ground.

    I understand being from DC and being a divisive person, Hillary Clinton may not understand such a process. I will say that the Illinois process works and gets things done.

    I found Hillary's misrepresentation of the process and allegation that she attempted to make that Barrack is not against sex exploitation deplorable. Hillary will either lose the primary or the general election. She will never be president.

    I hope after she loses. She, Bill, and Chelsea go home and stay out of politics. They are bad for the country and only are out to benefit themselves. Their actions demonstrate such..

    January 24, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  25. Marcia, AZ

    Just saw a really telling piece on AC 360 re: Rezko and THAT skeleton...amazing that sort of info doesn't show up on the Decision 2008 page online...where it belongs...no reports of PA endorsement or NYT endorsement, either. CNN, your bias is obvious.

    Hillary was in AZ on Tuesday in the itsy-bitsy town of Laveen...a literal 'blip' along Hwy 10 on the way to CA, miles from the metro hubs...10000 supporters showed up...that's probably 10x the population of 'lil ole Laveen. It was stunning! Endorsement from Farm Workers Union (a la Caesar Chavez...very large) So much for our Gov's Obama endorsement...duh.

    Hillary '08!

    January 24, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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