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)


    January 25, 2008 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  2. chrisMD

    To amurcia:

    All I can say now is god help if Oprah becomes VP, but it will never become

    Oh, ya think????

    January 25, 2008 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  3. Susan, Chicago, IL

    Great Sense of Humor!! I love it and I love Barack. Let's take this for what it is worth. A few minutes of laughter during an election time that is full of accusations, arguments, and name-calling.

    January 25, 2008 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  4. Nathanial Portis

    GO Obama!!! This guy is what America needs right now

    January 25, 2008 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  5. dawn

    Intelligence, Charisma, Honesty, and Wit! Go Obama! I would be so proud to have you as President of the United States.

    January 25, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  6. Steve

    Obama is a good man, however he is not ready to be President of the United States at this time. In the future, he will make a good President.

    A sure win would be Clinton and Obama on the same ticket. No one would be able to beat them as a team.

    January 25, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  7. Steve

    Colin Powell would make a GREAT president and he has more qualifications than

    January 25, 2008 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  8. DAD

    I LOVE IT!!!

    IF ONLY ...!

    January 25, 2008 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  9. Chuck, Ft Valley, Ga


    ADD a selection at the bottom of all the ballots that say:

    a: o Hillary Clinton
    b: o John Edwards
    c: o Barack Obama

    January 25, 2008 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  10. kay


    January 25, 2008 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  11. Mayfield


    January 25, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  12. MB, Louisiana

    Although I recognize the humor in his statements, some people reading the headlines or hearing this on tv will take it as a fact of his intentions. If you don't think this will come back to bit him in the butt later on if he wins the nomination, you are sadly mistaken.

    I just wish he would have come up with something a little different that couldn't be construed by the Republicans as something he said. If Obama thinks his comments are being taken out of context or distorted, he's in going to find it moreso as he head to November election.

    January 25, 2008 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  13. John

    Lets stick with the Horse theme Hillary, Show horse NO work horse NO she just has to be a CART horse to drag all that baggage round with her.
    Edwards he has to be the show horse very pretty high stepping but all fancy show.
    Barack can be only one type of horse he is denfinetly a race horse streaking through from behind towards the wining post
    Bill of course is the back end of a horse dropping you know what all over the place.

    January 25, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  14. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    neetabug, you are right, Obama lied like a rug, he is a cheeky fellow and shameless human being. Hillary worked hard for women's right and equal pay on the Wal-Mart Board, but Obama was seeking the money with bad guys, he was a slumlord that time, we need to know about his record more. Now Obama is thinking Oprah for VP, he debased all of politician's dignity. Obama is interested in Oprah's money otherwise there's zero qualification for Oprah as VP, I am sure all of poppies, cats and rats in the nation and world will laugh at double O.

    January 25, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  15. kokori

    Alright CNN, this is uneducated journalism. Your title is bound to mislead people and lead to another furore. Perhaps you're enjoying the mess, but truly, the title for this ticker is in bad taste and an example of pernicious editorial practice.

    January 25, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  16. Kim

    Steven Bucklee January 24, 2008 10:56 pm ET


    Seriously, what is the matter with you? It's Letterman, it's a joke... maybe you should get a sense of humor. People need to remember that Letterman's Top Ten List is supposed to be funny. They're not acutally Obama's campaign promises! Relax!

    January 25, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  17. merlin gili

    Mr. Obama, the higher you fly, the harder you fall... nose flat....
    Go Hillary...

    January 25, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  18. Matt

    Then what happens to Gayle?

    Hillary '08.

    January 25, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  19. Grover Lawlis

    I am watching CNN this morning and in spite of a clip of a voter asking the media to stop trying to interject race into the campaign, CNN continues to try in various ways to make it an issue. Please STOP! American voters want to hear about the issues . Voters are not raising this as an issue CNN is by selectively chosing moments on the campaign trail when it is brought up. This is NOT an issue of relevance to most voters. Nobody I have talked has brought it up. So PLEASE be responsible and stop interjecting it. Thank You.

    January 25, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  20. Chris Texas

    Hillary lashes out at Barrak Obama. She calls him out on his voting record, his inexperience, and his republican tendencies. Bill Clinton points these out as well.

    The Obama supporters are so closed minded, they don't want to see any of this. They sit there and say "Clintons are the liars, Obama '08 woohoo". When it is actually Obama that is distorting the truth.

    Hillary brings up his 130 present votes. Obama says: 130 votes out of 4000. or something like that. Obama brings up Hillary's 2 votes. 2!!!! the one she regretted and the war on Iraq "which i'm glad she voted for, we needed to goto iraq, we should not have stayed this long".

    Obama is a fantastic motivational speaker, but he is no president. Not yet. Give him 4 years as VP and I believe he'll be ready. Who better to learn from than the Clinton machine.

    Would you rather have Obama vs McCain with Obama trying to play nice and McCain tearing into him about his voting record, his drug use, his tactics in the democratic nomination, his hertiage. These are all things the republicans will attack. Put someone up there that can lash back.

    Obama cries, pouts, and whines when Hillary brings up shadey dealings in the past. Is he going to do the same vs the Republican nominee?

    Hillary Clinton '08

    O, and Hillary is the front runner. And not sure wheré you're getting your Öbama is the only democrat that can beat the republicans. But on quite a few sites that analyze electoral votes, swing states, etc. Obama loses to McCain whereas Hillary wins. Remember, it's not about popular votes. if it were, Gore would have been president.

    January 25, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  21. JB Boston MA

    I love how people try to accuse Obama as being the media's baby.

    A little unscientific test. . . . .

    Tonight watch FOX/CNN/MSNBC. Count how many stories are on the Clintons, and how many stories are on the Obamas. Ignore whether you think they are positive or negative stories because after being on this ticker for months I have realized that what you may think is negative, others may think are positive.

    The Clintons are getting way more coverage. Last night I had to watch a story on Chelsea, a story on Bill (several times), and, almost every political conversation ended up on Hillary.

    This power hungry, win at any cost family has got to go away!!!!

    They will destroy this country!

    January 25, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  22. Walt, Belton, TX

    Queen Opry? What a joke..........................

    January 25, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  23. SPQR753

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    If I hear once more the CHILDISH slogan: I'M FIRED UP!! ARE YOU READY TO GO?

    I'm going to feel sick, REALLY sick...

    January 25, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  24. Ray

    What about the 5 mistake votes he has done also? How does someone make a mistake 5 times when he votes? Obama is someone who say's one thing and will do another. Present votes and mistake votes...GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    January 25, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  25. Ray

    To Heather Peterson..Is that why Obama TRIED to get his name back on it? They were told not to campain their, not to take their name of the ballot.

    January 25, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
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