April 28th, 2008
05:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: Will you be my running mate?

WILMINGTON, North Carolina (CNN) – It's official: Barack Obama has offered the vice presidency to an 82-year-old woman.

At a town hall meeting in Wilmington, North Carolina, Monday supporter Jean Weiss stood up to ask a question and began by telling the Illinois senator that he's "captured her heart" with his foreign policy stands.

"When you said 'yes I will sit down with all my enemies, we're gonna sit around the table, we're gonna work this thing out,'" Weiss said, "sir, that was not naiveté—that was wisdom."

She then moved on to a question about water supply. "Before I answer the question," Obama said, "I just want to know–will you be my running mate?"

The crowd erupted in applause, and Weiss ran up to the stage and gave him a hug.

"That’s my running mate there," Obama said as she trotted back to her seat, her arms in the air. "She is 82 years old. She's got some fire!"

Weiss wasn't done, though, until she offered some advice on how to handle his rival Hillary Clinton.

"Don't hit on Hillary," she said. "Bring us all back. Let her do that stuff. Leave her alone, you don't need to do that. You are higher than that. Bring us up higher than that."

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  1. Anonymous

    Mrs. Weiss, "You go, madam." Will you please be President Obama running mate? I like the ring to it. Obama/Weiss.

    This says a lot about how much people are ready for change in this country. The little things like comments that the media tries to spin is all about how much ratings they can get from seeing these two extradinary democratic canidates go toe to nail.

    Now it seems as though they want Rev. Wright to run for President of the United States.

    April 28, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. Rob (veteran)

    After watching Rev. Wrights speech to the NAACP. I can see why Obama enjoyed his sermons. I am a middle aged white police officer and I found Rev. Wrights speech to be brilliant, insightfull and inspiring. I urge everone to find this speech and listen to it in it's entirety. It will change your mind about this man and turn you off to the intolerant comments of Hillary, McCain, Limbaugh and Beck. I will also mention that Rev. Wright served six years in the Marines. More service than the four above named persons all put together have given.

    April 28, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. better than her campaign.

    Everyone knows that Hillary Clinton is better than her campaign.

    That may be the reason people keep trying to knock her down.

    If you look past the media bias of lies, exagerations, rumors and negative spin- Clinton is cleary the best candiate. By far.

    The deck was just stacked against her and in favor of Obama.

    That gave Obama the edge, but still no victory.

    April 28, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    What does Weiss know

    April 28, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. Boye

    I must say I love the womans final comments.
    "Don't hit on Hillary," she said. "Bring us all back. Let her do that stuff. Leave her alone, you don't need to do that. You are higher than that. Bring us up higher than that."

    Bring us up higher than that. Amen.

    April 28, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. Janice

    Obama- Mrs Weiss is right., don't go down to Hillary's level. You don't have to go there to show what type of leader you will be. Keep your head up. You will be just fine.

    April 28, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. Lisa in Cincy

    And YES! For goodness sakes – IGNORE the wife that couldnt keep tabs on her husband!

    April 28, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. Insider

    If Obama is related to Cheney and Bush... doesn't that make him a true Washington insider with ties to the Bush dynesty?

    April 28, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Pattie

    I just saw the clip on CNN and I would like to thank Jean Weiss for brightening up my day with some sunshine. Ms Weiss, I too am a huge Obama Supporter and hope to see him win the Whitehouse. I live in Georgia and will be making many phone calls to undecided voters in NC and IN to bring them to our side. Lets keep up the good work. Our Country need all of us.

    April 28, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Dj

    You go madam, Obama/Weiss ticket. The way this is going it seem like the media want Rev. Wright to be President

    April 28, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. Susan

    Jean is right! The root of Obama's campaign is change – change in the way we conduct our government.

    I hope he completely resists the urge to slap back. Hillary is the queen of deception and distraction and her hourly attacks just throw him off his message. Just move on and do your own thing.

    I also hope Sen. Obama can simply say something like "he has his opinions, I have mine", when referring to the Rev. Wright hailstorm. This is a story that is played.

    April 28, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. sharong58

    In 1960

    April 28, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. Ed Russell

    or JFK with Kruschev. It is a disasterous to follow this path. Hillary has never said we shouldnt talk to these people. The only difference is Hillary refuses to have a presidential meeting with these evil men unless they change their ways.

    If we go meet Admandinjad all it will do is validate his brutal regieme.

    PS notice Obama has completly stolen "Carrots % Sticks"

    April 28, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  14. holdenlitgo

    He is higher than that. And we all can be higher than that. But not with leaders who set the opposite example. We need a higher purpose and higher actions. Of all three candidates still in contention, Obama is the only one who capable of leading by that example.

    April 28, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. carlo

    I saw that lady! She was a real spitfire, and she was soooooooooooo cute! Plus, she gave excellent advice. Ah, the wisdom of the elderly.

    April 28, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. Isabeau

    AMEN, Ms. Weiss

    April 28, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  17. Santiago

    yes i will be your running mate, your the man with the plan, we need you to run this country.

    we support you

    April 28, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. merle 7

    When a man's ways please the Lord,he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7

    Obama 08 !
    Yes We Can !

    April 28, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  19. Charlotte

    Pandering to the older generation? One thing that is for sure she is wiser then he is.

    April 28, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. no longer supporting clinton

    Regardless of what people may think about Obama, no one can say he does not inspire hope

    April 28, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  21. No washington Insider

    Obama- Like Clinton- will not get the required number of delegates to win. The RULES (Obama supporters who cry about rules) say that.

    So to win, Obama needs Superdelegates to vote for him (as does Clinton). Again the RULES say that.

    Or fight it out at the convention. RULES again.

    So let the people vote okay?

    And superdelegates are washington insiders- who Obama NEEDS in order to win. How can he be against Washington Insiders? They are saving his butt.

    April 28, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  22. Vig

    Obama would win the vote for Mr. Congeniality. But this isn't about electing a high school president. It isn't about electing the king and queen of the prom. Enough of the superficial. We don't need Mr. Nice Guy in the White House, we need a _itch. Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  23. Time for change

    We will take this nation from the racist and supremist who have caused so much of the pain blacks and other minorities have had to endure at their hands. The government and this nation belong to us.

    April 28, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  24. Antoinette

    Get it Momma!!!!

    That is cute

    April 28, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  25. sharong58

    And Barack could win with Jean as a running mate too! He would get the black, young, new, college educated, men, and more women than you would think, voters and Jean would cinch the senior citizen vote!
    In 1960, there was a young democrat running for president . . . his name was John Fitzgerald Kennedy. I met him in person when he campaigned in my hometown in Illinois. He was well spoken, gentlemenly, very intelligent, honest, sincere, and had a charisma
    that warmed people's hearts and gave them hope. The same qualities Barack Obama possesses.
    Some people said Kennedy would never win because he was to young (he was 5 years younger than Barack Obama), not very experienced (hadn't been a senator very long) and, on top of all that was a Catholic (oh heaven forbid). He proved them wrong and went on to become one of the greatest presidents this country has ever had . . . and I am convinced so will Barack Obama!

    April 28, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
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