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. Audrey in Alexandria, Virginia

    New York Observer Endorses Obama

    They gave Obama a strong endorsement and said he is leader. Check it out !!

    Obama is the future.

    January 24, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  2. amurcia

    All I can say now is god help if Oprah becomes VP, but it will never become
    reality, now we are divided and the white and Hispanics will elect Hillary. Both
    Oprah and obama are racist, and bill and Hillary are not, obama played the race
    card black people always do it when needed, but it back fired. Michelle today is
    crying baby asking for $50 so they can fight bill.HOW RIDICULOUS when they
    have Oprah and renzko in their pocket, they do not need the money from regular
    folks, which are short of cash now. Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  3. Rod

    I am pretty sure that none of our candidates are very funny these days. David lettermen has writers, Obama didn't come up with his own top ten. Wake up.

    January 24, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  4. Julianne

    CNN, shame on you! for running that title in the ticker.

    And shame on some of the tasteless comments here.

    January 24, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  5. Christina

    For the person that mentioned the republicans are saying that Hillary is the front runner....DUH ! They want her to be the democratic nominee....becasue they can beat her !!!

    Look at the polls. Clinton is tied or behind every republican in head to head polls. Obama is waaaayy ahead versus every one of them.

    Common sense here people.

    Go Obama !!

    January 24, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  6. Steve, Chappaqua, N.Y.

    Beth- the reason the press hasn't made an issue of Michelle Obama's work experience is because, unlike the clintons who have clearly morphed into a two headed candidate, Barak is the only one running for office.

    As far as the N.Y. Times calling the clintons capable of uniting, I agree. As soon as they get Obama on the ticket.

    January 24, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  7. Rod

    Did you read the story Julianne? Obviously not.

    January 24, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  8. delegate


    You do realize that Super Delegates offer support but may, in fact change allegiance. Remember John Kerry 🙂

    January 24, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  9. Patty, somewhere

    Funny for the writers....NOW CNN, tell me it is a joke that Begala and Carville will not be appearing until after the dems choose a candidate because the Obama campaign have complained they support Hillary? Is this a funny joke spreading around that is laughable or closer to the truth and when or where will this be announced along with the other ones not being invited back because they support Obama?

    January 24, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  10. Obamaguyindiana

    There is no way Hillary will win. Hillary can only win if the Republicans do not get McCain or Giulliani. There is no one with a sound head on their shoulders that would vote for Clinton. She is a nobody. She was brought into our lives by her lying husband. Certainly we cannot vote for this rumor mongering people, are we? Seriously, why would a democrat want to vote for such uncharitable and polarizing individuals? They are fake!

    Here is the equation for those of you who love math:

    G+o+O+bam= A!!! Go Go Go!!

    January 24, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  11. Jimmy, Oklahoma Feb. 5th

    CNN WILL NOT HEADLINE IT< but us supporters will

    NEW YORK TIMES ENDORESES SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT 2008 What the NEW YORK TIMES said about Senator Clinton. "We know that she is capable of both uniting and leading. We saw her going town by town through New York in 2000, including places where Clinton-bashing was a popular sport. She won over skeptical voters and then delivered on her promises and handily won re-election in 2006."

    Senator Clinton for President 2008 "WE BELIEVE IN HILLARY CLINTON"

    January 24, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  12. richard

    Not true Christina. Do the research. Dont go to the Obama .com page to get your intel. You mam or sir are lying.

    January 24, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  13. Peete

    Those supporting Clintons and their lies will regret their positions. Bill and Hillary have forgetton that it takes the whole democratics their votes and partially independents vote to win general election Republican are warming up–good for them–Bill/Hillary have destroyed democratic party. Let see what lies you will come up in november 2008 election.

    January 24, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  14. Beth

    Read my comment I did not say Republicans said she was a front runner I said they are mentioning her name ,she must be the front runner (my opinion) Your distorting my words. Figures your an Obama supporter. Seems like that goes on alot on your side..

    January 24, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  15. Sue B TX

    Obama is the new hope...
    Hillary will be a disaster as the Democratic candidate......there is too much hate between the Republicans and Democrats....and the Rebublicans HATE the Clintons.....

    Obama will show the world that this is a land of opportunity-a black man as president--and one with a HEART–wow-what a novel idea!

    I have voted republican and i would vote Obama-but NEVER would I vote for another Clinton in the White House

    January 24, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  16. Gene

    Obama, i read your profile today and your accomplishments at 46, very impressive–you 're a smart guy indeed..You sat for your bar exam once, but Hillary didn't . So who is smarter-America!!!! Go Obama...Obama go!!!!

    January 24, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  17. shaun

    does that mean all the bars will have Barack-tober fest????

    January 24, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  18. Ann Aloha Independent Thinker,PA

    Shows how important that EDUCATION should be top issue after reading most of these posts.
    Go Independent Thinkers!!!

    January 24, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  19. w ali

    Unite the US and make history! Obama for President, Colin Powell for Vice President. The US will not go wrong with that Tag team!!!

    January 24, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  20. Perry

    Ill bet the Clintons somehow will turn this against Obama. The ten jokes will be 10 shots trying to degrade Barak.

    January 25, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  21. jim geminiano

    Barack will you appoint Oprah as your nexrt Condoleza ? Oprah endorses you as the president but she appointed the alleged sexual abuser as the head of her African school ? Barrack get real ! The country is wounded and is bleeding profusely . Shall we elect an experience surgeon or a faith healer ? America wake -up !

    January 25, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  22. Zach

    Amurcia, you comment is dumb founded and biased. You do not speak for Hispanics nor Whites. Ophray and Rekzo are regular people like other Americas and they have the right to endorse whoever they want to. So shut up. By the way, I am white, but i am not voting for Bill/Hillary.

    January 25, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  23. cody oakes

    for about 6 years now, i have been waiting for the day we could get a democrat back in the house. but if hillary wins the democratic nomination, i am voting for romney or mccain. i do not understand how a person could possibly vote for a person, who cries in public, while running for the leader of the free world. It bothers me that this race is even close. Maybe the rest of America should follow in the footsteps of the great state of Iowa, and vote for Obama. If a state that is 96 percent white, can embrace a black man to become our president, maybe the rest of America should open there eyes and realize Hillary will be the donfall of America.

    January 25, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  24. Devin

    I had a totally good time reading all of these comments, though I must say that some of you are complete idiots that prove exactly how the current idiot was elected president! LOL!!

    With that said, some of you had rather poignant things to say about both candidates and I appreciate that, regardless of if it is skewed because you favor one over the other. I honestly just wish that folks would think before they speak...when they don't, they prove to the intellectuals, elitists, and political pundits that the "average" American is an idiot who's mind changes with the direction of the wind.

    When the polls change drastically because Hillary cried or because Obama "isn't whinning" about the Billary campaign, these people label my fellow countrymen as morons who can't make an informed decision.

    Ultimately, this results in constant feeding of skewed, biased opinions by the media, which kinda means the media ultimately chooses the president.

    I just pray that all of be properly informed before making this immensely important decision:-)

    January 25, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  25. jh

    Is it just me, or do the Clinton supporters almost always have serious problems with spelling and with subject-verb agreement? As usual, its intelligence versus establishment; idealists versus DLC; hope versus power.

    January 25, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
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