January 24th, 2008
10:14 PM ET
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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. Topanga Canyon

    I think he should be explaining the 10 reasons he is most like George Bush

    #10 Likable seems harmless

    #9 Seems to be easy to get along with

    #8 Hates the environment. Loves Yucca Mountain Nuclear Storage Program

    #7 Uniter Not a Divider

    #6 Reform Washington

    #5 Clinton Wasn't That Good of a President

    #4 Experience isn't needed it only encourages corruption

    #3 Democrats don't have ideas

    #2 Republican's have ideas

    #1 Clinton & Hillary Hater

    January 25, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  2. eric

    sorry did not use capital letters:

    Senator Barak Hussein Obama for president and Oprah for vice president.

    January 25, 2008 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  3. Kate

    Michelle Obama also has ties with Wal-Mart. She served on the board of TreeHouse Foods, Inc., a major Wal-Mart supplier and she only cut ties with them after her husband made comments critical of Wal-Mart at an AFL-CIO forum in Trenton, New Jersey, on May 14, 2007. She was paid $51,200 by TreeHouse in 2006.

    Talk about the press being biased. They're so blinded by Obama's rhetoric that they forget to be objective. I can't wait 'til the Republicans tear him apart. If Obama gets the nomination I will totally vote for McCain.

    January 25, 2008 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  4. Dylan from CA

    The more the Clinton campaign uses SwiftBoat-like tactics to distort Obama's record and stances, the more I dislike somone I used to have so much more respect for. At a time when energy and enthusiasm is at an all time high in the Democratic Party, I can't believe she would use her campaign to create division within the party. That nastiness of her campaign seems to be showing through in her supporters, who sound like Republicans. The last thing I want to see is another Republican in the Oval Office; how can we possibly make the most divisive candidate our nominee? Obama is the most exciting candidate we've had since JFK, I really hope Democrats don't screw it up... again.

    For God's sake vote OBAMA, people!

    January 25, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  5. Pam, Tennessee

    I think the David Letterman show with Obama was funny.

    I had planned on voting for Hilary, but I decided differently once her champaign became so dirty. After watching the debates, I decided that Obama will be the best person to lead our country. He's smart and real. I would like to see Edwards as his running mate. They would make a good team. It would be wonderful to have Obama as President and Edwards as Vice-President.

    There is one thing I'm wondering: Where are these people getting that everyone or all America loves Hilary? Most people I know, can't stand her. I don't like her either. She's so fake, controlling, spiteful, negative, egotisical, closed to new ideas or ideas other than her own, and power hungry. When she wants something, she will do anything to get her way–even play dirty. Do we want another President like that? Hello–we've had one like that for the past 7 years. She's smart, but not as smart as Obama. Come on! Obama is the most honorable between the two.

    January 25, 2008 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  6. Jeff

    I'd like to hear how the Hillary people think she'll win the general election when more than half the country, including many democrats, hate her?

    Seriously ... I'm curious to hear what you think.

    January 25, 2008 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  7. jc

    people can promise you the earth and the moon but at the end of the day, the big question is HOW? always ask ourselves who can asnwer the HOW! experience does really count. is it Hillary or Obama?

    January 25, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  8. john

    For those who keep saying Obama is winning because of the delegate count are forgetting about the SuperDelegates that have already made endorsements!! Look at those too then. Hil. is then leading by over a 100 delegates. (not behind by 2 because of Nevada/Iowa)
    Trust me Hil knows what she is doing! No one can deny that she doesnt know elections and how to win.

    January 25, 2008 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  9. Lisa Lee Erikson

    Cam...the jokes on you..only you don't know it.........yet!

    January 25, 2008 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  10. Foreign National

    In an interviex with Nightly News that interviewed most of the candidates, Obama said that in his experience running for a presidential election he finds it frustrating to spend his time 'dialing for dollars' and he would much rather have time to talk to people and study what policy is best for what people are speaking to him about?

    My question to him would have been, if you are running for the office of President of the United States, isn't this something that you should have already done before running for office? He needs to study policy?

    January 25, 2008 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  11. Jay

    What is everyone thinking.

    First, the "Funniest" presidential canidate ever was Perot... for obvious reasons!

    Second, Obama is the best choice from the democratic party to run for president. It does not matter who gets the nomination from the GOP side. The Democratic party will have the next photo in the hall of presidential portraits.

    Third, Clinton is one of the worst choices. She is just power hungry and so is the ex-president. they do not want to give up power. She talks about Obama not having enough political experience. Well how come no one has pointed out that she has less experience than he does. She was the "WIFE" of a pollitician until he was released from his position as Commander and Cheif! She was only the First Lady... that does not exactly compute as experience in what ever political program you put it in. She only just got elected to her second term in the US Senate, and that is the "ONLY" position she has held. Where is the Obama camp on this one. Clinton may have been "AROUND" politics longer but has much less experience than he does. "AND THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT!"

    Love, Peace and Chicken Grease!

    January 25, 2008 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  12. Giovanni

    Let's go ahead and change the title of this article, it's misleading and just rakes in attention for something that is otherwise stupid.

    Reporting verbatim something said on a late night show isn't newsworthy.

    January 25, 2008 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  13. O.J.Diala.

    I guess BILL is smart enough to see the trap ! . Please dont say anything, it is a joke. I see a situation she may try to make smart meanings out of it. OBAMA 08 .

    January 25, 2008 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  14. Christina

    I think that if Hilary Clinton was elected, there would be no woman elected for a long time because she is only there for the power. Obama shows that he is willing to work for the people, and to make real change. And he also has a sense of humor, which is something we really need in a president.

    January 25, 2008 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  15. Woody

    After reading the typing, spelling, grammar and non-reasoned arguments in this blog, it's no wonder that this country elected George W. Bush for eight years. Wouldn't it be novel if we had McCain and Obama running for President against each other? Wow, two smart, reasonable people. I might actually get to vote FOR someone for once. They have very different beliefs, but both say what they think, and both are reasonable.

    I just can't see it happening, though. Not when so many people think that Obama wrote Letterman's Top 10 List or think that Oprah is going to be his running mate. Silly, silly people. Sad, sad state of our country.

    Stay in school, kids. Learn how to write and think. Don't get on your high horse (or try to be convincing in a blog) if you don't know the difference between "your" and "you're."

    January 25, 2008 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  16. Bones

    Funny but enough already. I'm Obama-ed out!

    January 25, 2008 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  17. ShirleyO, Los Angeles

    Oh yeah,. Obama is articulate and knows when to add his brand of humor.That deep, rich faux arthoritative manner seems to be fooling many into thinking what a good President he'd be.

    I find him full of himself.

    To think he'd be elected over Senator Clinton, the most experienced, knowlegeable and capable leader for today's domestic and international problems, frightens me.

    Barack would flounder from day one. How could that novice 'immediately' earn respect from world leaders? How long would it take to build a relationship with Arabs and Iraqis. Plus, we citizens don't know if he could work around lobbyists, have the savvy to pull Republicans and Democrats together.

    I hope voters can get around that imposing, 'promise-you' voice and be realistic.On the job learning is NOT what our country needs.

    January 25, 2008 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  18. Lawrence

    Beth and other Clinton supports

    FYI Hilary isn't winning yet. Obama has more delegates and they are the ones who choose. So your opinion doesn't matter nor does mine.

    For everyone who thinks this shouldn't be on the political ticker, I agree. However, it's good to see that Obama has a good sense of humor.

    I like Oprah for VP she does good things for the world.

    January 25, 2008 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  19. Dwayn Smith

    These comments just go to show that Obama is not ready to "rule" the roost so to speak.A senator that wants to become president doesnot make 'serious' jokes like that,it shows innocence but also lack of leadership,personally I feel he should keep the jokes back and use words that will make an impact.

    January 25, 2008 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  20. Wiggz

    This is cool, ironic, hilarious, etc. To think that after all these white presidents, that some of you are scared out of your mind. I think that him being president will finally teach some of you that a black man is just a man. Not someone solely looking to rid the world of you good white folks. Don't be alarmed. Maybe we like to go to work and take care of our children and live this American life too.
    Yes he's a politician just like the rest of them, true. They all suck, but it's always been the lesser of the evils. You idiots!! If you voted for Bush then your rights should be revoked!
    KUDOS to you white people that have evolved mentally.... Much respect!

    January 25, 2008 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  21. Nancy Empty Suit


    January 25, 2008 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  22. Chris in Va.

    Reading these and other posts over the last few weeks, one thing is for certain, Hillary supporters will not vote for Obama and Obama supporters will not vote for Hillary regardless of the outcome of the nomination process. These Dems simply will not go to the polls. The result is another four years of Republican rule, supporting big business and smashing the ordinary citizen into the ground. Think of it. Gas @ $6.00 per gallon, the continued sucking sound of American jobs going overseas, more tax breaks for the wealthiest 1% while the rest of us are smashed into financial ruin, CEO's of large corporations stealing your hard earned dollars through stocks while purposefully bankrupting that company without fear of legal reprocussions. The Republicans are laughing all the way to the White House. The writing is on the wall.

    January 25, 2008 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  23. Rose

    LOL – gotta love Letterman! When he started doing late night, I'm sure he never in his wildest dreams thought he'd have a presidential candidate doing the top 10 or that he'd be playing with another's hair. That's the news item for me. The state of democracy today is that the candidates have to play the media game at ALL the levels.
    Not that there's anything wrooong with that!

    PS: This country could only dream to have a president with the qualities of Ms. Oprah Winfrey. Those kind of people don't get their hands dirty in the pigsty of politics, her calling is much higher, much more influential, more impacting on our culture in a lasting way – it's called TV.

    January 25, 2008 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  24. Val Omo

    Having a go at Oprah is pretty low – having a dig at people with genuine intentions for the US. Shame on you – what does the rest of the world really think of you all now?

    January 25, 2008 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  25. Nancy Dallas Texas Empty Suit

    Nancy Dallas Texas, you certainly are the person to know an empty suit when you see one. Tell the truth about your empty suit, Nancy.

    January 25, 2008 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
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